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PASCO Egg Capture Trophy
Andrew Ouellet made an fantastic flight from Avenal To Byron. Grabbed the Egg and flew back to Avenal.
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Soaring Family, June 17th, 2017, at 10:00 PST, the Soaring Community of Northern Nevada/ Northern California will honor two of our own who have passed from our presence all too soon. The ceremony will take place at Air Sailing Gliderport (NV23) north of Reno/Sparks, Nevada in the Memorial Grove where we honor past Icons permanently in Granite.
Carl and Jane Herold both passed from us in 2016 within months of each other.
Jane Herold was born in Ohio in 1931 and was raised there. She met and married Carl in Ohio and started their family. It was in Ohio that Carl discovered Soaring and started pursuing the endeavor which, at times became an obsession. Jane became a Soaring wife, Super Crew and mom to (eventually) 4 kids. Carl joined Stanford Research Institute (SRI) in the 60’s and they all moved to Palo Alto, CA. There, Carl and a partner bought a Schleichter KA-6 and “it was on”. Jane drug 4 kids, kept peace in the family, chased Carl all over the Western United States in the family tow vehicle, and essentially raised a family on the road. Daughter Amy remembers many a piece of bread spread with apple butter for breakfast as they prepared for another day trek, chasing down dad.
Carl Herold innovated many things in the soaring world and gave materially and intellectually to the sport. He was several times SSA President, wrote technical pieces using his vast experiences to further the safety and enjoyment of others. One of his greatest obsessions was the evolving science of Wave Soaring, seriously dangerous stuff for the uninitiated. He helped develop the Minden Wave Camps, participated in regular Wave Camp All Day Safety Seminars and, of course flew many long-distance flights both with and without Wave. Carl was a tireless advocate for Air Sailing for many years. His mentorship of new cross country pilots during ASI camps established a foundation that continues today.
Please plan to come join us as we honor their lives with this ceremony. Refreshments and story sharing will happen immediately after the enshrinement.
If you are unable to attend please send any remembrances of Carl and Jane to:
Stew Crane: firstname.lastname@example.org
See our website for directions to Air Sailing: http://www.airsailing.org/visiting.htm
Soar Truckee will be open May 26 through September 24, 2017.
Come soar the Sierras. Please note that Truckee now has a Tower and is Class D airspace.
See "Tower Coming Summer 2017" below.
See Website for latest information: www.airsailing.org
- Rob Stone
Saturday, July 8, 2017
9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Free Admission! Free Parking!
Also view the Truckee Tahoe Airport Website
The main purpose of the temporary tower will be to provide a safe aviation
environment at KTRK. We expect the tower to also shorten transit times over the
region and reduce neighborhood overflights and annoyance. The tower does not
allow for larger aircraft to use KTRK. Following is important information for the tower:
Airport Website: TruckeeTahoeAirport.COM
Read the notice: Truckee Tahoe Airport Tower Information PDF Document.
Information on Class D Airspace Radio Procedures:
Register Online on the SSA website at www.ssa.org/Contests?cid=2377
Come join us in beautiful Truckee in July 2017
The Region 11 FAI Contest will be held again for the 6th consecutive year at Truckee Tahoe Soaring Association/Soar Truckee from 17 through 22 July. The FAI Contest is open to Standard, 15 Meter, 18 Meter, 2-Seater and Open Class gliders and is handicapped like a Sports Class Contest but with permission to carry water ballast. Handicaps will be adjusted according to the provisions of current rule 22.214.171.124.6.
Pilots who have participated in prior editions are enthusiastic about this contest and will participate again. What we offer is tasks that promote cross country flying in the Sierra Mountain and in the Nevada Desert environments. Tasks are selected to get the best out of the day, with lengths that allow ships with different handicaps and pilots with different skills to complete each task. A few pilots will fly to win, everybody will fly for the joy of it. We will accept 20 pilots in the contest this year.
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
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.
Minden Task Maps
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.
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.