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The Martin Warner TrophyMartin Warner Trophy

Greatest Height Gain Claimed in a Calendar Year

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

Year Pilot State Height
1958 L.Anderson WA 13,900 feet
1959 R.Urbonas SA 15,100 feet
1961 R.Wingate SA 13,452 feet
1962 V.Sloithe & R.Webster VIC 13,000 feet
1963 D.Campain SA 11,400 feet
1964 B.Persson SA/NT  
1965 M.Howland QLD  
1966 M.Howland QLD  
1967 B.Persson SA/NT  
1969 B.Persson SA/NT  
1970 B.Persson SA/NT  
1976 A.Wooley QLD  
1977 C.Vassarotti VIC 17,600 feet
1978 J.East QLD 20,250 feet
1979 P.King NSW 19,272 feet
1980 G.R.Hart QLD 25,140 feet
1982 G.Neely VIC 19,550 feet
1983 M.N.King NSW 24,400 feet
1984 G.Horsnell NSW 24,230 feet
1985 D.Williams NSW 22,020 feet
1986 R Weston WA 20,500 feet
1987 L.Armour WA 25,420 feet
1988 N.Joel NSW 20,000 feet
1989 D.Johnson WA 18,500 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
1998 No Claims    
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