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Dear PASCO Members and Supporters:
It's Fall again, and time to start making plans to attend the...
2016 Pacific Soaring Council Meeting and Awards Banquet!
WHEN: Saturday, November 12th, 2016 at the
WHERE: Sequoyah Country Club, Oakland, California (DIRECTIONS)
(See our Event Registration links below)
4:30 - 5:30 Registration, Social Hour
5:30 - 6:00 Seating (more socialization)
John will be speaking about ADS-B. His goal is to provide information about ADS-B to the aviation community. This presentation will inform owners and pilots about what ADS-B is, and how it works at a high level. It is intended to help aircraft owners make a more informed decision when they consider equipping their aircraft with ADS-B.
8:00 - 8:30 Business Meeting, Awards
8:30 - 9:00 Conclusion (more socializing)
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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.