GNZ Newsletter

May 2019

From the president

Welcome to the May GNZ newsletter.

I trust everybody has been able to make some great use of the continuing good weather over April.

With school holidays, Easter and Anzac included in this month just gone, there has been extra opportunity for you spend a day or two reaching out and touching the sky.

For May, long may this pleasant autumnal weather continue.

May the force of gliding be with you this month.

Steve Wallace

GNZ President

PS: This newsletter contains a survey. If you're a skim reader please skim down and I would appreciate if you could take 5 mins to fill it in.


This month we're going with the theme of 'gliding, it's a family affair'.

AMY SMITH - 1st Solo

Congratulations to Amy and instructor Dad, Darren of the Wellington Gliding Club

Clare & Joseph Dickson

Congratulations to mother and son team Clare & Joseph of Auckland Aviation Sports Club. Clare for her first solo (after 50 years away from the sport) and Joseph for first solo in a single seater. Both done on the same day.

Gliding New Zealand

Annual Conference & AGM

June 8th & 9th, Wellington

Registration forms have been sent to your club committees. Check with them if you wish to register and attend.

The Contest Scene 

Thanks to the work of Christian Derold all pilots that flew in an SRC sanctioned contest this season now have an offical IGC international ranking. Click on the link below to see where you are ranked.

For a snap shot of NZ's top ten internationally ranked pilots see the list below.

What have those youth been up to now?

A few photos from the recent Taupo youth glide mini camp

Perfect fit!

The young and young at heart

Nice local air strip

Photo of the month

Above the clouds on aero-tow.


Barriers to competition entry

At GNZ we'd like to understand why more or our pilots are not entering competitions. We would really appreciate it if you could take the time to fill out the below survey (either click on the link below or just fill out the embedded copy one further below in this newsletter)

Thanks for reading

All contributions, pics, videos and opinions welcome