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We have some briefing notes concerning the club's gliders. These can be downloaded from the downloads area.

Please contact us if you have any questions.

Gliders within our club

The club's Twin Astir 'JW
Our 2-seater glider used for all training and trial flights. JW is also great performer for XC and in our brisk wave conditions. She thermals well and is fun to fly solo. LD is 38. Equiped with oxygen.
Pete's LS3 'LP
Rolladen-Schneider LS3a (Germany). First produced in 1978. A good performing genuine 40:1 glider with water ballast and flaps. A total of 358 LS3's were produced, there are many examples of this popular glider in NZ.
This pic shows LP over Roxburgh on a weak westerly wave day.

John's PIK-20 'KG
Very yellow! Made in Finland in 1975. The PIK-20 and 20B have no airbrakes but instead have large flaps which can be set from -8 deg (speed cruise) to +90 deg (for landing). A motorized version (PIK-20e) is a very popular. A 17m version (PIK-30e) was also built. The are hundreds of PIK-20's worldwide including in NZ two '20s, some 20e and 30e.

Heaps more info on John's PIK

Pik20 'KG and Cirrus 'HY from 'LP
Pete snapped this as we played about in gentle wave over Lake Ohau. Kerry Jackson flies his lovely Cirrus HY, John is in yellow PIK20 'KG. Kerry is our club's glider Engineer and normally flies with South Canterbury club.
Phil's Hornet 'KJ
The H206 Hornet is pretty similar to other Standard class gliders of the period. LD is 38:1, plus it has excellent trailing edge airbrakes. The wings feature auto-connecting controls and are similar to the Libelle series.
Brian's ASW19 'KD
A development of the popular ASW15. Features a roomy cockpit and good performance. 38:1 LD.
Vivienne's HP18 'VB
This is a high performance homebuilt. It features a V-tail, side control stick, and large landing flaps (no airbrakes). Vivienne has provided the following history:

"Itís a joy and a privilege to own and fly ZK-GVB Ė the second glider that my father had a hand in building. The fuselage kit for the HP18A (pre-formed fibreglass fuse pod and aluminium cone and tail skins) was imported from US designer Dick Schreder, arriving into NZ in 1978. Dad and Urs Locher, the son of Swiss classmate of Dadís, worked on her until Ursís tragic death in November 1979 in the Erebus crash. There was a lull in building until Dad found a new building partner in Dave Moody, who had been part of the Auckland syndicate that built another V-tail, the RS15. They brought the wing kit, along with optional winglets into the country in 1980. Another hiatus was caused when my father broke both ankles in an auto-tow accident in ZK-GCX, his V-tailed Std Austria, on the beach at Mahuta Gap, Northland. Once he could stand for a few hours at a time work on the glider commenced again, albeit slowly. The wings have pre-fabricated carbon fibre main wing spars, and structural foam ribs every 4 inches covered by glued and rivetted Al-Mg alloy skins. VB is not fitted to carry water ballast in the main spar as was the other HP18A built in NZ (ZK-GES). ZK-GVB was test flown by Arthur Gatland at Drury, Auckland in early December 1984. Dad and Dave having spent close to 1000 hours building (glider and trailer), and registered her with my initials, allowed me to fly VB aged 17! "

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