Friday, December 17, 2010

A Real Summer From Now On

We have had no rain and our people flew in very good weather last week. Today we have the Cirrus that is over the whole southern part of Australia in the jet stream over us.  Conditions have been 6/8 kts to 9000,10000’.  
The issue with the wet country is not because we have had rain but because the dams are releasing water into the river systems.  The peak of the water has now gone through Narromine last week and the whole area is now drying out very fast. The headers are busy again and the harvest is on full time.

I suspect that we are over the worst and we are looking forward to a real summer from now on.

Hope to see you all here after Xmas.
BERYL.

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

BRYAN HAYHOW - The Narromine Cup as a transition to XC & Competition Flying


We all had a great week at Narromine Cup this year and were blessed with good soaring weather. Narromine Cup Week has been the only organised meet this season to not be interrupted by bad weather so far.  Following are some of my thoughts on the Narromine Cup.

There has been a resurgence of the regatta concept among many of the more cross country oriented clubs in Australian Gliding of late. Some have a more formal competition element, others less so. All, however, share the same aim of giving less experienced pilots, the opportunity to experience XC/Comp flying in a less pressured environment, while having access to coaches and mentors. The concept has had great success with a good roll up of pilots and a lot of great flying being achieved.
 
The Narromine Cup has been around now for some eleven or twelve years and has become, probably, the most well known of these events. It continues to draw pilots from all over the eastern and southern states, and usually, some overseas visitors (this year from Spain, The Netherlands, Japan & the USA). It is always a chance to catch up with old friends, as well as get in some good flying for the old hands, while affording the newcomers the opportunity to take advantage of that wealth of experience.

The Cup has always been about providing the opportunity for pilots to be able to achieve their flying goals. There is a complete infrastructure on hand to facilitate that, along with full catering and the scoring via the On Line Competition (with its associated handicap factors). It really could not be made easier or more encouraging for the pilot. The focus is on distance flying and after the morning briefing & weather, pilots will usually split up and task according to their experience and aims.

It’s not uncommon to meet pilots who are looking for their first 50km or 300km flights and just down the grid, find others who are attempting 1000km. It is just that diversity that makes the Cup one of the more interesting for all the pilots involved, the newcomers can fly with coaches and mentors and pair up with others who can assist them around a task. That encouragement & assistance has always resulted, year after year, in many pilots going home with substantial developments in their flying.

I’ve always been a huge fan of the Cup for that reason, and in previous years have been involved in a coaching role there at an introductory XC level. This year Paul Mander ran the morning lecture series and, as always, gave great insight into the art of soaring. We were blessed with six challenging days flying and a lot of kilometres covered.

If you are looking to extend your flying, or just want an atmosphere of mutual encouragement, consider adding the Narromine Cup to your schedule. I know that having flown five of the last six Cups has been of tremendous value to me and I look forward to seeing you there at the next one.

Saturday, November 27, 2010

CONGRATULATIONS BRIAN AND THANK YOU EVERYONE

Congratulations to Bryan Hayhow on winning the Narromine Cup, well done mate!
Everyone's all packed up and off to the State Comps at Lake Keepit, but it has been a great week of Soaring at Narromine this year.
Thank you to Paul Mander for running an excellent coaching course during the week, and of course a huge Thank You to Greg Schmidt who stepped in for Chris Stephens and ran the show every day.

Beryl & Arnie and their team worked their hearts out each day to make sure the logistics came together and everyone had tugs to launch and food to eat. Heartfelt thanks to you guys.

Some excellent photos contributed to the blog by David Burrell, Jo Pocklington, and Nikki Douglas, thank you.

If you missed Narromine Cup Week this year, book it into your diary now for next year, it's going to be BIG!

Friday, November 26, 2010

THE END OF ANOTHER GREAT WEEK AT NARROMINE CUP

Anne Elliott
The airfield looks pretty sad now following a mass exodus of pilots and trailers this morning, some on their way to Keepit. Congratulations to Brian Hayhow on winning this year's Narromine Cup ... couldn't have happened to a nicer fellow. After being o'cast this morning the day has turned out to be pretty good.

SOME GREAT NARROMINE CUP WEEK PORTRAITS - THANKS TO JO POCKLINGTON

William and Evelien Stalenburg - Keen Glider Pilots, Dutch Airline Pilots and Narromine Airfield Residents. WELCOME BACK!

William and Evelien Stalenburg

The Two Davids and Friend...
DYNAMIC DUO...





You did a GREAT JOB Schmidty - We all thank You.

Ian McCallum, Morgan Sandercock, Phil Eldridge, the lovely Monica and Griffo
















THURSDAY AT NARROMINE CUP 2010 - ANOTHER GREAT DAY

Another great day at Narromine Cup. After 6 days of big flying days some pilots were looking for an easier day and today started with about 10-15 kts of wind from the north west. It rapidly heated up and the cu popped about 12 noon and the line filled up with gliders rushing to get into the best of the early climbs. Good cumulus to 8,000ft with regular 6/8 kts of lift.

Another day of good streeting and tasks in excess of 600klms.

One pilot on the grid today noted he had flown 6 days , two over 300, three over 500 and one over 600. A good start for the season.
The last day tomorrow is shaping up to be another day with the Narromine trough steady over the central west.
Enjoy, BERYL

SCENES FROM THE GRID - NARROMINE CUP 2010

The Busy Grid at Narromine Cup - Thursday 25 November 2010


Tango Papa Ready To Go
Late Finish At Narromine Cup

A Packed Grid

Tango Bravo is ready to go - while Camden's DG1000 crew prepares to strap in

Ian McCallum from Bathurst club readies his Ventus while Kerrie Claffy does the Zen Thing

Kerry Claffy prepares her Zen Prayer Mat - Oh, no it's just Tango Charlie's canopy cover

11 am and the Cu is already popping in the background

NARROMINE HERO'S

WE CAN SMELL THOSE SNAGS FROM HERE ARNIE -YOU'RE A LEGEND
THE TRUE HERO'S OF NARROMINE CUP - THANK YOU LADIES - WE LOVE YOU!

NARROMINE GLIDING CLUB'S STATE OF THE ART PAWNEE

EVER DEPENDABLE - BATHURST GLIDING CLUB - THANKS FOR YOUR SUPPORT

Thursday, November 25, 2010

UPDATES FROM FACEBOOK TODAY


Look like it's been a top day here in Nrm ... started around 1100 and still working. In staying that I must admit I saw a trailer heading out along the Tullamore Rd about 1645 and heard the tug take off a little while ago. Not sure about Friday and Saturday; check the weather for that. Hopefully the days will be good.

Did 451 Km and saw 9,000' a few times but the good thermals were widely spaced and I had a few low spots. Everybody reported it was a bit of a struggle but some flights over 600Km........