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CENTRAL DISTRICT TIMES, FEBRUARY 21, 2012
TAIHAPE FIELD DAY
TO INCREASE PROFITS
The feeding decisions made today impact
next year's lamb crop and what can you do
about that today...
Ewe condition --
how much are we
losing out on?
Pasture quality --
why is ME
important to me?
for next year's lambs
WEDNESDAY 7TH MARCH
Pete and Wendy Buchanan's
6893 State Highway One,
5km North of Mangaweka
Bring your 4wd bikes and lunch
(Refreshments and BBQ
Facilitator contact details --
Taihape Vet Services,
027 498 3698
Stantiall & Keeling,
027 585 3222
0800 BEEFLAMB (0800 233 352)
FUNDED BY FARMER LEVIES
Central District Times reporter Terry Karatau took to the skies with Ossie Fargher and members of Gliding Manawatu for a flight off
Campbell Phyn's strip in the Upper Kawhatau. His pilot, Bruce Holt from Wellington explained how everything worked.
Into the blue: The Piper Pawnee tow plane released our glider at 2500 feet (4500 feet above sea level). We struck another good thermal that took us up another 500 feet.
Glide time: ''Try this -- go fly in a glider -- you will be
There's something about soaring on
silent wings on a calm, crystal clear
day that keeps making you want to go
back. Yes, that is what flying in a
glider feels like.
Every January for the past several
years, Gliding Manawatu (Wanganui-
Manawatu Gliding Club) has hosted
glider pilots and ground crew from all
over the country at Kawhatau.
No one seems to be sure how long it
has been going on except Ossie
Fargher said he took up flying gliders
12 years ago and has been hooked ever
He does not do it often now but still
prefers it to truck driving.
This year an ex-top dresser Piper
Pawnee was piloted by Ron Sanders as
the tow plane which took the gliders up
to between 2000 and 3000 feet above
Kawhatau, which is 2000 feet above
Once they are up there, it is all
about finding thermals, which is when
the heat from the ground lifts to the
welcome fluffy clouds.
The aim is to gain height in order to
stay up there longer.
Sometimes the weather lets them
down as was the case on Wednesday
when a glider put down on the Taihape
No problem though, a quick radio
call to Kawhatau and the tow plane
arrived and put the glider back up
Pilots who are able to stay aloft for
more than four hours are recognised by
the international community.
On Wednesday evening everybody
wanted to go home so
they called Palmerston
North's Rob Laskey to
come back to earth after
being up there for just
over six hours.
Rod Ruddick who is in
his 70s and comes from
Wellington managed to
stay airborne for about
four and a half hours
after being released at
Tow pilot Ron Sanders
said soaring is purely rec-
reational -- ''It's about
using the elements. Some
make good distances -- one of the aims
is to go cross country. We know of a
couple flying from Omarama (in the
South Island) to Wairoa and back.
You've got to be brave.
''It's all about experience, weather
and a whole lot of homework.''
He mentioned that All Black Richie
Macaw is an accomplished glider pilot.
Mr Sanders added that several
glider pilots in New Zealand have
flown further than 2000 km and the
altitude record is 38,000 feet.
''Obviously oxygen was carried. It is
needed at around 10 to 12,000 feet.''
Gliders are fully certified and
equipped with GPS, radios and tran-
sponders. When on a flight, pilots
periodically report their height and
Gliders are strong and most can per-
''We flip them and fly them upside
down -- just because we can,'' Mr
Gliding Manawatu generally
operates at weekends from their home
base Taonui airfield in Feilding.
It is run by volunteers, including
gliding instructors, tow pilots,
engineers and ground crew, all appro-
priately qualified in their respective
They operate a state-of-the-art
Glaser-Dirks DG1000 and a trusty
Grob G103 Twin Astir.
Both gliders have full dual controls
and the advanced technologies associ-
ated with modern gliders.
They offer the ultimate in soaring on
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