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Pacific Soaring Council, Inc. is a non-profit volunteer organization serving glider pilots in Northern California & Nevada. Support your soaring community.
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Post your flights on the OLC and you automatically join the Region 11 Sawyer contest. Read more on the PASCO Sawyer Award page.

Where's The PASCO Egg?

PASCO Egg Capture Trophy

PASCO Egg Capture Trophy

Egg is STILL at Avenal, CA
as of: Dec. 11, 2016

Andrew Ouellet made an fantastic flight from Avenal To Byron. Grabbed the Egg and flew back to Avenal.

Congratulation to Andrew Ouellet.

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Soaring Community News - SSA Region 11

[ News, Events, & Notices are initially posted here, then moved to the News & Events section ]


Crazy Creek Has Closed - Jim and Connie have retired 3-31-2017.


This is where I learned to love soaring, where I got my pilot's license. They made the sport fun and challenging at the same time. Instilling the excitement of soaring and taught me to use the forces of nature to my advantage. I am sure that many people have fond memories of Jim and Connie Indrebo at both Calistoga and Crazy Creek. ~ Larry Roberts



Minden Wave Camp - SIGN UP NOW

April 20-23, 2017  Soaring NV, Minden, NV

All Skill Levels Welcome

  • $200 includes t-shirt, seminar materials, final banquet
  • Fly the Perlan II simulator
  • Flying, Food, and Fun
  • Unusual attitude training with Tim Gardner

Contact Soaring NV at or Call 775.782.9595


Air Sailing News Update 4-8-2017

Road into Air Sailing is repaired and passable.
Gliderport is open for dual operations with instructors.

Work day Apr 22. 2017

Flood Damage to ASI Road: Current Photos -3-20-2017 road repaired & passable, water still running across the road .

Due to water damage to the dirt runways and access road, Air Sailing Gliderport is closed until further notice.  More information will be provided on their website at

Air Sailing, Inc. Board of Trustees,. via Tyler White

Air Sailing Road Repaired
As of March 20, 2017 - Passable



2017 FAA Proposed Changes to SFO Class B Airspace

Major Airspace Changes Impact Soaring Areas

Click this link for FAA & PASCO Presentations, More Information & Larger Images

The FAA held 3 fact finding meetings in the SFO bay area. Pacific Soaring Council, Inc. (PASCO) represented the soaring community at all 3 meetings to voice our concerns that the new airspace will have a detrimental impact on local glider soaring operations. Presentation and comment forms were submitted to the FAA by PASCO Board Members. The new class B restrictions will put 2 waypoints inside of Class B, and put the Class B area very close to several other waypoints frequently used by glider operations at Byron and Holister Airports.


Current & Proposed SFO Class B Airspace


Proposed SFO Class B Airspace



Minden Standard Courses (Tasks) added to PASCO Website

Created by Bob Semans , 17 Challenging Soaring Tasks

300 km Task500 km Task1000 km Task

Minden Task Maps

The Minden Standard Courses

What are they?

The Minden Standard Courses are a set of 17 pre-defined and well described tasks 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. 

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.  

Where did they come from?

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.   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.

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