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GNZ Newsletter

December 2019

From the president

Welcome to the December GNZ newsletter.

Jingle bells, tis the season to be jolly.

And why are we jolly? Because it is the holiday season.

And why do holidays make us jolly? Because we get to go gliding. Lots!

There are plenty of amazing events coming up in December, January and February with Youth Glide, Competitions, club camps and just general flying fun now that the days are long and hot.

Stay safe, stay hydrated and have fun.

See you up there.

Steve Wallace

GNZ President


JOHN ROBERTSON - successful outlanding exercise, done!

Congrats to Terry and Abbey Delore for their first attempt at an epic Bluff to Cape Reinga flight. In gliding it is not the destination you remember but the journey. Trying can be as much fun as succeeding.

Congrats to the trophy winners from the Club Class Nationals and South Island Regionals. Achievements from left to right include;

Wes McIver (3rd Club), Keith Essex (1st Open), Norbert-Alin Scarlat (Club Class Honorary Champ), Gavin Wrigley (1st Club), Team - Daniel McCormack & Brad Jackson (3rd Open), Nick Oakley (2nd Open), Roland Van der Wal (Most Meritus Flight in Club Nationals)

One more - congrats to Norbet Scarlat and Justin Wills for an awesome 1,850km flight on November 8th.

I feel a need for speed

Check out the speeds of the top 3 places of Day 4 in the recent South Island Regionals!

Winners are grinners

Doug Hamilton (left) and Nick Oakley - respective Club and Open Class winner on Day 3


Live Glider Tracking

You can watch the daily action live on a new test GNZ tracking page now available at:

New features include:

Designed to work on phones and tablets as well as desktops

Load up the days task from Soaring Spot

Filters to contest gliders only

Improved filtering to North or South Islands

Click a rego to view it's full track and altitudes

Enjoy! Any feedback welcome

The site gathers and displays tracking data from all of the below tracking source options:

SPOT US (Through

SPOT & InReach NZ (Through

FLARM (Through the OGN network)

Particle Cell Tracker

Overland (Free, iPhone/iOS only)

Btraced mobile app ($2-3, Android & iPhone/iOS)

GlidingOps from the Wellington Club


Configure your SPOT aircraft in the aircraft database:

To set up Overland on iPhone use the receiving endpoint of:

With a device ID of your 3 letter aircraft rego e.g. GBA, GKT or OMA

Instructions to set up Btraced can be found at:


Don't forget almost all events cater for first time pilots with novice class tasking and assigned coaches and mentors to help you out.


Grand Prix 1st Inaugural! @ Matamata

December 27 - December 30

Only limited availability, register your interest now!

Enter at:

Auckland Soaring Championships Jan 2020

January 4, 2020 - January 11, 2020

Entry form now available! A really fun and popular contest, often with some fantastic convergence flying

Enter at:

National Gliding Championships 2020 @ Taupo

February 2, 2020 - February 15, 2020

Enter at:

Central Districts Championships 2020 @ Waipukurau

February 23, 2020 - February 29, 2020

Enter at:

International High Performance Coach Peter Hartmann comes to NZ

Your chance to be coached by the best

Coaching available between Jan 20 and Feb 15 (includes at the Taupo Nationals)

If you are serious about improving your cross country or competition flying skills then this is an opportunity not to be missed. Intensive coaching sessions of 2 - 3 days or potentially longer are available for the right candidates. Read Peter Hartmann's bio and register your interest to be coached at the link below.

Coaching only available from Auckland, Tauranga, Matamata & Taupo


No practical solution yet available for gliders in NZ

ADS-B OUT by 31 December 2021

A problem without a solution in NZ

As most of you are aware in October the Government announced a $12.5 million ADS-B Grant programme, to support the uptake of ADS-B equipment by the GA sector in NZ. The grant allows you to claim up to $2,500 + GST if you and your aircraft meet the eligibility criteria. At the same time the CAA suspended testing of ADS-B equipment that would be suitable for installation into gliders.

Currently, eligible equipment is that which meets a full IFR standard, meaning for most gliders this kit is physically too large, drains too much power, weighs too much and is too expensive, even with the subsidy. Meanwhile, other overseas authorities such as CASA (Australia) and the FAA (US) are taking a much more sensible / practical approach to VFR ADS-B and will be approving installations of equipment suitable for GA aircraft.

GNZ is certainly making the CAA aware of the issue and as this problem affects many GA aircraft as well as gliders, GNZ is teaming up with our friends at the NZAF to put together a comprehensive case to the CAA that we hope will make them see some sense.

Approach of a cold front. How cool is this picture!


The newest and flashiest 'Mobile Operational Control Centre' in the country can be found at Glide Omarama. Who can guess what the 'A' stands for because I can't!

Happy Pat

More fun than winning a contest is finding your water ballast bung that you lost on the airfield somewhere between the tie down area and the far end launch point!

Incident Reports

No incident reports received this month so below is a quick summary of an EASA, Safety Information Bulletin (SIB)

Sailplane Rigging – Procedures, Inspections and Training


Statistical data and some occurrence reports indicate a number of incidents, which were caused by improper execution of rigging procedures and its subsequent inspection. The nature of these incidents can be grouped as follows:

  • Main wing not correctly rigged and connected.
  • Horizontal stabilizer not correctly connected.
  • Controls not, or not correctly, connected.
  • Control connections not, or not correctly, secured.
  • Reasons for these incidents can be grouped as follows:

  • Rigging procedure was interrupted; the person executing the rigging was distracted or
  • interrupted, and consequently omitted important steps.
  • The rigging procedure was not correctly followed.
  • The rigging procedure was not well known by the person executing the rigging.
  • The mechanical principles of the connection and/or its securing were not understood by the
  • person executing the rigging.
  • Connections and/or securing were not, or not correctly, inspected.
  • No positive control check was performed.
  • It is recommended that familiarisation with the rigging procedure are provided by a person familiar with the type. This might include repetitive training of some rigging actions.

    Don't forget a link to the GNZ incident reporting form (OPS 10) can now 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.

    OPS 10 link:

    Thanks for reading

    All contributions, pics, videos and opinions welcome