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NZPFRA - Schedule for Training Weekend June 8th - 9th 2013 : NZNE

Here is the schedule we are working towards.

Saturday 8th June - North Shore Airfield

10:00 Arrive North Shore – morning tea – introductions

10:30 Introduction to Precision Flying. Practical lesson in precision navigation

12:00 Noon Lunch – details to be advised dependant on numbers.

13:00 Fly the navigation route.
NOTE: this will be a training session, with a trainer onboard giving practical advice. As there will possibly be only two or three trainers, flights will happen accordingly

13:00 Precision Landing practice
NOTE: Landings will be onto the FAI Landing Grid which is different to the RNZAC Grid and uses different techniques. Again this will be with trainers onboard

Contact Liz King to register interest.

A PDF file with details may be downloaded from here

NZPFRA - Schedule for Training/Competition Weekend May 26th 2012

Here is the schedule we are working towards.

Saturday 26th May - Flight Planning and Flying

09:00 Competitors who are flying in start to arrive. Meet at the Matamata Aero Club

09:30 Welcome from NZ Precision Flying Association and commencement of training session. All newcomers to Precision Flying can learn the techniques from existing members who have attended previous World Championship events.

11:00 Flight planning for the training event begins.

Bring all your usual flight planning equipment (charts, rulers, protractors, E6Bs etc.) We will work out a flight order that allows for those sharing aircraft to be accommodated. Each aircraft will fly with a self-contained GPS Tracker provided by the association on-board. Aircraft GPS units should not be used during competition flight.

Flying will commence after flight planning as numbers of competitors allow and will probably continue until roughly 5pm. Please be flexible and prepared to go when required. As Matamata is a reasonable distance from any shops, it is probably a good idea to bring food and drink to keep you going.

14:30 Scoring completed, announcements of results and review of issues. We aim to be finished by 15:00

Update 02/05/2012

2012 Training and Competition Weekend

Their will be a training/competition event day on Saturday the 26th May, 2012 at Matamata airfield. Details here. If you are interested in participating, please let us know by emailing the association with your contact details.


Update 13/10/2011 - World Precision Flying Championships 2011

The NZPFRA competitors, John Brunskill, Roy Edwards and Gordon Hughes leave for South Africa on Thursday 20th October and our judge, Ross Scherer goes on the 22nd.

A training day was held at Matamata several weeks ago and the team are looking forward to the trip and competition.

Those interested can follow the event on the competition web site

WPFC 2011, Brits, RSA

Actual competition starts with official opening and practice with the competition proper starting 26th Oct and finishing on 28th weather permitting with Sat 29th a reserve day


Update 04/04/2011 for Training/Competition Weekend

A few things to bring with you if you have them.
* VNC C3/C4 1:250000 Map
* Stopwatch
* E6B Computer

NZPFRA - Schedule for Training/Competition Weekend April 9th/10th 2011

Here is the schedule we are working towards.

Saturday 9th April - Flight Planning and Course Flying Phase

09:00 Organising Group Arrive. Competitors who are flying in start to arrive. Meet at the Matamata Aero Club

09:30 Welcome from NZ Precision Flying Association and commencement of training session. All newcomers to Precision Flying can learn the techniques from existing members who have attended previous World Championship events.

11:30 Flight planning for the training event begins.

Bring all your usual flight planning equipment (charts, rulers, protractors, E6Bs etc.) We will work out a flight order that allows for those sharing aircraft to be accommodated. Each aircraft will fly with a self-contained GPS Tracker provided by the association on-board. Aircraft GPS units should not be used during competition flight.

Flying will commence after flight planning as numbers of competitors allow and will probably continue until roughly 5pm. Please be flexible and prepared to go when required. As Matamata is a reasonable distance from any shops, it is probably a good idea to bring food and drink to keep you going.

17:30 Scoring completed, announcements of results and review of issues. We aim to be finished by 18:00

Sunday 10th April - Precision Flying Spot Landing phase

09:00 Briefing for all competitors. Those flying in need to plan to be at Matamata by this time.

09:30 Spot Landings commence. There is a gliding camp on this weekend and we want to be finished early so as not to impinge on their event.

11:00 Spot Landings finish (Good opportunity for a lunch break)

12:00 Results announced

13:00 NZPFRA Annual General Meeting - all competitors welcome to attend

If you have any queries about the event or have yet to let us know that you wish to compete, please reply as soon as possible and we will try to sort you out.

Hope to see you there

Update 04/03/2011

2011 Training and Competition Weekend

Their will be a training/competition event weekend on the 9th/10th April 2011 at Matamata airfield. Details here. If you are interested, please let us know by emailing the association with your contact details.

Update 28/11/2010

The training event at Thames airfield over the weekend of the 4th/5th December 2010 has been postponed until late-summer / early-autumn 2011. This will better align our build-up to the World Precision Flying Champs to be held in Brits, RSA in October 2011.

Update 13/04/2010

The April 2010 Newsletter is available for download. It contains a report of the latest NZPFRA event and notice of the 2010 AGM.

Update 31/07/2009

World Precision Flying Championships 2009 Concluded

The New Zealand team achieved commendable results at the World Championships in Torun Poland. Full Results may be found at the 2009 WPFC, Torun - Poland website.
Gordon Hughes has filed a team report which can be downloaded in PDF format from here : Link to Torun 2009.pdf

Update 30/05/2009

NZPFRA to send a team to the World Precision Flying Championships in Poland

The New Zealand Precision and Rally Flying Association is sending a team to the 19th Word Precision Flying Championships (WPFC) in Torun, Poland. The team consists of Gordon Hughes, Daroish Kraidy and John Brunskill. The 2009 WPFC will take place from the 19th to the 26th July, 2009.
For further information and to keep track of progress visit the 2009 WPFC, Torun - Poland website.

Update 28/08/2008

Team Report from Ried

Team Manager, Vivien Hughes's report on the 18th Precision Flying World Championships at Ried, Austria in July 2008

Update 17/07/2008

Precision Flying World Championships results

The NZPFRA team performed creditably with Daroish Kraidy being the highest placed Kiwi entrant. Full results can be found At This Link.

Update 09/07/2008

Precision Flying Team Leaves for World Championships

The NZPFRA team has left on the long journey to the World Precision and Rally Flying Championships being held in Ried, Austria (links to Google Maps).