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Flying at the Gondola

The Gondola is once again open and a year pass is only $45 - an absolute bargain for accessing our flying site. I've flown the site a few times since the Gondola cablecar has started working again. The staff seem quite happy with us flying there BUT this site will be lost if:

1. No flying low over the cablecars - if you want to fly to The Rock biuld up some height at the Gondola and then set off for The Rock. Anyone flying too close to the cables will jeopardise this site.

Altitude is your friend (AKA: how not to do it)

Today I made a stuff-up, which could have ended very badly. Rather than try & forget about it I'm posting this so anyone else can see my mistake & hopefully learn from it:

http://youtu.be/Df22YewLX8U

Beware of the Port Hills Groper.

Female members should beware of the Port Hills Groper.
Check this out!
http://www.stuff.co.nz/the-press/news/8203515/Port-Hills-groper-feared

Manilla for the State of Origin PG comp.

I'm leaving 7am 23 March for Sydney and driving to Manilla. Returning 7.20 pm 1 April. If you are keen to share a ride and retrieve let me know.

Cheers
Steve O'Shaughnessy

World Hang Gliding Champs, Forbes, Australia ~ an epic competition.

Best NZ pilot Jonas Lobitz with his father Hagen sitting under his wing at the worlds.  He came 25th out or 105

World Hang Gliding Champs, Forbes, Australia Jan 2013
Final Overall Results after 10 Tasks

Pilot Name, Country, Place, Score.
Manfred Ruhmer, Austria, 1st, 9010
Alessandro Pioner, Italy, 2nd, 8871
Fillipp Oppici, Italy, 3rd, 8560

Jonas Lobitz, NZ, 25th, 7476
John Smith, NZ, 47th, 6212
Conrad Loten, NZ, 65th, 4968
Matt Barlow, NZ, 75th, 4198
James McKirdy, NZ, 88th, 2974
Lisa Bradley, NZ, 101st, 1167

A superb effort by the NZ team with every Kiwi pilot flying in every task.
The top pilots flew 1876km to win this championships.

Taylors Mistake - Test Weather Station

Hi All,

Over the last few months I`ve built and tested a wind station.
The Wind station is now mounted near to the Taylors Mistake Launch.
The system runs on 900mhz GSM and sends out INSTANTANEOUS readings every 20minutes between 8am and 8pm.
I have an application running that automatically forwards the information to Twitter
You can access the data by getting yourself a Twitter account (I know alot of regular pilots have them already)
Once you have a Twitter account, you need to follow GoretekWeather

New Air Space operations in and above the Omarama

Hey Guys,

We've spoken to Captain Mark Sutherland for clarification on all this and it looks
like we'll have Mt Cook ATR's flying through the Omarama area where
HGs fly.

Fortunately most of the flights will be above our usual
altitudes and the flights are few.

Still these guys are operating on IFR and descending through the
levels we fly at so we need to do everything we can to avoid a midair.

Bill Degen has taken the conversations so if you have any further info or would like to ask any questions please direct these to him for now.

Luke

INTRODUCTION
Hello,

Craigieburn Paragliding League - THIS WEEKEND

The HQ will be at 39 Torlesse place -to get there go into Castle Hill village 1st Left, then 3rd left then the last house on the right.

Meet at 08:30 at 39 Torlesse Place or at Texas flats landing on the Cheeseman road at 9:30. Have your ENTRY FORM printed and ready, print yourself a map, and do all your downloads before you get there or you will be hand loading the waypoints – no facilities will be provided for downloading waypoints.

GPS – Bring your own cables to avoid disappointment.

New Zealand Hang Gliding Team do well in Gulgong

The NZ Hang Gliding team have just finished competing in the Gulgong Classic and placed well.
Here is a link for the results:
http://www.williamolive.com/gulgong%20classic/2012%20competition/comp_re...
This is a good lead up competition for the World Champs being held in early January 2013 in Forbes, Australia.
Best was John Smith in 6th place.
looking good for some well placed pilots in the worlds!

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