Presidents Report 2017 Scott Lewis
APS 2016 President's Report Melissa Fisher
Presidents Report 2015 Melissa Fisher
Presidents Report 2014 David Ind
Presidents Report 2013 Duncan Morris
Presidents Report 2012
This year has been again dogged with bad weather and hampered members getting to some of our events. We have only had one fly away this year with the hope of a larger event next year. The mainstay of our events has been again the PPP’s and the last one in Roma quite a success with a few first time attendees. Our committee meetings during the year have included tele-conferencing and skype as a means of direct communication. The committee has tried some new tactics to try and have a broader participation to our events. A trial of the Roma PPP at half our normal price attracted thirteen members. A survey was sent out to members to guage opinions and feedback about the Australian Piper Society from which we had a better than thirty percent response.. The newsletter along with a new members package was sent to Piper owners to see if we could attract new members and from this we have gained quite a few new members.
This year we were saddened with the loss of Steve and Gillian Knight in a tragic accident in Alaska. Steve and Gillian were often at our events and were well known to many of our members Steve ran a very successful building company on the Gold Coast.
The newsletter for us is quite a task with content hard to extract and much browsing from many web sites to make up the material for a minimum of twelve pages. I would like to thank those that regularly supply much of the content and in many cases for every newsletter. Perhaps the incoming committee can explore sponsorship and advertising with a member who has some marketing skills.
Earlier this year we had one of the breed groups organize a meeting which involved Mooney, Bonanza, Cessna, Piper and Comanche to better communicate with CASA and other regulatory groups. We met as a group in Walla Walla near Albury NSW and various topics were discussed including ageing aircraft, CASA regulations and alliances with other groups. To date we have heard no more and the next scheduled meeting time has now passed.
I would like to thank the committee for their help and support not only over the last twelve months but for the past three years. There have been some trying moments that they have helped me through but as a committee we have enjoyed encouraging new members and keeping in contact with current members. We have now been around for nine years, ten years if you count the original committee of Andrew Baraskill, Geoff Derrin, Min Stokes, Robert McCombie, Ray Peterson and myself.
I will be standing down as President as of now so as the Society can move forward with fresh new ideas. This I believe is good for the society and I wish the new committee well for the upcoming year. I will however still try to look after the newsletter and web site so hopefully you will keep sending items of interest, fly-a-ways and any other items that may be of interest to our members.
Please come and support your committee and enjoy a weekend or a longer fly away with your fellow members.
Presidents Report 2010-2011
This years AGM sees the Australian Piper Society begin its ninth year. For me it has been a hard year trying to emulate the efforts of past Presidents. We have continued with programs and activities from previous years and are continually looking at new ideas for future events. The web provider has now been changed, which has made updates a lot easier. This now means that members can be kept better informed.
Thankyou to the committee for their support over the last twelve months. Faye has kept the Pilot Proficiency programs running with interesting destinations, liaising with Tony Smith and making sure members are informed of future events. Irene has done a magnificent job with membership keeping records up to date and making sure the committee is briefed with membership changes. Irene was a great help to me with the web design/changes giving her time to source the best outcome for the committee.Duncan has brought the committee into the world of internet banking and not only been a very capable treasurer but a mentor to me on some of the more difficult issues. Barry arranged and hosted the last AGM in Roma and now in Dubbo, I am sure members will not have been disappointed with this weekend. Barry has already started preparing for our next Northern Safari which will be up and throughDarwin. David our Secretary has kept procedures in place and also ran the very successful Flinders Ranges South Australian fly away. Finally I would like to thankSterling for his support and articles he sourced for our newsletter.
This year we also had our technical support from Graham Bell. His information was invaluable this year with an article supplied on time for every newsletter.
Our Pilot Proficiency's have had mixed results with Port Pirie cancelled due to bad weather in January and the re-scheduled again in March. The Dubbo PPP was again cancelled due to lack of numbers. We are very hopeful that the next Pilot Proficiency Program to be held in Tumut on November 5th-7th will be well attended with hopefully an improvement in the weather.
I would like seeing more members support the fly aways, PPP's and even become involved in the committee. This will ensure the Society has a future that we can all participate in and enjoy.
The Avalon 2011 Air show committee invited general aviation groups to a planning dinner recently. The idea is to promote general aviation which they believe they have neglected in the past. The assistance we will receive from their committee makes the decision to attend more inviting than it has in the past. With this in mind I will be looking for help, ideas and manpower during the show March 1 - 6 2011
Finally I must thank all of those that have supported us over the last twelve months including those who have contributed articles for our newsletter.
We look forward to seeing new and familiar faces at our future events.
Presidents Report 2009-2010
After the AGM in Roma Qld., a new committee was formed with some new faces and a few members continuing with their commitment for this year.
