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Thank you NT Government!

29/04/17

Alice Springs Gliding Club is delighted to announce the arrival of a new glider. 

Our ASK 21 was towed all the way from Lake Keepit near Tamworth by Kim Anderson, one of our most active members. 

We are most grateful to the Northern Territory Government, which awarded us a grant to go towards the purchase of this aircraft; something we would never have been able to manage without assistance. 

Our main twin training glider was recently damaged during a break in, and is now sitting on a trailer, so this new glider couldn't have come at a better time. 

It was rigged at Bond Springs on April 16, and flown for the first time by Edward Connellan on April 23. 


Upskilling our pilots

31/03/17

Anyone who's lived in Alice Springs for a while knows how transient the town can be. It affects all walks of life, but when it comes to gliding, losing a highly-skilled instrutor or winch driver can have a big impact. 

In recent years we've lost a number of key members, and as such, we're going through a tricky period when it comes to providing for students and people wanting to experience the thrill of gliding. 

On the plus side, we have achieved a long-held vision of ambitious cross-country flying, with 300km distances attempted often and two successful outlandings on the Tanami Road recently, where we'd conducted a reconnaisance last year. 

We have a small but passionate and ambitious group of pilots at the club at the moment, so we are working to enable them to become the next generation of instructors so we can once again offer passenger joy flights and instruction. 

In the meantime, we will be encouraging any potential new members to take a course interstate. Once you're solo, you can come and soar the skies of the Red Centre with us.

With a new ASK 21 glider coming our way shortly, thanks to a grant from the NT Government, we should be able to fast-track our ambitions ... and finally provide spin training on site! 

In the meantime, if there are any existing pilots who want to be part of a sociable and adventurous pastime, please drop us a line. 


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Good news to end 2016

31/12/16

We've had quite a year at Alice Springs Gliding Club: new members, people leaving town, great achievements and exciting adventures.

December brought the unprecedented challenge of dealing with a break in, which has never happened in the history of the club as far as we know. But thanks to the amazing work of the police and local people, we managed to recover most of the stolen gear. 

In the same week, we heard we were the recipients of a Northern Territory Government grant. We will share more on that as details become clear, but the following copy was published in the Centralian Advocate on December 13:

A NEW storage facility at Ross Park and a two-seat training glider highlight a round of Facility and Capital Equipment grants given to Alice Springs sport and active recreation organisations announced this week.

The NT Government announced they will contribute $276,900 to the Alice Springs Town Council, the Alice Springs Gliding Club, the Australian Bowhunters Association and Girl Guides NT for a range of separate projects.

ASTC will erect a storage shed at Ross Park to be shared among the council, cricket and soccer while the Bowhunters Association will replace its 20-year-old solar system and the Girl Guides will refurbish external areas of their hall.

The Gliding Club will put their share of the funding towards a new two-seat training glider with club (chief flying instructor Robert Smits saying the news was a huge boost for the sport in the Red Centre.

“It will help us to purchase a long-awaited new modern two-seat training glider because at the moment we’re operating on quite old-fashioned equipment,” Smits said.

The club will look at purchasing a German-designed fully aerobatic ASK-21, which Mr Smits said would offer new dimensions to the club’s offering. Mr Smits thanked the NT Government and previous governments for their “crucial” support, without which the club couldn’t operate.

“It will be easier to fly so people will go solo quicker and it will really put the club in a good position for the future,” he said.

“It brings another thing you can do in Alice Springs. It’s an affordable form of aviation, plus it’s a form of aviation that everybody can do from young to old.”

Minister for Tourism and Culture Lauren Moss said the grants would allow the Alice Springs based organisations to improve their everyday operations.

“I’m thrilled about the four Alice Springs FACE grants and look forward to making further announcements in the coming days,” she said.

“Sport and active recreation activities are extremely important in the Northern Territory and they need continued support to grow.

“They provide fun, healthy competition and encourage participation from children to adults.

“I hope the FACE grants assist with the day-to-day running of each organisation or facility.”

The 2017/18 Facility and Capital Equipment grant program will open for applications in July 2017.

