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Welcome! Gliding, a very clean, challenging & super exciting sport in some stunning New Zealand scenery.

Gliding New Zealand is saddened to advise that there has been a tragic accident with a two seat glider in Namibia . Well known South Island pilots Bill Walker and David Speight have lost their lives whilst on an overseas adventure, and their loss is being felt very keenly in the gliding community.The Namibian authorities are investigating the crash and we have no details at this time.

Bill and David were hugely respected members of the Omarama soaring community. Bill was a visionary who took a key part in developing the airfield and getting the 1995 World Championships hosted in New Zealand, and also displayed his skills and innovation in his business life as an engineer. David was a farmer, a world record pilot and a great friend, host and mentor to many of us. Both had been members of Gliding South for many years, and more latterly flew mostly from Omarama.

Our thoughts are with Bill and David’s families at this very sad time.

Karen Morgan, President GNZ

Funeral times

Dave – 2pm Thursday 11th December at the Mt Soho Function Centre, 304 McDonnell Road, Arrowtown

Bill – 11am Friday 12th December at the Queenstown Memorial Hall, 1 Memorial Street, Queenstown

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