5 Kiwis flying in 54th Australian Nationals, Benalla

Posted 1 year, 10 months ago    0 comments

With the Australian nationals starting in a few days, many pilots from around the world are arriving in time to get ready and practice flying.

The contest is the 'pre-worlds', a practice run for the following year where the worlds will be held in the same location. It's a practice for both pilots and organisers. It's also the Australian national competition.

From New Zealand we have 5 pilots competing:

  • Alan Belworthy from Tauranga, ASG 29, 18m class
  • Brett Hunter from Tauranga, JS1, Open class
  • Mike Strathern from Nelson Lakes, Ventus B, 15m class
  • Steve Wallace from Whenuapai, 15m class
  • Myself, Tim Bromhead, from Piako, Ventus C, 15m class

Also arriving is Steve's family, Alan's family, Barbara Hunter, Julian Elder (Team captain), Terry Jones and Karen Morgan (Sailplane Racing Committee), so there's lots of Kiwis to keep the aussies off our backs!

Tim and Mike have been here for a few days and had a chance to fly. The first day was blue, so I went off to Tocomuwal and return. The second day Mike, Alan and I flew around lines of rain, and did around 300km, dodging showers and exploring the region.

We're posting small updates on facebook, and will post here as well.

Links to news, photos and results will be on the competition website http://www.ozglide.com

Helping unload a container of 4 ASG 29's. Never again :)
Helping unload a container of 4 ASG 29's. Never again :)

Tim on the first blue day, very few thermal clouds
Tim on the first blue day, very few thermal clouds

Some of the rain we flew around.
Some of the rain we flew around.

Photo from Mike of Tim in VTM. Note the lovely weather, actually lots of lift in places at 10,000 feet
Photo from Mike of Tim in VTM. Note the lovely weather, actually lots of lift in places at 10,000 feet


North Island Regionals about to start

Posted 1 year, 12 months ago    0 comments

It's a wet, humid day in the Waikato, and today is the practice day for the NI Regionals. I don't think there will be much practice going on, however a good chance to sort out GPS equipment and the like. We have 18 competitors entered so far.

The past week we've had the X-Country course, which this year had 9 participants.  They took turns flying cross country with insturctors, and flying on their own. From our club Will Camp and Noel Bailey both flew and had some of their longest solo flights so far.

Marion from Auckland is catering for the contest and is looking for help this week with dinners, if anyone would be willing to give up a few hours even for a day.

The entry form for the Nationals in Taupo is up, and you can find it here:
http://goo.gl/forms/IBxLuqp35D

Starting 23rd Jan 2016. More info can be found on their website: http://www.taupoglidingclub.co.nz/2016-gliding-nz-multiclass-champs.html

For the regionals coming up, tasks and scores as they come in will be going up on Soaring Spot which can be seen here:
http://www.soaringspot.com/en_gb/nznir2015/

Landouts can been seen on soaring track:
http://soaringtrack.com/nir2015/pilots

Tomorrow looks like a good day, we'll try and put updates here and on Facebook when we can, although time is limited when scoring and flying!

New canopy cover for XP! Thanks to Marion from Auckland Gliding Club
New canopy cover for XP! Thanks to Marion from Auckland Gliding Club

The end of a long 400km flight
The end of a long 400km flight

Some lovely convergence flying recently
Some lovely convergence flying recently


Whenuapai visit, Webcams and Taupo Contests

Posted 2 years 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 2 years, 1 month 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, 5 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, 8 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, 8 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 3 years 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.



Shim