The Canberra Gliding Club's annual 'Wave Camp' event will be held at Bunyan Airfield starting this weekend. The event is run over the entire week and attracts pilots from all across the country including QLD, NSW, VIC, SA and ACT. Club Captain Stuart Ferguson said they have close to 40 pilots registered for this year's event.
This type of event is quite unique in Australia.
"There are only two other Wave Camps held in Australia but these are small club events," Mr Ferguson said. The reason Cooma-Monaro is ideal for this event is because of what is known as the 'Snowy Mountains Wave Soaring Area'. In layman's terms this is absolute ideal high altitude conditions for gliding.
Cooma Tourism Manager Donna Smith and staff from the Cooma Visitors Centre have been invited again to the official opening of the event and will provide special 'Welcome to Cooma packs' to the pilots and their families.
"This is a great way for local businesses to make contact with these visitors who mostly stay in Cooma for the entire week. This provides a nice boost to the town, especially during a fairly quiet time of year with the snow season all but finished. Pilots and their families will stay in Cooma accommodations and both the club and individuals will be buying food, fuel and other resources in Cooma during this weeklong event," Mrs Smith said.
This particular event is for qualified pilots only, however they will also have limited joy flight and trial Instructional flights by prior arrangement with the club. Spectators are also welcome to come and enjoy the event and the many exotic aircraft both on the ground and in the air.