Gliding Paraparaumu

Went for a flight with my friend, and gliding instructor, Bruce Hoult. Had an epic time and spent some brief time on the controls. First time I’ve ‘flown’ a real plane of any sort in 17 years and it felt great. Trying hard not to start another hobby.

Bruce has provided a rough overview of the flight.

Rough overview of flight plan


We covered quite a range in our hour flight and hit speeds of 90 knots with ease whilst generally cruising at around 60-70. The landing was incredibly impressive. Approach at around 70 knots and able to just kill the speed with the airbrakes and be on the ground in less than 40 meters. Bruce tells me it can be done quicker too.

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