Icom at the Worlds

As you may know, Icom Australia has loaned a number of CB and air band radios for organiser use at the Worlds and assisted Vicki in dealing with the issue of 2m radio use so that the local rules could be changed.

In addition, I will be there representing Icom for the first week (and maybe longer). I will have a basic electronics tool kit, spares for fixing headsets and PTT units and a number of Icom CB radios that can be hired by competitors in an emergency if they whack and damage gear. (Unfortunately I cannot offer 2 metre replacement radios.) You may wish to let team captains know that this service is available.

Teams or competitors that need to get in touch with me can do so via the mobile: 0439-302-809, flag down the big, black Icom pickup truck (you can't miss it!), or track me down at the airport. (look for the ATOS).

I will be arriving in Forbes by the 4th.

John Reynoldson


Practise Flying is ONLY available to those pilots who pre-register and hold a current HGFA Visiting Pilot Membership.  Dependant on pilot interest the proposed dates for practise flying will be 28 December 2012 – 5 January 2013 in Forbes and 28 - 31 December (possibly the 1 Jan too) in Gulgong.  There will be 2 – 2 hours towing sessions, late morning and afternoon.  Other times must be organised with the tug pilot and/or launch staff.  The tug pilot and/or launch staff has the right to cancel towing operations as they see necessary due to the conditions.  Each tow will be $25 AUD.  Further information will be provided to those pilots who pre-register.  Please pre-register your interest by emailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. stating which days and what location you would like to fly. 

On line live tracking

The meet director is encouraging pilots to display their positions while flying in real time on-line. Spectators should see pilots with SPOT trackers here: http://www.flytrace.com/Tracker/map.aspx?group=97 and anyone using Telstra Next G cell phones using the Gaggle app should show up here: http://livetracker24.com and the Italians will have their own web page which should be found from here: http://www.d-s-x.net/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=34&Itemid=27&lang=it. At the moment there is no single web page where everyone will show up.

Updated Meeting Schedule:

Friday, 4 Jan 2013 

9:00am - 1:00pm

Sprog Measuring (Forbes High School Gymnasium - 18 Wyndham Ave)
Training session for team leaders

Saturday, 5 Jan 2013

11:30am - 3.30pm

Sprog Measuring (Forbes High School Gymnasium - 18 Wyndham Ave)
Training session for team leaders


Mandatory Team Leader Briefing at HQ


Parade to Opening Ceremonies
All pilots to meet at HQ

Sunday, 6 Jan 2013 


All pilots mandatory Safety Briefing at HQ