Yes well spotted it is filmed between Raglan and Port Waikato, there is no minimum altitude specified for “ridge soaring” and as there is still some pressure lift on that part of the beach all is in order , bar that it was an approach and overshoot, the beeping is the variometer system indicating the lift status. Hopefully he has another video on the way which features some footage captured using professional gear from a cliff top north of Kariotahi
Post by planewriting on Jan 1, 2020 8:01:40 GMT 12
Correct Baz. I understand, from the latest Auckland Gliding Club newsletter, the pilot is Stefan Langer. Pilots from the Aviation Sports Club also share in the exhilarating ride up and down the West Coast beaches (Piha, Bethells, Muriwai etc) and down to Raglan. Pilots from both clubs have for several years now been tracking out to the coast from their bases at Whenuapai and Drury to commence the run. The Auckland club also uses a convenient strip at Douglas Road out near the coast.
I admit to being skeptical but the law is quite specific:
CAR Part 104.59 - Minimum height Notwithstanding rule 91.311(a)(2), the pilot of a glider may operate the glider below a height of 500 feet above the surface— (1) for ridge soaring, if the flight does not create a hazard to a person or property on the ground;...
FYI rule 91.311(a)(2) is where it says pilots can't fly under 500 feet above the surface.
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Post by planewriting on Jan 13, 2020 10:55:32 GMT 12
I've just been sorting through some old Gliding Kiwi magazines and found one dated about 1980 showing a glider soaring along the Auckland West Coast dunes. As you will see, doing that is not new by any means.