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President’s Message

by Trevor Smith

What a great NEFR 2019 – lots of flying, fantastic facilities and great weather. From the feedback received, NEFR 2019 was a relaxed rally with no rushing between events and unlike 2018, all scheduled events were completed. 

A show of hands at the presentation indicated support for the four-day program so four days it is for NEFR 2020. Book the dates - 10-13 April 2020, and see the report on this year’s event on pp. 3-8.

A special tribute to Dave Pratley. The PA system failed in the very last group of F5J at the NEFR. Dave grabbed the microphone and came to the rescue, standing on the flight line and calling out all the times and count down until the end of the flight.

Thanks Dave. Quick thinking and well done!

The AEFA AGM (and election of the committee) is held at NEFR and this year saw a changing of the guard. Peter Pine, who has dedicated decades to the AEFA in various roles, has stepped down from the committee. AEFA would not be what it is today without the contribution made by Peter.

Also stepping down from the committee was Terry Scolari, committee member for QLD. Terry has served as a past President and committee member and we thank him for his contribution.

At the AGM, the Special Resolution requiring all AEFA committee members to be MAAA members was passed, and the updated constitution has been submitted to Consumer Affairs Victoria. 

The motion that the AEFA apply to the MAAA for recognition as the Electric Glider NSIG was also passed. With these two matters resolved we are now able to apply to the MAAA for recognition as the Electric Glider NSIG and I am now preparing the application to be forwarded to the MAAA.

We have another departure from the AEFA team. Mike Colston, who has for the past seven years been the editor of the monthly EOT email, has had to step down due to health reasons. Its been a pleasure working with Mike and we wish him well for the future.

Until next time….

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