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Pacific Soaring Council, Inc. is a non-profit volunteer organization serving glider pilots in Northern California & Nevada.
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Soaring Society of America (SSA) Region 11
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Volunteers Needed for the
SSA 2018 Reno Convention

If you are going to the SSA convention and would like to get a discount on the registration fees, do I have a deal for you!

Karol Hines is coordinating volunteers for the SSA Convention and we need A LOT of volunteers.

Convention Dates: March 1-3, 2018 . Move-in Wednesday, Feb 28. Move Out: Sunday March 4, 2018

Volunteer opportunities include meet, greet, check entry credentials, collect tickets (at breakfasts and lunches) and give directions. There are opportunities every day from 9 am until 5 pm.

We also need volunteers on Wednesday, February 28 to help with the Exhibit Floor move in and on Sunday, March 4 for the move out.

Ideally, volunteers will commit to a minimum of 4 hour blocks. For every 4 hours volunteered, you will get 1 day free registration for the convention Volunteering to assist with move in and move out is a great opportunity - you can get a discount on registration and not miss anything during the convention.

Hurry and sign up before all the slots are filled.

Contact Karol Hines if you would like to volunteer.

(breakfast, lunch and banquet tickets not included in this offer)


PASCO's 50th Annual Seminar & Awards Banquet A Success

2017 PASCO seminar well attended

Great Turn Out

PASCO 2017 Seminar & Banquet Recap

This year the Pacific Soaring Council celebrated its 50th Birthday at the Sequoia Yacht Club in Redwood City, CA with our annual Safety Seminar and Awards Banquet.  Nearly 100 fellow pilots and friends attended the event which included a variety of topics from a firsthand account of a glider crash into a mountain to the effects aging have on our mental performance, the intricacies of weather forecasting, and an examination of speed-to-fly theory. 

There was a special guest speaker from the Soaring Safety Foundation who helped us understand the most risky areas of flight and how to deal with them safely and an update from our local FBOs at Williams, Soaring NV and TTSA.  Of note is the annual wave camp at Minden, the TTSA Aim Higher cross country mentoring program and the excellent glider repair facility operation at Williams.  Check out their web sites for more information.  There was also a brainstorming session where everyone shared their ideas on how to grow our sport and bring in new pilots.  More on that in a future communication.

Jay McDaniel, SSA Region 11 Director, presents SSA Exceptional Service award to Duncan Eddy and Todd Walterof Stanford University for their efforts in calibration technology that facilitated the record breaking attempts of the Perlan 2 glider  2017-11-04
Jay McDaniel - Duncan Eddy - Todd Walker

The evening session included a special presentation by Jay McDaniel (SSA Region 11 Director) of the SSA Exceptional Service Award to Duncan Eddy and Todd Walter of Stanford University for their efforts in calibration technology that facilitated the record breaking attempts of the Perlan 2 glider. 


Jacke and Jim Payne from the Perlan Project
Jackie and Jim Payne - Perlan Project

This was followed by our two keynote speakers, Jim and Jackie Payne, who gave us an update on the Perlan Project and their record breaking flight to nearly 52,000 feet in South America. (Note: attend the SSA Convention and learn more about the Perlan Project).

Read more on the Perlan Project website

There was a vote for the PASCO board and officers at the meeting and all nominees were confirmed.


At the end of the evening we handed out the PASCO awards for personal flight achievements in 2017.

The award winners were:


  • Les Arnold lifetime service Trophy – Richard Pearl
    • Awarded for many years of service to the local soaring community: Instructor at NCSA, Thermal Camps at ASI, and more recently serving as Mr Truckee, shepherding the organization into its' present incarnation as TTSA.

  • Longest Distance trophy – Uwe Kleinhempel – 613 miles

    2017 PASCO Longest Distance Award, Uwe Kleinhempel, 613 miles

  • Longest Out and Return trophy – Morgan Hall– 595 miles

    2017 PASCO Longest Out & Return, Morgan Hall, 595 miles

  • Sawyer Award trophy – Thomas Greenhill
  • Most Improved XC Pilot 2017 – Thomas Greenhill

    2017 PASCO Sawyer Award and Most Improved XC Pilot Award, Thomas Greenhill

  • Longest Straight Out – 356 Miles
    1. PILOT: David Anisman; CREW: Noy, Hadas, Oz Anisman
    2. PILOT: Matt Gillis; CREW: Danica Vocansek-Cerne
    2017 PASCO Longest Straight Out Flight 356 sm, Matt Gillis, David Anisman

  • Longest Silver Distance - Philip Lee – 133 Miles

    2017 PASCO Longest Silver Distance, Philip Lee 133 miles

  • Exceptional Service Award – Region 11 RASP providers
    • Valentin Mayamsin,   Ace Lewis,   Bart Klusek,   Dmitry Chichkov

  • Most commercial rides given – Stefan Valentin – 93 rides

We want to send a special thanks to our speakers who made this seminar a success.

  • Dan Colton – My Crash On the Whites
  • Key Dismukes – What’s Age Got to do With It
  • Thomas Johnson - Soaring Safety Foundation
  • Kempton Izuno – Weather: Soaring goals and forecasting
  • John Cochrane – MacCready flying from Kindergarten to PhD
  • Jim & Jackie Payne - Perlan Project Update


The presentations are now available on the PASCO web site at:

If you are not yet a member of PASCO please consider joining using this link:"Join PASCO". 
At only $25/year it is one of the cheapest flying benefits packages around.  To quote Peter Kelly in his recounting of the event, “You wouldn't get that much useful, practical and important info even if you attended a private ground school with an instructor for three, four or even five hours (at a cost of over ten times the cost of your annual PASCO membership).”

I am already looking forward to 2018.

Best Wishes,

Dan Colton

President, PASCO