A Vintage Kiwi’s Enterprise Contest 2014
Late last year the Matamata Soaring Centre Celebrated its 50th Birthday as part of the Soaring Centre’s Regional Contest.
Vintage Kiwi was offered the opportunity to also become involved with the celebrations. It was decided that V.K would produce a booklet of the Soaring Centre’s history, to be written up by one of NZ’s best known aviation historians, Peter Layne. As well, Vintage Kiwi also came up with the concept of running its own very special ‘Enterprise Contest’ as part of its contribution to the celebrations.
Launching from the back of the Regional grid it would be a separate self-
The ‘Contest’ rules were therefore rather unique to keep in character with the Soaring Centre’s anniversary. We were to fly the week using a total of 28 turn points as an ‘open-
However, eight competitors quickly put their hand up to be part of this, several coming out of ‘competition retirement’ so they could refly some of our contest history, as it were.
The sailplanes involved were a Standard Libelle, Ka6 br, Standard Cirrus, K8, Slingsby Dart 17R, PW5, Ka6cr/pe, Ka6cr.
A digital, or even a cell phone camera would suffice to photograph the turn points, which unlike the old days, could be viewed by one and all straight away on one’s return. (No more waiting into the small hours for films to be developed). Rae Kerr, who flew the K8, actually did a video clip from his cell phone of a turn-
One advantage of this ‘open ended cat’s cradle’ format, was that the competitors could actually fly using the conditions to their advantage as far as selecting the turn points as the flight progressed rather than having to try and penetrate an area of doubtful conditions because that area had changed somewhat from the perceived forecast. This allowed us to take real advantage of the day’s cross-
Yes we did get to have a winner, who was Godfrey Larsen flying his Standard Cirrus JM.
On one day he managed to fly an extra-
Over all the ‘Contest’ was a success and in some ways proved that one can fly in this format of competition on a very small budget. No high value sailplane or competition equipment was required. A digital or a simple cell phone camera was all that was needed to claim your points. The scoring was simple, and the flights certainly clocked up some very good individual miles. The terrain that you flew over was of your choosing. Ideally it would have been nice to be launched by a Tiger Moth or an Auster tow-
Is this a type of cat’s cradle format that could encourage some pilots to give cross-
Would Vintage Kiwi run another? Why not if enough interest was shown. However, time will tell as they say. But, what I do know is that we have eight pilots who took up this challenge who still smile when talking about their week at the Vintage Kiwi Enterprise ‘Contest’
Roger Brown VK Chairman