News Release 13 June 2016
ROBERT HALL Becomes MEMBER OF THE ORDER OF AUSTRALIA
For significant service to sport aviation, particularly to gliding, through leadership, advocacy and training roles, and to the promotion of safety standards.
On 13 June 2016, Dr Robert James Hall AM was made a
Member of the Order of Australia.
Bob Hall has been a glider pilot since the early 1960s. He was instrumental in the creation of what is now Bathurst Soaring Club, one of the largest gliding clubs in Australia, where he is still an active flying member.
He has worked ceaselessly for the advancement of sport aviation, gliding and above all, promotion of safety standards.
Services that Bob has performed, and provide the basis for his honour include:
Air Sport Australia Confederation
Chair, Technical Committee, since 2008.
Board Member, 1998-2008.
Representative, Industry Forum, Australian Strategic Air Traffic Management Group, 2009 - 2015.
Gliding Federation of Australia
President, 2001-2005 and Immediate Past President, 2005-2006.
Vice President, 2000-2001.
Chairperson, Operations Panel, 1991-1996.
Convenor, Airfields and Airspace Committee, 1990-2006.
Chief Flying Instructor (by rotation), Bathurst Soaring Club, circa 1970s-2015; Level 3 Instructor since 1977; Instructor since 1972; and Vice-President, 2000.
Member, Standards Consultative Committee, Civil Aviation Safety Authority, since 2011.
Contributed to establishment of Airspace and Environment.
Regulatory Unit, Airservices Australia, 'no dates'.
Awards and recognition include:
Recipient, Paul Tissandier Diploma, Federation Aeronautique Internationale, 2009.
Recipient, Gold Medal, Air Sport Australia Confederation, 2012.
Life Member, Gliding Federation of Australia, 2006.
The sport of gliding is an exhilarating, spectacular and serene flying experience. Gliders take to the air like birds with wings outstretched, soaring on rising air currents, immersed in three-dimensional space and flying silently with an eagle’s view of the world.
Men and women of all ages can learn to fly gliders. In Australia you can fly solo from the age of 15 and some pilots continue gliding into their eighties. It is never too late to learn to glide and many pilots take up the sport in their 40s, 50s or even 70s.
The modern glider is a sophisticated, highly aerodynamic aircraft without an engine, designed to travel at speeds approaching 300 kph and capable of heights in excess of 10,000 metres.
Caption: Australian, Matthew Scutter - Junior World Gliding Champion
Matthew won the Junior World Gliding Championships in Narromine NSW December 2015
Australia to host WORLD GLIDING CHAMPIONSHIPS **
The 34th FAI World Gliding Championships will be held in Benalla, Victoria, on 8 - 21 January 2017. Over 100 competitors from 30 nations are expected to compete in one of the greatest sport aviation events in the world.
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WORLD GLIDING CHAMPIONSHIPS
Benalla, Victoria, 8 - 21 January 2017
Visitors welcome - Gliders - Simulators - Family friendly - Great day out
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