I look forward to my term as President of the Australian Piper Society, and all members can be assured we will work hard to bring you up to date information and great fellowship on our fly aways.
We are very fortunate to have inherited all the hard work Tom Courtney and his committee has put in place over the years and on behalf of all of us I would like to thank Tom and his committee for their tireless work. Tom has agreed to continue with his help in the future, and we look forward to his involvement.
We have seen much change since Piper Society's inception in 2003 with the vision of Andrew Barraskil, our first President Min Stokes followed by Geoff Derrin who were totally committed to setting up the many programs we have today.
I would also like to thank Chris Johnson who has managed to distribute all our information as our Secretary. Not only did he keep us informed with our newsletter, but up to date with changes in regulations, service reports that affected our aircraft and other newsworthy items.
The AGM which was held in Roma was well attended and very well organized byBarry McCabe and Susan. There was a selection of town tours and sights of interest around Roma to please all those that attended.
The Coming Year
The new committee met recently to put forward plans for the coming year and to make sure all our obligations are met and are up to date legally and financially. We also checked to see if we were meeting the needs of the members and if there were areas we needing change to allow members to benefit from the Society.
Some of the issues the committee decided are as follows:
The PPP's have been held in various locations allowing as many members as possible the opportunity to participate.
Finally to members that I have not met please call me with any information or concerns you may have or just to say hello. When you participate in one of our functions you will be made most welcome. Please consider how you may be able to help, even an afternoon BBQ at your airfield; you may be surprised how many members are in your area.
Safe &Happy Flying
The President's Report - October 2008
This year's Annual General Meeting marks the end of the first five years since the formation of the Australian Piper Society
In those years there has been a lot of effort by a large number of people, both from within the general committee and from the general membership.
The initial enthusiasm for the founding of the Society soon translated into the work required to develop the Aims & Objectives, the Charter for the Society, establishing programs and activities and further developing these into professional programs of high quality.
The Society does not engage in lobbying or involve itself in issues outside of safety, pilot proficiency and promotion of goodwill.
Our programs include the Pilot Proficiency Stage I, the first of which was held at Deniliquin and attended by 6 members. This program is directed toward increasing pilot's knowledge and competency in the use of their own aircraft or aircraft which they regularly fly. It is not a test and there are no passes or failures. The knowledge which can be gained from attending this program is such that we have members who have attended it two and three times. It is interesting to note that one of the regular attendees has many hours in command and has a Command Instrument Rating. Stage II was developed and was run for the first time during the past year. This covers Piper Systems, Abnormal Situations, Weight & Balance, Weather to fly or not, Performance Graphs and Emergencies. It also includes a GPS component and Controlled Airspace.
Every year since formation we have held a major fly away. Last year we were able to have members who were unable to attend for the whole trip, join for a weekend or for a few days. This option was very popular and gave the opportunity for more members to be involved. The annual fly away has been formulated so successfully that it is developing a reputation as being the most professionally run and the most interesting event of its type. The 2009 Fly Away will be covering the Gulf, the Cape and the north east Coast in North Queensland, which in broad terms is the only area we have yet to visit.
Day and weekend Fly Ins have not been a regular or well attended feature of our event calendar and maybe members have just too much private or personal demands and don't have the time to fit fly ins into their busy schedule. On the other hand, the fly in to Evans Head a couple of years ago attracted 39 aircraft over the weekend. Next year we will see if we are able to emulate that highly successful event.
Membership initially peaked in the months immediately following formation of the Society and over the next couple of years fell by about 10%, where it has remained at a consistent number. Each year we have members who sell their Piper to buy another make or terminate their flying activities. Some have left to work overseas. Interestingly, we have members who own Jabiru, Cessna and Cirrus aircraft.
Many of our members are active volunteers for Angel Flight, giving their time and contributing to the cost of flying medically or financially disadvantaged members of the community to medical appointments or for compassionate reasons. At least two of our members have performed over 50 missions and another has over 100 missions.
As the Treasurer will advise, our finances are in good shape. This year we have produced APS name badges. Some of these have been distributed and other will go out in the mail in the next few weeks.
Since the formation of the Society in 2003, there have been many persons both on the committee and from the general membership who have contributed to building the organisation, running events and fostering cameraderie between individual members. Thanks to those people and a special thanks to those who continue to be members, and I am sure that, as in the past, future committees will continue to seek and value your opinions, suggestions and advice.
This year about half of the committee are not seeking re-election. Some of us feel that it is time to move on, due to pressure of work or just to devote more time to our other interests. New committee members can bring new ideas and a fresh enthusiasm. I thank all members for their support. I have really enjoyed my time on the committee and have made many new friends and acquaintances. I look forward to the continued growth and success of the APS and hopefully I will get to meet with more members in the coming years.
PS - Since writing the above, most of us who decided not to stand for re-election are back again, but with renewed enthusiasm and determined to make this not only our last year on the committee but also our best year..... Come and enjoy it with us.
