Canungra Classic 2017

  

7th to 14th October 2017

FAI Category 2, HGFA AAA Sanctioned Hang Gliding competition 






Canungra-Classic

 

 

 

 

VHF Radio Course

Radio VHF

For all those pilots interested in obtaining their VHF endorsement.   We’ll be running a HGFA VHF radio operators endorsement as follows. 


Time:   6:30pm - 9:30pm
Location: Canungra.  (actual location to be decided closer to the time)
Cost:  $35 per person

Note that a VHF endorsement is a prerequisite for the issue of a PG4 and HG intermediate rating.   The endorsement can be obtained at any time prior to applying for a PG4 or HG Intermediate.  So even newly licensed pilots are welcome. 

Please reply Email Phil Hystek  which date is preferable and VHF radio course will run on the most popular evening.




Pilots looking to spread your wings and further your flying freedom with pilot ratings PG4 or HG intermediate, You require HGFA VHF Airband Radio Operators Endorsement. Next VHF radio course:
Date:  Wednesday June 28th 
Time: 7:00pm
Location:  Canungra area.  
Cost $30 per person.  

If interested in attending theory and practical course, along with receiving pre-reading course study notes; Email Phil Hystek Chief Flying Instructor  PARAGLIDING QUEENSLAND

Qld Paragliding Championship

PG JT xc

The 6th round of the Qld Paragliding Championships are on this weekend.  24th & 25th June 2017  

Saturday looks like light winds for a Tamborine task

 

A further briefing and weather update will be sent out by email on Friday.   

 

Saturday Location: Canungra 

Meeting Place: Hall Carpark

Time 9.30AM

 

How did you go?

The true believers turned up today – not even one naysayer  J

 

Thank-you task committee.  You tried gallantly to set an achievable task, despite the stable winter conditions. 

 

Launch conditions today were safe for all pilot skill levels, and most of us had a chance to blow out the cobwebs which have collected over the past many weeks of abstinence, test out new wings or harnesses with some gentle ridge soaring.  

 

Hopefully tomorrow, we see improved XC conditions at Tamborine launch.   

 

Sunday Location: Canungra 

Meeting Place: Hall Carpark

Time 10:00am


Other Details

 

Unless we have some volunteer drivers, we will need to manage amongst ourselves. No one will be left out without a retrieve at the end of the day. We ask that if you get back to your car –  see who else might be on the ground and need a pickup. 

 

All pilot contact details and “status” can be accessed with your login at  http://safepilot.com.au/We will also be using the WhatsApp group for real-time communication on the day for pickups and coordination. This has been working very well to-date.    

Pilots who have participated in the Queensland Championships before will shortly receive an email from the safety registration system ( http://safepilot.com.au/ ) . To register your interest just click the link to automatically register for each round.

For new pilots simply complete the registration at http://qldpg.safepilot.com.au/register.php and you will then be automatically registered for th first round and then  receive all competition information emails for each subsequent round.  

The safety registration system (safepilot.com.au) has been established to help support the organisation of local events - specifically the formal pilot registration and daily check in and check-back process. 

 

Ian     

Dalby Hang Gliding

Dalby Hang Gliding  freeflying, at Dalby Aerodrome 17th and 18th June 2017

Aerotow rated Hang glider pilots. $30 / tow. Wide open plains. 

Trev.

[Likely Pub dinner Saturday 17th. Some pilots else where: Kingaroysoaring AGM]

CHGC Weather/Other-Sites - Dalby

Aerotows by Bruce Almighty, Smokey, Blaino. Coastal rain this last fortnight, the rain doesn't get over the great dividing range. For Sunshine - go west.

image courtesy of DDSC (Gliding Club) web cam, Jondaryan. 30km East of Dalby Aerodrome.

Flight Safety

CHGC recommends Flight Safety articles and information

What's ON - Weekend 10th 11th June 2017

Looks like another weekend of South winds this weekend.   If the forecast rain stays away, then Hinchies South may well be the place to be for flying.  

Just a note on the use of Hinchies and Hinchies South. 

There is another MTB DH event this weekend.    

If pilots choose to go up Hinchies tomorrow then you will need to work in with the MTB shuttle bus.  Wait at the first gate on Toe Hold Rd for the shuttle and drive up in convoy with the shuttle.   The same applies to any vehicle coming down the hill.   If the MTB organiser has the barricades on launch, maybe you can ask politely if they can move them slightly to the North so as to avoid any conflict.  


If pilots want to use the South launch (thanks Jason for clearing) www.paratechpg.com

To Fly Hinchies South Launch, You MUST contact Senior Safety Officer SSO -  Phil Hystek ParaglidingQueensland.com

  know before you take any gliders onto the site.  You can walk over there to check if it’s on, but you must let SSO Phil know as liaison with the land owners. This is imperative as the owners will ban us from the site if this is not done.  The owners are very friendly, but need to know if anyone is going to fly from their site.  

No land owners permission, no fly zone.

 

PLEASE DO THE RIGHT THING.  

Enjoy your weekend and safe flying.  
Phil

Canungra Classic 2017

Save the Dates 7th to 14th October 2017

More info to come: Tony G.

Airtribune - Canungra Classic info  Canungra  2016 

Club General Meeting

Our next CHGC General Meeting is on Saturday 3rd June in the Club House. It would be wonderful to see you all there.
Thank you to those who said that they would come and help with breakfast preparation and clean up. We could use a few more volunteers. If you could be there around 7:30am, that would be awesome.

Serving Breakfast 8am  Breakfast will include: Bacon and Egg Wraps (or just egg for the vegetarians), Cereal and Milk. So come along and grab a bite to eat before the meeting. 

