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Summer NOTAC

So far this summer has seen us dealing with very dry conditions and smoke haze.  The Yarra Valley has a unique micro-climate and when it's smokey elsewhere, sometimes we're clear, and visa-versa.  Don't trust weather cameras, they don't tell an accurate story.  Call us before you make any decisions about flying to YLIL, or having a lesson.

While we had some very welcome rain in mid January, things are pretty dry, please take care when taxi-ing to avoid any obvious dust patches and do your runups away from them if you can. If in doubt, talk to our desk staff or instructors, and especially when it's windy, point your aircraft into the wind for run ups and parking where possible.

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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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