• Northern Rivers Aero Club

NRAC Newsletter - Issue #2 - February 2022

Updated: Feb 6

In This Edition:

- Online Booking System is now LIVE

- Murwillumbah CASA AvSafety Seminar

- Recommended Listening - I.L.A.F.F.T Podcast Episode 22

- Recent Achievements

- Upcoming Events

- “Back to School” Sausage Sizzle

- Trivia @ Mary G’s

- Social Media

- Monthly Quiz


Online Booking System – Now LIVE

The Online Booking System (Shlott Online Bookings) is now live and all members and students should now be able to make bookings online.

The system can be accessed through a link on the Aero Club website, or by visiting the following link: https://www.shlott.com/

There is also a dedicated computer available at the Club to enable all members to book their next lesson or flight while they are at the Club.

Should you need it, we have also made a User Guide available in the Resources section of our website here: https://www.recreationalpilot.com.au/resources

If you have any questions about the new booking system, or you haven’t yet received information regarding setting up your account, please don’t hesitate to contact the Club and we’d be more than happy to assist.


Murwillumbah CASA AvSafety Seminar

Recently a number of our instructors and members attended the CASA AvSafety Seminar at the Murwillumbah Aero Club. By all accounts a fun and informative evening was had by all, complete with a great spread put on by the Murwillumbah Aero Club too.

Key lessons/takeaways from the event:

· The importance of knowing your own limitations and sticking to them regardless of external pressures and other factors.

· Ego in decision making – its surprising how easily it can creep in, and potentially lead to making decisions that we know aren’t the best.

· Although EFBs and other apps can be extremely useful, it’s also important to be careful how they are used in order to ensure they don’t become a distraction and detract from situational awareness.

A big thank you to the Murwillumbah Aero Club for their hospitality.


Recommended Listening - I.L.A.F.F.T Podcast Episode 22

Many of you will have heard that we can often learn so much from the experiences of others, and there’s no doubt that many members and students likely enjoy the occasional episode of Air Crash Investigations.

In light of this, the Flying Magazine in the US produces an excellent podcast series called “I Learned About Flying From That” (I.L.A.F.F.T), in which pilots recount stories of events/incidents they have experienced and pass on the key lessons they learnt from those so that we can all be safer pilots.

Although all the episodes are incredible and insightful, this month we highly recommend listening to Episode 22 “The Silent Killer”, where pilot Dan Bass shares a personal story about the dangers of carbon monoxide and its effect on pilots in flight. Prepare to have your mind blown…you’re about to listen to an incredible story that will leave you wondering how on Earth Dan managed to survive…

You can listen to the episode by clicking on the image above, or by following this link: https://open.spotify.com/episode/4DslgEji52BcXXVx60uFiI

Note: During the podcast reference is made to images from Dan’s accident. You can find those images here: https://www.aopa.org/training-and-safety/online-learning/real-pilot-stories/dan-bass-accident-photos


Recent Achievements

Rebecca Quinn – Recreational Pilot Certificate

A massive congratulations to Rebecca (Bec) who successfully passed her Recreational Pilot Certificate flight test in mid-January.

From her first flight with us at NRAC, Bec’s bubbly personality and enthusiasm for flying has always been infectious. This achievement is just the beginning though…Bec still has plenty of goals, numerous ideas for events and activities at the Club and is even working to establish mentoring opportunities for local females with an interest in aviation.

Nathan Parker –Tailwheel Endorsement & Aerobatics and Spinning Training


Nathan recently spent a few weeks in Cessnock training with Phil Unicomb Aviation in their Citabria and Pitts S2A. He successfully completed his tailwheel endorsement and Aerobatic and Spinning training approvals for his instructor rating, leading to him receiving the coveted fez from Phil Unicomb himself. Congratulations Nathan!

Nathan with Phil Unicomb after receiving the graduation ‘Fez’ following successful completion of his flight test (Image Credit: Phil Unicomb Aviation)


Upcoming Events


Sunday 13th Feb - “Back to School” Sausage Sizzle

School is back in session, and we are excited to be back to normal flying ops for all members after the COVID restrictions. What better way to celebrate than to join us at the Club for a sausage sizzle on Sunday 13th Feb?

This informal and relaxed event will be a great chance to meet other members and students, enjoy a snag, and maybe squeeze in a few cheeky circuits too!

The snags will be hitting the BBQ from 11am til 2pm, but you’re more than welcome to join us beforehand for tea and coffee and stay as long as you like.

Wednesday 16th Feb - Trivia @ Mary G’s

The Club is hoping to get a team/group together for Wednesday night trivia at Mary G’s in Lismore. Trivia starts at 7:30pm, or join us at 6:30pm for dinner prior. Food, good company and tough questions…what’s not to like?

Please RSVP to the Club by Wednesday 9th Feb so we can secure a table.


2-3 July - Brisbane Airshow Trip (Watts Bridge, QLD)

Planing underway - Details TBC


Social Media

You can follow the Aero Club on social media through the following links:

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/northernriversaeroclub/

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/northernriversaeroclub/

Additionally, if you have been on any interesting adventures, or have any photos you’d like us to share, we’d love to do so. Tag the Aero Club @northernriversaeroclub on Facebook or Instagram, or send your photos or ideas to Nathan at the Club.


Monthly Quiz

Congratulations to Guy Knox who won last months quiz and secured himself a $10 pre-paid coffee card for the Club’s new coffee machine. Answers for last months quiz can be found at the end of this newsletter.

Every month, the person with the most correct answers will win a prize, or, in cases where multiple people answer all questions correctly, a winner will be drawn.

This month the winner will receive a $10 pre-paid coffee card for 6 pod coffees – the perfect pre- or post-flight beverage!

All you have to do is submit your answers to the Club through the entry box on the front counter. Good luck!

Quiz #2

1. Who is the NRAC Study Room named after?

2. What is the circuit height at YCAS (AMSL)?

3. How long is the runway at YLIS?

4. What is the recency requirement that must be met prior to carrying passengers?

5. What do the codes SHRA and GR stand for on a Terminal Area Forecast (TAF)?

-------------------------------------------------Quiz #1 Answers-----------------------------------------------------

1. What radio calls are legally required at Lismore Airport?

Any radio broadcast that you consider reasonably necessary to avoid the risk of a collision with another aircraft. (See CASR 91.630 and CASR Part 91 MOS 21.04)

2. Other than Club President Wally Soward, name one committee member who owns an aircraft.

Rob Gibson or Elio Zambelli

3. How large is the Surveillance Flight Information Service area at YBNA?

Surface to 8500ft AMSL within a 15nm arc from YBNA, excluding a 5nm arc around YLIS and the 30NM DME CG arc

(See AIP SUP H88/21)

4. How many aircraft currently reside in the hangar at the Club?

Four (4)

5. CASA recently introduced new regulations. What are these regulations referred to as, and when did they come into effect?

Civil Aviation Safety Regulation (CASR) 1998 Part 91, December 2021


Stay Tuned for the Next Edition!

This newsletter is first and foremost for you, the members.

Is there anything you would like to see in future editions?

Have you got an interesting story or flying adventure to share?

Feel free to send any submissions through to nrac@bigpond.net.au or to Nathan at the Club to have it considered for future editions of the newsletter.