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Easterly Lee Wave off the Kaimais

Posted 8 years, 11 months ago    4 comments

Towed to 2500' into the secondary wave, although it was very patchy

Slowly climbed to 4000'

Jumped across to the primary, which was stronger and rougher, although still not well defined.

Found the good lift, climbed to 6500' :)

Flight was in GXP, the clubs new Discuss B, and was up for about 1 and a half hours, then it started getting dark...

Looking towards TeAroha
Looking towards TeAroha

The primary rotor, with wave cap on top
The primary rotor, with wave cap on top

The secondary rotor middle left, kept changing but flying along the front worked
The secondary rotor middle left, kept changing but flying along the front worked

Better view of the secondary rotor line
Better view of the secondary rotor line


Lots of Dust Devils

Posted 8 years, 11 months ago    2 comments

Glider pilots everywhere can drool over this image...

From http://homepage.mac.com/pnaton/PhotoAlbum26.html


Glider Pilot Training Course Looking for Participants

Posted 9 years ago    0 comments

MATAMATA, NEW ZEALAND - 15th May, 2008 - Piako Gliding Club is on the hunt for four budding glider pilots, to fill an upcoming 'learn to fly' gliding course starting on Saturday the 31st of May 2008. 

Run over 6 consecutive Saturdays, the course aims to teach students everything they need to know to safely pilot a glider, from take off to landing. Subjects such as weather, ground handling of the gliders and safety aspects are taught by experienced instructors who kindly donate their time. 

No previous flying experience is required. Ideal age range is 16 - 55. Weight limits for pilots are 50 to 110 kg.

"Learning to fly a glider is an amazing experience, and is surprisingly affordable." says Tim Bromhead, who participated in the course about 18 months ago. 

The training course is just the beginning for pilots, who can go on to fly cross country, take passengers, learn glider acrobatics, or enter gliding competitions. Gliding can easily become a lifelong passion, with many of the Piako Gliding Club members flying for over 50 years. 

The club owns a fleet of 5 gliders, including 2 trainers and a recently purchased competition class glider.

The course costs $350, plus flying costs, which are approximately $150-$200 per flying day, making gliding one of the most affordable ways to learn to fly an aircraft.

For bookings or more information contact course director Steven Care on 07 843 7654, or visit www.glidingmatamata.co.nz.

Piako Gliding Club flies most fine weather Wednesdays, Saturdays and Sundays at Waharoa Airfield, just north of Matamata. Members of the public are welcome to visit or book a trial flight. More information can be found on our website www.glidingmatamata.co.nz

ENDS

Press Contact:
Tim Bromhead
phone 07 858 3595
mobile 021 217 9049

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Caption: Instructor Bob Gray gives a pre flight briefing to a previous course student.

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Caption: Instructor Steve Care and student Emma after her first flight. 


What really matters

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 Comments from a forum...

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Vintage Gliding Matamata 07 Video

Posted 9 years, 5 months ago    0 comments


North Island Regionals, November 07

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Not a lot of clouds in the sky...
Not a lot of clouds in the sky...

Good times had by all
Good times had by all

Cross Country Course, November 07

Posted 9 years, 6 months ago    0 comments

Held at Matamata Airfield


Nice lineup
Nice lineup

Centreplace Stand

Posted 9 years, 6 months ago    2 comments

We had this stand set up in Centreplace, central Hamilton, from 22nd to the 24th November 07





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