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Horsham Week Gliding Competition

Welcome to the 50th Horsham Week

Welcome to the 50th Horsham Week and to date, we have 28 pilots registered with others due to arrive on Saturday.

A reminder that the Horsham Club are providing a 50th celebration dinner in the hanger on the first evening, 6th Saturday : $ 35 for 2-courses including two drink tickets

Other matters to note:

  • Saturday is the first competition day - it is not a practice day
  • Registrations and fees can be paid from 9:00am (no credit cards, sorry)
  • Saturday briefing will commence at 10:00am
  • Given the entries received there will be three Competition classes: OPEN/18M, STANDARD/15M and CLUB

Our poor run of weather across Victoria has ended and the outlook is very promising

Ian Grant Contest Director

Horsham Week Update

 Happy New Year and best wishes to you all.

Planning for this year's 50th Horsham Week is well in hand with adequate tugs available and entries starting to roll in. My ongoing thanks to Jarek Mosiejewski for his invaluable support in maintaining the website and receiving registrations – very appreciated.

Event Fees

Fees have not been increased and will be :

  • Entry Fee $ 100 which includes the $ 50 facility fee from the Horsham Club.
  • Aerotows $ 50 and relights $ 30.


We have two Pawnees from Bacchus Marsh, Jim Barton's Callair, Mike Cleaver's Scout as well as a EuroFox from Bendigo GC and Horsham's Jabiru. Tug master is Selwyn Ellis, Horsham Club.

Rotating Beacons

A reminder that all vehicles must operate a flashing hazard beacon when on the airfield.

Note that some of the older and cheaper mechanical rotating lights can seriously interfere with hand held VHF radios as you are towing out. There is now a range of solid state LED lights available which do not cause interference and can be obtained on eBay for under $ 40. Try key words such as 80 LED Car Truck flash Warning light Beacon Strobe Light Emergency Light Amber.

Celebration Dinner - Saturday 6th February

The Horsham Club is hosting a dinner in the hanger on the evening of Saturday 6th February to celebrate the 50th Anniversary. The 2-course dinner is $ 35 including two drink vouchers (beer, wine or soft drink). Come along and share your memories of past competitions.

Vintage Gliders

As part of the 50th celebrations we have a number of owners who are bringing their wooden gliders which are indicative of the types flown in the early events. Several Ka6 gliders will be there and at least one will be competing. A reminder of the cross country challenges in the days without GPS, mobile phones and much lower glide performances.

Volunteers Required for 2017 & 2018 Events

At this competition the organisers will be handing over to a new committee for the next two years. Please discuss with your club and fellow pilots and come prepared to volunteer.

Ian Grant

Contest Director

Horsham Coaching Week Registration Form

Horsham Coaching Week Registration Form

Horsham Coaching Week  2016 Registration Form is now available on the website: Coaching Week 2016 / Coaching Week Documents.

Preferably, please fill out as a Word document and email to David Meredith.


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Horsham Week Stories

  • 2016: Horsham Week Gliding Competition to celebrate 50 years
    This article was first published in The Weekly Advertiser on Feb 4, 2016 Organisers believe the competition is the longest running continuous gliding contest in Australia, possibly the world. Horsham Week, from February 6 to 13, has run since 1966 without a break. Horsham Flying Club president Arnold Niewand said glider types...
  • 2015: Soaring into space
      This article by Dean Lawson was first publishe in The Weekly Advertiser on Feb 15, 2015 A glider pilot using Horsham Week competition to prepare for world championships later this year hopes to pilot a craft to the edge of space in 2016. After searching for thermals over the Wimmera-Mallee this week, USA-based Australian...
  • 2015: Horsham's Victorian State Gliding Championships continue through difficult conditions
     This article by Conor Hickey was first publishe in The Wimmera Mail-Times on Feb 13, 2015 DIFFICULT conditions forced glider pilots to test their skills at the Victorian State Gliding Championships in Horsham this week. Horsham Flying Club president Arnold Niewand said inclement weather affected flying conditions on Tuesday...
  • 2015: Horsham Week 2015 2015: Horsham Week 2015
    This article by David Meredith was first published in Gliding Australia Magazine.
    Horsham Week. The annual migration of the Victorian Gliding herd up the western highway to one of the most pleasant gliding sites in Australia.  Why pleasant?  Well it is right next to a town with several gentrified pubs and cafes,...
  • 2015: Horsham Flying Week, Victorian State Gliding Championships 2015 hampered by bad weather
      This article by Conor Hickey was first publishe in The Wimmera Mail-Times on Feb 16, 2015 BAD weather again hampered gliders at Horsham Aerodrome on Thursday and Friday. However competitive gliding went ahead as planned on Saturday. Glider pilots were in Horsham last week for the Victorian State Gliding Championships and...
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Thanks a ton for sharing your excellent web site.
Wednesday, 11 March 2015
Bert Put
Congratulations on another successful Horsham Week.  Like Fiona, I think 1997 was my last visit.  It's harder for me to drop in now as I'm over in the States bu...
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Fiona Tabart
The last time I came to Horsham week was for the 1997 Gliding Nationals. I was 16 years old and was filiming footage of gliders and tugs for a school assignment...
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