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Crown Terrace (G753)

The Crown Terrace is a North West facing site known for being excellent for ridge soaring, in the right conditions of course. 
Less known is that it can also be a very good thermalling site, up to the 3000ft AMSL ceiling and within the small box.  This prevents you from going anywhere very far or up to the moon but it's still fun flying.

The weather at the Terrace can be at times somewhat unpredictable and can take many a pilot by surprise. All of a sudden it can become gusty and strong, resulting in very little forward speed and on occasions, pilots getting blown backwards! Always be mindful of the weather forecast before flying here and look for tell tale signs of stronger wind on Lake Hayes and on the trees off in the distance. 

A good introduction from an experienced local pilot is a must as conditions can go from benign and happy to downright scary in a minute or two so learn what to look and feel for.  It's not known as 'Crown Terrors' or the 'Terrace Monster'  for nothing. 

If you have been flying at Coronet and it's blows out there by the strong NW,  by the time you get to the Terrace it will be either there already or on its way. 

However, when it's good though... it is oh so good :)

We now have an excellent weather station installed close to the take off which provides up to the minute weather information,  most importantly wind speeds and direction & air pressure. 

The terrace airspace box is pretty easy since we normally just ridge soar there. 
The altitude limit is 3,000ft AMSL, which is the height of the top of Mount Beetham. 

You can go out in front as far as the main road leading to Arrowtown.
You can fly towards Arrowtown to where the far end of the golf course meets the houses on the outskirts of Arrowtown. There is also a tall lone tree on the terrace just SW of Mount Beetham which is also a boundary marker. 
You are not permitted to fly over or cross State Highway 6.  This road is the southern most boundary of this General Aviation Area (GAA).
The surrounding area outside this GAA is the Control Zone (CTR).  DO NOT fly outside this GAA boundary.

(Note, it's Mount Beetham, not Bob's peak... I'll fix that shortly)

The Take off

There are two take offs,  an upper launch, wide enough for two gliders laid out side by side and a single lower launch when it's strong,  one above the other.

Please read and take note of all the signage at this launch site upon arrival.

Most importantly,  never block the access road or drive along the private access road past the take offs.  Use the designated parking area.  Do not fly over any residential properties adjacent to the launch site and always be polite and courteous to nearby landowners that you may encounter.  If the top landing field is in crop, keep crop damage to an absolute minimum.  Do not smoke at this site due to the risk of fire and take all rubbish away with you. 

It is top landable,  either on the take off itself or within the marked green triangle as shown on the above map.  The take off is the safer top landing option and is not affected by turbulence that can be encountered in the triangle.

A slope landing in front of take off is also possible.

The Southern Club's pilots are permitted to land in the Whitechapel Recreational Reserve situated on the west side of Whitechapel Road as shown within the blue box on the image below.  This area is situated within a hollow and surrounded by trees.  It is know to be turbulent and wind direction close to the ground can often be different to wind higher up so.

Top landing on the take off is the best and safest option

Do not land in the fields below the take off as shown on the below plan.


Some photos from the flying site

24 Jan 2014 Club Evening