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Skyline Gondola (G756)


Notice: Restricted Flying Site
The skyline gondola flying site requires a special permit/accredtitation in accordance with an Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between the Southern Club & Airways Corp.
To fly at this site in Queenstown itself requires a pilot to be accredited by a local accredited instructor. Your accreditation will last for two years and then you will need to be re-accredited again to continue flying in G756.

DO NOT FLY AT THIS SITE WITHOUT A NZ LICENCE/MEMBERSHIP OF THE NZHGPA, WITHOUT A PAGER, WITHOUT BEING LOGGED INTO THE WEBSITE, WITHOUT KNOWING THE GAA SITE BOUNDARIES AND WITHOUT BEING ACCREDITED.
THERE ARE SERIOUS CONSEQUENCES FOR ANYONE WHO DOES!

The procedures can be referenced Here

Pilot Accreditation Forms available Here
https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B8chKnurixhaNnY3Tkl4YUM0WnM/view?usp=sharing

The link to the website is available below:



We now have a combined pager/website system in place that allows us to fly. There are a pool of club pagers available for use but they must be returned after your last flight of the day. Please complete the log book contained in the pager safe.

IT IS ILLEGAL TO FLY FROM THIS SITE WITHOUT BEING AN ACCREDITED PILOT AND MEMBER OF THE NZHGPA.

This is an exceptionally sensitive site that we can not risk losing because of pilots being either complacent or wilfully breaching Club Rules and CAA Law.

You can join our Facebook page to get in touch with the people that can help you get accredited and familiar with the airspace boundaries and landing site/s.

Much of the following is covered in the official briefing, but this will give you a quick overview of the site.

Airspace
Please don't fly close to the Skyline buildings, Luge or Gondola cables. 
By close, they mean 200 meters.
Remember, the Skyline managers office is up there... so, yes... someone is always watching.

Weather
As always, get a good site introduction.
"The Southerly" can kick in at the Gondola rather quickly. Keep an eye on Wakitipu for whitecaps and wind lines.
It's easy to avoid if you know what to look for. You do have to know to look.
Westerlies and Northerlies can swirl around and "blow in" on takeoff hiding the undesirable flying conditions.
When in doubt, ask the G-Force boys. They fly that site all day on flyable days.  If they are not flying tandems, ask yourself why not,  it's usually weather or relating to the conditions. 

Take off
Please don't use the lower Eastern G-Force takeoff.
They've gone through a whole heap of politics and money for that site.
The solo takeoffs are a short 10 minute hike up the hill. 
Again, do not fly here without first doing the training and paperwork.
This is an exceptionally sensitive site.

Landing
Only G-Force (commercial tandems) land at the Primary School.
Recreational pilots land mainly at the Recreational (Rec) Ground on the rugby field, but occasionally at the high school when there are games going on the field. Never endanger anyone in the Rec Ground when coming in to land.

It is not ok to land at the Primary School even if G-Force is not busy.
G-Force pays to land there. They are the only ones allowed to.

One would think this to be obvious, but please don't land in the Rec Ground when there is a game of rugby being played.
People have actually done this and it's a bit silly. 
They're not impressed and it greatly jeopardizes our wonderful flying site.

A few simple rules and we get to have loads of fun right in town!
BTW, when in doubt, ask the G-Force boys and girls.
They'll point you in the right direction... it's in their best interest after all.

Remember to switch from 'air' to 'ground' on the website after your flight and then to turn your pager off. 
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