Site Guide

The guide is issued to assist pilots flying these sites which accommodate a variety of flying styles and conditions, from learner slopes, long distance coastal soaring to thermaling and inland cross-country possibilities. Included in the guide are some obvious and not so obvious hints and rules, however, like every site which is new to you, an individual assessment must be made on the day to take account of the conditions and the individual skill levels.

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Important Notes

Visitors

Members of other clubs are welcome at Auckland Hang Glider and Paraglider Club sites provided they check with the Auckland Hang Glider and Paraglider Club first for site restrictions.

Non-members of the New Zealand Hang Glider and Paraglider Association are not permitted to use any site. Overseas visitors must obtain visitor membership of the New Zealand Hang Glider and Paraglider Association which may be obtained by applying through the nearest club.

Site Ratings

Some of the sites have more testing launch situations than others and have been accordingly rated. Please observe these ratings which have been given for ideal flying conditions and take account that more advanced skills may be required when conditions are less than perfect.

A pilot may only fly a site above his/her rating when under the direct supervision of a qualified instructor.

General

All Auckland Hang Glider and Paraglider Club sites are still used free of charge which is purely a reflection of good land owner/pilot relationships. It is imperative that the sites are always treated with the highest respect in the hope that we may continue to enjoy these privileges. Accordingly you are asked to bear in mind the following considerations:

Access

4 wheel drive vehicles cause less wear and tear on farm tracks, please limit vehicle numbers.

Gates

Leave them exactly as you find them.

Dogs

The rule is - don't bring them, remembering in particular that all Maritime Park Board and ARC Parks are administered by rules which ban dogs. Furthermore most farmers will have concerns about dogs on their property amongst their stock.

Crops

Don't land or drive on them.

Fires

Don't light them, not even cigarettes in the summer please.

Paramotors

These items to be used only by special arrangement with club officers. Please note that motorised foot launched traffic is banned in the rules of both ARC and Maritime Park Board controlled areas.

Learner Pilots and Low Airtime Pilots

Please remember to fly with your streamer from your harness to assist other pilots providing you the courtesy of greater room.

Rubbish

Please not only do not leave any of your own litter behind you, but also assist in maintaining good relations with property owners by uplifting any other litter found on the site.

The Country Code

This code is reproduced on the following page, please observe its courtesies to ensure our continued access to sites.

Maritime Parks and ARC Parks

All parks have variable opening and closing times, usually sunrise to sunset, these are displayed on boards at the entrance. Check them on arrival, getting locked in can be annoying and expensive. In farm parks — such as Duders and Tawharanui — check with the ranger for any special restrictions such as stock in certain paddocks. Both dogs and motorised foot launched traffic are banned in these parks. Teaching and tandem flights can be subject to question as the park rules specially exclude commercial 'hire & reward' type operations unless especially licensed by the park boards.

Recognised Sites

On the following pages are details of recognised flying sites however there are many other localities, which may be flown from time to time, particularly with a paraglider. However always, always:

Accuracy of information

This guide has been updated by club members with the latest information available to them. Whilst every effort has been made to ensure information is correct it is every pilot's individual responsibility to check for current airspace restrictions and landowners/park operators consents, before flying.

The facility to post comments directly onto the site guide pages has been provided. This is the prefered way to notify the club of any corrections and omissions plus details of new sites for inclusion.

Country Code

We depend on good relations with the farmers who own the land we fly on. Here are some guidelines to I ensure that they will allow us to continue on their property.

  • Always check with local pilots before flying at a new site.
  • Always ask owners permission to use a site unless you are absolutely certain that the owner allows use of the site without asking.
  • Check again for permission in spring time in case of lambing, etc.
  • Ask permission to take any vehicle onto a property. Put all pilots and gliders in one car rather than have a convoy of vehicles crossing the property.
  • Do not abuse the landowner if permission is refused.
  • Use styles and gates where possible, if you must cross a fence, cross at a post or strainer post (not on battens).
  • Drive slowly, especially near stock.
  • Leave all gates as you find them.
  • Don't land in paddocks containing stock or crops.
  • Avoid hay standing or cut unless permission has been given to cross it.
  • Never ever light fires.
  • Do not disturb plants or machinery; move around it.
  • Leave no rubbish.
  • Never take dogs onto any farm or property.

Airspace

GENERAL COMMENTS ON AIRSPACE RESTRICTIONS

Each of the sites listed have individual notes as to airspace restrictions prevailing immediately over them, and pertinent to cross-country flights originating from them.

Every pilot has an obligation to be fully familiar with, and up to date in respect of the latest airspace restrictions. This information is available, in respect of Auckland sites, from the Auckland visual navigation chart published by and available from Aviation Publishing, P0 Box 294, Wellington, telephone 0800-500-045. This visual navigation chart is updated every six months.

