Melbourne Gliding Club

  • 23 Jul 2018 09:18 | Anonymous member (Administrator)
    Check out photos from Saturday evening's Annual Dinner and Awards Night on our Facebook page -

    We had a fantastic evening with 40 members, partners, family and friends joining us at The Royal Hotel in Bacchus Marsh. Thanks to Bob H for organising the evening, and to Roger K and Robyn L for the photos.

  • 03 Jul 2018 16:11 | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The Melbourne Gliding Club is on Facebook (, Twitter (@MelbGliding), Instagram (@melbournegliding), and YouTube (@VMFGInc)

    Get posting and tagging - #melbournegliding 

  • 03 Jul 2018 16:10 | Anonymous member (Administrator)
    The club would like to update the picture we have going out on our emails from the club from membership renewals with something that represents the Melbourne Gliding Club - e.g. our aircraft, Bacchus Marsh airfield etc.

    Send me through your best picture, or collage of pictures suitable for the emails - 600 x 240 pixels is the current size of the images. The winner as chosen by me gets a bottle of wine from the President's wine cellar. Get your entries in by 20 July to
  • 24 May 2018 19:28 | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The club is migrating from mobile broadband to NBN, as the quality and reliability of the mobile network has been deteriorating, as the volume of data handled by the network increases.

    Fortunately the NBN released access to the network in April, allowing a fixed wireless service to be installed mid May.  It was important the club moved on this fast as the NBN will only install a single service to the airfield.

    While we have experienced significant increases in speed, the most significant improvement has been in the lifting of data usage limits compared to the mobile network. Removal of the data limits has allowed the network to be opened up for broader use by club members.

    Each club will have its own WiFi network and key codes. the codes will be available from members of the committee, instructor panel and duty pilots.  Please do not share this code outside the club.

    Broadband will open a range of new possibilities, as we will be able to stream training videos etc. 

    If you have any questions please email

    Enjoy Steve Trone

  • 24 May 2018 19:24 | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    BMAM OH&S Committee met with the local Emergency Management staff, namely the local Police, the CFA and the SES yesterday Tuesday 22nd May to review the emergency response at the Aerodrome and the responsibilities under the Emergency Management Act.

    They want to ensure the following important message gets through to all persons operating at the Aerodrome immediately:

    “In an emergency incident or accident  Call  000  immediately to raise the appropriate emergency response.”  Do not call the CFA, Police or SES direct, just call 000!

    The message is simple:  “IN AN EMERGENCY DIAL 000”  first.  

    The call to 000 is the standard procedure that all personnel operating within the Aerodrome must follow.  

    Roger Druce (YBSS Airfield Manager)

  • 23 May 2018 12:28 | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Below is the updated Ground Crew roster from November 2018 through until next Easter. If you’re not a tow pilot, instructor or duty pilot, you’ll find your name on the roster to come out to the airfield on a few days throughout the year to assist with operations for the day. New members have been added to the list.

    We want you to come out, help out, and be able to go for a flight as well. I know people have commitments that come up, so the same principle applies as with our tow pilots, instructors and duty pilots. If you can’t make a day, please find a member to swap with. If anyone has any questions, please feel free to contact