General Meeting 8:30am, Saturday 3rd June 2017



What's on - Weekend 3rd & 4th June2017

The 5th round of the Qld Paragliding Championships are on this weekend.  Saturday looks a bit windy at this stage from the S/SE. Sunday looks lighter. 

 

There has been a new S/SE launch established at Ma Ma creek (Gatton). However, with the CHGC General meeting on Saturday, Canungra will be the nominated site. Ma Ma may be a consideration for Sunday if the outlook is  still windy.    

 

A further briefing and weather update will be sent out by email on Friday.   

 

Saturday Location: Canungra 

Meeting Place: TBA

Time TBA

 

Other Details

 

Unless we have some volunteer drivers, we will need to manage amongst ourselves. No one will be left out without a retrieve at the end of the day. We ask that if you get back to your car –  see who else might be on the ground and need a pickup. 

 

All pilot contact details and “status” can be accessed with your login at  http://safepilot.com.au/We will also be using the WhatsApp group for real-time communication on the day for pickups and coordination. This has been working very well to-date.    

Pilots who have participated in the Queensland Championships before will shortly receive an email from the safety registration system ( http://safepilot.com.au/ ) . To register your interest just click the link to automatically register for each round.

For new pilots simply complete the registration at http://qldpg.safepilot.com.au/register.php and you will then be automatically registered for th first round and then  receive all competition information emails for each subsequent round.  

The safety registration system (safepilot.com.au) has been established to help support the organisation of local events - specifically the formal pilot registration and daily check in and check-back process. 

 

Ian     

 

 

 

 

There will be a major MTB DH event happening this weekend June 3-4 at Hinchies (launch) property.   The SEQ DH Round 2 will take place on Sunday with practice on Saturday.   There will be a lot of traffic on the road up to launch (the start location of the DH track) 

The property owner has asked that if anyone uses the Hinchcliffe launch, that we must work in with the MTB shuttle bus so as to avoid any possible  head-on congestion on the road up. So if anyone wishes to go up to launch please do the following. 
1/. Car pool to the max.   Given the amount of people, bikes and traffic on the launch area, we really want to have the absolute minimum number of vehicles on launch. 
2/.  Wait at the first gate (unlocked one at the top of Toe Holt Rd) for the shuttle bus to drive up and go up in convoy with them. 
3/.  Don’t take vehicles onto launch unless absolutely needed there.  Best to leave vehicles on the western side of the last gate. 
4/.  Be mindful of not taking up to much space on launch with gliders when bikes are wanting to start their ride.   

Thanks a lot for your understanding about this.    We don’t want the MTB organisers to complain to John about any thoughtless actions by CHGC members.   It wouldn’t take a lot for us to loose on of the areas prime sites. 

 

Phil

Canungra Cup 2017

Flying Decisions. Golden Gate of Good Advice to FLY SAFE.


Photograph - Walt Nielson

CHGC President recommends Flight Safety information

Qld Paragliding Championships

PG JT xc

The 4th round of the Qld Paragliding Championships are on this weekend.  

13th & 14th May 2017  

Saturday looks to be the better day. Sunday is Mothers Day - Sorry about that.  Maybe you can bring Mum along :? Tandem flights on Mothers Day - share your love of flying with the ones you love.

 

A further briefing and weather update will be sent out by email on Friday.   

 

Location: Canungra 

Meeting Place: Hall Carpark

Time: 9.30am

 

Other Details

 

Unless we have some volunteer (Mums) drivers, we will need to manage amongst ourselves. No one will be left out without a retrieve at the end of the day. We ask that if you get back to your car –  see who else might be on the ground and need a pickup. 

 

All pilot contact details and “status” can be accessed with your login at  http://safepilot.com.au/We will also be using the WhatsApp group for real-time communication on the day for pickups and coordination. This has been working very well to-date.    

Pilots who have participated in the Queensland Championships before will shortly receive an email from the safety registration system ( http://safepilot.com.au/ ) . To register your interest just click the link to automatically register for each round.

For new pilots simply complete the registration at http://qldpg.safepilot.com.au/register.php and you will then be automatically registered for th first round and then  receive all competition information emails for each subsequent round.  

The safety registration system (safepilot.com.au) has been established to help support the organisation of local events - specifically the formal pilot registration and daily check in and check-back process. 

 

Ian     

Night Visual Flight Rules

Wolfi fly .com

Beechmont Launch only Area

New updated information. Please refer to /Flying/Beechmont/ and select "Flying" tab section; regarding Beechmont Launch only area. 

Dalby Hang Gliding

Dalby Hang Gliding  freeflying, at Dalby Aerodrome Long weekend 29th and 30th April and 1st May day 2017

Aerotow $30 to thermals 2,000ft+ AGL. Big Air and Big Distance flights with open plains farming landing options as far as the eye can see.  Priceless! 

Dalby is called for next long weekend  29th 30th 1st
If you are coming let me know as we need to arrange for enough tug pilots.
Cheers,
Trevor.

Letuce Capture U Photography - Lester Baird.

Queensland Paragliding Championships

PG JT xc

 

The forecast is looking fair for Saturday and better for Sunday. 

 

Meeting Place – Opposite Hall Car Park (Nerang side of Outpost Café)

Leaving Time Sat 9:30

Car Pool to (probably Beechmont or Hinchies)

 

Queensland Paragliding Championships

 

Past and future round dates are included below.

 

Unless we have some volunteer drivers, we will need to manage amongst ourselves. No one will be left out without a retrieve at the end of the day. We ask that if you get back to your car –  see who else might be on the ground and need a pickup.  

