Glid­ers re­turn to the Wim­mera sky

The Weekly Advertiser Horsham - - Sport -

A year af­ter host­ing a leg of the World FAI Sailplane Grand Prix se­ries, Hor­sham Fly­ing Club is again gear­ing up for a big two weeks.

The club will host about 25 glider pilot stu­dents in an in­tro­duc­tion to com­pe­ti­tion fly­ing class from Satur­day to Fe­bru­ary 1, be­fore its an­nual Hor­sham Week com­pe­ti­tion from Fe­bru­ary 2 to 9.

Club pres­i­dent Arnold Niewand said even with­out the pres­sure of host­ing an in­ter­na­tional grand prix event this year, club mem­bers had been kept busy pre­par­ing for the next two weeks.

“We will have a full field of stu­dents in the train­ing pro­gram, which will be 25 or more,” he said.

“The stu­dents will come from most ar­eas of Vic­to­ria and be­yond, in­clud­ing Be­nalla, Ararat, Bac­chus Marsh, Border­town and Gee­long.

“They are the next gen­er­a­tion of pi­lots – the fu­ture of the sport.”

Mr Niewand said the Glid­ing Fed­er­a­tion of Aus­tralia was keen to boost par­tic­i­pa­tion in the sport, and its ef­forts had paid div­i­dends. “For the past two years we have seen num­bers of glider pi­lots in­crease, which is very pleas­ing,” he said.

Mr Niewand said there was a full field of about 40 glider pi­lots en­tered into the Hor­sham Week com­pe­ti­tion, which is in its 53rd year.

He said some of the best glider pi­lots in the coun­try would come to Hor­sham for the com­pe­ti­tion.

Mr Niewand said the Hor­sham Week com­pe­ti­tion would help boost the lo­cal econ­omy.

“When you fac­tor in the 25 stu­dents for the train­ing pro­gram and five or six in­struc­tors, that’s 30 peo­ple in the first week and then 40 glid­ers and of­fi­cials in the sec­ond week who are com­ing here,” he said.

“A few com­pe­ti­tion peo­ple also like to come up the week be­fore to train, and they all need food and ac­com­mo­da­tion.

“It keeps us all quite busy.”

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