Car GPS in Gliders

Posted 10 years, 1 month ago    0 comments

For competition pilots some sort of GPS or Glide Computer is essential.

Have you ever noticed how car GPS systems (or PNAs) have a big bright screen? Well now the software that normally runs on PDAs is being made to work on some car GPS models, such as the iPaq 310 or 314, and the results look pretty stunning.

The HP iPaq 310 up top, a typical PDA on the right.
The HP iPaq 310 up top, a typical PDA on the right.

Car GPS's have some advantages over the more typical PDAs that people use:

  • Big, bright high resolution screens.
  • Touchscreen, designed for fingers , no stylus needed.
  • They come with a mounting system.
  • Built in GPS.

There are two software packages that are now working on these devices:

  • SeeYou Mobile, a commercial application, PNA test verision released just today.
  • XCSoar, a free application.

For more information on what you need, and how to plug it in to the power, see cumulus-soaring.com. You can even hook it up to your Vario or built in glide computer. I suspect you need to do this to get accurate altitude information, as car GPS systems don't have altimeters built in.

Unfortunately that particular model of car GPS, the HP iPaq 300 series, is hard to buy in New Zealand and needs to be ordered from overseas. It retails between $250-$450USD. There are other models that work, but that one has the best screen from what I've read. If anyone ends up buying one, let us know where to get them in the comments. Craggy Aero appear to be selling them and ship internationally.


Waitangi Weekend Pics & Roster over competitions

Posted 10 years, 1 month ago    0 comments

Well it was a hot Waitangi weekend, here are some pics from Friday which turned out to be better than was forecast. It wasn't very busy, we had a few trial flights, Jamie took the kids for a fly in PC, all in all very pleasant.

There's lots of things coming up including competitions starting this weekend. The roster for the next couple of weeks is below. There will be normal club flying during the competitions on Wed, Sat and Sun. Don't forget to book if you're coming out. More details about the comps coming soon.

Mr Action Man
Mr Action Man

Mr Floorman
Mr Floorman

Mr Puchaz Man?
Mr Puchaz Man?

   Date Details Tow Pilot Duty Pilot Instructor1 Instructor2 Book
Wed 11th Feb 09 Flying from Midday Harold Oates Mavis Oates James Turney   Book
Sat 14th Feb 09 A CERT COURSE Andrew McGregor Students Bob Gray Rainer Kunnemeyer Book
Sun 15th Feb 09 Flying from 11am
CONTEST
Richard Small Contest Julian Mason   Book
Wed 18th Feb 09 Flying from Midday
CONTEST
Harold Oates Mavis Oates James Turney   Book
Sat 21st Feb 09 Flying from 11am
CONTEST
Gordon Malcolm Contest Rainer Kunnemeyer   Book
Sun 22nd Feb 09 Flying from 11am
CONTEST
Tony Davies Contest Dominic Stevens   Book
   Date Details Tow Pilot Duty Pilot Instructor1 Instructor2 Book
Wed 25th Feb 09 Flying from Midday
CONTEST
Harold Oates Mavis Oates James Turney   Book
Sat 28th Feb 09 Flying from 11am
CONTEST
Dave Harding Contest Tony Davies   Book
Sun 1st Mar 09 Flying from 11am Jeffery Hunter Carl Henderson Roger Brown Tim Bromhead Book
Wed 4th Mar 09 Flying from Midday Harold Oates Mavis Oates Ralph Gore   Book

 


Raglan Dinner Saturday Night

Posted 10 years, 2 months ago    0 comments

The Raglan camp is well underway, the first couple of days went surprisingly well considering the unsavoury weather. The rest of the week looks better..

We're planning a dinner on Saturday night at a local restaurant in town - if you would like to join us send an email asap to tim.bromhead@glidingmatamata.co.nz or give Steve a text or call on 027 349 1180 by the end of Wednesday, as we need to know numbers.

Yesterday a Waikato Times photographer visited, so keep an eye out for us in the paper. [Update- Well the Times did a little something, only half the front page :) Article available online here ]

Thanks Waikato Times, we couldn't buy that even if we wanted to...
Thanks Waikato Times, we couldn't buy that even if we wanted to...

