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Sawyer Perpetual Award
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PASCO Sawyer Award Program
- Perpetual X-C Flight trophy
- Based on OLC, no need to register. Bbe sure to upload all your flights.
- Follows OLC year, which runs October to October.
- Must upload flight logs weekly! By Tuesday of each week. (See OLC
- Total OLC Score (which uses distance and handicap) times Pilot
--- New pilots up to 4x OLC score!
- Flights in Region 11 - Northern California, Nevada, Hawaii only.
- A person can only win the Sawyer two times, then they are no longer eligible. (added in 2010)
Submit flights to the Online Contest "OLC".
Two Easy Steps to the Sawyer Award!
- Fly! Record and upload your flights to the OLC (as
IGC files); click on the Gliding Tab or Quick Link on the right side
of the page.
(See OLC Basics for
- Provide your
Pilot Factor to
Chairperson (do it now!)
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Determining your Sawyer Pilot
Pilot Factor (PF)
|Flown 1000km or more
|Diamond Badge or have ever flown 1-500 km flight
|Gold Badge or have ever flown 2-300 km flight
|Silver Badge or have ever flown 3-50 km flights
Sawyer Award Evolves with Technology
The Sawyer Award’s history begins in 1958
when it was established to promote cross-country soaring in Region 11. Its
trophy is one that any sailplane aficionado would enjoy keeping for a year,
now holding the names of the thirty pilots who’ve won since 1969 (some more
than once). (See LIST below)
Scoring for the Sawyer
Award is designed to level the playing field between “budding” cross county
pilots and the Diamond-level pundits. The OLC scoring has a glider handicap
to make the trophy winnable with a club Pegasus or a sparkling Ventus. PASCO
multiplies the OLC score with a "Pilot Factor" to allow to give the
new pilot a greater chance against an seasoned XC pilot.
A big story in XC flying has been the wide-spread adoption of flight tracking
devices, now including hundred dollar GPS’s connected to hand held computers
(PDA’s) that create IGC-format flight traces.
Viewing flights with software
such as SeeYou and StrePla has also become widespread. Using these technologies
and adding the Internet, today we’re seeing the growing and worldwide popularity
of Aerokurier’s Online Contest, more commonly referred to as OLC.
stage is set to make some helpful evolutionary changes in the Sawyer Award,
while preserving its basic rules and objective of promoting cross country
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- The Sawyer Contest follows the OLC contest dates, each "OLC Year" runs from
October to October. All flights must be uploaded to the OLC per the OLC
- There is no need to register with
the PASCO Award Chairperson for the contest, just submit your Pilot Factor.
If you do not wish to compete, you can "opt out" by contacting
the Award Administrator.
- Winners are no longer required to administer the award the following year.
It will be administered by the Award Chairperson.
- Only the Pilot Factor will be applied to the overall OLC scoring. This will
facilitate determining the ongoing standing without the use of complicated
spreadsheets. A new Pilot Factor of 0.7 was added for pilots who have
flown 1000km or more. The factor multiplier is based on the pilots flight
history as of the start of the new OLC year. (New pilots have a 4.0
pilot factor, so your OLC scored is multiplied by 4). Flying a great
long flight after the start of the year will not lower your pilot factor.
- With each Sawyer Award contestant’s flight
data on OLC and available for all to see, the data will be downloaded by
the Sawyer Award administrator for post processing to determine each
pilot’s “Sawyer Score”. The OLC scoring is based only on the distance
between turn points and handicapped for each glider type. The Sawyer
post processing will take the OLC score and multiply it by the Pilot
Factor to get the final score. Simple and easy. All you have to do is
fly, and upload your flights.
- The process
of competing for the Sawyer Award has become very simple – even effortless
for pilots who are already uploading their flights to OLC. Ladies and gentlemen
– start your flight recorders! Upload all your flights to the OLC, and submit
your Pilot Factor to the Awards Chairperson.
- ** A person can only win the Sawyer two times, then they are no longer eligible
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Sawyer Award - Perpetual Trophy
Hand crafted wooden glider on a wooden base with previous winners engraved
on each side. (click the image to enlarge).
Sawyer Award Winners
||Jean Claude Betault
||Dan Dunkel - OLC: 7,133 SM
||Gen Shibayama - OLC: 15,798 points
Darren Braun- OLC: 12,654 points
1- Buzz Graves - 15232 pts
2- Morgan Hall - 11,800 pts
3- Daren Braun - 11620 pts
1- Lee Edling - 20,319 pts
2- Darren Braun - 19,351 pts
3- Buzz Graves - 17,134 pts
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