Tuesday, 10 May 2016

NZ Hang Gliding Nationals 2017

18 - 25 February at the Paeroa Range. Reserve day 26th Feb.

The comp will have a Cat 2 rating.

International Pilots have expressed interest in attending. We have 2 gliders for hire for others who may wish to attend. Contact comp organiser markalton@yahoo.com.

The entry fee is yet to be worked out as we are waiting for CAA to give us a price for lifting the airspace to 7500ft.

The entry fee will include:
  • Mid week BBQ
  • Daily prizes of boutique beer
  • Trophies for 1st/2nd/3rd in Open class, 1st in Sport class
  • Prize giving dinner
Discount Cook Strait Ferry Tickets
Bluebridge Ferries are helping out by giving us a group discount. 1 car plus driver  $153 plus $40 per passenger one way.
Contact Max Gebhardt to register or for more information: aerosm@gmail.com.

The pre-Nationals Cross Country Clinic

Dates are Thurs, Fri 16-17 Feb.

The Clinic will include things like thermalling skills, instrument setup, choosing a landing area, crowd flying etc. You then get to use these skills for the next week at the Nationals! (technicality: Novices cannot participate in Nationals but they can fly and pick up skills).
Aaron Darby who was one of the 5 Novices who flew at the Wanaka National writes: From personal experience, I highly recommend attending the Nationals as a Novice, you'll learn more in the space of a week than you will for the rest of the year!
For those that are interested can you: a) officially register your interest by emailing Mark: markalton@yahoo.com, and b) ask the other pilots around you who may be interested and get them to register as well. If you'd like to read more on what it's like as a Novice at Nationals, check out the articles on page 10 and 11 of issue #194 (May June July 2015) of the NZ Airborn Magazine found here: http://www.nzhgpa.org.nz/airborn-magazine.

I have had 16 pilots informing me that they would like to attend the XC Clinic.
Instructors who have expressed their interest in helping out;
Paddy Monroe, Grant Tatham, Rick Hawkswood,

Pilots who have expressed their interest in helping out
Paris Williams, Dave Austin, Carlos Palmer