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Soaring Society of America (SSA) Region 11

PASCO Annual Awards Banquet - Nov. 3, 2018, 4 p.m.

click to Register NOW Online PASCO Membership not required.

WHERE: Clubhouse at Las Positas, adjacent to the Livermore airport. VIEW MAP

915 Clubhouse Dr, Livermore, CA 94551

COST: $40.00 *

WHEN: Saturday, Nov 3, 2018 -- 4:00 PM to 9:00 PM

  • 4:00-5:30 Registration, no host bar, sign in then join your friends
  • 5:30-6:00 Speakers: Thomas Greenhill, Brent Davidson, Marianne Guerin
  • 6:00-7:00 Buffet dinner
  • 7:00-8:00 Keynote speaker, Peter Deane
  • 8:00-9:00 Awards program, Ramy Yanetz
  • MENU:
    • Mixed Green Salad
      Fresh Seasonal Fruit Salad
    • Grilled Artichoke Chicken
      Baked Salmon
    • Sauteed Fresh Vegetables
      Garlic Smashed Red Potatoes
    • Desert:
      New York Style Cheesecake

SPEAKERS: Marianne Guerin "WSPA", Thomas Greenhill & Brent Davidson "Youth Soaring / Junior Camp"


"World Gliding Championships Then and Now, The Challenge and The Journey Forward"

For those not familiar with Peter, a few of his accomplishments include:

  • 2 time US Standard Class team member
  • US 15m Champion in 2016
  • Numerous runner up placings at Nationals over the years
  • Holder of current US and UK Standard Class 750km O&R speed record, set in 2002; and 1000km diplome # 165.

Be sure to attend. Tell your friends about it too.

*The event charge of $40 helps cover most of the diner and room rental cost. The event charge does not cover the entire cost and every year PASCO covers the difference with funds from dues paid.


PASCO Annual Awards Nominations are were due

Due Oct. 15: Please review the awards page:


Then send Ramy Yanetz your submissions and nominations for the following PASCO Awards by October 15.

Please note that you must be a PASCO member to win any of the awards.

It is still not too late to join PASCO and grab one of these awards:


  1. Sawyer Award - the less experienced you are the better your chances to win it. Please see more information in the About The Awards section below..
  2. Longest silver badge distance (pilots who received their silver badge this year please send me your submission)
  3. Longest handicapped distance up to 3TP in region 11 (limited to 2 wins per pilot)
  4. Longest out and return in region 11 (limited to 2 wins per pilot)
  5. Longest straight out distance in region 11
  6. Most improved XC pilot Award (see note below)
  7. Exceptional service award
  8. Les Arnold award
  9. Safety Service Award
  10. We have discontinued the Rides Given award

When are nomination due? Award Nominations are DUE October 15

Email your nominations to: Ramy Yanetz


Sawyer Award

The Sawyer award winner will be determined based on the final Region 11 OLC score
ONLINE CONTEST Region11 multiplied by pilot factor as described on our website PILOT FACTOR.

Please note that all prior winners are excluded so new pilots have better chance of winning. I don't have everyone's pilot factor, please review the OLC page above, multiply your score by your pilot factor, and if your result is above 10,000 please notify me.

Please note that we are limiting the number of wins for the longest 3TP distance and the longest O&R to 2, so please submit your longest distance flights even if they are not at the top of the list.

Most Improved XC Pilot Award

The Most Improved XC Pilot Award will be given annually to the pilot with the biggest percentage improvement from prior years in longest flight over 100km.

Flight must be on OLC and will be based on OLC distance points. Flight can be flown anywhere but you must be the PIC. Please submit your prior longest distance (can be any prior year) and this year's longest distance with OLC links.

Service Awards

And last but not least, please send your nomination for the service awards, as described at


This is your opportunity to nominate someone who you believe deserves recognition for their contribution to soaring in our region.

Email your nominations to: Ramy Yanetz

Trophies will be presented at the PASCO Awards Banquet on November 3th.



What is Soaring? Learn what soaring is all about...

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Airplanes flying without engines

Gliders fly over Lake Tahoe, California coast, Mt Whitney, Mt Shasta, and Big Sur without using fuel.

Gliders ride air currents to stay up and travel far, and are capable of traveling hundreds of miles.


Soaring is enjoyed by men and women, children, and families alike.

Soaring is enjoyed by men and women, children, and families alike. Here's a preview of some of what this safe, eco-friendly sport has to offer. See why so many youth and families are joining their local soaring club and learning how to fly gliders.


You can take a ride or learn to fly, for information visit SSA.ORG


2018 Upcoming Events - See PASCO Calendar

October 2018

October 6: Williams Soaring Center Oktoberfest / Valley Soaring Association Race Day #10

Oktoberfest & VSA Race Day #10

Williams Soaring Center, 2668 Husted Rd, Williams, CA 95987, USA (map)

Check the Williams Today forum for up to date information
Williams Today Forum


November 2018

November 3: PASCO Annual Banquet, Saturday evening. REGISTER NOW

Note: No Safety Seminar this year.

Where: Clubhouse at Las Positas, adjacent to the Livermore airport. VIEW MAP

What: Annual Meeting and Awards Banquet

Guest Speaker: Peter Deane


December 2018

December 8: Williams Soaring / VSA Holiday Dinner & Seminar #1

Holiday Dinner and Winter Seminar #1

For Details Visit, RSVP to


January 2019

January 12: Williams Soaring / VSA Seminar #2

Winter Seminar #2

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February 2019

February 23: Williams Soaring / VSA Seminar #3

Winter Seminar #3

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March 2019

March 23: Williams Soaring / VSA Seminar #4

Winter Seminar #4

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