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PASCO Egg Capture Trophy

PASCO Egg Capture Trophy

Egg is at Avenal, CA
as of: May 1, 2016

Andrew Ouellet made an fantastic flight from Avenal To Byron. Grabbed the Egg and flew back to Avenal.

Congratulation to Andrew Ouellet.

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News and Event notices are initially posted here, then move to the News & Events section


Andrew Ouellet Captures PASCO Egg

May 1, 2016: PASCO Egg is now at Avenal, CA.

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

READ Andrew's Flight Report =>

 


TTSA - Truckee Tahoe Soaring Association Opening Date

(previously named Soar Truckee)

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.

 


TTSA Offers Cross Country Training

Soar Truckee is now TTSA, Truckee Tahoe Soaring Association

Cross Country Coaching - Improving Cross-Country Skills

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:

  • Soar Truckee offers flying cross-country by lead-and-follow where an experienced pilot will fly as a mentor guiding the trainee. This type of coaching is suited to pilots that can follow the leader in comfort flying their own glider.
  • Soar Truckee also offers flying cross country in a two-seater glider with a mentor pilot. This type of coaching has the advantage of continuous communication, practical demonstration of flying techniques, and a more relaxed experience for the trainee.

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!

Sergio Colacevich
sergiocola@sbcglobal.net
(916) 967 5710

 


 

Minden Standard Courses added to PASCO Website

Created by Bob Semans , 17 Challenging Soaring Tasks Available

The Minden Standard Courses

NOTE: the above pages still being updated as of .. May 8, 2016

What are they?

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.

Where did they come from?

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.”

See the entire set & read more...

 

These courses were initially planned as Minden-Tahoe Airport being the takeoff point, but they will work well from Truckee too.

 


The Ins and Outs of ADS-B v2016-04-24 by John Fisher FAA

Originally presented at the SoaringNV Wave Clinic, Minden-Tahoe Airport, NV April-2016

 

FAA ADS-B Presentation, April 2016

 

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2015 Safety Seminar & Awards Banquet

November 15, 2015

Focusing on all aspects of cross-country soaring

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Alby makes it to Kitty Hawk, NC Alby image

September 14, 2015

Alby's 7 Year Voyage Statistics:
(compiled by Ramy Yanetz)

  1. The straight distance from Bodega Bay to Kitty Hawk is about 2,600 miles.
  2. The distance measured in the 23 segments from glider site to glider site is about 3640 miles and the distance actually flown by glider is perhaps 20% more so about 4,370 miles.
  3. The longest flight was 305 miles, the shortest 23 miles
  4. Highest altitude of 18,000’. The lowest altitude was210’ (below sea level) when landing in Furnace Creek, Death Valley, CA.

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