Wednesday, 14 August 2019

2020 Nationals Registration

Register for the Nats on Airtribune here.
Thanks Tom Mulder.
I'll put this on a link on the left.

Tuesday, 6 August 2019

Leagues 2019/2020

Waikato (Kaimais/Paeroas)
Rick Hawkeswood will be organising a League on 30 November/1 December 2019, with reserve dates on the following weekend.

Grant Tatham has put his hand up for a New Year's 'Weekend'  1 - 5 Jan 2020

John Smith will organise a  league Labour Weekend 26/27/28 October 2019.

Bill Degen is arranging the Omarama XC Classic 1/9 Feb.

Sterling Big Sky
Most likely in Omarama, organised by Rod Stuart 2/3/4 Jan 2020

Canterbury Anniversary Weekend (provisional) 15/16/17 Nov
Mt Cheeseman? . Matt Barlow

19/20 Oct, organised by Dan Campbell & Shane Mackay.

Thursday, 7 February 2019

Download Full Resolution Gallery Images

For anyone who wants to download any of the full-resolution gallery images, you'll get the lot here.

They are 20 - 30 MB each.

Wednesday, 6 February 2019

Murchison Dawn Chorus

For anyone who managed to sleep through this, here's what it sounded like camping under the 5 a.m.

The background hum is insects.

Murchison 2020!

The last two meets at Murchison have been very successful and everyone's had a great time. The campsite is very accommodating and they'll be pleased to have us again next year, so we'll be back in 2020.

Thanks to all involved this year, including all the sponsors. TrackMe NZ kindly provided the satellite trackers which were a great help finding downed pilots, especially as the cell reception is limited in the Tutaki Valley and various other points.

The live tracking maps didn't always update quickly, but they would do so eventually.


Monday, 4 February 2019

Task 5

Task 5 was a record for NZ. There was no flying the previous day (Friday) as a front went through. We were expecting a light SW - maybe - when we got up the mountain, but found a fresh N, with base on the ranges below us. No clouds on the mountain.

The wind did drop - eventually to nothing - and John Smith & Ollie got off early, finding lift on the north facing ridges to the east of the top. They both disappeared quickly, as a long task was anticipated.

Most pilots got up easily on the mountain, and spread themselves around the route. You can replay the top ten at here. Technology has eschewed the need to give a blow by blow account!

And here's Ollie's video...