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PG Nationals in Wanaka - Registration open

For anybody interested, the registration for the Wanaka PG Nationals in Feb 2015 is open:
http://nzhgpa-notices.blogspot.co.nz/

What the heck is RASP?

If you check forecasts and try to plan your flights, have you ever tried to interpret NZ RASP to try and avoid a wasted trip to your favourite launch site?

Here's a link to NZ RASP. http://zakalwe.com/rasp/listForecasts.php?region=NZSOUTH_N

Peter Taylor has very kindly offered to host an 'evening class' at his home in Cracroft to share his knowledge, but numbers need to be limited so 'first come first served'.

Radios

Yesterday's incident where a pilot made an untimely and unplanned acquaintance with the rock face below the Gondola launch site, should be taken as a timely reminder about the importance of carrying and using a two way radio. The benefit of being able to talk to the seriously injured pilot and relaying instructions from emergency services to the pilot prior to being airlifted by the Westpac helicopter should not be underestimated. The radio does not have to be expensive but is equally as useful and important while flying to share information regarding flight conditions!

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