To read the article about the break in, click HERE

 

 


Clubhouse break in

13/12/16

Equipment of no use to anyone other than glider pilots is missing in Central Australia, after a sports club was broken into on Monday.

Radios, batteries, tools and oxygen systems were taken from a clubhouse at Bond Springs Airstrip, the home of Alice Springs Gliding Club.

"We use the oxygen systems to do high altitude flights," said club president Edward Connellan.

"Two systems were taken, and some radios programmed to only use aviation frequencies, plus other tools, inverters and batteries."

The small group of aviation enthusiasts who fly from Bond Springs every weekend form the Territory's only gliding club, and Mr Connellan
said the oxygen systems may well be the only ones in the NT.

"For the life of us we don't know why anyone would want an oxygen system. They wouldn't give you a particularly fun evening and they're programmed to only operate at high altitude," he said.

Along with the equipment taken, the clubhouse suffered broken windows and doors, including damage to a brand new security door, and extensive ransacking.

"We're probably going to be out by about $20k which is awfully significant for us, but we'll battle on," Mr Connellan said.

Mr Connellan added the club was very impressed with the quick response from the Northern Territory Police, and suggested anyone with information on the whereabouts of the items should get in touch with them.

Alice Springs Gliding Club will operate as usual this weekend, but members should check the roster for operations over summer. 


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Five hours aloft for Kim

03/04/16

Alice Springs Gliding Club pilot Kim Anderson has flown for five hours straight, earning him a silver badge.
The club's secretary said he felt “excellent” after the achievement, which requires very good conditions and planning to achieve.
“I was on a high for a week,” Mr Anderson said.
“I told my sister and brother. My brother got a shock that a glider could stay up for five hours.”
The flight took Mr Anderson west for a short while, and then twice up north to Gillan Bore outstation, near the Plenty Highway intersection.
“After the winch launch I found some pretty mediocre lift straight away but all of a sudden at 7,000 feet the lift really took off and I zoomed straight to 10,000 feet,” he said.
If sufficient lift can’t be found in the area, the only option for outlandings at Alice Springs Gliding Club is the Stuart Highway.
Achievements like the five hour flight take plenty of practice and planning, and Mr Anderson already has his sights on further achievements.
“Next is a 300 or 500 km flight, but you’ve really got to pick a suitable weather day for that. That would go towards a gold badge,” Mr Anderson said.
“I enjoy it because once you’re in the air you forget about all the problems on the ground,” he said.

PICTURE by Jo Murphy


New promo video

14/01/16

Even when they're not gliding, the committee are busy behind the scenes preparing for another exciting year at Bond Springs Airstrip. 

Operations will be fully up and running by the end of January, but if you're missing your blue sky fix, check out this NEW PROMO VIDEO!

Most of the footage was shot from helicopter or drone by club president Edward Connellan, with additional footage and editing by vice-president Andrea Johnston. The crazy piloting skills are courtesy of our Chief Flying Instructor Simon Hatfield. 

We reckon 2016's going to be sensational! 

 


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Records broken in Central Australia

22/11/15

Records were broken by two glider pilots after they took off from Bond Springs Airstrip, north of Alice Springs earlier this month.


Sydney-based pilot Paul Tridgell flew his DG1001M to Alice Springs as part of a longer trip, dropping in to take advantage of the strong thermal currents found in the area this time of year.


Along with local pilot Jim Thomas, Mr Tridgell set out to break a number of records for gliders in a particular class, in this case aircraft with a 20 metre wingspan.


They flew with a motor to a starting point near Mt Strangways off the Plenty Highway, and then turned the motor off to start the tasks.


The pair flew to Hamilton Downs, Areyonga, and reached Kings Creek Station with ease.


“The flight proceeded across the desert to Lake Amadeus and Paul notified the traffic, which was mainly helicopters dong scenic flights, that we were flying over Yulara at 11,000 feet,” Mr Thomas said.


Kata Tjuta was the turning point for the task, and at that point the air was rising at a rate of six metres a second, meaning the glider could ascend at about 1000 feet per minute, simply by staying inside the rising column of air.


The high performance of the glider meant there was little need to catch thermals on the way back, and long stretches of straight flight saw the pair to Hermannsburg.


