Presidents Report

Dear Members,

A win in VCAT

After 14 months of preparing and fighting our case in VCAT we have won the Church Hour Existing Use Rights application despite the Shire obstinance and relentless attacks on PAC through the media.

VCAT have ordered the Shire to delete the “Church Hour” condition from our permits, which will allow us to fly on Sundays between 0930 & 1030 as we have done for decades. The order has also provided an opportunity to pursue costs, which we intend to do.

The VCAT decision states, “In the present case the permits in place indicate the use was being lawfully carried out …”.  This would seem to negate all of the Shire’s claims that we have no permits, or that we are operating unlawfully.

We hope the Shire will reconsider its attacks and think about how much all of these actions are costing ratepayers as well as the damage this is doing to their reputation.

Online Training

This month we have introduced a BAK on line training course, which had sold out within the week. COVID has made us reflect on what we can do to help members continue to develop our skills and keep us occupied and up to date with training.

Over the next few months we are working on developing a number of courses for endorsements such as Tailwheel, Formation and Aerobatics. We are also developing a GPS course, night VFR and Flying Instructor rating programmes.

Our world has changed and we need to adapt.  Our instructors are very excited to bring everyone a new and exciting way to develop our skills.

We are also working on developing some on line learning opportunities and bring CASA safety presentations and guest speakers.

AGM

Our AGM is not far away and we need to ask members to think about paying it forward and joining the committee. We always need people with enthusiasm and skills to help manage the club and continue to build upon what others have done before us.

Our club is, in my mind, the best in Australia, not only for our members but our relationship with the community. We need new blood and enthusiasm to join a successful and cohesive management committee to help drive the club into the 2020s and beyond.

If you feel you have the something to bring to the club and have a sense of duty and community please nominate. If you would like to know more feel free to give me or anyone on the committee a call.

Lastly it is becoming clear this AGM will need to be conducted via Zoom this year owing to the COVID restrictions, which is disappointing but as you will understand is completely sensible.

We will be sending separate notification of AGM details, and a call for Committee nominations and, especially important this year, proxy nominations, as soon as arrangements can be completed.

Presidents Report

Dear Members,

Turning a negative into a positive is always admirable, but not always easy to do. During the COVID-19 shutdown we’ve made use this precious time the best way we can and have taken this opportunity to do things we may not have been able to do before. I’m excited to announce that we are undertaking a major review of our operations and looking at how we can improve things for our members, students and our community.

I am pleased to share with you that we have undertaken a brand and positioning review of PAC and all that we do. Not only does it allow PAC to introduce a new visual identity, it also represents a fresh start. PACs rebranding creates a unique opportunity for us to communicate a renewed focus and a new strategy which reflects who we are as a club and the direction we are heading.

Our mission, vision, and values govern every decision we make, including brand decisions.  To kick the process off we have updated our logo with a more modern look that will retain the brand loyalty we’ve built for over almost 60 years, while refreshing our image to keep up with changing times. This fresh, unique look belongs to us and represents our club as we continue to strive in standing out in our industry. It still looks familiar, but it’s our design and captures a little bit of an art deco feel to reflect heritage and strength. You’ll start to see changes to our identity system, website, social media profiles, and our new visual brand signature around the airport.

Whilst the logo is fabulous, it’s only the header to the substance of what we are about. Our aim is to project a modern, safe aeroclub and that PAC is the leading aeroclub in Australia – and of that we are incredible proud of. PAC is where aviators come to fulfil their aviation dreams, where we support diversity, and provide the opportunity to learn to fly and achieve their ambitions.

We have it all. Whether you want to build an aircraft, seeking adventure, to meet and share experiences with like-minded people in a social setting or a technical one, we have it right here. We also want to make it clear we are part of the community and a force for good, where we continue and grow our support for local charities and facilitate emergency services.

We have built a new website that helps project these values and commitments, which is now fully integrated with social media i.e. Facebook, LinkedIn, YouTube and Instagram etc. We have also reviewed our learning opportunities to allow us to provide pre-recorded training videos, power point materials and other learning resources to help students develop faster and ensure safe and quality outcomes.

Over the next few months we will release a number of promotional campaigns to attract new members to PAC as well as inform the community about who we are and the value we bring. Additionally, we will be producing some fun stuff with new more modern merchandise – this means some new look clothing and useful flying tools and toys.

PAC is already the biggest and the best, and we want to make PAC the GA aviation place to be. We have it all and can cater for everyone, be it a career, be it a dream or be it adventure. PAC can offer everyone that seeks aviation with a safe and advanced environment to achieve and enjoy more.

We thank you for your continued support and for sharing your passion with us here at the club. Our members are the heartbeat of PAC and we are so excited to move forward into the future with you with gratitude and pride.

Kind regards
President Jack

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