January 26, 2017

written by
Grant McHerron

Northam to host Nationals again in 2017!

The Australian Ballooning Federation is pleased to award a sanction to the Northam Aero Club to host the 2017 Australian National Hot Air Ballooning Championships.

The Australian Nationals is the premier hot air balloon event in the Australian calendar and features some of the best balloonists in Australia together with invited pilots from overseas as they compete to win the title of National Champion. These championships will also be used to select the pilots who will represent Australia at the World Championships to be held in Austria in 2018.

The event will be held in and around the town of Northam & the Avon Valley between the 1st and 9th of September 2017. This event will build on the successful event that was run in 2015.

We wish to acknowledge the WA State Government's Royalties for Regions and the Shire of Northam for the support provided for the event and the Northam Natioanals organising committee for the huge amount of effort to get to this point. We would also like to thank the community of Northam for embracing our sport.

See you all in Northam in September!

Martin Tregale
Australian Ballooning Federation
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January 11, 2017

written by
Grant McHerron

Bureau of Meteorology releases improved Automated Weather Information Service (AWIS)


The Bureau of Meteorology has introduced an improved Automated Weather Information Service (AWIS). The service has additional parameters and the format is aligned with ATIS. The new services is only available via phone and is accessible via a new set of phone numbers.

The new and old AWIS telephone numbers are tabled in AIP Supplement H173/16 (a 140kb PDF).

Click here to access the PDF


The new service will run in parallel with the existing service until 25 May 2017, when the old service is planned to be decommissioned.

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The Bureau seeks industry feedback to determine if there are any reservations to ceasing the old phone service:

  • Feedback period: 4 January – 31 January 2017
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  • Subject: C-AWIS
  • Feedback: No reservations OR reservations , and providing comments if there are reservations