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Monday, 14 October 2013 14:10

William Bill Harvie awarded by VSA 2013!


VSA Living Treasures
In 2005 the VSA created an award event, Living Treasures, to formally recognise the contributions of long serving individuals within our various VSA clubs. These were typically individuals at the 'grassroots' level of our sport who had given long and devoted service to their club in such matters as club accounts, club newsletters, aircraft maintenance, instructors, tug pilots and so on. All essential activities which make for a good club.
After careful consideration our committee nominated our Tug Master Bill Harvie for Southern Riverina Gliding Club Living Treasures Award.
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Bill Harvie receving VSA Award from John Switala VSA President on 12th October 2013

Bill Harvie is a very easy going, laid back character on the airfield. You will find him quietly sitting in his folding chair beside the tow plane dozing off in the sun until someone yells out for a tow. Nothing is too much trouble for Bill. As a man of few words you make sure you listen to what he has to say. He is a friend to us all at the Southern Riverina Gliding Club and was a foundation member who has also loaned money for the purchase of our tow plane.

Bill is now 75 years old. As far as we know he has been flying for over forty years. He began flying with the Murray Border Flying club. In those days it was an active club that provided power training with a competent instructor. His cousin Jim Ball introduced him to Sportavia where he became a regular tow pilot as well.

At this gliding school Bill also learned how to fly gliders. Very soon he preferred to fly open class gliders. His favourite was the 19 metre Kestrel. He also flew the 18 metre LS6 and the Nimbus 3. With these open class gliders he enjoyed many hours of cross country flying. Bill gained his Air Experience Instructor rating and then his level 1 instructor rating for gliding.

Eventually he purchased a Citabria power plane which he took on cross country flights all over Australia.

With the formation of our club he became our main tow pilot and tug master. Parallel to this activity he was an instructor for an ultrlight flying school based at Tocumwal. He always lends a helping hand for maintenance and repairs and our club was thankful to be able to draw on his vast experience in aviation.

Bill was a local farmer but is now retired and lives in a new home surrounded by beautiful gardens that he and his wife, Judy, built.

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Southern Riverina Gliding Club is proud to have mebmers like Bill!

Once again our congratulations to Bill! Well deserved!

Last Updated on Monday, 14 September 2015 17:23

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During the Second World War the town was the site of Royal Australian Air Force Station Tocumwal, which was a major Royal Australian Air Force training airfield and aircraft depot. Today, the airfield has grown to be a renowned gliding site.