The annual hang gliding fest at the Forbes Flatlands aerodrome (NSW, Australia) kicks off on January 3rd 2009 – there are four separate classes and should you require further information may we suggest you click on the following link to reach their website http://www.moyes.com.au/Forbes2009/Default.aspx
In 2009 there will be four levels of competion to help cater for all levels of pilots and fun.
1. Open Class Category (aimed at pilots who are looking to get on their national teams, or close to it. The top twenty on any national ladder.)
2. A Class Category � For pilots that have never been in the top 100 WPRS (CIVL world ranking system). Same tasks at the Open Class. Scored together with the Open class, but singled out for recognition
3. Sport Class � Shortened Task – GPS required – Open to kingpost gliders (For less competition experienced pilots who want to learn more and stretch themselves with less than herculean tasks. Launching a bit later than Open and A Classes to get the better part of the day for the shorter task.)
4. Club Class – Duration and spot landing � Open to all gliders (For pilots who want to learn to aerotow, would like some extra attention and help, want to practice their thermaling and landing skills and hang with the big dogs. Launching after Sport Class. Must land before sunset.)
An aerotow endorsement course or aerotow training will also be available every morning starting at 9am.
EVENT ORGANISER: Sydney Hang Gliding Club
EVENT MANAGER: Vicki Cain
WHEN: 3rd-11th January 2009
WHERE: Forbes Airport, Forbes NSW Australia (5kms from town)
METHOD OF LAUNCH: Aerotow Only
CONTEST SANCTIONING: HGFA AAA and FAI WPRS
REGISTRATION & PRACTICE DAY: 2nd January, 2009
Entry fees are AU$200 and the aerotow fee, for unlimited tows including the practice day, is AU$350. Its going to be a cracking event and with reliable weather you are sure to find some great thermals – don’t miss out on all the fun.
Thanks to jacarandafilms for this video from the 2007 event