Club flying over the next 2 weeks

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There's a lot happening over the next couple of weeks, here's a quick outline.

This weekend is normal club flying, the only thing to be aware of is EFTPOS will not be available Saturday as we're using it at CentrePlace. Here is the roster:

Saturday 22nd Nov
Instructors: Tony Davies, Dom Stevens, Rainer
Tow Pilot: Jeffery Hunter
Duty Pilot: Chris Money

Sunday 23rd Nov
Instructors: Tony Davies, Rainer Kunnemeyer
Tow Pilot: Ian Hector
Duty Pilot: Mark Drayson

Sunday evening is a BBQ and briefing for those on the cross country course.

Monday 24th - Friday 28th Nov: Cross Country Course 
All club gliders are booked for the week, there won't be club flying on Wednesday.
Towing will be available all week for private owners.
The tow pilots intend to hang around after the X country launch only for an hour or so on the weekdays depending on demand. They will stay long anough for any re-lights so if anybody turns up during that period we will be happy to tow them.
Launching will be similar to a competition grid launch, you'll need to have your glider to the end of the grid before launching, or wait until after.

Saturday 29th Nov: Normal club flying

This is the competition practice day, there will be lots of gliders, but otherwise normal flying. GSN and GXP might be booked.
Book other gliders like normal through the booking system.

Sun 30th Nov - Sat 6th Dec: Regional Contest 
Towing and club gliders will be available all week, with priority given to the competition.
GSN and GXP are booked for use in the competition, GPK, GPC and GNI are available for use by club members.
Instructors will not be rostered on, so if you want one you'll need to make your own arrangements.
We will also need help launching the glider grid, Contact Les at if you can help out with this.
Typically those wanting to fly help with the launch, and have their gliders ready at the back of the grid.
If you would like to fly a club glider it will need to be DI'ed and down the end of the field well before the grid launches.
The time the grid launches varies depending on conditions, but normally somewhere between 11am and 2pm.
Please use the booking system at least the day before you intend to come out, to book any of the club gliders.

Flying during a competition is great fun, there are lots of people, lots of gliders, and a great atmosphere. Hopefully we'll see you out there!

Club at CentrePlace Shopping Centre

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The CentrePlace stand is going well, with at least 6 vouchers sold so far (as of lunchtime today), and many flyers handed out. We are expecting this afternoon and Saturday to be even busier.

If you're in Hamilton feel free to drop by and poke fun at us. Here are some pics of the stand.

Thanks to the volunteers.

Making it obvious what we're selling!
Making it obvious what we're selling!

Looking towards the food court
Looking towards the food court

Richard looking composed as always
Richard looking composed as always

Piako Gliding Club & Bill Mace Win District Sports Awards

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Congratulations to everyone at Piako Gliding Club for winning the "Club of the year" award at the Metso Matamata Piako District Sports Awards on Tuesday night.

Also congratulations to Bill Mace for winning "Administrator of the year". Bill really does put in a huge amount of effort and time into the club, so this is well deserved.

More details and other winners can be found the Sports Waikato website.

Bill Mace and Steve Care with the awards
Bill Mace and Steve Care with the awards

New Bunkrooms & Caravan!

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As mentioned in the flypaper, thanks to Bill & Jan some of the bunkrooms have been upgraded to luxurious suites. Information and images are now online here:

Here's an image that escaped from the last post of dinner images:

In other news, the new Piako Gliding Club Caravan/First aid station has arrived! Here are some pics we snapped today, after taking up a bunch of students for a flight (in gliders, not the caravan. Sorry it doesn't fly... yet).

Exciting stuff, Summer is going to be great!


Vintage Kiwi Rally, Raglan, Fri 14 – Sun 16 Nov

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This weekend Vintage Kiwi are holding a Rally at Raglan. Anyone is welcome to take any sort of glider along. Full details can be found in this PDF.

Centreplace Mall Promotion Volunteers Wanted

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The Centreplace mall promotion is coming up, from Thursday 20th November to Saturday 22nd.

