Wednesday, 10 January 2018

Ollie Chitty

Ollie Chitty from the UK - currently based in Australia - will be attending the Nationals.

He'll be a welcome addition as he's a UK league pilot and was a team member at the Brazil Worlds, and is fresh from Forbes where he won the 388km world record competition task.

Tuesday, 9 January 2018

Spark Arrestors will be mandatory

Some alternative sites are on forestry land. The competition is being held in the fire season - if the fire condition is red, we won't be allowed on to forestry land regardless.

Here are the provisional rules and precautions:

1. No fires or flames of any type.
2. No smoking.
3. Only enter permitted forestry areas if not in RED condition.
4. 0.9kg fire extinguisher plus shovel in each vehicle or do not enter.
5. Each vehicle to carry a minimum of 5 Litres of water.
6. A Larger extinguishing device is to be present on launch.
7. Spark arresters on all vehicles are mandatory.
8. No speeding up or down the mountain. Every effort should be made not to overheat vehicle engines and/or break systems.
9. No parking or stopping over long dry grass areas.

In the event of a Fire
1. Make every effort to extinguish the fire yourselves (however keep yourself and others safe).
2. If the fire is beyond your control call 111 immediately.
3. Move to an area of safety – either an area pre designated during a site specific pilot briefing, or a logical area of safety clear of the fire.
4. Report your position and status as soon as possible to the Meet Director or other pilots/persons, so all persons can be accounted for.
5. Report any Fire incident to the Competition Organisers, as soon as possible.

Thursday, 14 December 2017

FIre Precautions on Nationals sites

It is likely to be a requirement that all vehicles travelling up hills on private or forestry land will have to be fitted with a spark arrestor - this is a stainless steel gauze that is clamped over the end of the exhaust pipe and stops any sparks being spat on to combustible material and starting a fire.

Spark arrestors can be bought on TradeMe here.

In addition you will need a small shovel (plenty of folding ones on TradeMe) and a 1Kg fire extinguisher.

Tuesday, 26 September 2017

Discount Rates for Cook Strait Ferry

Interislander Ferries are offering discounted rates for the Nats, and for the rest of 2018. Details are at the link on the left.

Friday, 22 September 2017

Comp Fees and Payment Details

The comp fee will be $175 for early birds before 31st Dec, $200 afterwards.

Payment of a non-refundable $75 deposit (or the whole lot 😍) required on registration.

The early bird discount is to try and give the organiser a better idea of how many will turn up. T shirts need to be printed and paid for, etc.

Bank account details are at the Registration link.

Thursday, 7 September 2017

2018 Nationals, Murchison


Check the links on the left for information on this summer's Nationals. We'll be adding more info as it becomes available.

This will be an FAI Cat 2 Competition.

Matt Barlow and Shane Mackay are organising.

Monday, 7 August 2017

Kiwis at the Worlds, Brazil 2017

Update and Congratulations
The team came through with our best ever placings in a Worlds Comp:

Jonas 19th
Smithy 34th
Derek 113th

NZ Team 14th (beating 5 other 5-man teams)

John Smith, Derek McKee and Jonas Lobitz (travelled up from Chile) are now in Brasilia practicing for the Worlds, with Hagen as manager/driver.

Derek is posting video clips regularly to his Facebook page, so you can keep up there.

John has collected his Laminar, bought from Glauco Pinto.

The UK pilot Ollie Chitty is also video blogging every day from the comp.

The official World's website is here.

You can live track here, from about 4 a.m., if you're keen.

Wolfi is also blogging from the Worlds.

The daily & final RESULTS are available here.