“Then cloud started to develop and the lift deteriorated rapidly,” Mr Thomas said.


“Fortunately we found a late evening thermal and climbed high enough to reach the end of the task at Mt Strangways and glide back to Bond Springs aerodrome”.


Mr Thomas and Mr Tridgell flew for a total of nine and a half hours, breaking the “free distance”, “out and return” and “declared task” Australian records for 20m wingspan gliders.

President of the Gliding Federation of Australia, Mandy Temple, said it was great to see ASGC in the news again. 

"Alice Springs has been recognised as an excellent gliding site for many years since Ingo Renner set several Australian and World records there some of which still stand today," she said. 


Mr Thomas said the experience had been a “major privilege”.


“After flying to the rock for 47 years it was like the icing on the cake to fly a glider to the rock and back,” he said.

Alice Springs Gliding Club president Edward Connellan said glider pilots come close to capturing the excitement and challenge of aviation’s early days, in an era where most pilots are surrounded by navigational aids and devices to use in emergencies.


“Those who excel in gliding display many of the qualities shared by the early pioneers of airmanship; skill, knowledge and even a little daring,” Mr Connellan said.


“We at the Alice Springs Gliding Club would like to congratulate Paul and Jim on their exceptional flight”.


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Chasing the “morning glory”

05/10/15

There were a few eyebrows raised when the pilots of a Stemme S10 motor glider revealed they’d thermalled all the way from Tennant Creek, after landing at Bond Springs airstrip near Alice Springs on Saturday.

Rob Hanbury and Franco Spataro had come all the way from Burketown that day, having completed this year’s expedition to chase the “morning glory cloud”.

But from Tennant Creek onwards, they no longer needed the motor, due to Central Australia’s rapidly heating climate this time of year, and thermals - the rising columns of air by which gliders gain height - able to lift them to more than 12,000ft.

The morning glory is a rare weather phenomenon, forming in only a few places in the world, and is a long cloud that glider pilots can “surf”.

It forms in the Gulf of Carpentaria at this time of year, and attracts many pilots who face challenging and often risky conditions to tick it off their bucket list.

Rob is based in Perth, and members of Alice Springs Gliding Club had met him as he made his way towards Burketown in mid September.

“The trip is like three adventures in one; getting there, being there, and flying back,” he said.

On the outbound leg of the journey his co-pilot was Julie Lentle, whose father had taught Rob to fly gliders decades ago in South Africa.

The trip took four days with stops to refuel or sleep including Kalgoorlie, Laverton, Warburton, Alice Springs and Mt Isa.

The pair took a trip around the rock and the Olgas and they were convinced a Qantas jet taking off from Yulara had purposefully turned around to check out their aircraft!

“From Giles to Alice Springs is spectacular, although the out landing possibilities are bad” said Rob.

“Relatively recently I’ve flown at Omarama (a famous gliding site in New Zealand), South Africa, and a lot in WA obviously, but this was the best flying I’d had for years,” he said.

At Burketown Rob managed a few flights along the morning glory cloud, saying sometimes it was smooth like a snow field, and other times it was like a heap of cumulous clouds bunched together.

Julie was replaced on the return leg by her husband, Franco, who said the trip was “nice and interesting, but challenging logistically”.

Pilots of the German-built Stemme S10 sit in a less-common side by side configuration, and Rob said the aircraft weighed almost a ton when it touched down at Alice Springs, having used no fuel.

It’s difficult to estimate exactly what they’re worth but brand new, the Stemme attracts a six figure sum.

Rob’s owned his aircraft for almost seven years. There are only five of this type in Australia.

Central Australia’s lift was so powerful Rob said they could fly for 100km at a time without turning, where glider pilots usually spend the majority of their time turning within thermals, gaining height.

As the head of airworthiness for the Gliding Federation of Australia, Rob kindly added a couple of days on to his Alice Springs stop to help update some of our members’ training.

Thanks guys, and have a safe journey back!

PICTURE: Rob Hanbury and Franco Spataro with the Stemme S10 motor glider

 


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Seniors success

18/08/15

Alice Springs Gliding Club hosted a handful of visitors across last weekend, who’d turned out to celebrate ‘Seniors Month’.