 

All pilot contact details and “status” can be accessed with your login at  http://safepilot.com.au/

Pilots who have participated in the Queensland Championships before will shortly receive an email from the safety registration system ( http://safepilot.com.au/ ) . To register your interest just click the link to automatically register for each round.

For new pilots simply complete the registration at http://qldpg.safepilot.com.au/register.php and you will then be automatically registered and then  receive all competition information emails for each subsequent round.  

The safety registration system (safepilot.com.au) has been established to help support the organisation of local events - specifically the pilot registration and daily check in and check-back process. This will be used in conjunction with the WhatsApp group.  

DATES

 

 

Ian     

 

 

 

CHGC - Map Waypoints and Airspace: download files from Flying / Map

Damian

Dalby Big Air 2017

Dalby Big Air  9 to 15 April 2017

Letuce Capture U Photography - Lester Baird.

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Big open plains gliding the farming flat lands and big air of Darling Downs, Queensland. About 225km by road West of Brisbane Airport , and about 78km down the road from Toowoomba's new private built international "Brisbane West - Wellcamp Airport"

"Dalby provides BIG, smooth thermals over flat lands. A relatively relaxed comp with statistically EPIC racing conditions, no landing area concerns, smooth (aero)tow conditions and generally cumulus clouded skies – so, yeah, you should be here!” [Dave May]

The skies are as good as it gets. Epic flying in 2016 Australian sailplane Gliding National Championships results hosted by Kingaroy Soaring Club

Dalby Big Air - Hang Gliding Competition has Sanctions: FAI Cat2, Open Class AA, Sport Class AA. Registrations close at midnight on Saturday 11th March, 2017. Free flyers welcome. Aerotow Launch before or after competition launch times. $30/Tow 2000ft+. Wind tech or free fly. Come fly one day or many. Heaps of drivers, for you to organise pick up. Come Fly big air.

Dalby 2017 on TV News WinNEWS local TV video


Birchip - Flatter than the Flatlands 14 to 17 April 2017

Birchip, Victoria. Hang Glider pilots are invited to the 25th consecutive Flatter than the Flatlands cross country towing competition. The event will be conducted over the four day Easter long weekend. Entry fee includes daily prizes, presentation BBQ, scoring, goal beers and lots of fun. GPS and parachute required. Discount available for teams with a first time pilot. Birchip Organiser  



FlyManilla PG Easter

Paragliding State of Origin 17
Mt Borah, Manilla NSW. For The Novice (P2), it’s a great way to get  into Comp and XC flying in a fun & safe way.  It’s about the promotion of Skills and Safely. The Comp is based on Flying Crews(5 pilot teams, 1 Adv. & 2 P2 pilots & then 2 other Pilots)

 Handicapping is used for scoring. (see Pilot pack)

Requirements:
Reserve, UHF Radio and at least 3 hours XC / Thermalling experience.

Comp Fee $30.00. Early bird discount fee $20.00 (Registering before 01/04/17)


Contact; James T. [refer Register contact]


Things will be very busy down in Manilla on Thursday and through the weekend. Preparing stuff before you get to Manilla will help reduce the stress.

Gear:

Make sure you bring the manuals for your radios, vario, GPS (especially if you do not know how to change settings)

Have everything fully charged BEFORE you drive down.

Load the Manilla waypoints into your GPS before you come down.

http://rosser.cc/pg/waypoints/waypoints.html

or [havel.com.au/public/Manilla2013.zip Link not working: Contact Martin https://www.fly2base.com.au/  ] Manilla2013.zip file - (Maps with waypoints on them)

 

Getting to Manilla:

There are a few different ways to drive down. If you are driving around dusk or at night be VERY carefull of Skippys. They are everywhere.
Also, don't speed, there are Cops everywhere aswell. They love hanging around the small towns and pinging people speeding. Being Easter, Double fines and Points will apply!

Maps:

The best map to get is the NRMA Road Map of the area. It has all the little dirt tracks which can be handy.

Phone:

Telstra has the best coverage. Optus is a close second. You may struggle with other networks.

Facilities:

On the hill there is a Toilet. That's it nothing else. Bring enough food and water to get you sorted throughout the day.

Basher rides from the bombout to launch will be running (they are usually $7 per ride). They will more than likely run from HQ in the morning up the hill aswell. (save taking your car up the hill)

HQ (Godfreys) has toilets and bar for visitors. Campers have access to pool aswell. There are two harness hangers at HQ aswell if you need to fine tune your harness.

Costs:

The local club is 'The Manilla Sky Sailors'.  Club fees are either $20 or $25 (This is normally paid to the Basher driver, Lucas. For this event, someone else maybe be at HQ to collect this from you.)
The event costs (see above) .. payable either Thursday evening or first up Friday morning.
Food , accom and XC retrieve are your responsibility.

Shops:

Remember, EVERYTHING is shut on friday! Make sure you have enough food and drink to get you through until atleast Saturday.


Timetable: HQ

Thursday:  17:00 - Registration at HQ (Godfrey's) 
                     19:00 - Briefing for Novices about State of Origin (MANDATORY) - If can't make this one, it will be given again at 8am friday.

Friday:        8am  -  Registration for the late punters. Mandatory briefing if you couldn't make it thursday night.
                     8:30am - Weather briefing and daily schedule - HQ 
                   
Saturday:   10am - Briefing

Sunday:     10am - Briefing

 

                  20:00 ish - Presentation. SWANN Catering $25pp  and entertainment by Singer/Song writer  Kristy Coote!

