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NZ Female Champion – Melanie Heather, UP Kantega XC2!!!

Everyone knows that Reuben has flown like a legend this season, but there’s another hero (or heroine) out there!

Having finished as the second placed woman in Nelson, and top NZ woman, she was in prime position for the title. In an attempt to avoid the spotlight, she wasn’t going to go to Rotorua. Fortunately she caved in to the peer pressure and took away quite an array of titles!

  • NZ Female Champion
  • Leo Geary Memorial Trophy (an award for the most up and coming new pilot)
  • 1st Place Female in the Rotorua round of the PG Open
  • 3rd┬áPlace in the Fun Class (combined scores from both rounds)

Well done Mel. You’ve done yourself proud. And of course shown what your Kantega XC2 is capable of ­čÖé

Melanie Heather with her collection of trophies!

Melanie Heather with her collection of trophies!

Summit XC3

Here’s some words from UP… I can’t wait to find out more!

“When we first introduced the Trango XC2, after having certified it to EN C standards, we frankly thought the life of the Summit series wings was over. Boy were we wrong! Although the Trango XC2 is a very accessible wing it has turned out to be very much too much of a thoroughbred for the majority of intermediate XC pilots; precisely the pilot profile that the Summit always catered to. For this reason, and with a certain pride and bravado, here cometh that all-new XC pilot’s dream machine: The Summit XC3!”

XC Seminar and Weekend Workshop – Ireland

We’ll be in Ireland late May/early June. What better an opportunity to share some knowledge on the other side of the globe. Get in touch if you’re interested in participating and i’ll keep you informed as the plan develops.

SIV and XC Course Dates Finalised for 2013/14

SIV and XC Course Dates Finalised for 2013/14

21st-23rd December – SIV,

26th-30th December – Nelson XC,

8th-13th January – Wanaka XC,

18th-23rd January – Nelson XC,

6th-10th February – SIV,

15th-20th February – Rotorua XC,

13th-17th March – SIV.


3 More XC Courses announced…

Two courses are already planned: 9th/10th/16th/17th November in Wanaka and 26th-30th December in Nelson.

To keep the ball rolling, I’m finalising dates for the following courses:

  • Wanaka, early January.
  • Nelson, mid January.
  • Central North Island, mid February.

Check out our XC course details page for more information.

1st 2013 XC Course Announced

When: 4 day course. 9th and 10th November 2013 and the two best looking days from the 16th, 17th, 23th and 24th November.

Where: Wanaka, NZ.

Who: Targeted towards relatively new cross country pilots. Minimum 4 people, maximum 5.

Cost: $475 per person.

Included: Combination of practical and theoretical components, including equipment and preparation, weather forecasting, sources of lift, glider control, flying efficiently, flight analysis and review, fear, stress and performance, and goal setting.

UP Trango X-Light2

Straight from UP:

Photo courtesy of UP

Photo courtesy of UP

The Trango X-Light 2 is based on the Trango XC2 and is manufactured in three certified sizes. The S is certified EN C, while the S/M and the M size are both certified EN D, and have substantially longer speedbar travel, resulting in an increased top speed of 5-7km/h compared to the XC2. This should come in handy for the X-Alps pilots, with their tendency towards evaluating flying conditions on a different scale compared to the rest of us(!) but it also makes the wing very interesting for someone looking for a solid, predictable wing in the EN D category that WON’T pack itself back into the bag at the first given opportunity, yet still has the performance to give the 2-liners a good battle to the goal line! As anyone who has flown the XC2 in a competition environment will testify, this wing has amazing performance and can keep up with the full-on comp wings except at the very top of the speed range – this should now be addressed!

Spring Time Challenge

Trango near GlenorchyNow we’ve got the shortest day out of the way, I’m ready to get excited about spring flying!
So, to get everyone else excited, I’m offering a $100 discount off a Flymaster GPS, NAV or LIVE to the first person who flies a cross country of over 20km, on a UP glider, in NZ.

It’d be great if you could send some photos of your spring flights through.