Whenuapai visit, Webcams and Taupo Contests

Posted 1 year, 10 months ago    0 comments

Last weekend we had the pleasure of the Whenuapai club visiting us. It was great to see so many gliders, and while the rain kept the first day from us, Sunday and Monday provided some interesting flying.

Thanks yet again to Jan for a wonderful dinner. Sadly, that will be her last at the club for quite a while as she's retiring from the 'catering business'.

It was quite the hive of activity.
It was quite the hive of activity.

The rare gypsy caravan tow vehicle scurrying from it's nest. Not often seen out in the open.
The rare gypsy caravan tow vehicle scurrying from it's nest. Not often seen out in the open.

It is with great pleasure I introduce our new webcam. It's been a long time in the making, but it's finally here. See it now on the club's homepage! The old one is there too, but the plan is to replace that one as well.

Now we can check Steve is working on his trailer anytime.
Now we can check Steve is working on his trailer anytime.

This week I'm down in Taupo scoring and flying in the contest down here. BZA is coming down too, so it's going to be winching at Matamata for a couple of weekends.

Results and details of tasks and pilots are available on Soaring Spot, with scoring updated every fifteen minutes as they roll in. 16 gliders competing so far, in a single class.

http://www.soaringspot.com/en_gb/central-plateau-soaring-competition-2015/results

Todays practice day went well, with a few landouts and good flying. It sounded like Matamata was busy too.

The rare gypsy caravan stalking it's prey
The rare gypsy caravan stalking it's prey

Jeeze I can't believe I have to live in this country
Jeeze I can't believe I have to live in this country


Mid Winter Dinner & Prize Giving 2015

Posted 1 year, 12 months ago    0 comments

Don't forget start of season briefing tomorrow morning (Sept 26th), 9:30am!

We had a great club dinner last weekend, thanks to Jan, Joan and everyone else who helped out.

This year dinner was more September than June, and for once it wasn't freezing cold!

Congratulations to all prize winners:

  • Presidents Pot - Bill Mace for his 500km flight on the ridge
  • De Renzy Pot - Noel Bailey
  • Tom Martin Trophy - Bill Mace for outstanding friendship to the club.
  • Les Riesterer’s Short Course - Dave Dennison
  • Ken Bartlett Trophy - Tony Davies for his 300km Gold Distance, 132km/hr on west coast June 2105
  • Care 200 - Bill Mace
  • Dave Dennison X Country Trophy - Tim Bromhead

Other Achievements:

  • QGP Certificates - Dave Dennison, Will Kamp
  • Gold Badges - Tony Davies ( 132km/hr on west coast June 2105)
  • Diamond Distance - Bill Mace
  • 3 Diamonds - Tim Bromhead

Bill and Iggy
Bill and Iggy

Julian and Dave
Julian and Dave

Tim and Iggy
Tim and Iggy

Joan, Iggy and Jan
Joan, Iggy and Jan

Julian & Noel
Julian & Noel

Julian & Tony
Julian & Tony

Iggy & Dave
Iggy & Dave


Winter flying on the coast

Posted 2 years, 3 months ago    0 comments

A great day flying last Saturday out on the coast. We organised the tug to tow over to Raglan for some morning tows, and then get it back to Matamata for lunchtime.

For those not on facebook, a few of us made videos of the fun.

Dave in the duo GYL
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oVefuhHcgFg

Timelapse of the coastal run by Myself in GBA. 40 minutes down to 4!
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hPGtEn3rKCk

And one from Mark in his JS1
https://youtu.be/yoaYYZbwOgs

It turned out a bit more moisture coming through than expected, so we were all down on the ground again by 3ish after a couple of runs up and down. We should organise such adventures more often :)

A bleak return to Raglan
A bleak return to Raglan


2nd MSC Task Weekend

Posted 2 years, 6 months ago    0 comments

After a successful ridge weekend 2 weekends ago, we're up for another go at the great MSC Task Weekend this coming Saturday & Sunday (21st & 22nd March).

