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To make the Sawyer Award more achievable to the less experienced XC pilots, we are making the following changes starting this year (2015):
Sawyer Award List (Click to view list below)
Submit flights to the Online Contest "OLC".
Pilot Factor (PF)
|Flown 1000km or more||0.7|
|Diamond Badge or have ever flown 1-500 km flight||1.0|
|Gold Badge or have ever flown 2-300 km flight||1.5|
|Silver Badge or have ever flown 3-50 km flights||3.0|
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.
So, the stage is set to make some helpful evolutionary changes in the Sawyer Award, while preserving its basic rules and objective of promoting cross country soaring.
Want More Information? Email the Awards Chairperson, and watch for updates in the PASCO newsletter WestWind and this web site.
|1981||Jean Claude Betault|
|2007||Dan Dunkel - OLC: 7,133 SM|
|2008||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
1- Buzz Graves - 22,418 points
2- Uwe Kleinhempel - 20,732 points
3- Darren Braun - 18,135 points
1- Jim Payne - 16,439 points
1- Jim Payne - 15850 points
2- Pat Alford - 15439 points
3- Matt Gillis - 15012 points
1- Matt Gillis - 13,747 points
2- David Anisman - 13,618 points
3- Uwe Kleinhempel - 10,347 points
1- Uwe Kleinhempel 14749 points
2- Dan Colton 11369 points
3- David Anisman 10949 points