Top recog­ni­tion for glider pi­lot

Matamata Chronicle - - News -

Lo­cal glider pi­lot Ralph Gore has re­ceived in­ter­na­tional recog­ni­tion af­ter he was awarded the Paul Tis­sandier Di­ploma from Liz King, the New Zealand rep­re­sen­ta­tive for Fed­er­a­tion Aero­nau­tique In­ter­na­tional (FAI).

The FAI is the gov­ern­ing body for all air sports.

Ralph is one of only seven New Zealand re­cip­i­ents of this pres­ti­gious award which: ‘‘may be awarded to those who have served the cause of avi­a­tion in gen­eral and sport­ing avi­a­tion in par­tic­u­lar, by their work, ini­tia­tive, de­vo­tion or in other ways’’.

Ralph has been a suc­cess­ful glid­ing com­peti­tor and an in­struc­tor for more than 30 years.

He has been pres­i­dent of Pi­ako Glid­ing Club and Mata­mata Soar­ing Cen­tre, re­gional op­er­a­tions of­fi­cer, and re­gional airspace of­fi­cer.

He has been an in­struc­tor trainer and or­gan­iser of cross-coun­try cour­ses and glid­ing com­pe­ti­tions, where he has been con­test di­rec­tor, task set­ter, and me­te­o­ro­log­i­cal of­fi­cer.

Ralph has been on the GNZ na­tional ex­ec­u­tive com­mit­tee for nine years.

He is also a trustee for a num­ber of glid­ing-re­lated trusts.

The award pre­sen­ta­tion took place at the awards din­ner on Satur­day, De­cem­ber 1, at the com­ple­tion of the North­ern Re­gion­als Glid­ing Com­pe­ti­tion.

The seven days of fly­ing saw tasks set be­tween Mara­marua to the north, and Orakei Ko­rako and Ti­hoi to the south.

Each day’s task cov­ered about 300km in test­ing con­di­tions.

Dur­ing the week, 14 pi­lots landed out in pad­docks.

The place- get­ters were Club Class: 1st: Tim Brom­head, Pi­ako 5460pts; 2nd: John Bayliss, Auck­land 5379pts, 3rd David Hirst, Auck­land 5290pts.

Open Class: 1st: Steve Wal­lace, Avi­a­tion Sports 6889pts; 2nd: Mark Tingey, Tau­ranga 4131pts; 3rd Bill Mace, Pi­ako 4022pts.

Glider ad­dict: Ralph Gore was awarded the Paul Tis­sandier Di­ploma for serv­ing the cause of avi­a­tion by his ‘‘work, ini­tia­tive, de­vo­tion or in other ways’’.

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