GNZ Newsletter

September 2019

From the president

Welcome to the September GNZ newsletter.

August sure was a wild and wintery month but whatever the weather you know there is a glider pilot or two, somewhere, somehow making the most of it.

Spring however, has now sprung, the days are longer, the thermals are stronger and we wait in anticipation for the effects of the Sudden Stratospheric Warming and what gliding opportunities that may bring.

Stay high, stay safe and if you can't do that, send us the photos.

Steve Wallace

GNZ President


SABRINA SCHELS - new NZ female record for speed over a 100km out-and-return task - 171.77km/h

KAZIK JASICA - 1st flight on the West Coast

GREG WILLS - 1st Solo

Well done team GNZ !

Part 149 Recertification

A huge congrats to our Executive Officer, Max Stevens; National and Regional Ops Officers, Matyn Cook, David Moody, David Hirst & Graham Erikson; Quality Manager, Terry Jones; Airworthiness Officer, Mike Strathern; Awards Officer, Edouard Devenoges; club CFI's & Admins and all others involved in the record keeping and management of our organisations systems and processes. These were recently audited by various CAA inspectors as part of our 5 yearly Part 149 recertification and I'm pleased to say we passed with flying colours (my words not theirs). Part 149 is the CAA Rule that allows GNZ to hold delegations of authority from the Director in order to administer, conduct, assess and issue our own personal gliding certificates and ratings in accordance with our Exposition and the associated Manual of Approved Procedures. Gliding in NZ would be a vastly more expensive and elite undertaking if it was not for this ability to administer ourselves.

Winter Flying

Who's been doing what?


Back seat flying

Laura Wagstaff with Adrian Cable on her first flight from the back seat of the club Duo on the last day of winter.

Auckland Gliding Club

West Coastin'

Winching from their cliff top Douglas Rd strip Auckland GC members Ross Gaddes and Bradley Greer snapped this nice pic. Maurice Honey in his PW5, Anton Lawrence in his DG-300 and Murray Wardell in his Arcus, with non other than Terry Delore on-board also joined the fun.

Aviation Sports

Tiny planet

When your flights get bigger the world gets smaller.


Winter working bee

Piako members clearing blackberry and gorse from around the club roadside sign.

Glide Omarama

Winter Wonderland

Check out this epic August 15th photo by Fraser McDougall

Spring is here and the below events are not far away..

Register your interest now!

YGNZ AGM & Fun Stuff

Happy Days!

Check out this video. Them camera's is getting more and more clever!

Membership Development

News from the Membership Development Committee. The funds are rolling in thanks to the many generous subscribers. If are not yet a subscriber to The Promotions Fund please see the details in the appeal below this block. I'm pleased to say that Jill McCaw and Genny Healey have joined the team to help with comms and the first club meetings have been scheduled at Springfield, Matamata and Hood. These meetings are all about helping clubs build a picture of what makes a great day at the gliding club so as to help clubs better recruit, retain and regain more members.

The GNZ Membership Development Committee (MDC) is on a mission to recruit, retain and regain.

The Building Our Future team have a vision and that is to ensure all our clubs are delivering world class soaring experiences  - with skill and passion 

To make this happen the team need to be funded. So if you are not already a contributor to the promotions fund now is your chance. For less than the cost of a cup of coffee a month you can contribute to the building of a bright and secure future for the sport we all love.

Contributors receive a Building Our Future bucket hat and regular reports on the MDC's plans, budgets, KPI's and results.

An automatic payment of either $5 or $10 per month (or $120.00 per annum) to the GNZ promotions account is all that is required.

Promotion Trust Account

BNZ 02-0568- 0304955-004

The MDC would like to thank all those who have already signed up and especially those who have chosen to contribute far more than the minimum.

Incident Reports

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