International Soaring Centre
Narromine

SOAR NARROMINE

Narromine Aerodrome, Narromine NSW, Australia

                         

Last update Mar. 2017

The latest Events and Schedules

NEWS

Feb. 2017
Aba completed 300km flight
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Dec. 2016
Japanese students competition TRG
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Oct. 2016 Narromine Season Start

CuWave9000f
CuWave


25 Aug. - 7 Sep. 2016
Winter Session
Tokyo Science, Tokyo Teck University Students Camp sponsored by Shinzo
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2016WinterSession2

March 2016

Narenkai Spring Session
Narenkai

Hiroshi First 50Km
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OLC

18 Aug. - 6 Sep. 2015
Winter Session
Tokyo Science, Tokyo Teck, Kyusyu and Kyushu Teck University Students Camp sponsored by Shinzo
WinterSession

WinterSessin

Aug. 2015
Shinzo in Texas
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Texas2015

March 2015

Narenkai Spring Session
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Oct. 2014
Matsu completed 300km flight

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Natsu completed 300km flight

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May 2014:
Shinzo in Japan
Shinzo Visits Japan in April, May

Oono


Sekiyado


Itakura


Kuju


March 2014

Narenkai Spring Session




Nov. 2013
Updated the price list.

May 2013:
Shinzo in Japan

Shinzo Visits Japan in May, sometime 14000f, sometime2500f.
14000f  over Nikko looking down  Japan Alps.


Kuju;   Looking up Kuju san.


February 2013:
  Australia National Championship,  2nd  Open  class


January 2013:
A Happy New Year!


December 2012:  NSW State Championship,  Open class Champion


May 2012: 27 
Shinzo in Asia !
Shinzo came back to Narromine conditiones 8000ft Cu from 6 weeks advance coaching tour in Jakarta, Sekiyado, Aso and Kuju.
It was a lot  of fun, friends and rain.

                                                                                              Jakarta


                                                                                          Sekiyado


                                                                                             Aso


                                                                                            Kuju

January 2012: 6  Happy New Year !


March 2011: 8  Five years have passed since my last flight, report from Hiroko Ideo

I visited Narromine after an interval of five years in the end of February. Students who had stayed in Narromine in the training for the student championships were the same ages as my son.
Under an influence of this year's abnormal weather of Australia, a lot of green paddocks and ponds werer seen which had not be seen in normal weather condition.
In five years,  many things have changed. I was surprised to see "blipmap" and badge flight using a flight recorder.The weather gradually improved for soaring in the later half of my stay.Fortunately, I had a chance to fly with Shinzo in DuoDiscus in good condition. The town which was seen in photo is the Nyngan which located about 120km northwest of Narromine.



March 2011: 3  XC-training in Narromine, report from Tomohiko "John" Iguchi

Narromine, NSW Australia in 17-27 Feb 2011. I rode glider "7L" that CS is a 4th-producted as "Discus CS".
Several days were good XC condition and climbed to 10,000FT. But then grain in the field is not reaped anywhere and cannot land in the paddock due to a historical flood. So I enjoyed soaring any day "plan positive & dicision conservative".




Shinzo           Tomohiko               Keith                   Hiroko           Masahiko            Ryoya              Arihito


July 2010: 30  Texas state championship
I enjoy Texas state championship in Llano with Bob Grove by his Duo X, learning my pilot(Bob), glider, american comp rule, food, apertmemnt and my shopping car Porsche are good. however weather are not good.
It is hot and wet, so it is storm, today was day 3, took off and started but 15 minuts after cancelled because of too much shower, it will be changed soaring weather tomorrow.

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June2010: 6  NSW Instructor training course
I have just come back from "Instructor training course" which is held at Lake Keepit.
We did "Lecture And Flight" from morning to night and did flight by A/T and which on the Lake Keepit airfield.
Finally, one Level 1 instructor and three Level 2 instructor were born in one week course.
As our gliding activities changed from local flight to cross-country soaring, we changed and improved the rules (including  License system, training syllabus, OPS manual. Instructor manual, Radio license and OPS rule, etc.) with CASA.
The new system starts from May, and this is the first "Instructor Course".
I have work thoroughly, since I attend this course as the only "Coach and Instructor".
It is good opportunity to tell them my policy " Achievement and Safety are same direction"

 


May2010: 25  National Team Camp in Narromine
National team camp was held in Narromine on  March and flew togrther with Soar Narromine pilots.
Shinzo


March2010: 31  2009 season last photo.
This is the last photo of 2009 season.
I go to Chinchilla tomorrow with Discus 2a for QLD easter competition. Shinzo


March2010: 5  Japan students gliding champion, Ms Rieko Chihana visited Soar Narromine !
Rieko enjoyed flying by Discus 2a.




