Wednesday, 21 August 2013

Newsletter August 2013

22 August 2013

Dear fellow pilot

Spring is almost here. Thermals will start to pop and the winds will converge with some great flying to come.

Have you considered flying in a regional contest? Gliding Hawkes Bay & Waipukurau are running the Central Districts Championships from Waipukurau Aerodrome from Sunday 09th to Saturday 15th February 2014 inclusive with Saturday 08th available as a practice day.

There are plenty of accommodation choices to suit every pocket from camping on the aerodrome itself to cabins at local camping grounds, motels and hotels etc. Being only 30 minutes from Hastings, there are plenty of options for after hours activities and the other half.

Why come to Waipukurau for a contest?

1. There are plenty of large, safe paddocks for landing with some larger than the aerodrome. If you landout, you may meet the farmer and get coffee and cake while waiting for a retrieve.

2. Great flying conditions with thermals, convergences and gentle wave. While like all gliding contests, weather plays a decisive part and lets us down occasionally, in general, historically the weather is good for flying in February.

3. If we get the odd adverse weather day, it gives an opportunity to visit some great wineries, orchards, bush walks, play golf, go fishing, sightseeing etc. You will not get bored.

4. When else do you have the opportunity to make “gliding” your job for the week with like minded pilots in a low key, friendly atmosphere?

Further information is available at and this will be updated as time progresses.

Neil Faulknor will be the contest director with assistance from David Davidson.

Put the dates of this contest (Sunday 09th to Saturday 15th February 2014) on your calendar and plan for a great fun trip to Hawkes Bay this summer.

Further e-mails will be sent closer to the event.