At this stage the long range forecast is for clear weather Saturday, with a good chance Sunday will be clear too until late evening.

Don't forget we will have the BBQ going Saturday evening, so bring some meat and/or a salad. The bar will be open of course as well.

The turnpoint for your GPS can be found on the MSC website:

http://msc.gliding.co.nz/files/

For Piako club members, contact Tim if you're wanting to have a go x-country in a twin. And book the single seaters on the website.

A task and briefing will be given at 10am both days.

See you out there!

Who doesn't love a good rigging in the morning?!
Who doesn't love a good rigging in the morning?!


MSC Task Weekend

Posted 2 years, 6 months ago    0 comments

This weekend is the first of 2 MSC task weekends. These days will be run much like a contest day, but in a more relaxed style suitable for anyone. We'll set an easy task and an advanced task. Scoring will be by the online contest. It's a great opportunity for those who haven't tried tasks before to give it a go.

The dates:

  • Sat 7th March (This coming Saturday)
  • Sun 8th March
  • Sat 21st March
  • Sun 22nd March

The plan:

  • Before 10am - Gliders rigged
  • 10am - Briefing & Task
  • 10am-11am - Gridding
  • 11am-6pm - Flying!
  • 6:30pm - BBQ (Saturdays only)

There is a chance the weather won't be good for Saturday. Notifications will be made on the Piako Gliding Club's calendar on the homepage Friday evening. If flying is cancelled on Saturday, we won't be having the BBQ.

For the BBQ, bring a salad, some meat, or anything else for the BBQ. The bar will be open of course at the end of each day.

Accomodation can be sorted with Ralph Gore gore.family@xtra.co.nz

For Piako club members, we'd like to have both twins flying cross country, so we'll need to know who wants to fly each day. Contact piako@pear.co.nz with which day you'd like to fly with an instructor.

SN and NI can be booked like normal.

For anyone from any club interested in flying other gliders, please make a booking for a 'tow' on our booking system so we have rough idea of numbers for each day. Don't worry about the time of the tow, make it 12pm. You can cancel your booking if you decide not to come due to weather. Click "Book" beside the relevant day on the calendar on the home page:

http://glidingmatamata.co.nz

See you out there, it will be fun!


Flying in Omarama Part One

Posted 2 years, 10 months ago    0 comments

The South Island Regional Champs are away and we have some scores for the first day. The scores are at this website, not the normal SoaringSpot:

http://glidingcomps.42.net.nz/sireg2014/index.php

I had a lovely 2 day drive down to arrive a day or two before Jerry Oneill's mountain flying course. The first day I flew here was magnificent, with a big convergence heading south, and good thermal flying. For the week of Jerry's course we didn't really get any classic thermal days, primarily wave with wind and showers going through.

From the North Island this year we have Hadleigh Bognuda from Auckland, Mark Tingy & Adrian Cable from Tauranga in their club's Duo, myself in our club's Discus B, a whole bunch from Taranaki including Tim Hardwick-Smith, Glyn Jackson and Will, and of course the usual regulars from Wellington and other clubs.

Looks like a great day today. You can see where we are while we're flying on SPOT, which everyone in the contest has. Be sure to switch it to Omarama top left if it's not already:

http://tracking.gliding.co.nz

I'd like to say a number of big thanks:

  • Piako Gliding Club, for letting me bring the glider down. XP is a very well setup glider, with a great trailer, and has been problem free the whole trip.
  • Neil for helping us out get the glider and trailer ready to go.
  • Bob Gray for the use of the oxygen system, it's working a treat.
  • My work for letting me work remotely while I'm away.

Road tripping. Great weather on the way down.
Road tripping. Great weather on the way down.

XP in Omarama for the first time
XP in Omarama for the first time

Yes, it's just like Matamata. But with more snow.
Yes, it's just like Matamata. But with more snow.

