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Members Code Of Conduct

Contributing to the running of the club

It should be noted that the Gympie Gliding Club and GFA (Gliding Federation of Australia) are not commercial operations but rather they are not-for-profit organisations and relies on volunteers who contribute their time and skills to reduce the cost of flying for everyone; costs that otherwise would be considerably more expensive.

Membership of the club comes with the responsibility to contribute in one form or another beyond the fee members pay and the daily chores of getting the gliders and launch equipment ready. This not always possible for individuals to contribute on an ongoing basis but the from time to time may become involved in helping with projects such as the annual airworthiness inspections and maintenance of the gliders and or launch equipment. Others look after the cleaning of the club house for example. There are many ways for people to contribute. It was a 14 year old who built our original web site. It’s an honour system; people do what they can with what ever skills they have.  No one is checking up on anyone else, but over time it is easy to see who the net contributors are and who are the net users or exploiters of the others in the club.

Daily Chores

Each day the equipment has to be checked, cleaned, fuelled etc., and in order that thermaling conditions are not wasted, everything has to be made ready prior to the 10 a.m. daily briefing (earlier in summer) the. Daily briefing is where weather conditions, operational and safety matters discussed before the flying commences.

Daily Inspections

New members should familiarise themselves with the ‘GFA daily inspectors hand book’ and become competent at inspecting aircraft they intend to fly for themselves. Instructors and other members are happy to provide training.


The demands on the glider time are managed by the instructors for the benefit of everyone. Where circuit training (take off and landings) and or check flights are required and soaring are not required for the flight, this will usually be done early and late in the day. For example; pre solo pilots need to do more circuits but not exclusively so, they need thermaling time to develop those skills also.  Solo pilots or pilots receiving cross country training will use the middle of the day when thermal conditions allow such training, but again, not exclusively so, as they are required to have check flights with instructors from time to time.  It is expected that pre solo pilots will stay all day so this can happen. In fact it is expected that everyone will help get the gear out and put it away but this is not always possible. We operate as a team. Everyone take turns operating the winch and the retrieve. Students should learn the skills for winch launching as soon as possible via other members who will demonstrate procedures and assist new operators. New members should be familiarise themselves with the ‘GFA Ground launch manual’.

At times people come early and help get the gear out and leave early or come late and help put the gear away but the this should be the exception, not the rule. There is also an unwritten rule of ‘first come first serve’ that is taken into account when there is high demand on the gliders. At times of high demand, instructors will look to a ‘flight list’ usually organised by the ‘duty pilot’ (member appointed to log flight times etc.) who creates a list in order of peoples arrival time at the club. First to arrive are first to fly in conjunction with instructors managing the list for individual’s needs.

Please remember that the instructors are giving their time for free and they are required to be in charge for the whole day and are often giving up flying their own gliders to be bounced around the sky.  Instructors like to teach people and enjoy seeing people develop as pilots but don’t like being taken for granted. It is nice to here a thankyou now and again.