David Pietsch from Canberra GC has produced a set of training and safety notes for our annual wave soaring camp for many years. His guidance document has evolved and been improved over time. The current 2014 version is now a very mature, polished product, with some great attachments all relevant to flying in the hazardous high altitude environment. I endorse its contents without reservation.
Foreign Pilots & the Operation of Foreign Registered Gliders in Australia
Australia welcomes overseas glider pilots and we try to make it easy for you to fly here. However, ultimately we are governed by the Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA) and there are formalities we all have to comply with.
Regardless of whether the glider(s) concerned in any given operation are registered in Australia or a foreign country, foreign pilots operating in Australia under the auspices of the GFA must be GFA qualified, be issued with GFA pilot authorisations for the tasks contemplated, and must be members of the GFA and an affiliated club.
To have an effective Safety Management System, we need to be able to learn from our mistakes. To do so we need to report our mistakes, determine the cause(s) and implement remedial actions.This requires an honest and open culture where admitting mistakes is not considered a weakness, punitive action being a thing of the past and misdemeanors being addressed in a just manner. If we achieve that we are well on the way to being an effective learning organisation with good prospects for a much improved accident record. - David Pietsch, Canberra Gliding Club
Use of oxygen and protective breathing equipment . The regulations pertaining to the provision and use of oxygen systems are contained in Civil Aviation Order (CAO) 20.4. These regulations apply to all Australian aircraft and the supplemental oxygen requirements for sailplanes can be summarised as follows