Takapuna Grammar

Site Information

This site is located on the coastal edge of Takapuna Grammar School grounds, accessed from Winscombe Road, Belmont.

Take off is behind a fence, and requires a bit of skill. Wind may be flowing either from left or right.

For PG, glider needs to be laid out perpendicular to the fence, and when pulled up turned into wind. A quick run towards the fence with a tug on the brakes to generate lift should get you over and flying.

​Site Type

Coastal.

Landing

Landing options below the cliff are restricted and virtually nil at high tide.

Best landing option (short of Takapuna beach) is at the bottom of the cliff 200 m to the north of launch, or on Narrow Neck Beach, if the wind is at all from the north east.

Takapuna Grammar Takeoff

Weather and Wind Direction

North East

Mandatory Notices

No flying is to take place during school hours.

Site Radio Channel

None.

Restrictions

Hang Gliding

HG Advanced

Paragliding

PG2 + 60 hours

Cautions

  1. Top landings at this site should be treated with caution owing to presence of sometimes severe rotor. Even the locals are cautious of this one.
  2. Launching over the post and rail fence along the cliff top requires care on the part of paraglider pilots. Ensure that you have sufficient lift to clear the rail or abort the takeoff.
  3. Don't hang around talking to the naked guys if you land on the beach, just pack and run. The stairs are to the south of launch.
  4. Several gliders have been in the tide here including a tandem. One pilot (let's just call him Matt) has even flown backwards down the cliff, ending up in a heap at the bottom. Fortunately he walked away from it.

Airspace

This site is located within VFR operations special procedure area, with height ceiling of 2,500 ft A.S.L. to the North and to the South, reducing to 1,000 ft A.S.L. at the start of Takapuna beach for the VFR Transit lane T157.

Access Conditions

No flying is to take place on this site during school hours.

Site Monitor

Jeff Ripley Mob 027 288 8818

Notes

None.

Site Achievements

An easy run to Takapuna beach to the north.

To the south Cheltenham Beach has been reached once. Who can make the link to North Head?

Update 02.04.2017...Yes he did it again, Jeff Ripley flew from Takapuna Grammar, and landed on North Head.