GNZ Newsletter

June 2020

From the president

Welcome to the June GNZ newsletter.

It's good to be back, I hit the Covid sack

It's been too long and I'm glad to be back

Yes I am let loose from the noose

That's kept me hanging about

I kept looking at the sky cause it's gettin' me high

Forget the hearse cause I'll never die

Yes I'm back

Lyrics from a song that some of you may well recognise. They seemed appropriate.

Steve Wallace

GNZ President


CRAIG BEST - A Certificate

And Ray Burns (on the left) for growing a dodgy looking moustache over lockdown.


for getting current early in the 'new normal'.

NICK OAKLEY - Overall winner of the inaugural Gliding NZ Condor Champs

Condor Champs Humour

Matt Findlay finds a solution to when you dislike your front seat co-pilots choice of hat.

SPORT NZ - Community Resilience Fund

Funds available

Have your clubs finances been negatively impacted by the effects of COVID 19?

If so you should check out the link below and see if you qualify.

Two gliding clubs so far have applied and received funds.


Rules Reminder

From the CAA

CAA asks that GNZ reminds their members of the VFR minimum height requirements when operating near a congested area of a city, town, or settlement if you are not landing or taking-off.

In this area the minimum height is 1000 ft above the surface if the city, town or settlement is within 600m radius of the aircraft’s position as per 91.311(a)(1), as the dispensation provided by 104.59(1) is only applicable to 91.311(a)(2) i.e. away from congested areas of a city, town, or settlement.

The Rules

The “low flying rule”, CAR 91.311(a), provides as follows: (a) A pilot-in-command of an aircraft must not operate the aircraft under VFR— (1) over any congested area of a city, town, or settlement, or over any open air assembly of persons at a height of less than 1000 feet above the surface or any obstacle that is within a horizontal radius of 600 metres from the point immediately below the aircraft; or

104.59 Minimum height Notwithstanding rule 91.311(a)(2), the pilot of a glider may operate the glider below a height of 500 feet above the surface— (1) for ridge soaring, if the flight does not create a hazard to a person or property on the ground; or

A rare site over the Kaimai's

Kelvin-helmholtz clouds

Nice video to wet the appetite!

Bit of ridge, bit of wave, some funky music. Nice flight by Vaughan and Ross flying from Fielding.



The GNZ AGM will be held via Zoom on 13 June 2020 at 5.30pm

The formal notice of meeting and the Annual report may be downloaded from this page

Note: The meeting is limited to 100 attendees so club delegates will receive priority entry.

Meeting link and password below.

Password: 605372

Contest Pilots' Meeting

Contest Pilots' Meeting

The GNZ Contest Pilots' Meeting will be held via Zoom on 14 June 2020 at 7.00pm

Minutes of last years meeting: 2019 Minutes

Minutes from Multiclass Nationals Pilots' Meeting: Taupo 2020 Minutes

Note: The meeting is limited to 100 attendees.

Meeting link and password below.

Password: 129872

Competition and Events


For those that want or need to start planning their holidays and year of flying events and competitions the calendar on the GNZ website is out now. Dates for this coming season are confirmed and next seasons event dates will be voted on at the upcoming pilots meeting.


A quick shout out to SMEG for helping with sponsorship of some of last years awesome events.

Thanks SMEG!

Follow and like SMEG here.

Attention Youth!

Are you interested in representing Gliding New Zealand & Youth Glide New Zealand at the 2021 JoeyGlide – Australian Junior Nationals to be held on 7th – 16th January 2021 in Leeton, NSW, Australia? We are calling for registrations of interest for any Youth Glide New Zealand members interested in competing.

Please submit your interest by completing the form below before 10/07/2020.

Register Your Interest:

If you have any questions, please email

For more info on JoeyGlide 2021 visit:

For Sale

1/4 share in the above pictured Arcus M. Beautiful glider. Hangared at Drury.

Contact Simon Gault:

Sad News

After over three years without a fatal accident I am very saddened to report that on Sunday 31 May a double fatality occurred at the Taupo gliding club. A Taupo instructor and his trial flight passenger were killed when the glider in which they were flying crashed onto Mt Tauhara. Our hearts go out to the families and friends of those involved during this tragic time.

Thanks for reading

All contributions, pics, videos and opinions welcome