Horsham Week Gliding Competition

Horsham Week 2017 Turnpoints

An updated set of turnpoints for Horsham Week 2017 has been published on the Worldwide Soaring Turnpoint Exchange website.

The changes include:

  • A new set of start points to allow better pre-start separation between classes.
  • Closer alignment of the coordinates with the ground features i.e. silos, road intersections etc.
  • Updated turn points elevation.


Please make sure that you downloaded (via our Documents page: Coordinates for the Horsham, Victoria, Australia Control Points) and tested the latest file formatted for your device.

The 2016 competition files (horsham6.*) and older files will not be usable at Horsham Week 2017.

If there any problems, please contact Jarek Mosiejewski.


Hi everyone.  The soaring season approaches and as I sit typing by the window, there is a fine view of cumulus clouds and a pleasant temperature of 23 degrees.  But then again I am in Victoria and tomorrow we are forecast to be deluged with heavy rain, temperatures dropping to 12 degrees and snow on the Alps.

An early start to our news about next year's 51st Horsham Week – into the second half of the century and while I cannot possibly anticipate the changes to soaring over the next 50 years let's hope that Horsham Week is still around in whatever form that might be.

I would add that Horsham Week will close off a very busy competition season in Victoria with:

  • VSA State competition at Ararat in late November,
  • the Australian Grand Prix in December at Horsham,
  • World Championships at Benalla in January, and
  • the OSTIV conference at Benalla in conjunction with the Worlds.

Hope you have saved enough annual leave and 'brownie points' to attend a few events as well as Horsham Week.

So what's our news for HW 2017 :

Entry Fees and Entry Process

Entry Fees (including the Horsham facility charge) remain unchanged and we will do our best to minimise increases on aerotow charges.

Jarek has devised a new OnLine facility to streamline the entry form process and automatically capture all your input details for us to have available when you arrive at Horsham. 

Third Party Insurance

There is no longer a requirement to bring proof of $ 1 Mn Third Party liability insurance.  This insurance is now provided to all GFA members via the GFA's Broad Based Liability (BBL) insurance policy.

Pilot Entry Qualification

Minimum qualification for pilot entry is the GFA Glider Pilot Certificate (GPC).  Pilots being coached in a 2-seater are exempt from requiring a GPC provided their coach is pilot-in-command and holds a GPC.

Two-Seater Coaching

For all 2-seater coaching the VSA provides a fuel subsidy ( $ 0.30 per km ) for transporting the glider and also pays for the competition entry fee (except for the dinner).  How about that for an attractive offer !

Organising Committee

  • Contest Director – Ian Grant, Melbourne Gliding Club
  • Safety Officer – Mike Cleaver, Temora GC
  • Operations Manager & Tug Master – Selwyn Ellis, Horsham Club
  • Task Setter –Jarek Mosiejewski, Geelong GC
  • Weather Forecaster – To be advised
  • Scorer – Tim Shirley, GCV
  • Treasurer – Chris Thorpe, Beaufort GC
  • Secretary – Andy Benton, GCV

There are no other changes at this time.

On behalf of the Organising Committee our best wishes for the soaring season

Ian Grant
Contest Director

8th Series Sailplane Grand Prix – Horsham Australia 14-22 December 2016

This article has been copied from the Gliding Australia site.

The first event in the 8th Series of the Sailplane Grand Prix will take place at Horsham in Victoria,

This event will be held in the leadup to the 34 th World Gliding Championships at Benalla, and will be an ideal opportunity for top Australian and overseas pilots to get some serious competition before the Worlds.

For full details go to sgp.aero/australia2016.aspx?contestID=27849

Competition Direstor Tim Shirley said, "This will be the first time that the Australian Sailplane GP has come to Victoria, and we are looking forward to it as a lead-up to the World Gliding Championships at Benalla the following month. We are expecting a high quality field of Australian and overseas competitors. Horsham is a fantastic place for gliding, with good weather, no airspace restrictions and an excellent airfield and local community. "

Horsham is located in Western Victoria about halfway between the cities of Melbourne and Adelaide. The area is well known for strong thermal conditions at that time of the year, and pilots can expect some booming conditions in temperatures that regularly exceed 35C. Oxygen systems are strongly recommended as heights of over 12,000ft are not uncommon.

There are very few restrictions on airspace, and it is possible to set tasks in almost any direction from the airfield.The countryside around Horsham is mostly open farmland, with some areas of natural vegetation. There is a range of hills to the South of Horsham (the Grampians) which rise to about 3,000ft, and when weather permits we will make use of this feature.

Horsham is a town of approximately 15,000 people and has a wide range of accommodation options, shops and other businesses. The airfield is located about 5km northwest of the town, where the Horsham Flying Club (formerly the Wimmera Soaring Club) has operated for over 50 years. The airfield has two bitumen runways at right angles, with grassed glider runways adjacent. The airfield elevation is 440ft AMSL, and apart from the Grampians range the task area does not vary much in altitude.

Facilities on the airfield are excellent with an air-conditioned clubhouse and bar, and a purpose built briefing room. Accommodation on the airfield itself is limited however, and we recommend that pilots seek lodging in Horsham itself.

The Organising Committee and the town of Horsham looks forward to welcoming competitors and visitors to the Australian Sailplane Grand Prix in December 2016.

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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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