In the Newcastle Herald there is a story on the Cliff top walk that is proposed for Newcastle. I have included the link to the article. Please read the WHOLE article as the detail about the track is at the bottom. If you have any comments or questions please post your reply here. After reading what the proposal is and where it will run I am not sure that it will impact on our operations at either Strezie or the Monument. But I do not have all of the details.
More to come in the near future. Remember, the only constant is that every thing changes.
Due to some conflicting bookings we have had to move the regular club meeting to Tuesday 25 February in lieu of Wednesday
Last Wednesday was a classic Dixon Park FUN day
I didn't count the total amount of Fun's there but if you were in one you would certainly not have felt alone!
Just as I pulled in to Dixon Park Jason Hunter came in for a touch down, feather light, in his new Fun. We had a short conversation which ended because he used the sentence "would you like to have a fly of it!" Ya never seen a harness come out of it's bag so quick :0)
After a couple of hours Jason finally got his glider back, big smiles!!!
It's on again, Clean Up Australia Day 2014. The NHGC will be cleaning up the area around the Dixon Park Launch between 9am and 12 noon on the 2nd March 2014.
Please come down between 9 and noon and give what time you can.
Strange how these things happen but we just couldn't predict whether Denman would be epic or tragic. As it turned out we were spot on on both counts.
Saturday was hot...damn hot. The temp was predicted to hit 39 and we may have had some to spare. A perfect day to slip on a bit of flying gear and see who would faint last. Ebbs, Ward, Shane, Rory and Troy are always up for this kind of fun so we set up whilst Pete readied the trike.
The weather for the weekend is looking more positive as of Friday arvo. There's still a bit of uncertainty but that's the game we're in.
It'll still be warm on the strip but hopefully we won't spend too much time there. The drift looks to be south(ish) up high and there's a chance of getting high, so I'm committing (look it up) to Saturday at least with an option for Sunday.
So far it looks like Shane, Billo, Scott, Rory, Ebbs & me.
Add you name in if you're keen and see you at Freeo's at 8am or at Pete & Chris's
Well it's your lucky day because Pete and Chris say "come on up".
The forecast for 18th and 19th Jan is a little unpleasant at this stage, but it's still a long way off, so let's assume that it will improve and plan a mission out west.
I think a final weather call on Thursday evening would be worth a look so maybe check back here before loading the donkey.
Till then, get your tow gear in a pile and think good weather thoughts
Back by popular demand.
My video explaining how I fly my approach into Empire park.
A video of some top landings at Merewether from directly above launch.
The biggest issue I hade was keeping station over launch and the gliders in shot whilst keeping an eye out for other traffic.
It worked out ok, but looks like I am way up high due to the wide angle on the GoPro but I was only 80 feet above launch. it was harder to stay there than it looks on the video.
Enjoy the vid, and Merry Christmas to all our members. Have a safe holiday, will see you on the hill in the new year.
Swifty and Lynette
The Marhienes of Denman have just been on the blower (you may now rise).
Pete asked me to pass on his heartfelt appreciation for the Xmas hamper from the club. He's tickled pink. Christine says it won't go astray on the big day and sends her thanks to all.
And a big thanks to Adriaan for delivering the package.
In other less-than-great news Christine's hip has gone bung again. Luckily she's back home, pain free and soldiering on.
I'm sure that everyone in the club will be wishing her a speedy recovery.