Monday, November 30, 2009

Stephan flies 515kms in difficult conditions

Zach was kept busy today with check flights and instruction

Steve (above) took to the skies mid afternoon then partner Rondelle joined him for another flight. He hopes to be back soon for more of the same.

Welcome to Mark from Bendigo (above with Ralph) who has joined us for a few days flying

Fran (above with partner Sergio) was well prepared with Zinc cream in place for her flights with Zach today.

Stephan (above) had a great flight once again in KYO. Stephan flew 515kms in
difficult conditions - fast down -slow up!!

Sunday, November 29, 2009

Welcome Stephan and Fran

Eddie & Zach were all smiles after another great day at SportAviation

Welcome to Stephan (above with Ralph) who flew 222kms today in difficult conditions.
Fran has also joined us for a few days and is looking forward to getting back into gliding.

Saturday, November 28, 2009

Happy birthday Brian

Brian (above with Eddie) received a great birthday present with a flight in GVY this afternoon.

Keith (above) had a fabulous flight with Zac soaring over the Murray river and was even able to spot his campsite.

Farewell and good luck to Mal who had a terrific day yesterday in CW with a flight of well over 300kms. Ralph and Terry also flew and are back again today in IIE and PC respectively. A big welcome to Michael who has just arrived and is looking forward to some good flying over the next few weeks.
Late news -Terry has not long landed with a fantastic flight of 619kms.

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Weather improving!!

Zach and Terry above with Andrew enjoyed soaring in GVY this afternoon

Mal (above) along with Terry and Ralph (below) as well as Bob all made the most of the conditions today enjoying good flights.

Temperature at 1500hrs 33.2 degrees

Saturday, November 21, 2009

Hot dusty days followed by cooling rain

Grant, Tim and Chris discussing the merits of the Janus CT

The past few days has seen the temperature soar into the 40's. Yesterday was hot, windy & dusty with limited visibility however; this morning we woke to lovely rain falling softly on the tin roof. Zach has had to contend with the hot conditions (as well as jet lag) since arriving from Canada last Saturday. He has coped extremely well and is doing a great job working with Eddie. Temperature at 1500hrs a mild 22 degrees.

Monday, November 16, 2009

Ian & Juliet fly in for a cuppa

Eddie & Zach flew to Nagambie and back today in the EuroFox.

Lovely to see Ian & Juliet who flew into SportAviation for morning tea in their home built Falco.
Temperature at 1500hrs 34 degrees.

Sunday, November 15, 2009

Farewell Andrew, Shang and Li

Terry & Jake putting the Janus to bed after an enjoyable flight together this afternoon.

Li, above with Jake, is looking forward to coming back to Tocumwal again.

Farewell to Li, Shang & Andrew (above with Eddie & Jake) who are all heading back to Melbourne tomorrow then home to China. We look forward to seeing them again in the near future.

Zach had his first taste of the Maule today with Tim at the helm, then later with Eddie. Dave had a good flight in HDK while Terry and Tim took to the skies in the Janus. Later,Terry flew with Jake in the Janus as well. Li and Shang both had a great time in the Blanik and IS28 respectively. Tonight, Andrew is taking everyone out to dinner to celebrate a great time flying in Tocumwal. Temperature at 1500hrs a pleasant 35.5 degrees.

Saturday, November 14, 2009

Welcome Zach

Jake, Eddie & Shang talking over the benefits of the EuroFox.
A big welcome to Zach (above with Eddie & Bracey) who arrived from Canada today. Zach will be working at SportAviation over the Summer. Hello to Zach's Mum & Dad. Thanks Tim & Laurel for driving Zach to Tocumwal.

Tim, Terry, Shang, Li and Jake at the end of a good day's gliding.
Temperature at 1500hrs 36.6 degrees

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Congratulations Li - Solo

A big congratulations to Li pictured above with gliding instructor Ingo, flying his first solo this afternoon.

Shang & Rolf above with Eddie continued training in GVY.

Bob had a great flight today soaring approx 430kms to Nyah West via Deni and Wakool with cloud base of 12,000ft
Temperature of 38.8 degrees at 1500hrs.

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Terry has another great flight!!

Farewell to Ralph (above with Li & Eddie), Daffi, Bjorn, Kirsten and Lisbeth who headed home this morning.

Terry had another terrific flight in the Ashe 26E today flying 769kms with cloud base of 11,600 ft to Mildura and back home. Li continued training with Ingo in the Blanik. Top temp at 1500hrs 36.6 degrees.

Sunday, November 8, 2009

Fritz has a great time!!

Fritz had a great time with Grant in GVY this morning.

A warm welcome to Daffi, Ralph (back row with Eddie & Jake), Bjorn, Kirsten & Lisbeth.

Bjorn from Denmark (above with IIE) has picked good days for soaring cross country while Ralph has been kept busy flying locally with the ladies.

Jake lends a hand as Ralph and Lisbeth prepare to launch.

Terry and John have just launched in the Janus, while Andrew and Shang headed off into the wide blue yonder just after lunch. Temperature a pleasant 33 degrees at 1500hrs.

Saturday, November 7, 2009

Congratulations Andrew - Solo in GVY

Eddie & Grant preparing to take off in GVY
Shang, Li and Grant celebrate with Andrew after his solo flight in GVY.
Congratulations Andrew!!

An air experience flight in the Blanik was an early Christmas present for Chris

Brian (Chris's Dad) was given a surprise 70th birthday gift experiencing the thrill of soaring in GVY.

Friday, November 6, 2009

Congratulations Shang on first Solo

Dieter was all smiles after his unit was placed in a lovely spot in the Caravan Park by those great movers and shakers the Haley boys.

Bob (above) wasted no time towing HD out to the runway early this afternoon just as the cumulus was forming. Terry had taken off earlier in PC making the most of the good gliding conditions. Bob ended the day with a 300km flight.

Shang, Andrew, Eddie, Li and Bill getting organised for the afternoon's gliding instruction.
Shang later went solo - Congratulations and great effort!!

Andrew and Ingo prior to flying cross country in GVY today.
Both had a great afternoon flying to the 'Rock' and back.

Wednesday, November 4, 2009

Blue skies- good gliding

Eddie & Ingo spent a busy afternoon today towing & instructing respectively; Shang (in the Blanik) and Li (standing)
Shang, Shan, Andrew and Li all visiting SportAviation from China at the end of the day's gliding

Tim & Graham (above with Eddie) took to the skies yesterday in GVY having a great time.

Sunday, November 1, 2009

Tommy goes gliding

Tommy (above) enjoyed his first gliding experience today with Eddie in the Blanik

The boys just love a chat!!

Dave & John heading in to the hangar for a cool drink at the end of a 38 degree day.

Sean helping unpack the van

Ain't life grand!!!

Another busy day with Li and Shang under the instruction of Eddie and Rolf respectively. Terry, Chris, Dave, John & Jake all had good flights once again. Tim was kept busy tugging- ending the day at 19:30 hrs with a retrieve for Lothar. Thanks to Laurel who took over as 'office girl' for a few hours this afternoon. Jake continues to do a great job running the wings etc. Welcome to Graham, Glenda & Sean who have positioned their van in the new park ready for the season. Farewell to Tony, Mark, Wendy, Larissa and Karen who all headed back to Horsham after lunch. Thanks for your great help over the weekend! A big thankyou to Johannes & Jutta who left for Melbourne this morning. Their wonderful help throughout the week ensured the caravan park was open for business on time.