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ORMAND Flying Club launches Its Summer Schedule
 
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This week the Ormand Flying Club based out at Birr Airfield launched it summer schedule. By all accounts it will be a busy summer.

Firstly there is an Open day scheduled for June 22nd. They are inviting all those interesting in flying to attend. Members will be on hand to answer queries and explain what's involved in gaining a Private Pilots License. Each year the Ormand Flying Club has 2-3 graduates from its flight school. The most recent were Johnny Keating and Gordon Hendrick. Usually students take about 2 years to complete their training at Birr. The curriculum is approved by the Irish Aviation Authority and covers all aspects of airmanship. A comprehensive goundschool is run during the winter months. To date the Ormand Flying Club has a 100% success rate for students going on to do their flight tests.

Concurrently on the same day June 22nd they are running competitions for local and visiting pilots. Competitions usually consist of Timed circuits, timed arrivals and spot landings. To win the timed circuit competition pilots have to take off and land in 6 minutes. That is, from the time the plane leaves the ground until the wheels touch again, the time elapsed has to be exactly 6 minutes. Usually there is a spread of around thirty seconds around the six minute period. However last years competition was very competitive and the winner actually landed at 6 minutes on the dot. Timed arrivals are different. When visiting pilots come from other aerodromes they nominate a time that they expect to arrive overhead at Birr. The Pilot who arrives closest to his nominated time wins the competition. This takes skill to calculate as wind speeds and other traffic conditions have to be borne in mind. Loitering disqualifies. Spot landings are very interesting to watch. A white line is painted on the runway. The object of the exercise is to get the aircrafts wheels to touch down on the line. If the day is at all breezy this gets very interesting. Over the years there have been other competitions like aerial treasure hunts, paper chases, etc. The competition day will be an opportune time to see a variety of planes from all over the country. It will be an informal occasion so there will be more opportunity to talk to pilots and aircraft owners than is usual at most of the clubs other events.

This year is the centennial of the first ever manned flight by the Wright Brothers. December 17th 1903 Wilbur and Orville first took to the skies at Kittyhawk, North Carolina. The Young Eagles Program was launched by the EAA in Wisconsin. The ambition is to Fly One Million Young people between the ages of 8 and 17 by the time of the 100th anniversary of powered flight 10:35 am 17th December 2003. Each Young Eagle is presented with a certificate with their name and the name of their pilot entered on it. All names are then entered in the worlds largest logbook, with the name of every young eagle flown. This can be examined on-line at www.youngeagles.org. To date more than 900,000 Young Eagles have been flown. The Ormand Flying Club is running a Young Eagles weekend on July 19th and 20th this summer. This promises to be a big event. They plan to fly 100 Young Eagles that day as part of the effort to reach the 1,000,000 goal by December 17th. How do you become a Young Eagle? To qualify you must be between the ages of 8 and 17 and have parental consent. It will be run on a competitive basis. Look up the Ormand Flying Club website at www.ormandflyingclub.com for an entry form. There will also be entry forms in the local papers over the next number of weeks. This promises to be a most entertaining and educational weekend.

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