June 28, 2016

written by
Grant McHerron

2016 AGM Advice & call for Nominations

The ABF Annual General Meeting is planned to be held on Saturday 27 August 2016 at 2pm.  The AGM location is yet to be set, however Members will be advised well in advance. 

Nominations are now called for ABF Executive and Regional Representative positions.  All Members, except Associate Members, are able to nominate or be nominated for a Committee position.  

Nominations are now open and close on Thursday 28 July 2016 at 5pm.  Please click here to download the AGM Advice and Nomination Form.  

Positions to be filled are Executive Positions of the ABF - President, Vice President, Secretary and five Regional Representatives.   

Nominations should be forwarded by mail, emailed PDF or hand delivered to the National Administrator to arrive at the National Office no later than close of business (5:00pm) on Thursday 28 July 2016

Your contribution to the ABF is greatly encouraged.

Warmest regards 
Donna Pilling
National Administrator 

June 12, 2016

written by
Grant McHerron

CASA's AC-131 and proposed CTAF changes at Narromine/Dubbo & Benalla/Wangaratta

Please be aware that CASA have released updated & new information of interest to balloonists in two recent publications.

Update to Advisory Circular 131-01:

Advisory Circular 131-01 replaced CAAP 41-1(1) back in April 2016 and was updated in June 2016. AC 131-01 contains an overview of the rules & regulations covering balloon airworthiness, maintenance, logbooks and fan operations. All balloon owners, operators, pilots & crew should read this AC, especially the final section on fan operations.

You can find AC 131-01 on the CASA website at:

Proposed CTAF Changes at Narromine/Dubbo and Benalla/Wangaratta:

CASA is proposing to change the CTAF frequencies at Narromine & Dubbo and at Benalla & Wangaratta. In order to improve safety in relation to instrument approach procedure changes the airport pairs are to have the same CTAF frequency.

It is important for balloonists that operate at or near either of these airport pairs to be aware of the proposed change. You should read the overview provided by CASA and contact them if you have any comment on the matter

You can access information about the proposed change on CASA's website at:

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