61-year-old Greg Marshall took the first flight of the weekend, along with instructor Simon Hatfield.

Nobody required a second launch that day…we’re obviously heading for summer!

Asked which was his favourite part of the experience Greg said “all of it” but added “you’ve got to get used to looking at the horizon, otherwise it gets a bit giddy!”

Next up was Roland Hall who said the experience was “absolutely terrific”. The conditions remained intact for his flight, “we found thermals and we just kept going up”.

The flight was a birthday present for Mr Hall who’s about to turn 83.

Rosalie Breen was also celebrating a birthday, she’d turned 75 the previous Monday.

“It was awesome” she said of her flight, “you feel like a bird observing the land….the mountains were titchy!”

ASGC President and Chief Flying Instructor, Simon Hatfield said “it was good to see some local seniors come out, and we always enjoy a bit of community involvement.”

“I thoroughly enjoyed taking Rosalie up for her 75th birthday,” he said.


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Seniors: come fly with us!

14/08/15

It’s that time of year again, an ‘opportunity to celebrate the positive aspects of ageing’ according to the Department of the Chief Minister.

Yes, it’s ‘Seniors Month’ and as a sport that can be enjoyed at pretty much any age, Alice Springs Gliding Club is encouraging anyone of advancing years to give it a try this weekend.

ASGC Public Officer Jim Thomas, who’s in his 70s, said “no matter how old you are you will never be too old to enjoy the thrill of flying – especially in a glider in the pristine Central Australian skies.”

We have two members now into their 80s, but age is irrelevant at our club. Everyone bonds over a passion for flying.

From teenagers, through to members in their 20s & 30s right through to those enjoying retirement, we have members that represent every decade. We don’t have a member in their 90s, but the possibility isn’t far from the imagination!

One visitor to our website has recently asked about the minimum age for flying. If you want to fly solo, you have to be 15, but to take a ride in a glider you just ought to be tall enough to see outside the cockpit!

So there are few barriers to experiencing the freedom of the skies. Come and say hi!

This time of year conditions are usually improving by the afternoon, so post-midday is ideal. Bring water, snacks and sunscreen and wear covered shoes. See you there!

PICTURED: The winch. It's pretty old! (But in great working order...from the days before things went obsolete!)


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Red Centre Adventurers

11/08/15

Having had a couple of film crews out to the club in June, we've started seeing the results of the publicity through July. 

Tourism Central Australia launched its 'Red Centre Adventurers' campaign on July 15th and over the weekend that followed we welcomed a huge number (for us!) of guests. 

The picture shows instructor Ed Connellan being interviewed by the TCA crew. They were already keen to interview him, but when they found out his surname, well, he became a celebrity! If you don't know why, Googling it will give you a clue. 

One of our pilots, Andrea, was working at the local commercial radio station at the time, and put together a feature piece on the campaign which you can read about and listen to here.

August sees Seniors Month take place, and the weekend of 15th we're encouraging those of more advanced years to come and try our wonderful sport. 

We're open for passenger flying all weekend, but the thermals tend to get going in the afternoon so if you want to head out, a safe bet is after midday. 

 


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June round up

11/07/15

June got off to a great start at Alice Springs Gliding Club with Andrea completing a number of solo flights over the Queen’s Birthday weekend. Her first solo was a simple circuit, but on her second solo she experienced a cable break, pretty low. She was straight back into the sky though, and returned the following Monday to fly solo again.

This comes hot on the heels of Byron’s first solo in May. He’s now flying the singles and is really clocking up airtime. One of his flights in late June was 2.5 hours!

We were involved in two film shoots during June. Tourism Central Australia joined us for a Thursday afternoon along with a couple of their ‘Red Centre Adventurers’ which is the name of their latest campaign. Andrea’s put together a radio feature on the day which you can listen to here: https://soundcloud.com/8ha-sun969/150705-tca-red-centre-adventurers-try-gliding

Then we got a visit from a production company that had flown a crew of about 20 people over from Los Angeles. We can’t say too much about the travel show 5050 as it hasn’t yet gone to air, but it was a very exciting and successful day at Bond Springs.