March2010: 5  Australian Junior National



February2010: 21  Flying report from Ryoji !

Ryoji achieved 5 hours duration on this month.
Photo is Ryoji and his friends  with Shinzo.They are  around  65 years  old  pilots!
Shinzo is the youngest !!

            Ryoji            Mr. Goto          Shinzo               Mr.Akatani

January2010: 29  Flying report from Katsunori !
Katsunori who is one of the frequent pilots, flew at Soar Narromine on new-year vacation.
He enjoyed flying by ASW20b(VH-GYM).
He sent a photo. Thank you Katsunori!


January2010: 4  Happy New Year !




September2009: 19  Congratulation !!

The Gliding Federation of Australia has awarded Anne the 2009 JR (Bob) Muller  award for making the most outstanding contribution to the promotion or publicity of gliding in the past year. Anne is the GFA sub-editor of the Soaring Australia magazine.


September2009: 16

It was cerebration dinner today.
Andrew First Solo, 23 T/O, 5.5 hours in only 5 days.

    Anne           Shinzo                                   Andrew            Keith

June2009: 28
"GrandPrix 2008" Photo Album now on the web.

June2009: 8
"Baron Hilton Cup 2005 report" now on the web.

May2009:11
Shinzo moved to France from Japan,
He flew at St.Auban and enjoyed Province wine and cheese.



May2009:6
Shinzo visited Kuju (Kyusyu in Japan) for Advance training.
Kuju is famous mountain flying area in Japan.


March2009:16

Last day of this season with pilots from UK and Japan.
Keith and Shinzo are happy because of a lot of great flights and no accident.
 photo by Anne Elliott


January2009:7

Koichi’s mighty 750km flight on January 6 was celebrated with fellow pilots and crew: Wendy, CFI Shinzo, tuggie Keith, Jenny, Trevor, Koichi, Harry, (front row) Fumio, Tomo and Haruhiko. Trevor completed his first 1000km flight on the day and Harry flew his ninth 1000km task. Congratulations to Koichi from all his Aussie and Japanese friends.

January2009:6

An early morning 66th birthday celebration for Soar Narromine tuggie Keith Dixon.

Happy birthday Keith !!


Koichi has completed 750KM, we hurry to the restaurant for beer, beer, beer.


December2008:5  Willy's Report

Comments from the pilot: Willy
11/Nov
This is my 5th trip to Narromine for glider flights. Every time I come here I discover new things, on this trip I had rented the ASW20b. The ASW20b was the first flapped aircraft I ever flew, and I have to say that I enjoyed every second of it. It climbs very smooth in lift, and glides very well with the flaps. On day 1 I had a nice local flight and on day 2, I was already flying 300km. I can certainly recommend Soar Narromine for the best weather conditions and best aircrafts. Also, I was able to learn many many things from Shinzo. Thank you very much.

13/Nov
Today Shinzo and I rigged the Nimbus 4DM together so I can get some coaching from him. The launch time was delayed to 14:30 due to this, but we had excellent weather with lots of cloud streets. We were flying until 19:00 and managed to fly 500km. I was able to learn about shifting gears (speed/decision making) when conditions were changing rapidly(good and bad).


14/Nov
Again we had great weather with thermals up to 9000ft in 10kts!! So we decided to do an out-and-return flight to Queensland. It was the first time for me to fly over mountains here in Australia. The view was excellent and I enjoyed it very much. At 16:30, we were 208km away from Narromine, and the weather wasn't getting any better, so Shinzo was flying instead of me, but I managed to learn lots from watching his flight. I learned that all that matters for a good pilot is the basics and the decision making. I noticed that Shinzo was sleeping in the back seat of the Nimbus 4DM from time to time yesterday, but not today.