Be sure to come out for a fly, especially if you're a newer member - it's a great experience to fly from a different airfield. The airspace & radio are more simple than Matamata as there is no MBZ, there are fewer aircraft around, and no parachutes or modellers to contend with (so far at least).

SN is available to fly, XP is out of action due to the right aileron failing it's control check when we rigged it. It will be going up to Auckland to be fixed very soon.

See you out there!

All was quiet until about 3pm, then the hoards showed up.
All was quiet until about 3pm, then the hoards showed up.


Christmas Camp & New Years Eve Dinner Report

Posted 10 years, 2 months ago    0 comments

Well Jan and Bill have done it again, pulling off a delicious New Years Eve feast. Thanks heaps guys, your hard work was appreciated by all. Somehow the ham keeps getting better and better each year...

There has been some good flying over the past couple of days. Dennis got a little enthusiastic and decided to have a close look at the spud patch. With the 18 meter glider, there was about 1 meter spare between the wingtips and the 8 foot high corn on either side.

Water seemed to be the theme of new years eve, with one unlucky new glider cockpit filling up with ballast water due to some unremoved plugs not mentioned in the manual (from what I heard). Also apparently it's not a good idea to leave both ends of your tent open while it's raining...

The weather didn't play ball today (Friday), and looks pretty shabby tomorrow too, however Sunday is looking like it might be a ripper, so get your bookings in now.

We would love to see more Piako Members out flying, we're out numbered by the Auckland guys at the moment. There are heaps of gliders and instructors available, including the Auckland's Duo Discus, 2 tow planes and the winch, so come out and make the most of it.

And now, some images of the past few days:

A rag tag bunch from Auckland & Piako
A rag tag bunch from Auckland & Piako

Everyone loves their photos being taken
Everyone loves their photos being taken

New Years day clouds. Remarkably similar to clouds on other days.
New Years day clouds. Remarkably similar to clouds on other days.

Dom & family decided to bring a small portable building to house the glider trailer & vehicle.
Dom & family decided to bring a small portable building to house the glider trailer & vehicle.

Keith trying out his new camera lense
Keith trying out his new camera lense

Dessert. It was delicious. There was a whole bowl of chocolate sauce.
Dessert. It was delicious. There was a whole bowl of chocolate sauce.


Raglan Gliding 2009 - 10th to 18th Jan

Posted 10 years, 2 months ago    0 comments

Happy New Year everyone, if you're planning your holidays over the next few weeks don't forget to include flying at Raglan.

Piako Gliding Club is flying from Raglan Airfield from midday Saturday 10th to midday Sunday 18th of January. Views of the coast, Mt Karioi, and Raglan township are simply stunning.

What to bring

  • Sunglasses
  • Hat
  • Sunscreen
  • Cash or cheque book, we should have mobile EFTPOS too.
  • Water/Drink
Be prepared to wait around a little if it's busy.
Costs
  • $60 for a short circuit - 5-7 mins
  • $100 10-20 mins
  • $150 20-30 mins
  • $250 30-60 mins (only available if it's not busy)
Note times are very approximate, and depend on weather conditions.

For club members there is normal club flying, with both twins over and two instructors each day. Please check the roster to see if you're rostered on as an instructor, tow or duty pilot. If you can't make it you'll need to organise a replacement.

Bookings aren't necessary while we're at Raglan - feel free to just turn up. Tows are available for anyone.

We'll also bring one, two or three of the singles over depending on demand, if you're keen to help with this, or would like to fly a single at Raglan, get in touch with Tim. It's great experience flying from a different airfield so be sure to make the most of it.

We look forward to seeing everyone out there, don't forget your togs.