There have been some reasonable thermals around, and Sundays at the club continue to be satisfying days for training students, or for pilots to simply indulge in their passion. We made the decision to keep passenger flights to Saturday afternoons only, and it seems to be working well.

In fact, we had heaps of visitors on Saturday 20th June. Much of the buzz was around a DG1001 motorised glider which was being transported to Halls Creek by a team from Sydney. It allowed some of our pilots to experience spinning, which hasn’t yet been possible to replicate in the training aircraft we own.

A few of our visitors that day were linked to pilots Paul Tridgell and Glenn McLean, but we were also swamped by all sorts of people interested in just having a look, joining up, or taking a trial flight. It was something of a surprise to our committee members when none other than GFA President Mandy Temple turned up too!

And staying with the GFA theme, we’ve had Vice-President Pete Cesco here for the last week, assisting us with maintenance. Cheers Pete!

And finally, a Northern Territory Government grant has enabled us to buy two parachutes. An article in the Centralian Advocate made mention of this on 19th June. We’re very grateful and it’s an excellent addition to the safety measures we already have in place.

Pictured: The DG1001 coming into land on the morning of Saturday 20th June.


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May round up

31/05/15

Alice Springs Gliding Club has had a strong month, with one relatively new member already flying solo, and another budding glider pilot signed up.

We’ve flown every weekend through May, even though the weather’s been a bit patchy. With just one twin aircraft at the moment and two single seaters we usually get between 10 and 15 flights launched off the winch per day.

Our newest solo pilot is Byron Pendleton from Sydney. With more than 100 hours in powered aircraft before he joined, it took a matter of weeks for the instructors to feel confident he could go it alone. Even though he says “it came as a surprise when Simon (Hatfield, ASGC President and Instructor) let me go, but it was fun and I managed to stay up for 11 minutes without the safety net of an instructor in the back”.

Chief Flying Instructor, Robert Smits, said Byron impressed everyone with text book take offs and landings.

The airstrip’s been abuzz with light aircraft recently, including a couple of Ultralights…adding a bit of variety to the day!

Due to being one aircraft down and having so many keen students we’ve recently decided to concentrate on student flying on a Sunday, leaving passengers to the Saturday crew. So if you want to try gliding, just turn up on a Saturday early afternoon and we’ll try to fit you in. We don’t take bookings as there are a few variables in our sport! Like many other air sports, a fair bit of hanging around is required, as it takes a team to get gliders airborne.

Our other Twin Astir should be back from maintenance in the next month or so, putting us in a much better position to take advantage of those blue winter skies!

Pictured: Byron Pendleton's solo selfie!


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What a weekend!

07/05/15

The return of the first of our twin aircraft, back from inspection, has brought with it renewed enthusiasm at Alice Springs Gliding Club.

The long weekend in May was a perfect example of how much flying can be done with the right mix of instructors, students, winch drivers and ground crew.

First of all, a big welcome back to our wonderful instructor Graeme Richards. Graeme turned out all three days, and it was great to catch up.

As for the flying, on Saturday 2nd May there were some staggering flight times amongst the 12 launches. Student Simon Ward was in the air for 1hr 20 minutes with instructor Jim, but even that wasn’t the longest flight of the day…

Both Tom Bird and Ric Morris each achieved close to two hours in the air, flying single-seater aircraft. For an hour of Saturday, three gliders were in the sky at once: the Twin Astir IKO, the Single Astir WQJ and the Jantar Junior HNY.

New members Simon Jackson and Sam Short also got involved on Saturday. Sam is just 16 years old, while Simon brings a heap of gliding and ultralight flying experience from the UK.

Sunday was equally successful, but Ric paid the price for all that airtime the previous day…operating the winch for every one of the 12 flights! Although of course, every role on the airfield is part of the fun.

On Monday Tom winched two gliders into the clear blue sky, a total of 11 times. Students Andrea and Byron completed plenty of circuits with instructor Simon, and student Bruce took the opportunity to go for his first flight in six months, with Graeme. Good on ya Bruce!

