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9th FAI Junior World Gliding Championships Dec.1 - Dec.12

The Gliding Federation of Australia and the Narromine Gliding Club will be hosting the 2015 Junior World Gliding Championships in Narromine, Australia.

We are proud to be represented by an outstanding team.

John Good – US Team Captain

John has been a member of the US Team at many World Gliding Championship events, serving as crew, Team Captain and report author.  He was the Deputy Championship Director / Task-setter at the 2012 WGC in Uvalde, Texas.

Daniel Sazhin

Daniel Sazhin is an Aero Club Albatross pudknocker and 1-26 association member, flying out of Blairstown, NJ. Soaring is his passion, flying for the first time when he turned 11, soloing at 15 and getting his Private Pilot Rating at 16. He was always interested in cross country soaring and was delighted to complete his completed his Silver Badge in 2011. Thereafter, he began to actively pursue badge flying, over time earning a Gold Badge, Two Diamonds and 750km Diploma, all in the club Schweizer 1-26E. In 2012, Daniel was introduced to competition flying by Ron Schwartz, imbuing the competitive desire that drove him to pursue contest flying further. In 2013, he won the 1-26 Championship in Moriarty. Following this contest, thanks to Bill Thar's generosity and patronage, he flew the Duckhawk for the first time. In 2014 and 2015, he actively flew the Duckhawk and his club's LS4, competing in three highly competitive Nationals contests. Daniel is currently a Senior at Pace University, studying Marketing. 

JP Stewart

JP has been hooked on aviation for nearly 10 years. Beginning with radio control aircraft he flew competitive giant-scale aerobatics before moving into full-scale flying. He joined the Blue Ridge Soaring Society (BRSS) 6 years ago and fell in love with soaring. He is now in his third year studying Aerospace Engineering at Virginia Tech, spends his weekends instructing at BRSS, and racing gliders in the summer.

Garret Willat

Garret comes from a glider family. His parents have owned Sky Sailing, Inc., since 1979. Garret represented the US Junior Team in 2003 and 2005. He credits the George Lee Camp at Plain Soaring for the knowledge gained to win the 2009 US Open Class Nationals and the Larissa Strouekoff Trophy in 2005 and 2006 for the fastest flight during a contest. Garret represented the US Open Class team in 2008 and 2010. His last move in classes was when he left 60:1 super ships to fly in Club Class, becoming US Club Class National Champion in 2013 and 2015. He is a full-time glider flight instructor at Sky Sailing.

More about Narromine

Narromine airfield is set in the centre of some of the best gliding country in the world. The consistantly hot weather and surrounded by large, flat paddocks makes for some of the best and safest soaring conditions you will ever see. Narromine Airfield hosts many notable Australian competitions each year.

Narromine airfield is West of the Great Dividing Range on the Mitchell highway, just a short walk from the center of Narromine township. 

The township is only 38 kilometres (20-minutes by road) from the major inland city of Dubbo, a city with a population of 40,000. Narromine is a licensed aerodrome with two sealed and three grass  runways surrounded by a large grass area which allows an easy and safe gliding operation.

Posted: 10/7/2015

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