Educational talks will be held each evening from 19:00


Flying:

In past years we have used a system to communicate/report where we are when we are flying. If you have a GPS, before you launch program a 'GO TO' "BORAH" (launch). As you fly away XC  the GO TO will tell you how far away from launch you are. Easy then to report on the radio " This is Brandon, 22km north of launch, 2000 metres, gliding north. It may be that an advanced pilot is very close to you (but doesn't recognise your wing) and can come and hook up with you and help you along.

Teams:

Generally we have formed teams Thursday night or friday morning when we know who has turned up. Idea is to get one Advanced Pilot with two intermediates and two Novice. If you want to form a team before you come down, then no problem... or just wait until Thursday/Friday.

Look forward to catching up and sharing some fun flying with you all.

Cheers,

Lofty :)

ps. If any of the advance pilots want to add to the above feel free. Sure I've missed something.

So how was it?

With about 120 pilots registered, the 25 member QLD team (99% CHGC Members) pulled together and revelled in great conditions for novice pilots throughout the weekend. Cloudbases above 2400m asl were enjoyed with some silky smooth thermals.

Aerotowing Hang Gliding Weekend training for Dalby Competition

Dalby Hang Gliding  freeflying, at Dalby Aerodrome 25th and 26th March 2017

A Dalby weekend has been called for the 25th & 26th of March. Are you Coming ??
[Weather update 24th march 2017;] Dalby is all go this weekend, see you there..
Cheers,

Trevor

 

Aerotow $30 to thermals 2,000ft+ AGL

Home of Dalby Big Air - Organisers Bruce almighty and the lovely Annie welcomes Free Flying pilots, for one day or as many as you like during the competition week /  Easter holidays 8-15 April 2017, launching before or after the race field. And outside race start times. Limited only by dragonfly aerotow aircraft & their tug pilots discretions. $30 per aerotow for non competition free flyers. And there will also be a relaxed social Sailplane gliding regatta occurring over Easter holidays as well just down the road, so there will be no shortage of thermal indicators across the Darling Downs to help you fly high, fly far, and may you land safe. Damian.

Club Meetings

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General Meeting

When: Saturday 11th March 2017

Time: 6pm

Venue: CHGC Clubhouse, Wagonwheel Rd., Boyland

The main topic of this meeting will be the top landing at Beechmont

Club T-Shirts and Polo Shirts will be available for sale before the meeting ($30 for t-shirts, $35 for polos)

The Club will be providing a BBQ dinner after the meeting so bring along some drinks and hang around for a good get-together after the meeting.



General Meeting

When: Saturday 3rd June 2017

Time: 8:30am

Venue: CHGC Clubhouse, Wagonwheel Rd., Boyland

Breakfast will be provided after the meeting

 

Annual General Meeting

When: Saturday 9th September 2017

Venue: CHGC Clubhouse, Wagonwheel Rd., Boyland

Breakfast will be provided after the meeting

 

We look forward to seeing each and every one of you at these meetings.

 

Happy and safe flying.

FAI - Airspace: Barometric altitude

FAI Hang Gliding & Paragliding Commission (CIVL) Minutes of the Plenary Meeting, Salzburg, Austria 4 and 5 February, 2017 

Altitude measurements concerning airspace.

Section 7A 4.1 

New rule:
"Only flight recording devices that record both GPS and the International Standard Atmosphere pressure altitude (QNE) in the track log are allowed for scoring. It must not be possible to modify the barometric altitude once track log recording has started. Flights will be verified using either GPS track log or live- tracking data. When live-tracking data is used as a primary source of scoring, pilots must be able to produce GPS track logs as a back-up. The FAI has the right to use all data collected in 1st Category events, including track logs, and may publish such data."

Section 7A - 4.4.5 

New rule:
"... Airspace violation checks rely primarily on the barometric altitude as recorded on the flight instrument tracklog (the International Standard Atmosphere pressure altitude QNE) and then when necessary corrected by the scoring software for the pressure conditions of the task (QNH). Pilots may submit a GPS altitude log as a backup log only in case of problems with the primary barometric log."

"Penalties for Airspace restrictions infringements."


Section 7A - 6.3

New rule:

"As an aid to competitors and when reasonably possible with the scoring system, pilots that fly closer than 100m vertically or horizontally to prohibited airspace will be listed in the scores for each task without penalty."


Discussion:

The Steward for the Brasilia worlds will formulate specifics of a 100 metre ‘buffer zone’ with graduated penalty provisions, to be approved by HG committee and Bureau and then included in the local regulations. The plenary accepted that the local regulations supersede Section 7A on this matter.


Compete document reference:   http://www.fai.org/downloads/civl/CIVL_2017_Minutes

Queensland Paragliding (club) Championships 2017

The Queensland Paragliding (club) Championships are back for 2017. The Queensland Championships are founded in a tradition enjoyed by both new and experience cross country pilots. This year we will focus not only on introducing new pilots to flying cross country tasks, but also to hone the racing skills of our Australian Paragliding Ladder pilots. I look forward to your participation this year. 

 

The format will be a bit different this year. 

 

The champion will be decided over a number of weekend rounds Starting 3/4 March, then a round roughly 3 weeks apart, and concluding (but including) the Canungra Cup. 

The location/site of each round will be proposed by the organisers in the week leading up to that round. Although Canungra will be preferred option, sites to be considered by the organisers may also include Toowoomba, Killarney, and Northcoast. The rounds prior the Canungra Cup will be scored with 50% FTV .. which means that only your best 50% scores will count. Your preliminary round sore will be added to your Canungra Cup score.

 

We will be providing a loosely organised retrieve system for each round similar to that pioneered in the recent Northern Summer Series. 

 

Rounds may be held at any of our South East Queensland sites. 

