INFORMATION FOR COMPETITORS
Please follow this link for the Official Rules:
KAVANAGH BALLOONS SUPPORT:
We are pleased to report that Kavanagh Balloons have generously offered to provide support to the Pilots attending the 2017 Championships in Northam; by providing a sponsorship which will fund two tickets per team to the prestigious Awards Banquet. Our aim is to assure that this will be another high calibre, memorable event, as was so successfully enjoyed in 2015. It is great to see the continuing support that Phil, Wendy & Sean are giving to the balloonists of Australia, and to organising groups such as ourselves, who are endeavouring to provide world-class events for our pilots to attend.
Pilot registrations for the 2017 National Ballooning Championships, and the 'Geoff Green International Memorial Cup', are now open. The Event is open to Australian and International Pilots who are holders of a Private Pilot Certificate, and who have a minimum of 30 hours PIC. Pilots must be members of the Australian Ballooning Federation (we will assist International Pilots to gain a temporary membership), and the balloon must carry minimum A$2 million Third Party insurance.
Please click on the link below to send an email request to our Registrar, for expression of interest/registration forms. An entry fee of $200 will be payable to finalise your registration, prior to the closing date of 30th June 2017.
The Organisers are once again keen to show Competitors that their participation is highly valued. Full detail of the incentives that we are offering can be accessed (and printed) by clicking the link below.
The Organising Team looks forward to once again welcoming Pilots from across Australia and overseas, to fly over our scenic Avon Valley, at the most beautiful time of year. Also, to enjoy the friendly hospitality of Northam Town, which for many decades has been a ballooning ‘Mecca‘ for Aeronauts from around the globe.
We have been working hard to find the most suitable accommodation for Officials and Balloon teams, and at best prices. Please click on the link below to see a detailed listing, including prices and distance from the Northam Airfield.
Accommodation info for Pilots:
We have again negotiated a discounted price on hire vehicles from Northside Rentals, for Competitors:
Single Cab Ute $29 per day
Dual Cab Ute $40 per day
Mitsubishi Outlander 4WD $60 per day
Hyundai Accent manual $20 per day
Hyundai Accent auto $25 per day
All vehicles, except the Hyundai Accent have a tow ball, and all include 100 kms free per day.
Includes GST, standard Damage Cover as per Rental Agreement, 24 hour roadside assistance, vehicle registration & licensing fees, and 100 km free per day averaged out over the hire period. Excess km: $0.33 per km ($0.28 per km for Hyundai)
**NOTE: Airport office located approx 5 mins from Perth Domestic/International Airport ($15-$26 taxi fare).
Please contact Northside Rentals to make a reservation, and for details on all terms & conditions:
P: (08) 9277 9204, 1300 677 227
Mobile and wi-fi coverage in the Northam Area is somewhat limited. In this Agricultural Region the most reliable reception is with the two major carriers, Telstra and Optus. As the recall procedure and other important information will need to be conveyed by text message, Pilots are advised to research that their mobile phones will operate in the area.
CALENDAR FOR PILOTS
NORTHAM FIRST/LAST LIGHT, SUNRISE/SUNSET 2017
KEY LOCATIONS ON YOUR ARRIVAL
NORTHAM and COMPETITION AREA
Northam is located ~ 100km east of Perth, capital of Western Australia. Travel between Perth and Northam is via the Great Eastern Highway, with travel time of approx. 1 hr. The Great Eastern Highway is aligned east west, and is the major road route connecting Western Australia with the eastern States. The Great Eastern Highway Bypasses Northam Town site to the north, with several connecting routes to the Town Centre. Other significant roads in the area connect Northam with Toodyay, Goomalling and York Town sites.
The competition area extends approx... 40 km north/south, and approx.. 30 km east/west. Topography of the area is interesting with the Avon River flowing from south to north, through the Northam Town Centre. The Mortlock River North and Mortlock River South, are to the east of the Avon and flow in opposite directions to join near the Northam Airfield. That river then flows into the Avon, to Toodyay then through the Darling Scarp to Perth and the Indian Ocean as the Swan River. These river systems are seasonal and often produce interesting local micro meteorology.
The competition area extends loosely from Irish Town (north) to Mackie Siding (south), and from Berry Hill (west) to Meenaar (east).
Northam is a service centre and an agricultural based Town. Significant road and rail infrastructure are focused on the Town Centre. The Region"’s agriculture is generally wheat / sheep in nature. There are several stud farms in the area and crops are typically wheat, barley, canola and export hay. Landing options are slightly reduced in the pre-harvest period of the Event, but compensate with spectacular scenery.
There are two Airfields in the competition area, the Northam airfield, and the Skydive Express airfield and DZ at Mackie Siding.
Photo: Damien Hays
Photo Sharon Pedler
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