Pictured: Our single-seater HNY flying all by itself!

 


2015: Maintenance time!

18/03/15

It’s an interesting challenge to run a gliding club 1500 kilometres from the nearest big city, especially when it comes to keeping our aircraft in tip-top condition.

We have two Twin Astir gliders, and it’s just so happened that both are currently away for what should be routine inspections and repairs. The difficulty comes because the journey takes the best part of two days, or longer depending where we send our gliders. Once they arrive, all negotiations and updates have to be done over the phone. It’s a pretty big deal, both financially and in terms of time. But on the plus-side, we’ll soon have our two gliders back in peak condition.

It’s a frustrating period for our students, but there’s always plenty of theory to brush up on during their downtime…

For all club members it’s been a chance to focus on other tasks around the airfield. We're currently installing a new kitchen in the clubhouse, and plenty of other repairs, admin tasks and cleaning have been keeping everyone busy. And of course, most weekends someone takes to the skies in a single-seater.

If you want to try gliding you might have to wait for a couple of weeks, but you can keep across developments on our Facebook page and we’ll let you know when you can come and experience the blue skies and vast landscape of Central Australia with us!


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2014 Wrap-up

05/01/15

Well 2014 was quite a year for the Alice Springs Gliding Club. Plenty of new members, a couple of new gliders and some flying achievements amongst the excitement.

On Sunday 26th October Chief Flying Instructor Robert Smits, and newly-qualified instructor Edward Connellan both managed to gain 14,000 ft of lift, earning them the Gold Badge for height gain. They needed oxygen to complete the task, and their picture made the local paper!

Earlier in the year the open day held in early June was a great success, and as a result of the new membership we’re now flying Saturdays AND Sundays from Bond Springs Airstrip.

Having said that, the availability of instructors, gliders and crew is limited through the summer, so if you’re reading this because you’re interested in a trial flight there are two things you ought to consider: 1) leaving it until February or 2) calling ahead to check that we’re flying. The ‘contact us’ pages have all the details you need.

There are never any guarantees with gliding - it’s a time-consuming and weather-dependant sport. However, it’s also an enormous amount of fun, and one of the most cost-effective ways to get into the air. Anyone is welcome to come and see what we do at the weekend, and perhaps give it a go.

Why not make learning to glide an ambition for 2015?


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Endless Summer in the Alice

02/06/13

Well, the summer season of soaring has come to and end, but here in Central Australia, we are lucky enough to have the weather that allows us to to continue flying all year round. 

The summer conditions saw the club flying more XC flights both up the Stuart Highway, and out to the west along the Tanami road. Over the easter long weekend, the club packed up the gear and drove the whole operation upto Tillmouth Well for a change of scenery (The best bit was having a pool only a short walk from the launch point!). 

Through the winter months, we will be begining flights at 11am and usually operate until 4pm. Everyone is welcome to join us at the Bond Springs Aerodrome each Saturday. 

Gift Certificates are now available!


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Gold & Silver Summer

10/12/12

With the weather and thermals picking up as we approach the end of the year, this summer is shaping up to hold some great milestones for members (and possibly visitors!)

Last Saturday, club member Ed Connellan flew a 107 km "out and return" flight to Gillen Bore, qualifying for the Silver Badge distance, while instructor Robert Smits tagged along to complete the same distance. Both pilots flew in a single seat Astir, with Ed equipped with the club'c IGC approved secure logger (Volkslogger) and with Robert acting as the Official Observer for the flight, we can now confirm that Ed will qualify for the Silver Distance, the Silver Duration (5 hours) and Silver Height Gain (1000 m), all in one flight!  (Photo: Ed getting some practice a few weeks ealier in the club Twin Astir)

But wait - there's more..... pending ratification and logger calibration he will also qualify for the Gold Height Gain (3000 m), as Edward got approval from Alice Springs Tower to go to 14,000 ft, gaining 10,377 ft from the lowest point in the flight (3,629 ft).

Congrats go to Ed for his (potentially) 4 achievements in one flight; an experience that only a flight in Central Australia could offer!


