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Where's The PASCO Egg?

PASCO Egg Capture Trophy

PASCO Egg Capture Trophy

Egg is STILL at Avenal, CA
as of: Dec. 11, 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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Soaring Community News - SSA Region 11

[ News, Events, & Notices are initially posted here, then moved to the News & Events section ]

FAA Transponder Requirement for Gliders; Withdrawal

A Proposed Rule by the Federal Aviation Administration on 12/23/2016

The FAA is withdrawing a previously published advance notice of proposed rulemaking that sought public comment from interested persons involving glider operations in the National Airspace System. The action responded to recommendations from members of Congress and the National Transportation Safety Board and was intended to gather information to determine whether the current glider exception from transponder equipage and use provides the appropriate level of safety in the National Airspace System. The FAA is withdrawing that action because the limited safety benefit gained does not justify the high cost of equipage.

This action becomes effective December 23, 2016.

Read the formal document in the Federal Register:

A Proposed Rule by the Federal Aviation Administration on 12/23/2016


Annual PASCO Banquet & Meeting Held Nov. 12, 2016

We started the meeting with a short 6 minute video shared by Morgan Hall.

Truckee to Mt. Whitney

2016 Morgan Hall &Troy Wollman Flight from Truckee to Mt. Whitney & return

Once again we had our annual Meeting and Award Banquet at the beautiful Sequoyah Country Club, in the hills of Oakland, California. We were treated to a beautiful sunset, and a super moon.

Sequoyah Country Club -- Super Moon, it will be 70 years until it returns

Sequoyah Country Club -- Sunset looking west toward San Francisco Penninsula

Guest Speaker

We were priveleged to have a guest speaker, John Fisher, who flew in from the Federal Aviation Administration Office in Washington DC.

Guest Speaker: John Fisher, FAA, Washington DC Office

John spoke to us about the FAA proposed ADS-B requirements that are to take effect in 2020.

See John Fisher's presentation (PDF): The INs and OUTs of ADS-B 2016-11-12

John's goal is to provide information about ADS-B to the aviation community, and when he asked the audience who also flew powered aircraft, about 40% indicated that they flew powered aircraft as well as gliders . The presentation was intended to help aircraft owners make a more informed decision when they consider equipping their aircraft with ADS-B.

At the time of his presentation gliders are exempt from the new proposal, however, there is a FAA ANPRM - Glider Advanced Notice of Proposed Rule Making in progress.

FAA Rulemaking Management Council may:

  • Move forward with a rulemaking effort to remove the exception for gliders via notice in the Federal Register (post an NPRM notice)
  • Withdrawal the rulemaking action via notice in the Federal Register (post a notice closing the activity)

The FAA's next step is to post notice on the Glider ANPRM by the end of December, 2016.


Here is a link to the full meeting presentation, including the awards.
PASCO Annual General Meeting and Awards - 2016 presentation (PDF)

Awards will be posted in the awards section. Ramy Yanetz was quick to note that we have a lot of high profile award winning pilots in Region 11. They are not only ranked high in our Region, but also highest in the USA, and the World.

Read more ...


Minden Standard Courses (Tasks) added to PASCO Website

Created by Bob Semans , 17 Challenging Soaring Tasks

300 km Task500 km Task1000 km Task

Minden Task Maps

The Minden Standard Courses

What are they?

The Minden Standard Courses are a set of 17 pre-defined and well described tasks 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. 

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.  

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.   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.

See the entire list &