Rob Thompson first flew the wave
in company with the author in 1989, and has returned many times. His documentary
on the Morning Glory airs on the National Geographic channel.
Geoff Sim was a member of the first
group of pilots to make the trek in '91 or 92. His most recent visit was
in an ASW25.
Sim - City Coast Motorcycles
Ian McPhee needs no introduction,
Gaismaier brought his LS3 Top by trailer from South Australia.
He did not get any spectacular flights, but managed a creditable 300km
on a blue wave. He's busy with the amazing Grob G520T, flying the jetstream
up in the stratosphere. He says the air traffic controllers get most confused
tracking an aircraft which is slowly proceeding backwards.
Airborne Research Australia
Triple Pete is a legend in the hang-gliding
community. He made the trip to Burketown in 1997, but did not catch a wave.
John Levett has been a staunch member
of the gliding community for more years than he'd care to remember. He
has travelled from Tasmania to take part in the fun & games several
times, and has had some memorable flights.
Paule Poole and Amanda Wilkinson
have been willing hosts to the September invasion for many, many years.
Their amazing energy has helped make the event a great success. Both have
soared the Glory - and Paul has actually soared a powerplane on it!
Alaric Giles (alias Dr Death) is
a serious competition hang-glider pilot who commands considerable respect
in that community both for his airmanship and his long-term service to
the sport. He has also achieved some .... err, renown, for his antics in
"Any landing you can swim away
Others include Colin Brock, Barry
Bowerman & Nikki, PK, CMac, Harry HangGlider,
Alan Blake, Russell Ferrier and most of the gliding population of Byron
Bay. My apologies for the omission of those whose names presently escape
A partial list of pilots who soared the Morning Glory prior to 2001.
Rudi Gasmaier (LS3 Top), Colin Brock (G109 ZAK), Al Giles, CMac, Billo
and PK (Hang Gliders), Rob Thompson, Russell White, Karen Jurgenson, Nigel
Baker, Ian McPhee (G109 FFN) Geoff Sim (G109 FFN, ASH25), Geoff Pratt
(Monerai, ASH25, Pik 20E), Brian Marshal and Paul Midson, and Rick Hultgren
and Rick Bowie of Byron Bay (MotorFalke, Ximango, G109B), Hans Gut (IS28M2),
Ross Duncan - Rosco (Mitchel Wing), Paul Poole (Bonanza), Ross Edwards
and Jim Barraclough of Keepit (G109 XQX), Barry Bowerman & Nicki Price
If you haven't already done so, you
may wish to read Pilot
You may also be interested in abbreviated
flight data from earlier years.