A summary of the principal points affecting sites and some general comments follow:-

Sites located in the Warkworth area

i.e. Dills Hill, Moirs Hill, Bridges, Five Fingers.

Most of these sites have an initial height restriction immediately above them of 3,500 feet and several other special conditions. Whenever pilots fly the above sites, a courtesy call should be made to: North Shore Airfield - 09 426-4273 advising whoever is on duty along the following lines: This is (name) from the Auckland Hang Glider and Paraglider Club. We are today flying from (site) and intend flying in a easterly/westerly/northerly direction and this will take us along your northern training zone airspace and this is just a courtesy call to let you know we are in your area.

Auckland West Coast And Auckland East Coast Sites

Sites  such as  Muriwal  on the west coast  and from Long Bay to Takapuna on the east coast are all located in  Transit Lanes. Further north in the Kaipara and south   near Duders there are  designated low flying training areas close by.  Sites on the east coast from Takapuna to Glover park may infringe the Auckland MBZ. Pilots need to clearly acquaint themselves with restrictions relevant to each site.

Bombay Hills Area

Sites in this area, in particular Mt William and Puketutu are located within General Aviation Area number 275 with a height restriction of 4,500 feet by day.

Please follow these instructions carefully:

  1. On any days where gliders (Sailplanes) may be flying i.e. particularly week ends, Public Holidays or Wednesdays, you should advise the Auckland Glider Club of your presence in the area. The Club's phone number is 09-294 8881.
  2. If it is likely that you are going to achieve heights above 2,500ft ASL, then you need to check whether additional heights provided by General Aviation Areas are available for you on the day.

Procedures for Using General Aviation Areas

The main GAAs close to Auckland club sites:

  1. NZG 151 North Shore 3,500ft active during daylight hours,
  2. NZG 152 Moir Hill to 4,500ft active with ATC approval. Ph Air Traffic Control Duty manager 03 3581694
  3. NZG 154 Whenuapai 3500ft with ATC approval.
  4. NZG 155 Woodhill 3500ft with ATC approval
  5. NZG 272 Huntly (for Pukemore) to 4,500ft active with ATC approval. Ph Air Traffic Control Duty manager 03 3581694
  6. NZG 275 Ardmore 4,500ft (day) (South of Bombays),
  7. NZG 276 Hunua 3,500ft (day) up to 4,500ft with ATC notification (North of Bombays).

Note:  VFR Transit Lane heights vary (1000ft-1500ft) Check charts. Mandatory Broadcast times vary (5min. to 10min.) Check charts.

Note: further areas exist to the south which relate to Waikato club sites. Advice should be sought from Waikato Club for local arrangements in using these areas.

In the case of NZG151 you are entitled to use this space without talking to Auckland Tower as it is also a training area. However North Shore Airfield needs to be advised of your intentions.

In the case of  NZG276, this space must have ATC approval. The governing factor is wind and weather governing direction of landings/take offs at Auckland International Airport.

If you have airband radio a continuous broadcast on the "ATIS" frequency 128.3 will advise which areas are open. If you don't have access to this facility or you wish to ask for the area to be opened especially then, telephone the Auckland Tower on 09-299 8187 or free phone the National flight briefing office on 0800 626756.

Whenuapal Controlled Airspace

This airspace is active usually weekdays only, with limited weekend use when special operations in progress. It is possible to obtain permission on occasion to pass through this airspace by special request to the Whenuapai Tower on 09-302 7421 or 09-417 7099 extension 7445. When ATC at Whenuapai tower are off watch this area becomes an MBZ (until Nov 08)

VFR Transit Lanes

Hang gliders and paragliders are permitted to operate in these lanes up to a height of 1,000ft (East coast)  or 1500ft (west coast)ASL. However if pilots are equipped with airband radios then this ceiling is raised to 2,500ft ASL.

Mandatory Broadcast Areas

These area are only available to those pilots flying with airband radios. Pilots are required to broadcast their  position and intentions on the correct frequency  on entering and again every ten minutes whilst inside the area.

Common Frequency Zones (formerly special procedures areas)

These areas in the Hauraki Gulf and on the North Shore up to Moirs Hill are non-mandatory and  advisory only for aircraft with airband radio.

Airspace Map

This page contains a 3D map of New Zealand airspace. Currently CTA, GAA and MBZ are included. You have the option of viewing the airspace using either the Google Earth desktop application or the browser plugin.

To view this map on the Google Earth desktop application you need to download and install Google Earth. Then click on this icon to load the airspace map

To view the map using the browser plugin scroll down to the map on the page below. If you don't have the plugin installed click on the map and follow the instructions to download and install it. You will need to have Javascript enabled to use it.

Use the controls on the map to zoom in, tilt the view to horizontal and fly through the airspace. It can sometimes be difficult to distinguish the different airspace boundaries, so try turning specific airspaces off or on using the tree below the map.

If you want to load the airspace files into your GPS then check out the Airspace Project pages.

Disclaimer
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