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PASCO Egg Capture Trophy
Andrew Ouellet made an fantastic flight from Avenal To Byron. Grabbed the Egg and flew back to Avenal.
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May 1st was exactly 1 year since the last PASCO Egg capture. Perhaps you should mark your calendars for next year's outrageous soaring day.
Andrew Ouellet captured the PASCO egg today (Sunday, May 1) from Byron with a flight from Avenal to Byron. Not only he made it to Byron, but he also made it back to Avenal in a much more challenging flight dodging large areas of over development, and apparently without some of his instruments after an electric failure. Wow!
Congratulations Andrew on a very impressive flight.
Reported by Ramy Yanetz
Truckee Tahoe Soaring Association (TTSA) SoarTruckee.org - has released their season opening dates.
May 21-22: The campground will be open to trailers beginning the weekend of May 21-22, but TTSA will be closed. Pilots need to be aware that no TTSA staff will be on the premises and that no services will be available (including water, restrooms, or shower). As there will be no TTSA staff on the grounds, there will not be anyone providing security of trailers left on site.
May 26, Thursday: TTSA staff will begin assembling gliders and getting the site up and running. We'd anticipate having water, restrooms & shower working mid-day. No tows will be provided this day.
Friday May 27, Friday: Let the fun begin!! TTSA will be fully operational. Looking forward to a great season.
Starting with the 2015 season, STI (Soar Truckee, Inc). has changed name and purpose. It has become TTSA (Truckee-Tahoe Soaring Association), a 501(c)(3) non-profit Public Benefit Corporation. This is a type of organization with charitable purposes, i.e. educational, scientific, fostering amateur sports competition etc.
The main purpose of the TTSA is to advance the science, art, and safety of soaring flight in the Northern California and Nevada region. Our mission is to train aspiring pilots in soaring flight and improving the skill level and expertise of the soaring pilots’ community.
This notice is directed to intermediate glider pilots and especially to freshly licensed glider pilots who wish to extend their experience in soaring cross-country in the Sierra and in the Nevada Desert. The activity is articulated in two fashions:
The flights will be preceded by a discussion of the purpose and itinerary of the flight, followed by a debriefing at the flight’s end. Participating in the 4 scheduled TAGARs will provide experience flying together with other gliders.
This activity will remain a permanent feature of Soar Truckee because that is its mission. I am inviting all interested pilots to participate to our programs and fly in Truckee for the 2016 summer (Truckee opens Friday May 27th). Please contact me by e-mail or phone if you need more information, or just come up and fly in Truckee.
Thank you all!
(916) 967 5710
NOTE: the above pages still being updated as of .. May 8, 2016
The Minden Standard Courses are a set of 17 pre-defined and well described courses for the use of soaring pilots who fly from Minden-Tahoe Airport. Course distances range from 100 km to 1000 km and meet the FAI prescribed course definitions for triangle, out & return and 3 turn point badge and record attempts. Twelve of the courses use photogenic way points for those pilots using cameras for documentation … or even for pilots who, though they use GPS FR documentation, like to see the way points easily. The remaining five are “GPS Only” courses for pilots who don’t mind rounding a “point in space.”
In addition to the basic data needed for flight declarations, other helpful information is provided including course leg and total course distance, a listing of airports along the course, a description of how the course might typically be flown and weather peculiarities and high traffic areas that may be encountered. For both local and visiting pilots, use of these courses can save time and avoid errors in the process of course design and selection of a task suitable for the day’s weather.
The design of each of these courses has evolved over time … in some cases over a period of more than twenty-five years. As the courses were flown by many pilots, with a variety of weather conditions (Cu and blue), based on their experiences the way points were shifted to take best advantage of frequently encountered good lift areas, such as long ridge lines and convergence areas. Turn points at airports in the valleys were abandoned in favor of more easily reached good turn points on high ground --- this yielded dividends in both distance and speed achieved. These courses can now be considered “well tuned.”
These courses were initially planned as Minden-Tahoe Airport being the takeoff point, but they will work well from Truckee too.
Originally presented at the SoaringNV Wave Clinic, Minden-Tahoe Airport, NV April-2016
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September 14, 2015