Manilla XC Camp 2017 - its FREE !
Fly as Far as You Can !
Dates : 4th - 11th Feb 2017
Location : Mt Borah, Manilla, Australia
First Briefing and Rego : Friday 3rd Feb 8pm
First Day Briefing and Late Rego : Sat 4th Feb 9am
Hi XC Pilots !
The MANILLA XC CAMP 2017 is a FREE event for XC pilots of all levels.
The informal flight distances are scored either using one of the online systems (your choice) or your straight line Open Distance from your GPS - nice and easy. You just write your distance on the score sheet - simple !
Come for as many days as you like, fly XC as far as you can, fly with and learn from some of the best XC pilots. No pressure, no worries... just fly. Many pilots (of all levels !) achieve Personal Bests every year. In 2015 some pilots flying at the XC camp flew over 300kms and many novice pilots flew PB's over 100kms in easy, safe conditions.
Mt Borah has 4 huge astro-turfed launches for nearly all wind directions and easy landings and was developed for the World Champs in 2007. The Manilla area offers one of the worlds safest XC regions for all pilot levels from Novice > Expert who have some thermalling experience. Emergency services (ambulance and rescue) are 15 minutes away in Manilla township, and the medical evacuation helicopter is based in Tamworth just 15mins flight time away. The area also has excellent 3G mobile phone coverage with 2 networks now operating giving reception to over 300kms out !
Features : Daily XC weather briefings by Godfrey Wenness, tips and trick sessions, campfire discussions, regular day prizes and scoring updates in all classes (FUN, SPORT, XC and COMP). Pilots with OPEN Class gliders are welcome to attend but will not be scored.
Camping on site is A$10/night - power is available (powered sites are $13/night).
Cabins - Twin or double - are $20/night p/p and include all linen, blankets and towels.
The cabins & camping area at Mt Borah has 2 kitchens + BBQ, and now a Bar & swimming pool to chill out in after a long XC !
Bookings for cabins are essential - contact "godfrey (at) flymanilla.com"
International Pilots - more info .. please read this :
If you are coming for the XC camp, and indeed any XC flying in Australia now and in the future, you will need to have a VHF Airband radio endorsement to allow you to fly through some new areas called CAR166 airport zones. Of course you can fly through the areas as before, but if you dont have the endorsement AND you upload the flight to a online contest etc (or are in a comp) you will get penalised as there are pilots watching who have nothing better to do and just love to send the xc flight file to the authorities.
These are small airports with almost no traffic, but the Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA) decided in its (un)wisdom to force all users to make calls on airband radios (VHF AM 118-136mHz) to improve safety and avoid mid-air collisions. Previously there was no need for this as everyone just looked out for each other typical for Class G airspace around the world. There has been no increase in air traffic nor any evidence of mid-air collisions or close calls. Almost nowhere else in the world has such requirements for such small airports. Yes its stupid (Bureaucrats are not known for their practical thinking ability !)
Either way we are stuck with this situation almost uniquely in the world. It has recently effected the HG World Champs (in Forbes) as well for example.
Most XC areas in Aus now have some of the zones which are a circle 10nm / 18kms radius around the tiny country airports/airstrips. We have some in NSW, and there are close ones to Bright, Corryong and others.
In order to help out visiting pilots to Manilla I have a link to the study guide and can do the exams with you once here. We can then send in the the form which gets endorsed to your HGFA Visiting Pilot Membership. This doesnt cost anything except your time to study a little - (maybe on the flight over!) and do the exam (about 30mins). You will learn how to make proper radio calls to other aircraft just like a Cessna or Airbus pilot. Once you have the VHF Airband Radio Operators Endorsement you will have it for life..and wont need to do it again. Then you are Ok to fly in the zones here and in other countries where it is needed (of course you need a VHF AM airband radio as well).
If you would like the study guide link pls email me : godfrey at flymanilla dot com
Of course there are ways around the issue.. like uploading xc flights with a pseudonym, or dont upload at all...its the upload that is the issue as this provides official evidence that you were in the zones.
In the Manilla XC region there are some zones like this approx 60-150kms out from take off in a few directions. You can easily fly around them if you plan ahead, but on a cracking XC day with great wind drift its a shame to waste time to fly around them.
ALL visiting international pilots MUST have a HGFA Visiting Pilot Membership (VPM) to fly in Australia. Please also dont forget to do your HGFA Visiting Pilot m/ship online before you leave home.. www.hgfa.asn.au and click on the top menu bar "overseas pilots" .