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Where's The PASCO Egg?

PASCO Egg Capture Trophy

PASCO Egg Capture Trophy

Egg is STILL at Avenal, CA
as of: June 1, 2017

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 ]

Soaring Icons to be Honored

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:

See our website for directions to Air Sailing:


Soar Truckee is OPEN, as of May 26th.

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.

Air Sailing News Update 5-29-2017

Air Sailing is OPEN

  1. Thermal Camp (23rd Annual) starts Monday June 5-9
  2. Cross Country Camp starts June 11-17
  3. Bishop Encampment June 21-15
  4. ASA Sports Contest July 9-15
  5. Gerlach Dash July 22-23, 2017

See Website for latest information: 

- Rob Stone

Truckee Tahoe Air Show 2017

Truckee Tahoe Air Show & Family Festival

Educating youth on the wonderful world of aviation.

Saturday, July 8, 2017
9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Free Admission! Free Parking!

See Truckee Tahoe Air Show Website

Also view the Truckee Tahoe Airport Website

FAA Tower Truckee Tahoe Aiport June 1, 2017

Truckee Tahoe Airport is getting a Tower - June 1, 2017

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:

  • The tower will operate seven days a week from 7 am - 9 pm starting 6/01/17.
  • The tower operator, Mid West ATC, will employ six FAA ATC certified staff.
  • Tower services and Class E influence will extend from the surface to 2,500' AGL within a 4.2 mile radius of the airport. If the program is continued, KTRK will have Class D designated airspace in summer 2018.
  • Important radio frequencies in effect:
    • 118.0 Mhz - AWOS “Automated Weather Observation System”
    • 120.575 Mhz - TOWER/CTAF “Common Traffic Advisory Frequency”
    • 118.3 Mhz - Ground Control
    • 122.8 Mhz - UNICOM/FBO “Universal Communications/Fixed Based Operator” (used for FBO communications i.e., ramp parking, aircraft services)

Airport Website: TruckeeTahoeAirport.COM

Read the notice: Truckee Tahoe Airport Tower Information PDF Document.

Information on Class D Airspace Radio Procedures:

Radio Coummunications in Class D Airspace, by Russell Still, Master CFI PDF Document.

Soar Truckee FAI Soaring Contest 2017

2017 Region 11 FAI Contest at Soar Truckee

July 17-22, 2017

Register Online on the SSA website at

​Come join us in beautiful Truckee in July 2017

  • Practice days Saturday 15 July & Sunday 16 July
  • Contest days Monday 17 through Saturday 22 July
  • Trophy Dinner Saturday evening following the last contest flight

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

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.

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


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.

See the entire list &