Cross-Country Course - Dates for January 2018

For clarity, we advise that the Cross-Country Course program this season is:

Sunday, 31 December

The first lecture of the course is presented Sunday evening after dinner, on the topic of "Landouts".  This is scheduled first, so that we've all had a refresher before flying cross-country on Monday.  Attendance is mandatory.  It is desirable that you arrive Sunday afternoon, so we can rig the gliders we'll be using, then we can socialise over dinner before the evening lecture.

Monday 1 January - Friday 5 January

Daily routine of breakfast, lecture, morning tea, weather and task briefing, lunch, go flying, informal debrief in the bar, dinner, early to bed.  There may be some evening presentations and possibly flight analysis, however we need to keep these short, and get to bed early.

We'll be in touch with participants shortly with more details.  Now would be good time to confirm with your club committee if you're bringing a club glider, and to obtain a letter from your CFI assuring the organisers that you have the skill and currency needed to accomplish a safe paddock landing. 

Looking forward to a rewarding course!



2017 AGM Notice

Nominations are invited for positions on the committee
Nominations and remits for discussion should be received at po box 100, Matamata or to e-mail  by friday 30th June 2017
Member clubs are asked to ensure they are represented
Be there and have a say in the future of soaring at the Matamata Soaring Centre, Waharoa airfield.
For full details and agenda, see the file below.


2012 Nationals Underway

The 2012 Nationals are underway, with an interesting practice day yesterday. We have a good number of gliders flying this year with 25 entrants. Even the weather looks like it's not going to be raining for the week and a half which is a very nice change.

Practice day was good up north, although a little soft and challenging down south. Excellent climbs over the swamp as usual. Most did half the task and turned back early to avoid an exhausitng landout on the first day. Most except for Bill in his LAK however, who chose some lovely huge paddocks down Mangakino way to hang out in.

Today looks a little less exciting than we might have hoped for, however there might be some ridge with about 15 knots westerlies, so a task may well be possible.

All the results will be going on the Soaring Spot Website available at:

Taupo Competition Underway

The Central Plateau competition is underway in Taupo. The first day results and daily blog are available on soaring spot: