We invite you to enter the 2019 Central Districts
Championships to be held at Hood Aerodrome from Sunday 3rd to Saturday 9th March 2019, inclusive with Saturday 2nd available as a practice day.
This year the event is being hosted by three
organizations, the Masterton Soaring Club, the Wellington Gliding Club and Hood
Aerodrome (Masterton District Council).It has been several years since the CD’s have been held at Hood, and we
intend to use the occasion to show off the sport to the public, and enjoy the
outstanding facilities the aerodrome offers.The Wairarapa, is well known for wave and thermal and convergencesand of course is just up the road from the
new Greytown Soaring Centre.Another huge
advantage is the uncontrolled airspace.
The competition will be run out of the Wairarapa Aero
Club, which is well set up with rooms, kitchen, bar and swimming pool.Camping is available at the club and as well
there are plenty of accommodation options available in the towns nearby to suit
all budgets.We will be having a couple
of barbeques to welcome everyone, both at Hood and down at the Greytown Soaring
Centre with its new Training Centre
We intend keeping
the same tone to the competition as it has become known for –a good fun contest
with an emphasis on helping new pilots gain experience.The Wairarapa is blessed with lots of big
paddocks, and quite a few airfields.If
you have no crew, that is no problem - others will help as required.
To help with planning of towplanes, early advice of
entry is much appreciated. You can save $40 on the entry fee if you enter and
pay on or prior to 31st January 2018. An entry form is attached and also
available on the web site www.nzsoaringsolutions.co.nzor www.soar.co.nz . Further information, turnpoints etc will be available
at the same sites and will be updated as time progresses.
We are hoping for a great turnout, this competition
has seen a revival in the last few years.Please encourage your friends and families and especially new pilots to
come and enjoy the safe skies, large paddocks and huge smooth airfield we have
here at Hood.
We look forward to seeing you at Hood in March 2019!
for the Masterton Soaring Club & Wellington Gliding Club
This year’s event
was organised by Gliding Hawkes Bay & Waipukurau and held from Waipukurau
Airfield. This event is run as a friendly, low key regional championships and used
as a training ground for new competition pilots.
The final entry
list was 22 pilots over the Open, Racing and Sports classes. The Sports class
was competed in with two PW5s and a K6CR with a wide range of gliders in the
Open and Racing classes. There was a good mixture of regulars and new faces for
the competition period of Sunday 18th to Saturday 24th February inclusive.
kindly volunteered to act as Contest Director and scorer. Graham White was
again weather man and task setter. Chief tow pilot was Neil Faulknor who flew
the Lexus powered Skylux towplane being trialled by the Gliding Hawkes Bay
& Waipukurau club. He was supported by Hugh de Latour in TZB, Phil Gray in
the Citabria CPD and various Gliding Manawatu pilots in the Pawnee CIG.
secured sponsorship from Centralines (the local power lines company) along with
Marisco Family Winemakers, SBS Bank and Wrightsons for daily prizes. Publicity
was gained with reports and an interview on the local radio station with the local
newspaper publishing the results and a photo of the winning racing class pilot
initial forecast for the week was not great with the possibility of a cyclone
ruining the event, pilots ended up flying on the Saturday practice day along
with four contest days for a total of five days flying out of eight.
some of everything with good thermals, convergences and wave on various days.
Unfortunately the wave on the Wednesday was difficult to get into and short
lived which made soaring a challenge. The airspace limitation of 9,500ft in the
main task area dropping to lower levels to the south west and north east added
to the difficulties and pilots needed to be wary of the boundaries to avoid
improved from landing out to completing his first task and then repeating a
task completion on the final day. Allie Thompson completed her first solo task
on the last day in a Libelle.
few and far between so the plenty of safe landout areas, including some
suitable for aerotow retrieves, were barely used. Mike O’Donnell landed out at
the Kowhai airstrip and also a farm airstrip and was retrieved both times by
The Open class
was dominated by Patrick Driessen with Stewart Barton and Tony van Dyk in a
close tussle for second and third places. Local pilot James Foreman won the
racing class over fellow Hawkes Bay pilots Jason Price and Jason Kelly. In the
Sport class, reigning champion Richard Keir took an early lead but was beaten
by Richard Penman on the last two days to relinquish his title.
After a good
thermal day on Friday, in his jet powered JS1 Revelation, Patrick Driessen gave
a demonstration of its ability with low level passes with the jet going. It was
an impressive and noisy sight.
On the social
side, BBQs were organised on the airfield for the Sunday, Wednesday and Friday
evenings. With flying not finishing until early evenings, these were
appreciated with a good variety of steaks, salads and desserts, including fresh
Hawkes Bay strawberries, provided to hungry pilots under the organisation of
Brian Kelly. Donated fresh Hawkes Bay apples were again popular and consumed
almost as fast as delivered.
Hugh de Latour
entertained with his limericks which included:
noise? From whence is it coming?
something amiss in the plumbing?
No - settle
We call that
"White" noise -
It's Graham -
he's started his humming!
the wave day looked fine
To put a Gold
Badge on the line.
I'll do three
But he missed
it by two-ninety-nine!
wasn't so bold,
He just wanted
Silver, not Gold.
He got Silver
all right -
distance or height,
turning 50 years old!
cake for Michael’s 50th was cut, eaten and enjoyed after the
Wednesday evening BBQ.