October 16th 2011
Recent NewsA good reply to anyone who thought that this day might be a bit doubtful. Five flights but all were good. Neil Drought came down from Oakura for his trial flight and enjoyed seeing Taranaki from the lofty height of 5000ft. Kent Weir, with a freshly minted CPL found out that you don’t need copious amounts of Avgas to get high and handsome. He is contemplating getting a tow rating. Peter Miller and Peter Williams battled stoically in light and fickle rotor conditions for just over the hour. Peter Cook in his Libelle, likewise. Tim Hardwick-Smith took the Discus up for an outing and found things more tranquil with gentle lift all over the place. John Frew did the towing honours and everyone was happy.
Aircraft Time Flights
WZ 2hrs 41m 3
IA 1hr 10m 1
XC 1hr 7m 1
RWS 30m 5
Then, on Tuesday we held the AGM at the Clubrooms. An enthusiastic group attending. Reports spoke of a good year with several good flights, some into wave and using our oxygen gear. The completion of the hangar which very soon had gliders in it. Financially, we have weathered the storm but we need to be careful and prudent.
Officers elected were: -
President John Tullett
Vice-President Steve Barham
Secretary Peter Williams
Treasurer Peter Miller
Club Captain Glyn Jackson
Chief Flying Instructor Tim Hardwick-Smith
Tug Master Jim McKay
Committee Peter Cook, Will Hopkirk, Jim Finer,
Awards Normona Cup - Tim Hardwick-Smith,
Most Improved Pilot – Will Hopkirk
Ranges Cup – Tim Hardwick-Smith & John Tullett
Some good flights made during the year – several to 15000ft, or better, the better one
was made by John Tullett and Tim. The Normona award to Tim was for flying
three times around the mountain without stopping. Will’s award was for sundry adventures involving paddocks and getting to goodly heights when not in paddocks.
A visit to Stratford by the Manawatu Gliding Club is expected in early
November which will be combined with an official opening of the new extension
to the hangar.
While I was writing the above on the morning of Friday the 21st an impressive wave cloud was there for all to see. Got most of it in the photo below.