FlyPaper Update

Posted 10 months, 8 days ago    0 comments

After tonight's committee meeting, I have a few updates to events in the recent FlyPaper Newsletter.

  1. The committee has decided to cancel our visit to Taupo Gliding Club this weekend.  I am sure the Taupo club would welcome PGC members who showed up with a glider on the day.  However, there will be no PGC gliders or instructors.  The next PGC flying day is Wed 25 Jan.
  2. I am told that the national club class championship will not be held from 27 Jan to 4 Feb as planned.  There will likely be some sort of event or club flying on that week - so keep your eye on the booking page of the club website.  Hopefully there will be some sort of gliding activity from Sat 28 Jan to Mon 6 Feb
  3. Our club meeting to discuss our twin glider options will go ahead at 10:00 Sun 5 Feb as planned.
  4. The PGC cross country weekend will take place on Feb 18/19.



Posted 10 months, 11 days ago    0 comments

The January 2017 issue of the FlyPaper newsletter is available and can be downloaded here!




flypaper 2017 jan.pdf

World Champs Videos

Posted 10 months, 15 days ago    0 comments

Hi all, Gliding New Zealand has been producing videos of the world champs. Check them out on the Gliding NZ facebook page. Note you can still watch these even if you don't have a facebook account :) Just click "not now" and put up with the white box at the bottom of the page.

Yesterday was a good day for Steve and myself, with a solid number of points for the first contest day. John was late and ran out of daylight, so had to start his engine to get home. Most others came mid field, with solid points. All the points are close except for Kawa in 15m who was another 5km/h faster than everyone else... See results at:

Looks like another hot blue day today.


Mark in OB
Mark in OB

Brett in VZ
Brett in VZ

Alan and Kingaroy tow pilot Neil
Alan and Kingaroy tow pilot Neil

It's all very exciting
It's all very exciting

34th FAI World Champs

Posted 10 months, 20 days ago    0 comments

Hello from Australia! Today is practice day 3 of the 34th World Gliding Champs.

To recap, we've got 6 NZers flying, plus crews, families and helpers. Pilots flying are Alan Belworthy (ASW27) and Steve Wallace (Ventus2) 15m, Mark Tingey and Brett Hunter (JS1s) in Open, and John Coutts (Ventus3) and myself (18m).

Crewing and helping we have: The Wallace family, The Coutts family, The Belworthy family, Barbara Hunter, Mark's partner Angela, Terry & Karen, Julian (Team Captain) & Janet Elder, Robert Smits, Lyndsay Stephens and arriving soon weather man Dave Hirst and there are rumours others such as Ross Gaddes, Steve Foreman and Paul Schofield are going to turn up.

It's amazing the effort everyone has been putting in, and we're nearly organised! There have been a few technical issues such as radios not working, and Steve's glider needing quite a bit of work such as tire change, wing leaking water (Still!!!), ASI not working due to crimping of a pipe. Otherwise all gliders are working smoothly.

The ASG29 I'm renting is working out very well, it has an LX9000, oxygen, parachute, and everything is working smoothly. I can even fit in it, after a bit of wrangling. No seat pan for me, and pedals at full extension which is how I end up in most gliders.

Official contest website. It has heaps of info, links, news and videos

So where to find results? On soaring spot:

Where to follow up to the minute news? On Facebook generally, there are a number of channels to follow:
Official WGC
Gliding NZ - we'll post most team news there
Tim - I'll post the odd update on my page, but will stick to the GNZ page.

Live Tracking - I think we'll be launching between 12 and 1pm normally (2-3pm NZ time), and depending on the day can fly until 6pm (8pm NZ). Only 1 person of the 2 in each class will have a tracker. And the're delayed by 15 mins or so.!/tracking.aspx?contestID=25780

I've also set up my own tracker on SPOT and also my cell phone which I'm trying out so Robert (crewing for me) knows exactly where I am.

