Philip Plane

“I never cease to be amazed at what a beautiful and complex environment we fly in at Omarama – it is always changing and offering something new. Having flown at Omarama since 1999 I find I’ve only scratched the surface of what’s available. There’s always another valley to explore, another ridge to run.”

Philip has accumulated around 4000 hours since taking his first glider flight in 1977 while based with the NZ air force at Ohakea, a North Island coastal site subject to sea breezes and low skies. He started instructing with the Wanganui/Manawatu Gliding Club in 1993 where there was easier access to the inland mountains and moved to Omarama in 2004. Enthusiastic North Island Regional contest participation in his syndicated Ka6 progressed to a partnership in the first DG1000 to come to NZ.

Philip came to Omarama from the IT world. He still maintains the GNZ turnpoint database and works with GlideOmarama to produce a current list of known useable landout sites for pilots flying out of Omarama – visit Philip’s website at

Philip is the senior course instructor at GlideOmarama and flies with SoaringNV from Minden Nevada during the New Zealand winter.