Can any club members volunteer to help out with a session to attend the stand? I've outlined the sessions here:

  Morning Afternoon Evening
Thursday 20th 9am-1:15pm
(Dave Qualtrogh) 
Friday 21st 9am-1pm
(Carl Henderson) 
(Joan & Richard Small) 
(Keith Irvine) 
Saturday 22nd 9am-1:15pm
(Ron Courtenay) 
(Dom & Tim)

It's a very simple job, just hand out phamplets, answer a few questions, and sell some vouchers.

We've got some great looking pop up banner displays organised, and will have some new phamplets and business cards organised to hand out. We've also got the EFTPOS machine which will make selling vouchers easier.

If you can help out send us an email or phone 07 858 3595

The fancy banners we've got this year
The fancy banners we've got this year

The stand will be in the same place as last year
The stand will be in the same place as last year

Labour Weekend 08 Debrief & Roster for this weekend.

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Labour weekend started off looking a bit dodgy weather wise, but by 3pm Saturday the weather cleared a bit, the arrow was out and we started launching! Aviation Sports Club showed up in force, and the late start gave them plenty of time to travel and get stuff rigged.

The start of dinner was extended to 7:30 to give those flying more time, which was lucky as the ridge was booming. A few flights arrived back after 7.

Thanks Jan and helpers yet again for a magnificent meal, everyone had a great time.

We took lots of photos over the weekend, and a gallery has been put together here, with a quick sample below.

Monday put on another good ridge and thermal day, with the tow sheet full to the brim and going over the page. Good work Ross for towing all day. Bad luck to Aviation Sports Club's single Astir GMP who landed out on the way up to Thames!


Apologies the web cam hasn't been up and running, Tim keeps forgetting to fix it. We'll get it back and going again very soon.

Roster this weekend

Tim's long range weather prediction: Westerly winds, book gliders now!

   Date Details Tow Pilot Duty Pilot Instructor1 Instructor2 Book Bookings
Sat 1st Nov 08 Flying from 11am Ross Nicholson Students Bob Gray Steven Care Book A Cert course 9, both twins booked for all day.
Sun 2nd Nov 08 Flying from 11am. Andrew McGregor Jamie Pirrit Bill Mace   Book  

Weekend Photos

"My drinking club has a gliding problem"
"My drinking club has a gliding problem"

Steve in GVC
Steve in GVC

Classic Flyers coming this Saturday

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The Classic Flyers from Tauranga are visiting Matamata airfield this Saturday Morning, and they've asked us to let the gliding club members know.

Here is the notice they've sent around:

A part day trip is planned for

this   SATURDAY Nov 1st 2008



So....come in anyway. DECISION made at ClassicFlyers..8am


Aircraft all Out & Ready..8.15am

Briefing....(Avgas Cafe')..8.30  SHARP .


Take off....9.30am.


Midway to Matamata (Quiz for ALL on board)              [1st Prize..Harvard flight @ Matamata...Runner-up Airtourer flight there]


MATAMATA...visit field and its various tenants.

view any 'ops' taking place, and Spectate generally.

'Critically' view our own AEROBATICS 'training ops' underway nearby.

 Sumptuous lunch... courtesy Avgas Cafe'.

 (sandwiches etc) you lucky people

Depart Matamata ....load-up 1.30pm appx


Aircraft going to date (with appx 32 folk so far )...

DH Devon, Harvard 98, Stearman 03, GA Agcat, Yak 718, Yak (YKA)

Airtourer T3, 2xCessna C150's, and C172.


It is intended to try and get most pax a differant a/c seat on the return trip

(Andrew will supply a SEAT PLAN by Sat am)


Note: we are trying to get more aircraft added.

 (with other pilots/pax )

IF YOU WISH TO BE ADDED TO THE LIST........ or email.....SHARE COST is =$110 pp

(Chq, visa or eftpos accepted )


Also ...Please Note......

call or email Andrew, Pete Ham, Tim @ Euroflght

or Aidan @ the Aeroclub to confirm you are listed and intend going   DON'T FORGET


See you at ClassicFlyers ………Andrew