I've still got a Give a Little funding page open if anyone wants to help contribute. Total costs so far are around $11,000 so every little bit helps!

Today is the final practice day, with a BBQ at the club tonight. Tomorrow is a no fly day and opening ceromony. Then on Monday, we are into it. Bonza!


John's brand new Ventus 3 to fly
John's brand new Ventus 3 to fly

Karen and Terry looking casual
Karen and Terry looking casual

Steve and Robert sorting stuff
Steve and Robert sorting stuff

John sorting his radio
John sorting his radio

Just some of the landings. It gets pretty full on with 120 gliders landing at once...
Just some of the landings. It gets pretty full on with 120 gliders landing at once...

Funeral, Australia and Spring Flying

Posted 1 year, 1 month ago    0 comments

Hi folks, a few things.

First up John Shuttleworth's funeral will be held at Piako club's hangar on Saturday, 22 October at 11am. There won't be any flying that day.

Australian Nationals

There are 2 days left, with the weather looking more like Matamata today. Low cloud, and showers forecast. Results are going up on SoaringSpot:

There are pics and notes from the contest available on the new Matamata Soaring Centre facebook page, I believe it is public so you don't need a facebook account to read

Spring Flying

Some pics from Gerard Robertson from Auckland who came to visit and had good flying on the ridge. Sounds like the Auckland field is a bit soggy, so glad we could help!

The Flypaper 2016 Vol 2

Posted 1 year, 1 month ago    0 comments

The next issue of the Flypaper newsletter is ready for viewing.  You can download by clicking the file below:


flypaper 2016 sep.pdf

Relaunch of The FlyPaper newsletter

Posted 1 year, 3 months ago    0 comments

Welcome to the first edition (in a while) of the Piako Gliding Club newsletter, The FlyPaper.

The newsletter can be downloaded by clicking the link below:

flypaper 2016 aug.pdf

Of particular note is:

Our annual awards dinner will be held on Saturday 20 August, starting around 6:00 pm at the club rooms. 

Jan and Joan have agreed to put on the dinner, to be followed by presentation of club trophies and the evening’s entertainment.

Cost will be $25 per person.  You don’t have to purchase tickets ahead of time, but please let Joan know if you are planning to attend by !7 August (to confirm catering arrangements).

Joan’s email is:



Raglan, Benalla and Taupo

Posted 1 year, 10 months ago    0 comments

It's been a busy summer. Tim and 4 other kiwis in Benalla, competing at the Australian national champs. Our annual raglan camp, with some good and not-so-good weather. And next weekend the NZ Nationals down in Taupo.

Results from Benalla

Name Class Final position Points
Mike Strathern 15m 21st of 32 4705
Tim Bromhead 15m 22nd of 32 4642
Steven Wallace 15m 26th of 32 4319
Brett Hunter Open 8th of 16 4864
Alan Belworthy 18m 11th of 28 5210

Full results availalbe on soaring spot.

The question is asked, do we know who is in the NZ team for the worlds next year? The selection process is still underway, I suspect we'll find out after the NZ Nationals. It's going to be tricky, as we at no stage have compared all NZ pilots at a single contest.

Back in NZ the club has been over at Raglan, with a few coastal flights happening. Sounds like quite a few rainy days too, with 12 flying days.

At Matamata airfield, the Walsh flying school is well underway. Our second webcam has been installed properly now, so we get a good view looking North from the radio room.

The Walsh Camp flags and portable control tower
The Walsh Camp flags and portable control tower

This coming weekend we start the NZ Nationals at Taupo. A list of pilots is available on soaring spot. We'll try and post updates when we have time, and check the facebook pages for more frequent updates.

Steve Wallace waiting around on the grid, last day, before the day was cancelled
Steve Wallace waiting around on the grid, last day, before the day was cancelled

Some of the fun flying conditions in Austrlia
Some of the fun flying conditions in Austrlia