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Melbourne Coastal Route Reminder

If you're flying the Melbourne Coastal Route around Station Pier, the recommended altitudes were changed in December.  The VTC and VNC are NOT being recalled and re-released. Your charts, if paper, are WRONG and will be until the next release in May 2019. Yes, you're expected to have read the NOTAM.  Both Australian EFB vendors, AvPlan and OzRunways, have patched the charts in their software. Instructions for how to enable this patch in AvPlan are here.   We recommend that if you're flying around Station Pier that you exercise EXTREME CAUTION not to be embarrased.

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RAAus Scholarships are now open!

The RAAus is pleased to announce that 2020 scholarships are open to applicants of all ages. Applications for the 2020 round of scholarships open on 1st August (closing 31st August) and include the categories of Under 25, Over 25, Instructors, and Maintainers. We have a good record of LFS pilots being awarded these scholarships, so have a go! We'll help with your application references - contact our office or your instructor for a reference letter.

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Weekly Seminar Series starts this week

Our weekly seminar series starts THIS Wednesday the 12th of August from 6.00pm 'til 7.00pm. We're using the Zoom platform, which you can access from just about any device.Our first session is "A Pro's Guide to flying at Essendon Airport". Our special guest presenter is Kelvin O'Callaghan, who has around 40 years of experience working in Australian air traffic control and who is currently a tower controller at Essendon airport. Kelvin is also learning to fly with us at Lilydale!

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August Covid-19 Update

Sadly STAGE 4 has forced the LFS to cease flight training for the time being. Given the fact that in the last 4 months there have been zero cases of Covid-19 transmission in Melbourne-based flying organisations, a number of appeals are being made at high level to the relevant Victorian authorities to exempt flight training from the shutdown.We are hopeful on these appeals while there also appear to be some grey areas in the STAGE 4 restrictions as published that may give us room to continue. However, we feel it appropriate to give it 5 days in the hope that a government response to clarify, one way or the other, can be elicited. In the meantime, Yarra Valley Aviation will remain open 7 days per week as per our normal operating hours for essential flying only.

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