The new clubhouse was opened in style on Saturday 25th November in style with our annual club dinner and awards presentation.
In recognition of the efforts by Damian Hamilton toward the construction of the clubhouse it has been christened “Hamilton House” in his honor. Damian was a driving force in the inception, planning, project management and construction of the clubhouse over a period of several years and he was thanked by our president, Mick Webster, during the dedication. Many others that also but in a large amount of work construction the clubhouse were also thanked including, Ian Boggard, Brian Giersch & Paul Dickson to name a few.
A large part of the funding for the clubhouse has come from Coal & Allied at the Hunter Valley Operations mine and the clubhouse was officially opened by the mine General Manager, Tom Lukeman. Also representing HVO at the dinner were Tom’s partner, Sarah, the Technical Services & Planning Manager, Brendan O’Brien & his partner Kerrie and the Land & Property Manager, Jennifer Anderson.
After the official opening and champagne to celebrate the members & guests moved into the brand new clubhouse where a fantastic meal was served by the caterers, Mottys Far Cuisine. During the dinner the awards were presented for the 2011/2012 flying season which were;
Outstanding Flying Improvement - James Mahoney & Jamie Antonuccio
Best OLC Flight from Warkworth - David Pickles with a flight of 477km at 89.8km/hr
Most OLC km’s from Warkworth - Mick Webster with 8,754km flown
Most Improved Cross Country Pilot - Mark Rowe
HVGC Artist Award - Brian Giersch for his flight trace of a starfish on
Outlanding Award - Andrew Sutton for his landing on the mine haul road at Mt Arthur North
Best Chef Award - Aa Li Webster for continuing to feed the club members and visitors
After the awards & dessert the celebrations continued late on into the night with grand tales being told of past epic flights with booming thermals at every turn and cloud streets to the horizon in every direction. As the evening turned into the next morning the talk turned to the future flights that are going to be flown from Warkworth that would be even more epic than the old ones!
There are lots more photos of the event in the website photo gallery under the album People & Events. Click on the link to open the Clubhouse Opening Album.
December 1, 2011 at 5:45 pm
by Morgan · Filed under News
The weather station data has been offline for more than a month due to some problems with the host computer. It seems that Windows 7 doesn’t like working with the serial-to-IP converter and it also had problems with the new serial-to-USB converter I bought just to do this job.
My old Targus PA0882 converter does work with 64-bit Windows 7. I just downloaded the drivers from their web site, plugged it in and the weather data came through immediately.
I had to restore each graphic element on the weather page individually. The configuration was lost in the last upgrade of the Virtual Weather Station software. If you spot anything that isn’t updating, then let me know please.
June and July have been very busy at the club with lots of construction underway. And we haven’t even started the new clubhouse yet!
Dave’s hangar now has a full concrete floor…
Damian drove the bobcat.
Mick and Aa Li have been building “Aa Li’s Bar & Grill” as an annex to their caravan.
It has already been christened with a Hogwa party.
Along with the christening, there was also a batism, or more accuately, a Mictism. Cameron got some chilli in his eye and Mick helped him wash it out.
Dave’s caravan has a new roof…
Mark kept himself warm by the fire while dreaming about summer cross-country distances.
Then there was even some flying, with some absolutely beautiful weather on the first Saturday in July. It started out cold and blowing hard, with lenticulars forming to the east. During the middle of the day the wind died and the thermals went to more than 6000ft.
March 25, 2010 at 7:55 pm
by DamianH · Filed under News
Watch this space to keep up to date with the progress of the construction of the new club house.
Following a ballot in favour of building a new club house last Saturday, we are in the process of confirming quotes with major suppliers and contractors. The next step is to pay deposts to access engineering drawings and prepare a DA for Singleton Council.
The weekend started with Friday flying and recorded a total of almost 50 launches and 38 hours in club aircraft, also some personal bests. 24 launches on Saturday and 18 launches on Sunday with 8 students over the Saturday and Sunday. With the excellent weather on all three days brought out the best in everyone, from a packed house at the Saturday morning briefing to a Silver C claim by Mark Rowe (finally) and a Silver C height and 5 hours by Cameron Rowe. Dave Pickles test flew the PIC with new winglets and the first lessons for all 5 scholarship students. Thanks to all those who helped out to make this work so well, on the ground and in the air. More Happy Days to come.
Over the recent weeks the club had some very enthusiastic candidates trying their best to win the HVGC - Coal & Allied Scholarship. 5 very talented potential students dazzled the instructors with their knowledge and ability. Selecting 2 from the 5 is proving to be difficult and will certainly be rewarding for the 2 successful new students. First to show their stuff was Brad, Mitchell and Alex. The following weekend was Clarissa and Jordon.
Unfortunately my photographer was AWOL when ready to fly with Jordon. This by no means underestimates Jordon’s enthusiasm, knowledge and ability.