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Interested in trying gliding or learning to fly a glider? You've come to the right place! The Adelaide University Gliding Club welcomes everyone, not just those attending Adelaide Uni. We operate from Stonefield airfield - about 110km north east of Adelaide - most weekends and public holidays.

If you'd like to visit our airfield for an Air Experience Flight or to start your training, just ring or email our contact person on 0412 870 963 or contact@augc.on.net to book in. See the 'Come Gliding!' page for more information on what to expect.


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Flying Sunday 12 November 2017

The day was awesome. The sun was 'stinking hot' early in the day and, once we got going, there were great climbs toward what looked like a 14000' cloudbase. Andrew McGrath and Simon Hackett had a delightful and fun mutual flight in the Janus for 1.5 hours early in the afternoon to circa 12,000'.

They came back from Blanchetown to give Leigh a go, flying back from 10,000 ft with full landing flap and full airbrake to create a nice ?final glide? from there to a few thousand feet over the airfield, with induced sink rates hitting around 12 kt average on the vario. Leigh had a similarly nice flight in the Janus after us!

Catherine Conway was very generous in launching everyone with the tug without any soaring undertaken herself.

Flying Saturday 11 November 2017

The forecast for Saturday was looking really good earlier in the week with warm weather with nice high thermals predicted. Then the clouds turned up. The skyat Stonefield was entirely covered by a mid-level layer of stratus and it was appeared that there wasn't going to be a lot of thermal action. But Wolfgang commented "That's a really 'interesting' sky..." and "Hmmm, could be some wave there". His prediction of wave was dubious since the wind wasn't coming from the west, which is needed to get lee wave off the nearby hills. But once we got up in the air, it was apparent that he was quite right. There was smooth 2-4 kts of wave lift all over the place! Not orographic/mountain/lee wave, but gravity wave where the air is very stratified, there are no thermals breaking up the pattern and little ripples between layers can turn into big lift.

Derek and Keith got the first flight of an hour! They got up to 10,000 feet without too much difficulty. Leigh took a K8s up and found that the ceiling had dropped a little by the time he got there. He only managed 8100' and also completed the MiniXC course for the first time. When the flight log was checked after the flight, the GPS-generated flight trace read the high point of the flight as 8442'.

Everyone else got as much flying as they wanted during the day, to the point where Leigh was practically twisting folks' arms to fill the front seat for a hangar run in the Janus at the end of the day! Leigh volunteered and filmed the launch with the camera pointing backward.

Flying Saturday 28 October 2017

It was a rather good day for soaring, with 6-8kt thermals and everyone getting plenty of air time. The day concluded with an AWESOME dinner provided by Darren, and a superb bonfire provided by several lopped branches of the gum tree beside the clubhouse. Leigh arrived late at the airfield, as he had attended the SAGA AGM earlier in the day, and he brought with him an impressive haul of trophies that he and Derek Spencer had won for the 2017 season. Excellent work! Go AUGC!

AUGC Member Win SA Trophies

AUGC members and Alumni were honoured at the SA Gliding Assoc AGM with the following trophies:

  • Kevin Sedgeman State Trophy for the best 3 cross country flights of the season - Leigh Stokes with 1782.8 points
  • News & Mail Trophy for the best performance of the season - Leigh Stokes for an 18,400' height gain from a winch launch at Stoefield on 3 October 2016
  • South Australia Jubilee 150 Advertiser Trophy for the best SA pilot at the National Competitions - Peter Temple for winning the National Sports Class Competition at Waikerie on 19 November 2016
  • Fred's Finial for the best flight (on handicap) in a "rag and tube" glider - Derek Spencer for 543km in the Motorfalke on 6 January 2017
  • SAGA Winter Trophy for the longest distance flight on handicap during the winter season - Leigh Stokes for 311.5km on 26 May 2017 from Stonefield

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