    Date Ground Crew
    26-May-18 Michael Dawson
    27-May-18 Xiaoyu Liu
    2-Jun-18 Colin Dale
    3-Jun-18 Andrew Du
    9-Jun-18 Matt Fenn
    16-Jun-18 Louis Hojnik
    23-Jun-18 Neil Burns
    24-Jun-18 Sue O'Brien
    30-Jun-18 Norm Hearn
    2-Jul-18 Kevin Huang
    7-Jul-18 Garry Stevenson
    8-Jul-18 David Xu
    14-Jul-18 Troy Evers
    15-Jul-18 Mitchell Ambler
    21-Jul-18 Brendan Knight
    22-Jul-18 Lulu Xu
    28-Jul-18 John Wright
    29-Jul-18 Luke Carman
    4-Aug-18 Luke Logan
    5-Aug-18 Toby Tan
    11-Aug-18 Grant Cramer
    12-Aug-18 Xiyao Sun
    18-Aug-18 Sue O'Brien
    19-Aug-18 Andrew Rigby
    25-Aug-18 Peter Gamble
    26-Aug-18 Luke Sparkes
    1-Sep-18 Hamish Tobias
    2-Sep-18 Greg Scott
    8-Sep-18 Andrew Taylor-Harris
    9-Sep-18 Jessica Walsh
    15-Sep-18 Ian Grant
    16-Sep-18 Geoff Speedy
    22-Sep-18 Ian Holt
    23-Sep-18 Steve Trone
    29-Sep-18 Toby Tan
    30-Sep-18 Jim Karamalakis
    6-Oct-18 Michael Dawson
    7-Oct-18 Xiaoyu Liu
    13-Oct-18 Matt Fenn
    14-Oct-18 Colin Dale
    20-Oct-18 Andrew Du
    21-Oct-18 Sujai Thomman
    27-Oct-18 Ron Fox
    28-Oct-18 Louis Hojnik
    3-Nov-18 Cup Weekend
    4-Nov-18 Cup Weekend
    10-Nov-18 Andy Blair
    11-Nov-18 Phil Calwell
    17-Nov-18 James Curry
    18-Nov-18 Phil Kotsanis
    24-Nov-18 Lachlan Hughes
    25-Nov-18 Harrison Blair
    2-Dec-18 Neil Burns
    8-Dec-18 Mitchell Ambler
    9-Dec-18 Norm Hearn
    16-Dec-18 Kevin Huang
    22-Dec-18 Garry Stevenson
    23-Dec-18 David Xu
    29-Dec-18 Wangaratta Camp
    30-Dec-18 Wangaratta Camp
    5-Jan-19 Wangaratta Camp
    6-Jan-19 Wangaratta Camp
    12-Jan-19 Brendan Knight
    13-Jan-19 Lulu Xu
    19-Jan-19 John Wright
    20-Jan-19 Luke Carman
    26-Jan-19 Luke Logan
    27-Jan-19 Greg Scott
    2-Feb-19 Sue O'Brien
    3-Feb-19 Grant Cramer
    9-Feb-19 Xiyao Sun
    10-Feb-19 Jessica Walsh
    16-Feb-19 Andrew Rigby
    17-Feb-19 Peter Gamble
    23-Feb-19 Luke Sparkes
    24-Feb-19 Hamish Tobias
    2-Mar-19 Andrew Taylor-Harris
    3-Mar-19 Ian Grant
    9-Mar-19 Geoff Speedy
    10-Mar-19 Ian Holt
    16-Mar-19 Steve Trone
    17-Mar-19 Jim Karamalakis
    23-Mar-19 Sujai Thomman
    24-Mar-19 Andy Blair
    30-Mar-19 Phil Calwell
    31-Mar-19 James Curry
    6-Apr-19 Phil Kotsanis
    7-Apr-19 Lachlan Hughes
    13-Apr-19 Harrison Blair
    14-Apr-19 Michael Dawson
    20-Apr-19 Easter Camp
    21-Apr-19 Easter Camp


  • 17 May 2018 10:23 | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The clubs operating and flying environment continues to change and evolve, along with community and member expectations and needs. To ensure the club continues to meet these expectations the club needs to evolve and change.

    The importance of the clubs web site has been increasing in importance since its inception in 1999.  A few years ago the club decided to split the web site, and create a dedicated site for non members (public facing), and another specifically for members, as both group have very different needs.

    The public web site is under development, and the member web site had been tuned and changed to suit new information like the weather station , web cams, flight radar (OGN) etc., and more importantly the ever increasing use of mobile devices to look at web sites.

    We are now seeking your thoughts on what could / should be included on the front page of the member web site, along with ideas and/or examples for a better more functional layout.

    Please forward your thoughts and ideas to so they can collated and incorporated.

    Kind regards Steve Trone


  • 12 May 2018 15:09 | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    I've added the YBSS glider strips to the OGN base map.

    If you become aware of anything else that is missing from the map please let me know at

    Cheers Steve

  • 08 May 2018 17:14 | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Listen to CTAF & Glider radio channels over the internet using the LiveATC link.  The ground station located at Bacchus Marsh (YBSS) receives transmissions from the Bacchus Marsh CTAF 118, and glider chat frequencies 122.5, 122.7 & 122.9 ( you need to be in range).

    To listen in a browser you will need Flash, personnel I've found it to start/open easier with Internet Explorer.  An iPhone and Android app is also available.

    There is bout a 10-20 second delay, site also includes a 30 day archive, if you need to find the rego of an aircraft.

    Happy listening, Steve Trone

  • 07 May 2018 18:46 | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The borrowed East and South web cams have been replaced with better units.  For those technically minded the old model were 1.3MP (megapixel) and the new ones are 4MP.  The view to the south appears a lot clearer.

    Enjoy, Steve Trone

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