Martin Warner was one of the GFA founders in 1949 As a member of the Sydney Soaring Club he did much research on glider radios, and possibly his club was the only club in Australia using such modern equipment.
Martin was also a keen cross country pilot and it was on one of his cross-countries that he was taken up by a cumulo-nimbus cloud, attaining a height gain of 23,390 feet. At that time the climb was an Australian and British Commonwealth record. It remained an Australian record for many years.
On a number of years the trophy has not been claimed for the greatest gain of height in Australia in the year ending 31st December
|1962||V.Sloithe & R.Webster||VIC||13,000 feet|
|1986||R Weston||WA||20,500 feet|
|1992||A.Repton||WA||19,529 feet 5,952.7 metres.|
|1994||H.Feuersanger||NSW||25,500 feet 7,772.5 metres|
|1995||Richard Agnew||NSW||25,500 feet - Aust Absolute Altitude Record 33,000 ft|
|1996||Richard Agnew||NSW||17,370 feet|
|1997||Clem Lunau||SA||20,100 feet|
|1999||Richard Agnew||NSW||16,700 feet|
|2000||Richard Agnew||NSW||17,600 feet|
|2001/2002||Richard Agnew||NSW||22,581 feet|
|2002/3||Richard Agnew||NSW||23,967 feet|