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Trip Report Wanaka 2014 edition

Discussion in 'New Zealand' started by Heinz, Aug 2, 2014.

  1. Heinz

    Heinz Old n' Crusty Ski Pass: Gold

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    http://www.odt.co.nz/news/queenstown-lakes/316528/caa-investigating-crash

     
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    Ziggy A Local Ski Pass: Gold

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    Hmm. Someone's thinking there may be a pattern.
     
  3. BofSki

    BofSki One of Us

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    Interestingly when I went up with HMH a couple of weeks after the accident, they asked me my weight, which I can't remember them asking previous years. Were also 4 up plus guide, but I think that was just the way the booking worked out.
     
  4. Heinz

    Heinz Old n' Crusty Ski Pass: Gold

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    They have been asking weights all through this season. The regulators are trying to limit the weight in the front seat.
     
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    Red_switch Old n' Crusty Ski Pass: 30 Day

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    I've had to weigh in to almost every heli flight I've done over the years (none for heliskiing mind you), but that's been with a bunch of different operators... most recently this morning.
     
  6. Heinz

    Heinz Old n' Crusty Ski Pass: Gold

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    I missed this article with an interview with Mark several weeks later (Sep 28).
    http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=11332727

     
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    Angus_McCrory Old n' Crusty Ski Pass: Gold

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    He's a tough nut. Pity he couldn't make our trip in Sept/Oct but Anna was a fantastic replacement.
     
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    Angus_McCrory Old n' Crusty Ski Pass: Gold

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    @craighelo Looks like South America may win over NZ this winter...... Patagonia on the menu.
     
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    craighelo One of Us Ski Pass: Silver

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    I liked the look of that also, especially with the wife and baby going to Brazil this winter but thought I better see how the leg goes here first. Also have booked a trip to Canada for 2016
     
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    Ziggy A Local Ski Pass: Gold

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    Angus_McCrory Old n' Crusty Ski Pass: Gold

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    Get that leg nice and strong and think about it.....
     
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    Angry4YearOld Hard Yards

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  13. Heinz

    Heinz Old n' Crusty Ski Pass: Gold

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    Ziggy A Local Ski Pass: Gold

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    The weight was 30 kg and 3 cm out. What % variation would these be?
     
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    Heinz Old n' Crusty Ski Pass: Gold

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    That is discussed in the full report (3rd link) mostly on pages 22-24. Maximum permitted weight is 2250kg.
     
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    Ziggy A Local Ski Pass: Gold

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    Thanks.
    So the weight was 1.3% over and the coroner thought that material. And it was slightly unbalanced.
     
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    Red_switch Old n' Crusty Ski Pass: 30 Day

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    Tolerances are pretty fine on choppers. I spend a little bit of time loading them with gear for work, we have to be careful af.
     
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    Red_switch Old n' Crusty Ski Pass: 30 Day

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    That said, it strikes me that the investigation seemingly didn't consult an alpine meteorologist, and the potential for "sinking air" to have played a role is downplayed. I really would have thought they'd have have talked to an expert in this field, given the pilots description of how the crash occurred. There are lots of weird things that can go on in the atmosphere just above ice/snow surfaces in complex terrain.