16/Nov
I was flying the ASW20b today. A cold-front just went by yesterday, so I didn't think we would have good weather, but I was wrong! Shinzo taught me to take-off the earliest amongst the other pilots and fly as long as I can. So I did this, and by 17:30 thermals started to become very weak, and everyone else started to land. After this the wind became a bit stronger, and a cumulus wave started to form. The cloud base was 8000ft, but I was able to climb all the way to 10000ft above the clouds in the wave!! It was a very nice view, and I wish I was there longer. One more thing I learned today was that imagination is very important for soaring, Thank you Shinzo!

Willy


August2008:8 
My big brothers' family visited Narromine!
Three brothers were together in Narromine in 14, July.
15, July : They flew one hour each with me on Nimbus 4DM. 6,000feet Cu condition.
They said " like a bird !"
16, July : Sky travel in Australia. We flew together on Maule around Narromine.
They said " wide !! "



July2008:5
Cloud street near Trangie tracking to Collie, 6000feet, 0 degree.
Narromine has no season-off for Gliding !!

October 2007:28

Shinzo and Haruka Kise(project suporter) ride Morning Glory by Nimbus 4DM on 28th
October.




October 2007:4  Winter Session 2007 : Data
Number of Flight  195
Hours of Flight   119
Gliders ASK-21 ASTIR3B Hornet  Discus ASW20B Discus2A  Duo Discus

October 2007:4

At the last day of Winter Session in this yesr, Anthony First Solo !!
He received the mother's congratulation.
His mother, Dagmarl
is an advanced pilot.

Anthony & Dagmarl

August 2007:29- August: Congratulation !!  Shinya : First Single-seater, Hayato : First Solo !
 

August 2007:7- August: We have started "Winter Session 2007"    Many students are enjoying between beautiful green field and blue sky with good Cu !  

       

December 2006:30 December: We completed an FAI Triangle 1000km flight. Not only did we have a big flight, we also enjoyed the western NSW countryside - Markus and Michael.
29 December: Today we flew 1180km OLC distance - Markus and Michael .
Detailed flight data can be viewed on the OLC website.
18 and 19 December: Students have been flying every day for up to six hours in good conditions to 10,000ft. One pilot declared a 50km task and flew 296km!

The NSW State Gliding Championships finished on December 2. Two pilots from Soar Narromine competed - Itsuo Takahashi (flying our Discus 2) finished 11th,  and Haruka Kise (in the Duo Discus) came 4th.Shinzo commented that very difficult weather conditions prevailed all week, but both these pilots did maximum flights.

October 2006:
The 2006-2007 soaring season is now upon us with bookings coming in daily.
Friday, October 6:
Shinzo headed off today for the long trek up to Kingaroy in Queensland where he will take part in the Australian National Gliding Championships. This event is being held from October 8 to 20. We wish him  safe and happy soaring.
Monday, October 2:
Shinzo carried out an advanced training flight in the Duo Discus, 300km out and return, on task, at an average speed of 105kph and a cu base of 11,000ft. As you are probably aware, many parts of Australia, including the Narromine area, are in a severe drought situation. If the drought does not break we expect the coming season to have great soaring conditions - but we feel very sorry for the farmers and graziers.

 

June 2006:
Shinzo represented Australia in the 29th World Gliding Championships in Sweden. Report attached.
April 2006: 
The 2005-2006 season has finished and our statistics show: 
* 1,575 hours and 970 launches
* 24% less hours and 21% less launches than last season
* 74 customers visited us last season, exactly the same as during the year before.

March 2006:

Flying in the French Alps from St Auban with Shinzo is now booked out.                       

February 24  2006:

The Nimbus 4 DM's engine has been modified with a clutch which should protect the engine belt from being torn apart in future.

The clutch was fitted with help of Tracy Tabart who came from Melbourne (a two-day drive) to Narromine solely for this purpose.

Pictured Shinzo about to test fly the Nimbus 4 DM.
 

 

French Alps tour: Shinzo guides through the French Alps from  May 1 to 13 2006 by Nimbus 4 DM based in St Auban
Shinzo is already full booked but there are still places available in Eric Napoleon's Nimbus 4 D. 
Interested pilots are requested to contact us as soon as possible.