 

DATES 

 

4-5         March

25-26     March

22-23     April

13-14     May

3-4         June

24-25     June

15-16     July

1-2         September

23-24     September

7-8         October

21-22     October

 

Ian McFarlane will be assisted by a number of experienced local pilots this year to coordinate the rounds and tasks. 

 

Pilots who have participated in the Queensland Championships before will shortly receive an email from the safety registration system ( http://safepilot.com.au/ ) . To register your interest just click the link to automatically register for each round.

 

For new pilots simply complete the registration at http://qldpg.safepilot.com.au/register.php and you will then be automatically registered for th first round and then  receive all competition information emails for each subsequent round.  

 

The safety registration system (safepilot.com.au) has been established to help support the organisation of local events - specifically the pilot registration and daily check in and check-back process. 

 

 

Ian Mcfarlane

Fields of Gold

WA State Hang Gliding Championships 25 February to 4 March 2017

 

"Flatland flying in the Western Australian wheat belt is as good as anywhere else in Australia, including Forbes or Dalby. Westonia is a great little wheat belt town with a pub, pool, bowling green and recreation centre which was used as competition headquarters. The town has everything we needed for a comp. And also blessed by the weather gods. Enjoy cloudbases of nine grand with cumulus clouds to mark our thermals, and on other days things can be more challenging, with blue conditions and thermals to only five or six grand. The comp has everything – great weather, plenty of PBs and first XCs for novice and intermediate pilots. And flying with eagles. See you there." [Richard Breyley]

No other competition in Australia offers so much for only a small entry fee. The flying in the last few years has been great with plenty of airtime, Personal Best flights and big cross country miles.

In 2017 the comps will again have an “A” sanction. What does this mean to you? If you just fly for the fun of it, absolutely nothing. It’s still the same fun comp as last year. If like to check out your place on the Australian ladder, you will get a few more points.

Western Australia is where the ground is is made up of gold bullion, forward thinking institutions, there's more women than men, and it's no big secret that the girls are really gorgeous, beautiful, and so friendly, without the east coast big city gold digger attitude. You'll never never know, if you never never go. Good times!
WA State Hang Gliding Championships

WA State Hang Gliding Championships Results 2017


Hang Gliding Manilla 2017

2017 NSW HG State Titles 19 to 25 February 2017

Mt Borah, Manilla, NSW. AA grade HG comp, held each February in Manilla, Australia’s premier mountain launch XC soaring site. Practice day: 18 Feb (with a possible XC Clinic run on 16­-18 Feb). The comp attracts the best of the best from Australia and around the world, so is the ideal site for up and coming pilots to learn from those at the top of the game. It is also the ideal comp for newer pilots wishing to fly big air.

NSW State Titles Hang Gliding Championships - Manilla 2017 Results

Manilla Drone videos everyone launch

Paragliding Manilla - State of Origin 2017

the Pre Registration is now open for the best Novice Comp in Australia. Paragliding State of Origin is a great way to get into Competition and XC flying.


Date: Easter - April 14-16 2017
Location: Mt Borah, Manilla NSW. 

If you have never been to Manilla, Easter is a good time to go. The conditions have mellowed down but there is still plenty of lift to have a good, awesome or PB flight.

Here is a Facebook Group if you want to check some pictures.

The Comp is based on Flying Crews (5 pilot teams, 1 Advanced. & 2 Novice pilots & then 2 other Pilots). The team will score the most if the advance and intermediate pilots are able to drag the novice pilots with them as far as possible. As a novice pilot you will receive a lot of attention from your advanced and intermediate pilots.

Handicapping is used for scoring.
Novice = distance * 3
Intermediate = distance * 2
Advance = distance * 1

Requirements:
Reserve, UHF Radio and at least 3 hours XC Flights are required. XC course recommended. Comp Fee $20.00. 

It's all about having fun, learning something new and staying safe. As long as QLD wins ;-)

Regards
Martin Havel

Aircraft Maintenance

HGwires

Look after your wings, and they will look after you. 


Aircraft maintenance is due for regular checks. Most well known for all aircraft is the "Aircraft Annual inspection or 100 hours whichever occurs first".

Follow your flying equipment Manufacturers Manual. 

For example: Hang gliders; Moyes Delta Gliders : LiteSpeed RX Owners Manual and Litesport Owners Manual

(Both manuals: pages33 paragraph2, bullet point 6) "Replace lower side wires every 50 hours or 6 months."
Gecko Owners Manual page32 - Replace (flying) side wires every 100hours or 12months.
Check your equipment owners manual.

Moyes is having a special this week [8 Feb 2017] on side wires. If you haven't changed yours in the last year or two it would be a good time to do it. Please feel free to send a text message or email if you would like some.

Contact Jonny Durand.

Members log in for contact info.

For Paragliders check your manufacturers manual. Seek advice from others. Such as contacting your instructor. For example, Phil has skills and equipment for paraglider servicing and testing including para material porosity testing.

 


FlyManilla - XC Camp

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Fly Manilla - XC Camp 4-11 February 2017


The MANILLA XC CAMP 2017 is a FREE event for XC pilots of all levels.

Fly as far as you can!

Free Site briefings and general info. 

Contact Lofty for hot tips to fly better.

 

See you at camp ground at HQ. (Godfrey's) 

for the week

 

 

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Golden Anniversary

Bill Moyes 

50 years of Hang Gliding

Learning to Fly

If you have every dreamt of flying, give it a go. It's awesome. Your pilot journey begins with learning to fly course. You should start by contacting Local Instructors 

For the special occasion for you or someone you love, try an introduction with a tandem flight. What's your New Years resolution? Go on. Just DO IT.

