Unexpected news from Omarama, NZ

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Unexpected news from Omarama, NZ

Post by Tony Firmin » Mon Mar 09, 2020 9:27 am

Just in from a tip off posted by the ever vigilant Patrick McMahon.

Further to our previous post:

ALL SERVICES CANCELLED .

Unfortunately, we at Glide Omarama have experienced unexpected re-licensing issues with the Civil Aviation Authority and have decided to cease all operations from 09 March 2020 for the foreseeable future. It is unlikely we will be reopening.

We sincerely apologize to our guests for the disappointment and any inconvenience. You can expect a full refund. Please contact us as to how this can be best arranged and to answer any other questions you may have.

Gavin Wills, Managing Director

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Re: Unexpected news from Omarama, NZ

Post by jwlemke » Mon Mar 09, 2020 9:55 am

OUCH!

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Re: Unexpected news from Omarama, NZ

Post by Charles Petersen » Mon Mar 09, 2020 10:36 am

Death of a legend ☹️

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Re: Unexpected news from Omarama, NZ

Post by Charles Petersen » Mon Mar 09, 2020 11:26 am

Notice from Gavin Wills: "Please note that all Glide Omarama services will be suspended from 15 April 2020.

After 20 years of flying from the Omarama Airfield without a Trial Flight incident the Civil Aviation Authority of NZ requires GlideOmarama to re-certify its operations from being a Recreational Aviation Organisation under the CA Rules Part 149, to an Organisation Conducting Adventure Aviation Part 115, and to re-license its pilot/instructors accordingly.

This certification process, consisting of negotiations, applications and approvals, is expected to take several months to complete.

Glide Omarama therefore has decided to suspend its operations from 15 April 2020, until the procedure is complete.

However, in anticipation of successful outcomes, the company is happy to receive bookings for the Soaring School and Trial Flights scheduled from 1 September 2020 onward.

Bookings scheduled for dates up to and including April 14 2020 will be honoured. Bookings scheduled between April 15 and August 31 will be refunded or rescheduled as directed by the client.

Glide Omarama regrets any inconvenience this suspension may cause to Club members, glider pilots and visitors. Throughout the period of self-suspension our office, phones, web site and email will remain live.

Thank you all for understanding and for your support to the Glide Omarama team at this difficult time.

Gavin Wills
Glide Omarama
7 March 2020"
They will soar on wings like eagles - Isaiah 40:3`

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Re: Unexpected news from Omarama, NZ

Post by Charles Petersen » Mon Mar 09, 2020 11:33 am

And more recently,
Gavin has changed his mind and closed the operation rather than temporarily shut down and try to get into compliance for next season. So Glide Omarama is done.

We're just doing cleanup for the next few weeks, then the doors close.

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Re: Unexpected news from Omarama, NZ

Post by Rainer Zimm » Mon Mar 09, 2020 8:51 pm

C'est Dommage... and a TRUE BUMMER!


Welcome to the year 2020.

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Re: Unexpected news from Omarama, NZ

Post by Ivor David » Wed Mar 11, 2020 12:49 pm

When I heard this it reminded me of how I felt when Black Forest glider port in Colorado Springs shut down. There are relatively few super sites and losing even one is a tragedy for the soaring fraternity. Hopefully someone will resurrect it one day. Seems that wings don't keep aircraft in the air - paperwork does.
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