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1 week ago

Adrian Lecky

m.facebook.com/story.php?story_fbid=2629506940709124&id=1791362354523591Light Sport aircraft for towing gliders? Optional Viper SD4 configurations can tow gliders up to 1700 lbs, and the incredible fuel efficiency and low maintenance costs can make a Viper SD4 the perfect choice for this task!

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Our 2020 flying season began on Saturday, May 23rd, with 12 flights. A lot of thought and discussion went into the strict rules we will follow for the start-up period. The club is closed to the public until further notice, and a sign to this effect has been posted at the gate. We are not flying the club two-seat gliders until we can determine a way it can be done following social distancing rules. Therefore, we will not be able to start training in the foreseeable future.
We're strictly enforcing social distancing, have set up hand sanitizing stations, are all disinfecting surfaces, and limiting some parts of the club . Also, any member self-isolating or under COVID-19 quarantine must stay home.
More experienced club pilots fly a solo flight under close observation by the most senior instructors (use the club Doodle to arrange timings), and a lot of new rules designed to keep everyone safe are in force. About half the club gliders are in use (IFX, JU, M7, towed by QIH), and also some of the privately owned gliders. Many of the pilots have been flying the Condor flight simulator at home to either build new skills, or sharpen old ones (post coming on this later on).
Work continues on the two club gliders undergoing 3000 hour inspections (flight time; annual inspections are also done in accordance with their maintenance manual requirements); shipping of parts from Europe has slowed the process, which last fall was expected to have been complete in February, and sanitizing before and after work, by one person, has slowed things quite a bit (serial operation vs parallel isn't as quick). We expect the work on the club ASW-20 and the second SZD-51 Junior to be finished "in the fullness of gliding club time".
We're following all applicable regulatory requirements, and will be reviewing any changes, and adjusting our operations as necessary. It isn't the season we expected, but it's the one we've got; our normal safety culture has been extended to cope. Hopefully, a vaccine will be found that can let us get back as close to the old normal as possible. Until then, it's a whole new world. Stay safe, and wash your hands a lot!
The pace of postings, and response time to query, will decrease somewhat. The best way if you want to be in touch is through the contact area of our club website, at gatineauglidingclub.ca/Directions.html . E-mail is best.
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1 month ago

Stephen Lazuk

Piper Navajo PXL was conducting some aerial photography in the Pendleton area at 5300 feet this afternoon and returned to Smiths Falls.. ...

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1 month ago

Gatineau Gliding Club - GGC

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2 months ago

Gatineau Gliding Club - GGC

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