Raglan as seen from Mt Karori (note, not in a glider)
Raglan as seen from Mt Karori (note, not in a glider)

Imagine views like this, only higher
Imagine views like this, only higher


New Years Eve Dinner

Posted 10 years, 3 months ago    0 comments

Happy Christmas & New Year everyone. No doubt you'll be running out of supplies by new years eve, but you're in luck because Bill & Jan are putting on a delicious New Years Eve dinner at the gliding club. Dinner starts 6:30.

$15 per plate, email Jan at wajvmace@ihug.co.nz with numbers if you are coming along.

The Christmas Camp is well underway, with another day of good thermal flying today, even with the high cloud lingering over the Waikato. Both the winch and tug were flat out all day. If you would like a winch rating, now would be a great time to get it done.

See you out there!

A lovely day in balmy Waikato. There were thermals earlier, honest.
A lovely day in balmy Waikato. There were thermals earlier, honest.

Just a few of the usual suspects...
Just a few of the usual suspects...


Flying Over Christmas & New Year

Posted 10 years, 3 months ago    0 comments

Christmas & New Year are coming up, and that means fantastic weather and all week flying!

For club members the roster has been updated for duty pilots, instructors and tow pilots. Please check it and ensure you can make your dates. If you can't, you'll need to organise someone to swap or fill in for you.
http://glidingmatamata.co.nz/members/roster/
Note the roster is NOT being automatically emailed out at the moment, so you'll need to check it. 

So what days are we flying? Here's an outline:

  • There is normal club flying tomorrow (Sunday 21st - might be a great ridge day) and Wednesday (Christmas Eve).
  • No flying Christmas day, too much eating to do.
  • From Boxing day 26th Dec to Friday 9th Jan there will be normal flying every day.
  • We are flying New Years eve and day - What better way to start the year?
  • Saturday 10th to Sunday 18th we'll be flying from Raglan. Tell all your friends! Book a campsite today.
Merry Christmas everyone, drive and fly safely, and we hope Santa brings lots of gliding related paraphernalia :) See you out there.

Good 'ol Santa pulls it off again
Good 'ol Santa pulls it off again


Regionals Day 3, 4 and 5

Posted 10 years, 3 months ago    1 comment

The regional competition is over for another year, and what an amazing time everyone had. 

Overall we had 2 no-fly days, 1 ridge day, some boomers and 1 blue day to finish things off and make life interesting for everyone. There were lots of landouts, no incidents or damage, and only 1 retrieve crew getting lost :)

Well done to the winners, here are the final results.

Sports class

1. Maurice Honey Auckland 4268
2. Robert Smits Norfolk Road Aviation Sports Club 3166
3. Tim Bromhead Piako 3114

Club class

1. Bryan O'Brien Piako 3847
2. Robert Gray Piako 3208
3. David Todd Aviation Sports Club 1912

Standard class
1. Trevor Terry Taupo 3721
2. Steve Wallace Aviation Sports 3573
3. Tony Van Dyk Upper Valley 3567

18-meter

1. Brett Hunter Tauranga 4236
2. Roger Didsbury Auckland 4134
3. Tony Timmermans Auckland 3882

The full day by day results are still available online at SoaringSpot.

Here are a few random images from the last few days. We'll put a more complete gallery of images online soon, stay tuned...

Look at all those clouds in the sky
Look at all those clouds in the sky

Briefings had intense concentration
Briefings had intense concentration

Bob, Brian, Tony and Trevor
Bob, Brian, Tony and Trevor

Robert Smits in the Ka8
Robert Smits in the Ka8

Spot the 5 gliders
Spot the 5 gliders

Clubhouse with promising looking clouds...
Clubhouse with promising looking clouds...

A huge thanks to all the helpers who made the competition possible. These include in no particular order Jan, Bill, contest director Graham, Weather man David, tow tickets Ruth, June and Mavis on the radio, Gridmaster Les, Edouard the scorer, Amiee the lunch+launch helper & photographer, Brian the safety guy, Richard, Harold & the tow pilots, and everyone else who helped out in some way.

Thanks guys and girls!
Thanks guys and girls!

A delicious final dinner
A delicious final dinner

These guys have nothing to do with the competition at all
These guys have nothing to do with the competition at all



Shim