15th October 2008
Past President Pages
From The President 2005/6
Overall, I believe that the Society has had a very successful year. I have had a great year as President. It has been a year I have enjoyed meeting so many people, attending so many Piper Society events and have learned so much from attendance at the four Pilot Proficiency Programs. From a personal perspective, the additional confidence gained from those programs and from meeting and talking to other pilots who have similar fears or concerns or learning from their different and sometime frightening experiences has been invaluable. The Outback Pub Crawl was an interesting, sometimes challenging, fun event with members from as far north as Mackay, as far south as Cobden and as far east as New Zealand. Although I missed the Evans Head flyin due to weather and was personally very disappointed, I understand that it was enormously successful. I was fortunate to be able to attend the Benambra fly in and the Piper Short Wing fly in at Tocumwal which both great events.
The year started with a bit of a shock when we found that the web site data base did not function properly and couldn't be relied upon for accurate membership information. This lead to confusion about who were members and who were not. It took us five months and a lot of frustration before resolving the membership to a reasonable degree of accuracy. The web operated database does not yet function properly and we have problems running two separate database systems.
We determined that the membership was stagnant which we felt was due to failure to provide members with adequate communication and with activities which would be expected from a society with such a diverse and geographically separated membership.
As such we initiated a fly in program, centred in different places around Australia, which allowed many members to meet each other and enjoy social interaction at these different locations. Each fly in and each of our PPP's were organised and hosted by a local member, and our thanks go out those members who were involved.
We tried to make these activities accessible to as many as possible and even our committee meetings were designed to coincide with Pilot Proficiency Programs or with an opportunity for a local fly in.
Our meetings and activities were at Deniliquin, Benambra, Narromine, Evans Head, Toowoomba, Latrobe Valley and Orange with the AGM at Cobden and the Aldinga fly in planned for end of November.
We continued with the exceptionally successful Pilot Proficiency Programs which were professionally designed and which had been operating successfully since the foundation of the APS. We changed the venue, which had been at Deniliquin on all previous occasions and took the program to the members. As a result we had Pilot Proficiency Programs at Deniliquin, Latrobe Valley, Toowoomba and Orange. This of course adds cost and administration for the Society. The increased number of attendees proved the value of the additional cost and administrative time.
We are now working on producing PPP Stage II which will deal in exciting detail with many of those practical and air time issues which confront us as part time pilots. We think this will be a great program which everyone who wants to improve their confidence, competence, efficiency and aviation skills, should attend.
The Outback Pub Crawl, although somewhat of a misnomer, and the largest event on our calendar, continued the initiatives of the previous committees and again proved an outstanding success. Nineteen aircraft and thirty nine persons from all over Australia took part and the riotous 70's night at White Cliffs was the culmination of an event which saw many friendships renewed and many new friendships made. In May next year the flyaway heads down the West Coast of Australia and is already 50% booked.
Evans Head and Benambra have been the subjects of individual reports.
Communication has been a major focus in the last year. The focus has been on activities which allow members to participate and to meet each other. Hopefully, this year the Committee will find the time to facilitate a system which provides members the opportunity to interact more freely on an individual level.
The web site has been revamped in stages I & II and stage III is in the process. We know that many do not have broadband access to the web and we have continued to mail out the bulletins, to ensure that members are kept fully informed. One area which needs some attention is to improve the system which allows members to advise when their email addresses change, as there are several who missed out on a number of emails later in the year.
Over the year membership has increased and the committee is conscious of the need to provide members with increased and better levels of activity and to encourage members to take matters into their own hands and organise events and activities which help members to meet and enjoy each others company. It doesn't have to be anything other than an open invitation to meet at a certain place on a certain day while having a bar-b-que. Make it a byo at a country or private airstrip or a fly in winery or a strip with a café or restaurant so that it doesn't matter whether one or one hundred turn up.
The year was at times exhausting and at times frustrating but the highs of meeting so many people, attending so many events and enjoying the company of others and learning something from just about everyone I met. The experiences were worth the work and effort and overall very rewarding. On balance, I came out the winner for being a part of the Committee.
The coming year has just as many challenges as the past year, but hopefully we will then have a Society which functions without too many problems and with a very much reduced workload for the Committee members. As volunteers, the work of the committee is done in personal time and often at the expense of family and private commitments. It is only through being on the Committee that we can appreciate the enormous amount of time and effort of individuals and previous Committees, which went in to forming this Association and establishing it as a successful aviation group.
Thanks to the present Committee for the efforts and contributions over the past year. Despite our glitches and hiccups, I believe that congratulations are due for the overall result and achievement and building on the work of the previous Committees.
We expect that 2006/07 will provide members with even greater potential for enjoyment and learning, which is the sole purpose for the existence of the APS.
15th October 2006