First Soaring Report from New Zealand

The soaring conditions are not like any I have ever seen.  For example,this morning, the wind was out of the North.  That is not a good thing when the ridges all run north/south.  I went up in the DG 1000 with an instructor to learn how to capitalize on the channeled lift that would get caught between the ridges and explore the ridge lift itself, as it arose (literaly).  We had some successs and I enjoyed the flight.  The next time the DG launched, the wind had moved around to the north/northwest and some wave developed.  Now this is not what I know as wave.  The island off the coast (about 1,500′ high) created the lift.  The wave reached a height of 2,000′.  Considering the fact that the altitude limits over the field are 2,000′, that was OK.  If one can skim the ridges at 50′ ,one can have a nice flight. Altitude restcitions over the ridge east of the field are 5,000′ and a few ridges back, 7500′.  This is not a place to do cross country based on nice altitude bands.  But it is a place to do ridge soaring.

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