Weekend Away

Dalby Hang Gliding  freeflying, and Airtribune - SE Qld HG League Dalby 28th and 29th January 2017

Aerotow $30 to thermals 2,000ft+ AGL. Home of Dalby Big Air


Letuce Capture U Photography - Lester Baird.

CHGC T-shirts & Polo Shirts

Live streaming video - WGC2017


Live streaming video and live tracking coverage for the last day World Gliding Championships 2017: Cockpit cameras and live tracking. [The shape of things to come for Hang Gliding and Paragliding Competitions.]  Weather lady reports: Awful stable blue day will be interesting.

Also check out video recording at World Gliding Championships of crowded gaggle flying Inspired by the Hitchcock film - The Birds.

Flying Sites - updates & Ch-ch-changes

CHGC Flying Sites information, Map with waypoints, and Airspace information are constantly evolving. And ongoing contributions by every pilot continue to be warmly welcome for collective benefit to all. Please check for updates before you fly, so you have the latest current information as recent changes may have occurred that affect you. With safety in mind, flying sites Information is provided to assist your flight preparation knowledge to be as best you can be. With a sense of humor, some say, "As flash as a rat with a gold tooth."

Oxygen Systems - Special

Oxygen MH We are celebrating the World Gliding Championships in Benalla with Special Pricing on OXYGEN SYSTEMS.

10% Discount on Mountain High Oxygen systems. 

This offer is through till the end of the comp on the 22nd January 2017

 

Cheers, Al

 

Go Soaring - Why should the birds have all the fun!


FlySkyHy iPhone App - Airspace Map updates

Flyskyhy

Information on airspaces map for iPhone app flyskyhy. Go to Airspace and select flyskyhy tab

Kind regards Jeanine

Paragliding - 2017 Events

Bright Open and Pre PWC 14-20 January 2017

The Bright Open, FAI Cat 2, an Australian 7 day XC race paragliding competition and Pre PWC.
Based around the Mystic Flight Park in Bright, Victoria. This is the most popular Victorian Inland Site and has hosted numerous state, national competitions including a Paragliding World Cup event in 1998.


Corryong PG Open  22-28 January 2017

Welcome to the Corryong Paragliding Open 2017 and thanks for your interest in flying and competing at the best Alpine flying site in Australia, the mighty Mt Elliot. For those unfamiliar with the area, Corryong is located just a few thermal glides from Mt Kosciuszko the highest mountain in Australia where historically the very first Australian Paragliding Nationals were hosted not far from here in Thredbo 1990. Back then the first competition task was flown from the top of Mt Kosciuszko at 2200 metres. From on top of Mt Elliot you can see the Western face of the Main Range and in the early Spring and late Autumn its peaks are often still covered in snow. The Corryong Open is a high level AAA/CAT2 competition with 450 WPRS Points available, it's sanctioned by the HGFA and aimed at experienced inland intermediate to advanced rated pilots. If you fit this category of pilot we would love for you to come fly with us and experience the magic of flying cross country in Corryong. The Corryong open is the final AAA event of the Australian season and is therefore a pilots last chance to gain Ladder and team ladder points. Important info : Pilots are required for arrange there own retrieve drivers, A list of drivers will be sourced. VHF License is mandatory and is up to the pilot to bring your own.


FlyDubbo   About 22-28 January 2017 

Phil Mansell will be towing around Dubbo for those that missed out on Corryong and had already time allocated for flying during that time.


Flying tours with Phil   2017


Paragliding Guided Tours with Phil Hystek 

Fly New Zealand  28 January 2017 - 04 February  and 05 February - 12 February  and 13 February  - 20 February 2017

Europe Swiss & French Alps (Annecy, Interlaken, "The Coupe Icare” at Saint Hilaire) - contact for future dates. 

Fly Iceland and Norway  28 June 2017 - 08 July and 08 July - 16 July 2017

Hang Gliding - Forbes 2017 & Corryong Cup

Forbes Flatlands HG Championships 30 December 2016 to 6 January 2017


Peak Pictures : portfolio - Michael Zupanc

Sanctions: FAI Cat2, Open Class AAA, Sport Class AA. Practice towing: 28 and 29 December 2016. Moyes together with the Sydney Hang Gliding Club are proud to announce the dates for the 11th consecutive Forbes Flatlands competition!

How good is Forbes? Bill Moyes has special secret fuel mix for Dragonfly aerotow launches. Flying Tasks further than FAI Diamond badge distance with about 80% pilots in goal. AAA points ... go to Brazil World Champs. what are you waiting for? Christmas holidays? You can do it. Brazilian... Ah... Tall and tan and young and lovely, The girl from Ipanema goes walking and When she passes, each one she passes goes "ah"!  

Watch Spot tracking Live trace. Read about it - more info news blog on Airtribune - Forbes Flatlands HG Championships 2017

Results - Forbes Flatlands HG Championships 2017 

Read about it HG outlanders .com


Forbes 2017 Movie

 

Corryong Cup 8 to 14 January 2017

Corryong, Victoria. This HG comp is recognised as one of the most enjoyable competitions in the Australian calendar. It’s all about having fun and learning. The aim of the comp is to foster the development of XC competition flying skills for all levels of pilots, in a non­stressful, friendly environment. Corryong is a perfect location for low airtime HG pilots to gain valuable experience flying in mountain terrain. The area offers wide open landing fields and you are only a few thermals away from Australia’s highest peak, Mt Kosciuszko. Online entry purchase opens 8pm 1 September 2016 . Practice Day: 7 January 2017.


PG Tow endorsement

PG Tow endorsement on Monday 12 December 2016 is now full. Congratulations to the pilot who flew for 8hours covering over 300km. 

