This article by Kaitlyn Opie was first published in The Wimmera Mail-Times on the 4th of February, 2011. Photo by Paul Carracher.
GLIDER pilots from across Victoria and interstate will fly over the Wimmera and Mallee when Horsham Flying Club's annual gliding competition starts tomorrow
Horsham Flying Club vice-president Michael Hogan said the pilots would travel up to 300 kilometres to complete a series of set tasks and win their sections over eight days of competition.
He said pilots from Adelaide, Bordertown, Melbourne, Bendigo, Ararat and Mildura would compete.
"Our area is very suitable for early competition pilots, because the ground is so flat and if conditions change it's easy for them to land," he said.
"We have always had a lot of support from farmers throughout the Wimmera and Mallee regions."
Mr Hogan said the weekend's weather was uncertain and pilots might not be able to fly tomorrow or Sunday.
"People will start arriving and hopefully we will be able to fly the other six days," he said.
"There are about three or four classes including open class, standard class and sports class, with daily prizes for winners and a main prize at the end of the week.
Mr Hogan said the club hosted gliding coaching sessions this week.