Heathcote Soaring League
H.S.L. is the oldest Club of its type in N.S.W. It is primarily a radio controlled glider Club.
We also encourage and have eletric powered models being flown by members. Sports power planes are generally not flown at H.S.L. and our constitution and terms of lease, do not allow them to be flown as a rule. Also, the two codes do not generally mix well, as the gliders depend on wind direction for launching, and the winch and tow lines lie downwind, causing problems for taxiing, launching and landing of power models
The field is located at Maddens Plains, south of Helensburgh. It is reached by travelling south on the Princes Highway, to Waterfall, then onto the Southern Freeway, until you exit left on the Helensburgh turnoff. Turn right at the roundabout and head south towards Darkes Forest. Continue on past that turnoff and the field is located just past the golf course on the right hand side. It is a mown area of approx 230m x 100m, leased by the Club, and maintained by us. We fly thermal duration competition, some F3J and F3B, electric, handlaunch and aerotow scale models.
The field is open 7 days a week for Club members to fly. We have members willing to instruct new members and we are looking at instituting a pilot proficiency programme, to assist members in improving and upgrading their skills. We hope to foster interest and fellowship with modellers who share this common interest.
Heathcote Soaring League is an incorporated Club and is happy to accept new members whose primary interest is in sailplanes. If you have a model ready for a test flight, bring it to the field on a Sunday, and we can check it out for you, or give it a pre-flight check. Learning to fly a model aircraft seems difficult at first, but soon becomes easy, so long as you are taught to fly safely in the first instance. Non members are invited to fly at H.S.L. as a visitor on two occasions, but are expected to join after that time, either as an associate if they already belong to another Club, or as a full member, if they do not have MAAA affiliation.
Club flying days are generally on Sundays, but members also fly at any other times. There is a sign at the field to indicate it is owned by H.S.L.
Membership fees as at 1/7/16 to 30/6/17 are $150 total, comprising $50 Club fee and $100 MAAA/ANSW insurance/affiliation fee.
The fee covers membership to MAAA, ANSW, HSL, a $10m Insurance cover, rent for the field, rates and maintenance.
Heathcote Cup Open Class Contest is the longest running T.D. competition in N.S.W.
H.S.L. also runs an annual, two round Open Thermal comp - The Heathcote Cup - which is well attended by competitors from all over N.S.W. We also have a couple of two metre class comps each year. As well as the above listed interclub points score contests, we also run a series of Club comps, so you can see we have a busy schedule, but still manage to fit in regular Club flying days. H.S.L.has high starts available, for those without launching equipment, and a lot of members have winches as well.
P.O. Box 214 Sutherland 1499 N.S.W.