Also another PG Tow endorsement the weekend before Christmas 2016. 

If your friends are wondering how to get on to this email list please let them know that  they can sign up via this link or Email Martin.

If you want to do your endorsement you can sign up via the Endorsements Expression of Interest online form.

Flying High above 10,000ft - Oxygen Pilot Endorsement

For all pilots wanting to stay legal (and lucid) above 10,000 feet Mean Sea Level Pressure altitude, Phil Hystek ParaGliding Queensland is running a HGFA Oxygen endorsement in Canungra on 15th of Decemeber at 6:30pm. If you are interested get in touch with Phil.

Course Details:
Prerequisite: HGFA Ops Manager advises - PG4 or HG Intermediate Pilot Certificate (Application Form requirements to be amended)
Location:  Clubhouse 
Time :   18:30 - 21:30
Cost:  $45  

Course will include both theory and practical components of the HGFA Oxygen Endorsement Syllabus. Course will include the Theory exam. Passing the theory exam and practical component of the course will result in the issue of a HGFA Oxygen Endorsement. 

If you are interested in going big this summer, being oxygenated while being high in flight levelsEmail Phil 

Reference HGFA Oxygen Endorsement Application Form 

Please note that for airspace Flight Levels requiring oxygen, you are required to have Radio endorsement HGFA VHF Radio Endorsement Application Form 

Recommended reading  HGFA Oxygen Endorsement Manual 2016 PDF [email Phil for update version: December 2016 edition]

Results: Good roll up for the O2 endorsement. For those not able to attend, we'll run another next March 2017

For aviation oxygen equipment for Gliding, Hang Gliding and Paragliding, and expert advice contact Go Soaring .com.au

HGFA Ops Manual - update

Hang Gliding Federation of Australia   go to: Forms and Docs for current HGFA Operations Manual Complete PDF

N.B. Cross Country operational requirements.

 

HGFA airflow topography - video

Hang Gliding - 2016 events

2016 Central West Classic Sunday 13th to Saturday 19th November 2016 and Practice Day is the Saturday 12th November

The Central West Classic, Aero Tow Hang Gliding Competition, is on (in place of WOW and bringing back the spirt of the Gulgong Classic). Save these dates for this Aero Tow Cat AA comp on in the NSW Central West. This region offers big air thermals and is ideal for getting in some big flights early in the season. Registration are open, and are limited to 30 Pilots. This is a Trike Aero Towing Comp with the best Trike tow Pilots in Eastern Australia. Scorer is Billo. Full Results - 2016 Central West Classic


Dalby Hang Gliding is on the weekend of the 10th and 11th December 2016

practice for Forbes :)

Aerotow $30 to thermals 2,000ft+ agl. Free membership Dalby Hang Gliding Club. Home of Dalby Big Air

The local Hang gliding league, is hoping to get some tasks in Dalby on the weekend 10th and 11th December 2016.
Airtribune seqldwinterhg Registration  Weather dependent, Dalby events to be confirmed Thursday 8th December before 10-11th weekend away; 8December - Organiser Confirmation: GO GO GO; Be aware the winds may be on the upper end of the scale for inexperienced aerotowers. Both days look challenging but taskable. Late news Sunrise 10 December: Despite all hope, Too windy for Task committee. A few are still going to be free flying only. Results: XC 150km + downwind.

Pilot Endorsements

Radio VHF

VHF Endorsement Course. It's suitable for both PG and HG pilots. And in recent years, required for HGFA intermediate and advanced pilot ratings.

The date is Thursday December 1st at 6:30pm in Canungra. The course will be run by Phil Hystek. The venue to be confirmed.


If you are interested can you please fill in the Endorsements Expression of Interest online form Or Email Martin.

There won't be another VHF Endorsement Course for while so if you still don't have your VHF endorsement get it done now.

Recommended reading HGFA - VHF Airband Radio Syllabus and Textbook PDF 

 

Other endorsements; - expressions of interest can be made via same form;

PG Tow Endorsement 

Oxygen Endorsement

If you are interested please fill in the Expressions of interest in an endorsement online form. The date, time and place are to be confirmed, once we have the numbers.


HGFA Radio endorsement HGFA VHF Radio Endorsement Application Form 

CHGC Christmas Party

 Sat 3rd December 2016 at Canungra RSL starts 5:30pm Drinks and 6:30pm Dinner

Christmas PartyHope to see you and friends as this will be a fantastic evening.

When: Saturday 3rd December

Where: Canungra RSL Club, 25-29 Pine Street, Canungra

Time: 5:30pm for pre-drinks and dinner at 6:30pm

Dress: Smart Casual

Cost: Cash only $20 per member, $35 per non-member, $10 kids under12

Food: two course meal (RSVP numbers of special dietary needs: vegetarian and vegan)

Drinks: at bar prices, complementary tea and coffee, live music and prize giving - priceless

RSVP: by email along with your nominations for Contribution Awards to CHGC Secretary 

RSVP Deadline: no later than 25th November 2016



Upon your arrival on the night, you need to go see the CHGC Treasurer whom will be collecting the money in Cash only. Correct amounts would be appreciated. And checking your name on the VIP list for your entry into the draw for the lucky door mystery prizes.

Exciting new CHGC t-shirts and polo shirts will be available to purchase at the Christmas Party. They are $30 for t-shirts and $35 for polo shirts. See the CHGC secretary to get your size and purchase your shirt/s. The shirts come in both mens and womens sizes. Please bring along the correct cash if you wish to purchase a shirt.


Can you help?

