From the president
Welcome to the October GNZ newsletter.
Here we go, here we go, here we go (to the tune of some football chant). Daylight savings is here!
Unloved flying machines are being extracted from their winter hibernation hiding places.
There is some real heat on the skin from the sun now and fair weather flyers are appearing at clubs across the country.
The air is fresh with the smell of wax and polish.
The bright chirp of the vario test, brought to life by the satisfying flick of the master switch, sings songs of hope and promise to the sky above.
It must be time to go flying.
ROSS DAVIDSON - 1st Solo. Seen here being congratulated by Glide Omarama instructor Sabrina Schels
SABRINA SCHELS (again) - remember last month we said congats to Sabrina for her NZ womens 100km out and return record. Well double congrats because she also received confirmation for the 200km out and return record!
HENRY HOPE-CROSS - and his instructors for making the September edition of Air Force News. One of only two cadets in Air Training Corps history to make solo under the age of 14. Thanks for the promotion Henry. Nice wings!
Start of season briefings
What does your club do?
While safety is a year round thing, statistically the beginning of the 'soaring season' is a time of higher risk. Lack of currency, reduced exposure to the clubs safety culture over winter, complacency, a gap between how good you think you are and how good you actually are. These and many other factors can affect outcomes when it comes to good quality, safe, decision making.
Many clubs have a start of season safety briefings, the attendance of which is considered compulsory. Items covered can include, club rules, club SOP's, review of IMSAFE, review of out-landing and paddock selection at this time or year, the value of currency in short landing practice.
If your club doesn't have an annual 'start of season' briefing then perhaps it should.
Heads up, Eyes Open, Expect the Unexpected
Engines, ropes, weak links can fail at any time.
Picture below is a weak link that failed during the tow-out last month at Aviation Sports.
What a Tost tow ring does to the wing of a glider when the tow plane over-flies the glider, that is waiting ready on the field. Lucky it was not somebodies head!
Who's been doing what?
Baby Shark, doo, doo, doo, doo, doo, doo.
If you don't get it, ask a glider geek who has kids. Great pic though.
Auckland in Spring. If it's not raining then it's about to. But don't let that stop you from flying.
Lesson One: How to get into a glider.
Note, the instructor is clever enough to attach a rope to the student so they can be retrieved on the off chance the student gets it wrong.
Wellington's beautifully refurbished KA13 busily training junior pilots doing NCEA credits.
Aussie Nationals - the Kiwi entries
Kiwis flying the big dry
Currently we have a kiwi contingent flying the club and sports class Nationals in Kingaroy Australia
CLUB CLASS - Brett Hunter
15m SPORTS - Tony Van Dyk
OPEN SPORTS - Trev Terry & Maurice Weaver
Link below to follow the results
Look what's coming up
Woo hoo, what a jam packed calendar we have. Something for everyone. Take your pick from the list below.
The George Rogers Memorial - Greytown Mini Camp 2019
October 25 - October 28
See more details for both on the YouthGlide website!
MSC Cross Country Course
October 26 - October 30
Great for anyone new to Cross Country Flying! There will be dedicated lectures and flying in twins with advanced instructors Over Labour Weekend @ Matamata
Register your interest Entry Form Now Available
Central Plateau @ Taupo
November 2 - November 10
A super friendly competition with stunning scenery, amazing flying and a great place to hang out! Early Bird Price Deadline is 10th Oct
Entry Form Now Available
Jerry’s Course 2019 @ Omarama
November 3 - November 8
New Zealand Club Class Nationals + South Island Gliding Championships @ Omarama
November 9 - November 16
MSC Northern Regionals @ Matamata
November 24 - November 30
A great contests for beginners. Lots of people to help if you’re new to contest flying, great food, give it a go! We’ll have really achievable tasks for newer pilots and challenging tasks for those experienced pro
Entry form now available at
Grand Prix 1st Inaugural! @ Matamata
December 27 - December 30
Only limited availability, register your interest now!
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
National Gliding Championships 2020 @ Taupo
February 2, 2020 - February 15, 2020
Entry form coming soon..
See all events at: http://gliding.co.nz/events
Have a great season everybody!
From the desk of the NOO (National Operations Officer)
So why is publishing incident reports useful?
Firstly it shows pilots that stuff happens, and may prompt alertness in similar situations, secondly it shows submitters that we do see benefit in doing something other than filing reports away for (later) analysis.
Incident Reports reveal where we are bumping into the edge of the safe operating envelope. This can be due to a weakness in the training program, lack of currency, not paying enough attention, inadequate preparation . . . . or just simply drifting away from good practice.
Review of Incident Reports for August - September 2019
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.
Thanks for reading
All contributions, pics, videos and opinions welcome
image by Milan's Photography