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Spring Soaring

07/10/12

The temperature is heating up here in Central Australia, which means its prime time for Soaring, with strong thermals from mid morning until late in the afternoon!

In the recent weekends we have continued to take TIFs and Air Experience Flights for both potential students, and people just looking for a thrill. Members have been getting back into the swing of things and gearing up for cross country flights and achieving goals when the conditions are right.

Come and join us saturdays from 11am!

Note: see the 'Update' page for current contact details if you are having trouble reaching us for now.


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Contact Details

19/09/12

We have just realised that the contact number and email arent currently working, so until we correct this you can contact us on:

 

 

0437 529 620 - Jim (Club president)

8952 6384 - Bond Springs Launch Point (Saturdays only)

Email: alicespringsglidingclub@gmail.com 

or find us on Facebook and send us a message there.

 

If you are interested in coming out for a flight, there is no booking required, just make your way out to the club on Saturdays from 11:30am. We have no eftpos facility, so cash is preferable if you intend on having a Training Introductory Flight (TIF). and everyone is welcome to come out and watch.

See you in the sky!


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ASGC Online!

09/08/12

With the opening of our newly renovated club house comes the long awaited launch of The Alice Springs Gliding Club Website!

Information about our club and operations can be found in the 'Info' page.

Take a moment to browse through the photos of soaring around the Bond Springs Aerodrome and get an idea of our unique flying location.

Any important information relating to the club will appear on the front page, so check back once in a while and keep posted with what we are upto.

Information about how to get to our club is on the right hand side of the page, so write it down and come out and join us every Saturday from 10am!

Content and information is still being updated, so check back soon and see whats changed!

See you in the sky!


Media Exposure

15/05/12

The ASGC Club house opening has resulted in various positive media reports about the club. This will provide the club with some much needed public exposure and hopefully some potential members will be encouraged to come out and see what its like! We operate every Saturday from 11am, at the Bond Springs Aerodrome, 20kms north of Alice Springs.

ABC News Report by Allyson Horn

ABC Local report by Brendan Phelan

Brendan Phelan interviews ASGC Life Member (and longest active club member) Tom Bird, about his 53 years flying experience with the Alice Springs Gliding Club

Brendan Phelan interviews ASGC Life Member (and longest active club member) Tom Bird, about his 53 years flying experience with the Alice Springs Gliding Club


Club House Re-Opening

11/05/12

On May 11th 2012, The Alice Springs Gliding Club house was officially re-opened by Hon. Mr Gerry McCarthy, and Hon. Mr Karl Hampton.

Over the past year, the ASGC has received a community grant and various other donations from local Alice Springs business' that have allowed us to transform the clubhouse from near dis-repair, and return it to its former glory.

Gerry McCarthy stands by as Brendan Phelan from the ABC prepares for flight

Gerry McCarthy stands by as Brendan Phelan from the ABC prepares for flight

 

Gerry McCarthy & Jim Thomas speak to the club and media

Gerry McCarthy & Jim Thomas speak to the club and media

 

A huge thanks goes to
- Masterpath
- Power & Water
- Bushfires NT
- Bellette and Driver Web Design
- Central Australian Aviation Museum
- CEA
And the NT government for the Community Sports Grant that we received.
The restoration would not have been possible without the contribution of these organisations.

 

Rob Smits receives the Patrons Trophy from Gerry McCarthy

Rob Smits receives the Patrons Trophy from Gerry McCarthy

 

Gerry McCarthy officially re-opens the ASGC Club House

Gerry McCarthy officially re-opens the ASGC Club House

 

The driving force behind the work on the clubhouse was Robert Smits, and his efforts were recognised on the day by our club patron, the Hon. Gerry McCarthy who presented Robert with the Patron’s Trophy for outstanding commitment to the Alice Springs Gliding Club.

The day has generated some great media attention, with representatives from ABC Radio & TV, Imparja Television, and the Advocate all attending and taking us up on our offer of a short flight to experience soaring in Central Australia in thanks for their attendance.

 

Overall a successful day, and the ASGC thanks everyone who attended on the day, especially the Hon. Mr Gerry McCarthy, and Hon. Mr Karl Hampton for participating in the day.