Heathcote Soaring League



Heathcote Soaring League (HSL) is a radio controlled glider club, based at Maddens Plains, 58 klms south of the Sydney CBD. HSL is involved in slope soaring, thermal duration, aero-tow and scale soaring.

We welcome new members whose primary interest is to fly radio controlled sailpanes, electric sailplanes or oldtimer models. We do not encourage Sports power models to fly at the Club site. Pilots who wish to fly power models, will be directed to one of the many Clubs in the region, who specialise in power flying, and whose club flying fields and operating procedures have been developed specifically for that purpose. HSL strongly encourages all members to achieve a competency level equivalent to LSF Level I. Speak with, or contact, one of the committee members to get an LSF accomplishment form and perform the tasks, to gain your level 1 competancy. We have Glider Instructors, who can instruct and test pilots for the Gold and Bronze wings, Glider, awards. MAAA membership is required to fly at Maddens Plains.

Club and Membership Information

Membership fees are due now. Payment must be in before 1/7/16. If you haven't renewed your Club membership for 2016 - 2017, or are not a member, then you are not permitted to fly at the Club field. The land is leased to HSL Inc and is private property, for the use of members and guests. You must have current MAAA affiliation and Public Liability Insurance to fly at Maddens Plains. There is a .pdf renewal form or a membership application form for dowload, on the 'Club and Membership' page of this website. Read More

Millennium Cup 2m Span Competition 2017

This past weekend, 23/9/17, we held round 5 of the Millennium Cup at the Gloucester Aero Club.
The weather forecast was for a very hot day with north westerly winds increasing in strength into the afternoon. Sunday's forecast was for similarly hot conditions with very strong westerly winds. The forecast turned out to be quite accurate. Saturday was indeed hot and windy and Sunday was very windy.
On Saturday we got underway shortly after midday with 16 pilots entered. Conditions were quite cyclic, with periods where there was good lift in the vicinity of the field and other times when any lift appeared to be absent. We completed 6 rounds before winding up activities at around 4pm.
Sunday turned out to be disappointing as the wind was very strong from the west. Enormous clouds of dust were being blown from the access road.
So given that conditions were not good and they didn't look like they would improve the CD called off the day's competition.
As a result the scores from the 6 rounds flown on the Saturday constitute the final results.
In first place was Paul Gibson. Congratulations Paul. In second place was Barry Burke and in third place was Hutton Oddy.

NOTE: The next round of the 2017 Millennium Cup will be held at Heathcote Soaring League, Maddens Plains on the 22nd of October 2017.

See the days results, by clicking here - Read More

See the overall results on the Millennium Cup tab, by clicking here -

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HSL F5J Competition 2016

We had a good day of flying for this F5J event. The forecast was for showers and strong winds from the south, swinging to the SE and abating during the day. We were fortunate to not get any rain at all during the day. The winds were indeed strong from the south and didn't swing much at all and nor did they abate. We had 14 pilots enter the competition.
Most of the 2.5m class planes spent their flights just pointed into the wind and even slowing drifting backwards. Only a few pilots actually circled and notably I think only Don Farrar and Klaus Metzger followed lift downwind any distance. Despite the challenging conditions we had no attrition and all pilots were still competing to the end of the day.
We flew 3 heats per round and this allowed us to cycle the PA and scoring duties around amongst many pilots.
We got underway at around 0930 and we completed four rounds before a break for lunch, A further three rounds were completed after lunch. At that point a pilots meeting was called to ascertain whether the majority wanted to press on for an eighth round, but the consensus was to call it a day with seven completed rounds.
With the scores tallied in the computer the results were -
Open Class:
1st Phil Stevenson, 2nd Jack Murphy, 3rd Colin Woodward
2.5m class:
1st Ken Woodward, 2nd Stephen Weatherstone, 3rd Rob Watson
Congratulations to the place getters.

NOTE: The next F5J event will be at Nowra on the 1st of May 2016.
The results of this round, can be seen by clicking on this link Read More

HSL Thermal Duration Club Competition 2017

Hi everyone.
Round 3 of the 2017 Heathcote Soaring League Club Championship was held on Sunday 7th May. On arrival at the field there was a strong westerly wind blowing. It was quite cold and had everyone donning jackets. The wind was forecast to swing around to the south during the day and abate.
We got underway at 10am using the 4, 6, 8, 10, 10 format, with a finish time of 2:30pm. We had nine pilots enter scores. The skies remained clear and sunny but as we moved towards midday the wind eased right off and for long periods it was almost dead clam. Even when it did lift a little it was only very light. The temperature warmed very nicely and the jackets came off as they were no longer required. Soaring in the morning was tough at times but then as the wind eased off quite a few pilots were able to get away to great height. By my count there were 14 flights made that got within cooee of the 10 minute target for the longest flights.
Late in the day Don Farrar had the misfortune of having his new Stork aircraft go off the air and plunge into the small dam to the NW of the field. Heroic efforts were required from Klaus Metzger (a difficult swim) to retrieve the aircraft. Don was able to download data from the flight logger so I assume that all the electronics aren't lost.
With the scores tallied in first place on the day was Clive Warman. Colin Woodward took up second place and he wasn't very far from Clive's score. In third place was Jack Murphy also with a close score. So things were very tight at the top.
NOTE: Round 4 of the 2017 HSL Club Championship will be held on the 27th of August 2017. See you there.

The current standings for the Club Competition, can be seen by clicking on this link Read More

The results of the last combined Club Electric Competition, can be seen by clicking on this link Read More

The results of the last round, can be seen by clicking on this link Read More

HSL Heathcote Cup Competition 2017

Unfortunately, this year we had the planned competition postponed due to weather and then the reschedule also had to be cancelled due to insufficient pilots attendance. A real shame.

Hunter Valley Championships 2018

This great event is scheduled for the 3rd and 4th March 2018. There is an entry form attached Click HERE. Put the dates in your diary.

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