Thank you

Nominate someone or people who you believe have contributed significantly in the last 12 months. Contributions could include many things such as maintenance, always being there to help, helping someone out in a difficult situation, fundraising, helping with gear. Help build the clubhouse, donated time and resources, etc. Remember, this person does not need to be a Club member, they just need to have made a significant contribution to the Club. Email your nominations for recognition with the reason, to CHGC Secretary. 

So we can all say


Thank you          Everyone is invited to donate a Thank you gift. 

You don't have to spend any money if you don't want to. If you would like to help; Scour the house or business for some gifts to donate for the Contribution Awards. To keep it light and fun, a suggested guide is perhaps a value of $20 or less. Entirely up to your discretion. It can be anything as long as it is reasonable and un-used and legal. Imagine a gift to be enjoyed by whom ever receives and possibly share with a partner or friend such as you. Please don't wrap your gift as we want the recipients to be able to choose what they would like. Pass your gift to a committee member or bring on the night. Contact CHGC secretary for further information.

Given the tidal wave of generosity, to enlighten those with a sense of humour; If every one, including if there exists any budget obsessed miser tight arses,  brought a gift as something to trade with another economically ebenezer fiscal fiend, and shopping acquaintance of the two dollar shop, you could be a not so secret santa in one big swap meet which could see everyone go home with a gift different to what they brought. Merry Christmas. P.S. Partners are not transferable, a la Car keys in the lucky dip bowl. So bring something such as a bottle of wine (red or white) and swap with some one. Gifts are limited only by your imagination. Imagine a paper clip multitraded for a house. The lesson may be realising a true gift is giving not traded.

A reminder to please also bring along your prize donations for the Contribution Awards, we will have a table set up for them. Thank you to everyone who has kindly said that they will donate a prize. We as a club are still keen for more so hunt around for those perfect re-gifting items!!

Thank you to everyone, for a great evening. And to those not able to attend in the stormy weather, or otherwise away.. see you again soon. Merry Christmas.

Beechmont - How to fly- free talk

A talk for newbies on how to soar and thermal Beechmont. This talk is intended for pilots very new to the sport and want to progress from sleddies and start clocking up some hours in the air. Dave Gibbs should also be available for free tandem instructional paragliding flights during the day. Time and place will be 8,30 am Sunday 27th. at Beechmont launch, weather pending, which is looking ok at the moment.

Safety & Free Safety Workshop

Radio UHF

The CHGC committee wishes to remind pilots of their responsibilities, as well as outlining new requirements for Supervising and Supervised pilots.   


1/.  All pilots flying CHGC sites must have a working UHF radio, which should be checked for functionality on the appropriate club operating frequency before launch.  Those standard frequencies are: 
Paragliding     UHF Ch 18    CTCSS 97.4

Hang Gliding  UHF Ch 19    CTCSS 97.4

2/. On arrival at the site, and prior to setting up their aircraft, all PG-2 and HG Supervised pilots must make contact with their “supervising” pilot for a site/conditions briefing.   

3/. All supervised pilots must be able to communicate via radio at any time with their supervising pilot.

4/. Supervising pilots must make regular contact with their supervised pilots via radio.  If radio contact is lost (no response from the supervised pilot) the supervising pilot must attempt verbal comms with the supervised pilot (air to air vocal commands) and direct the pilot to land. 

5/. If any supervised pilot is involved in an incident/ accident, their supervising pilot is required to make a brief written report (email or text) to the a CHGC SSO within 12hrs of the incident/accident. 

6/. if any supervising pilot becomes unsure of the location of their supervised pilot they must immediately notify a CHGC SSO.  


http://chgc.asn.au/Safety-Compliance/Report-an-Incident

Please note that the requirement for the Supervising pilot to send a brief email or txt message to a CHGC SSO following any incident/ accident involving their Supervised pilot,  does not negate the HGFA requirement for the pilot involved in the incident to complete a AIRS accident report within 72hrs 


Contacts for CHGC SSO’s are:
HG.   Ken Hill
PG.   Phil Hystek
PG.  Brandon O’Donnell

CHGC  Contact details

 

 

Safe flying workshop

What:  Safe flying workshop

Where: Beechmont Launch/BBQ area

When:  Sunday 20th November  (This Sunday)

Time: 08:30 sharp.

Cost: FREE

 

Details:

Brandon, Senior Safety Officer - PG, will be running a workshop aimed providing Novice and Intermediate Pilots with information on how to safely fly Beechmont and some indicators/ ramifications which can change the dynamics of this site with changing conditions.

 

Safe Flying.

 

 

Beach flying, Flying Tours and events at other locations

Seasonal weather and winds favour a big day out, trip to the beach and a flying holiday at other flying sites as well as flying locally. Go on, you need a holiday. Because your worth it. What's it all about? Enjoy a Video  Sunshine Coast flying sites tour . 

Contact Local Instructors to fly safe. And for further information on upcoming Instructor's organised tours locally and internationally.

Flying sites within a few hours drive or few hundred kilometres, there are other Hang Gliding and Paragilding Clubs and flying sites many like to visit for a day or weekend. The safest way to experience flying new sites is when instructors organise tours. There are upcoming tours and flying events. Contact local instructors for further details. And be mindful it's weather dependant to be safe to fly.

On the coast line, beach flying to the north include: Rainbow Beach and Sunshine Coast - local weather

And beach flying to the south include: Byron Bay and Lennox - local weather

 

Inland flying sites within a few hundred kilometres to the west include: Killarney Use weather services to research weather conditions.

 

Hang Gliding competitions and events coming up include: Forbes Flatlands and Dalby Big Air

And many Paragliding and Hang Gliding events at: Fly Manilla

Contact local instructors for coaching to advance your skills and local flying training. And Tandem flights, the perfect gift.