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Winter is almost over

The last few weeks have been wet and our grounds have had a lot of rain.  We need it, but it does affect our operations - in particular how we handle takeoffs and taxi-ing.  While everything is lovely and green, we need to make sure that as much as possible we avoid taxi-ing over any puddles or standing water.  Roy, our dedicated grounds keeper, does a great job of moving our taxiways and runways around to keep them working all year, we need to help him out by sticking to the marked taxiways and if you notice anything getting muddy, please let us know ASAP.

PLEASE STAY OFF THE BRAKES unless ABSOLUTELY NECESSARY!

We also need to use soft field take off techniques, in our training aircraft this means getting the nosewheel off the ground early to reduce rolling resistance and using our recommended flap settings.  In the Jabirus that's a 1 stage takeoff, in the Warriors and Archers, two stages.  If you're not sure, we can show you how, just book an instructor for a quick sortie and we'll get you proficient. This is a great technique to know about, as many country strips are grass, and being able to do a good soft-fielder can be the difference between making a trip go-ahead or not.

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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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