From the president
Welcome to the April GNZ newsletter.
Believe it or not we are into the second month of Autumn already and I would not call the soaring season over yet. Things are still looking a bit dry, leaves are falling and the days are definitely getting shorter but the great soaring weather just keeps on keeping on.
Students are back at school and working folk are back at work but it is Easter break, starting tomorrow! So no excuses needed, it's a long weekend of gliding!
The weather forecast is looking pretty ka pai too, with wave in the south and thermals in the north.
Time to get into it before the wet and cold sets in.
See you up there.
1st winch solo and single seat conversion
For the new tattoo! You know you are dedicated to the sport when it's time to get ink done.
KEITH ESSEX & MARJU ROSSI
For breaking the US speed over a 300km triangle record flying from Omarama. 171kph
First flight in a single seater.
Glider tow rating done!
Trailer Weight Distribution
Why is too much weight in the back of your glider trailer a bad thing? Check out the video below to find out why!
New Airspace Committee
The GNZ Airspace Committee has had a refresh, but before I introduce the new, I must say thank you and express my gratitude on behalf of all GNZ members to the following retiring committee members. All have worked tirelessly in the background over many years to ensure gliding has had a voice and that as much access as possible to the ever diminishing amount of airspace in which we can fly is maintained.
So a big thanks to:
Chairman: Trevor Mollard
Northern Region Member: Russell Thorne
Central Region Member: Tony Passmore
New committee members are:
Chairman: CJ McCaw
Northern Region Member: Tim Bromhead
Central Region Member: Ben Wilson
Unchanged is the Souther Region Member: Kevin Bethwaite
Special thanks also goes to Tim Hughes who has been providing invaluable specialist consultation.
For a sample of the quality of work this committee produces please check out the Waikato Airspace Proposal that is currently out for consultation before (fingers crossed) being approved.
To see how constrained by airspace we are check out the below image produced by Tim Bromhead of a seasons worth of competition flying from Taupo and Matamata.
GNZ AGM - June 12 - 13
Due to COVID ruining our plans to get the AGM out to the regions, for now we have fled back to the safety and ease of Wellington. Put these dates in your diary now! There will be much to discuss as always (teaser below).
Update on medical requirements for over 70's
Important to note
Regards the change to the medical requirements effective 1 October 2021. Last newsletter I wrote,
If you are over 70, you will need a DL9 medical. It should be noted that a DL9 is only required for those pilots over 70 who wish to exercise the privileges of a passenger or instructor rating. All others can continue on as per normal using their OPS 01 medical.
Also note, you do not have to look for and bring with you a DL9. Doctors already have these forms because they routinely do examinations for driver licences.
If you wear driving glasses don't forget to take these with you as you will need them for the eyesight test.
Give the completed form (or a copy) to your CFI. (Those using the form for a PPL need to send a copy to CAA.)
Student: "How was that?"
From the membership development team, clubs now have access to a new glossy brochure that can be given out at the field, events or membership drives. The brochure is about A4 in size and folded into thirds with a front and back as can be seen below. There is a blank square where you can place (probably best as a sticker) all you club contact details.
Orders for the brochure can be placed with Brian Sharpe by email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Fancy a flight with Terry Delore?
Terry is easily one of the worlds greatest distance, wave, record and adventure flyers.
2 days of soaring with Terry
The Canterbury Gliding Club is raising funds for a new glider and in exchange for the right amount of $$ you could spend 2 days soaring with one of the world's best in the mountains of the South Island.
All you need to do is make a bid by sending an email with your bid to: email@example.com
From the desk of the NOO (National Operations Officer)
Brief Review of Incident Reports for February to March 2021
For more detail you can access the full report and all back copies of the Ops Team Talking newsletter. These have now been placed on the Gliding NZ web site under News > Safety Bulletins A link to the GNZ incident reporting form (OPS 10) can be found in the very top menu bar on the GNZ homepage, just to the right of the 'Classified Adverts'. You can now fill this form out on your phone at the airfield so no excuses.
Thanks for reading
All contributions, pics, videos and opinions welcome