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Welcome to the new year, It seems like I only just finished the last event in 2017 and now there is a growing list of events to consider for 2018. I know I cannot get to them all but one that does spark interest is the Electric Millennium Cup. The trusty Radian stands at the ready and in the spirit of the Millennium Cup I’ve started practicing with my converted bungy launch Prophet IV from 1983.

With NEFR 2018 rapidly approaching the committee are busily dotting the I’s and crossing the T’s to ensure this signature event provides maximum fun and maximum flying. But of course your help is needed, and all you need to do is come along. A sneak look at the entries to date suggests that vintage electric glider will be a goer this year. The pressure is now on for me to finish the Thermalist vintage glider I started to build for last years NEFR.

While many of us fly a wide variety of aircraft, all eyes will no doubt be on F5J this year with World Championship selection trials commencing at Milang in March. While the Armidale Sailplane Expo this year is not a selection trial event, I’m sure that the participants will be representative of who will be serious aspirants when the trials start at Milang.

At the upcoming AEFA AGM to be held during the NEFR in Canberra, all AEFA committee positions will be declared vacant with the 2018/2019 committee to be elected from nominations received. So if you have considered being on the AEFA committee, or wish to nominate someone you would like to see on the committee, then contact the AEFA secretary Ralph Dephoff (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) for a nomination form.

The Stork glider didn’t arrive at Christmas but a flying wing did, perhaps a contender for foamy pylon at NEFR. It’s built, with a more powerful motor of course, and ready to maiden. So if you live in the northern suburbs of Sydney keep your head low for the next couple of weeks. I hope I don’t get a new nickname...dangerous Trev!

Until next time.....Trevor Smith

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