The landout areas are easy and forgiving
The landout areas are easy and forgiving

Nice campsite. Perhaps we should do some planting at Matamata?
Nice campsite. Perhaps we should do some planting at Matamata?

One of the many wave days.
One of the many wave days.

Lake Tekapo while doing a height gain
Lake Tekapo while doing a height gain

The trusty BBQ with steaks. Don't worry we had lettuce with it too.
The trusty BBQ with steaks. Don't worry we had lettuce with it too.


Not So Weekly Winglet #713

Posted 3 years, 1 month ago    0 comments

Yes I know it’s been a while. I don’t have any good excuses so I won’t give you a bad one.

The weather hasn’t been that great lately so flying has been limited to the odd patch of brilliance. In case you don’t know we do have a group of high school students flying on Thursdays & by all accounts this is proving successful. I haven’t managed much flying myself lately although a few weeks ago a westerly forecast looked promising. A few of us were at the hangar getting the day under way & we were greeted by the sight of 5 or 6 Auckland club members in convoy. Gliders were rigged & various tasks were mentioned. I will cut the story short there & say that I really have no idea what the others did for the day as I spent a good part of the day in a paddock between Paeroa and Hikutaia watching gliders go back & forth! Keith Irvine did a great job of the retrieve & we arrived back at the clubhouse around 5pm. Most frustrating.

 The land out story I just mentioned was an attempt at the Care 200 task however it was not to be & Dave Dennison is now the trophy holder for the task as awarded at the awards dinner. The dinner was a great night with Peter Stockwell sharing a few memories of his RNZAF career as well as giving us an overview of CTC operations. Other trophy recipients were as follows. Presidents Pot for most meritorious flight – Neil Raymond, De Renzy Pot for Most Improved new Pilot – Nigel Brinkworth,  Tom Martin trophy for the club member who has provided outstanding friendship & service to the club - Joan Wine I was awarded the Ken Bartlett trophy for most outstanding personal best. The only disappointment from the awards is the fact that three trophies were not contested. Let’s get out there & give all these trophies a crack this coming season as we try & improve our cross country skills.

On more of a housekeeping note do have a message to pass on from Iggy...

From the President - Thank you to all of those club members who have paid their annual subscription.  Over half of last year’s members have not yet either paid or resigned.  If you are in the group which has not yet paid or resigned, please settle up promptly so that the treasurer and secretary can do all of the other actions which are flow on from this.  We have to make sure that the Gliding New Zealand dues are paid and that only financial members fly or use club aircraft.  The committee volunteers are busy people and should not have to take on the extra task of raising invoices or chasing you up individually.  According to the Club rules, this year’s subscriptions were due by 21 July 2014.  I do not like grizzling but, if you have not yet paid, this is a grizzle.

I hope I get to see you out at the field soon, even better in a decent westerly. Remember to keep up with our Kiwi team at the world gliding champs on at the moment.

 

Cheers,

DM


World Champs are underway!

Posted 3 years, 1 month ago    0 comments

Brett Hunter, Steve Wallace and John Coutts are all flying for New Zealand this year at the world champs in Leszno, Poland.

Here's where you can keep up to date with the news:

Results on Soaring Spot
http://www.soaringspot.com/leszno2014/results/

The official facebook page (half in Polish, half English. Note there is an auto translate button on the Polish posts).
https://www.facebook.com/wgc2014leszno

Lisa Wallace is updating the Gliding New Zealand facebook page
https://www.facebook.com/pages/Gliding-New-Zealand-NZ-/106056376128462

And probably the best source is the blog written by Lisa, Steve and Brett. It has lots of good photos too.
http://lesznowgc.blogspot.co.nz/

In other news, we now have a working weather station again, after replacing the broken down computer. You can now click on the image on the homepage to see far more information too, including wind and rain history.
http://glidingmatamata.co.nz/about/weather/

The weather cam seems to be working too, and we're looking at adding another sometime soon.

Cheers,
Tim 



Shim