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PASCO articles are written and submitted by members of the flying community. We thank all the people who spent many hours creating these articles. Be sure to attend the seminars to get all the information from the presenters!
Accidents That Nearly Happened - PASCO 2015 - Discussion of Accidents that almost happened, and what led to the episode.
Air Sailing New Construction - 2002 - (PDF) -Ty-White - The contstruction and building of Air Sailing.
Battery Care and Maintenance - 2006 (PDF 1MB) by Darryl Ramm PASCO 2006 - a timeless article on battery care and performance.
Blip Map for Dummies - Get the best out of the forecast - 2013 (PDF 1MB) - by Ramy Yanetz
Building The HP24 - 2005 (PDF 2.1MB) by Bob Kuykendall PASCO
Complacency-What-Me-Worry by Martin Hellman (PDF) 2007
Cross Country Flight Planning in Region 11 -2015 (PDF) 3.8kb PASCO - Presented at the annual PASCO Safety Seminar 2015.
Does Soaring Have to be so dangerous? NEW! An analysis of over 250 soaring accidents - by Clemens Ceipek
Dual 1000k Flights from Truckee - 1995 (PDF) A marathon journey down to the Whites and back- by Peter Deane
Experimental Category Aircraft Inspection by FAA - 2010 (PDF 85KB) Information about FAA requirements for Glider pilots flying Experimental Gliders. You must understand this requirement and keep your documents up to date. You may need this due to the latest FAA ramp checks.
FAA The ins and outs of ADS-B -v2016-04-24 by FAA John Fisher (PDF) 3.3KB - Presented at the SoaringNV Minden Wave Camp, April 4, 2016
Flying XC Between Hollister and Avenal - 2015 (PDF) - by Harry-Fox
Generic Safety - What Causes Accidents - 2006 (PDF 271KB) by Bill Reuland PASCO
Guide to flying Panoche Revised 2015 - by Brett Hinze
Introduction to Hang Gliding and ParaGliding - 2005 (PDF 465KB) by Ginny Farnsworth Hang Glider, Paraglider, Sailplane Pilot
Minden-Tahoe-Airport-Master-Plan-2006 (PDF 1.2MB) by Jim Braswell PASCO 2006
New Construction at Air Sailing 2002 (PDF) The new clubhouse and other improvements -2002 by Ty White
NORCAL CAP Glider Program - 2005 - (PDF 678KB) N. California CAP - by Jim Goetsch
One Big Rush - Details of a 750km speed record flight in the Sierra's - 2002 (PDF 1.4MB) - by Peter Deane
Physiological Hazards of Soaring Flights-2003 (PDF 1.3MB) - by Dr. Walter B. Cannon MD 2003
Pilot Development Strategies -2015 (PDF) 2.7kb Presented at the annual PASCO Safety Seminar 2015.
PowerFlarm Tips and Recommendations - 2013 by Ramy Yanetz (PDF 429KB) Ramy covers a lot of information about the use of the PowerFlarm, including misconceptions and issues. The PowerFlarm is a great unit when installed and configured correctly.
Quest for Diamonds - Badges - 1996 (PDF) - by Ken Ward
Quest for Gold - Badges - 1996 (PDF) - by Ken Ward
Quest for Silver - Badges - 1996 (PDF) - by Ken Ward
Reno Air Traffic Control - FAA -2006 (PDF 2.9MB) by Don Brooks FAA Air Traffic Manager, Reno TRACON/Tower. Presented at PASCO 2006 Safety Seminar.
Soaring Czech Style - 2002 (PDF) A visit to the 304CZ factory in the Czech Republic -2002 - by Kempton Izuno
Safe Effective Cross Country Decision Making -2015 (PDF) 2.7KB Presented at the annual PASCO Safety Seminar 2015.
Sierra Wave XC - March 25, 2004 (PDF 4.1MB) Flight Review Kempton Izuno
Soaring For Distance 2012 by Ramy Yanetz (PDF 635KB) What does it take to start soaring for distance. Desire, Commitment, Good Instruments, Modern Flight Computer, and more... Read this great presentation by Ramy Yanetz.
Soaring Introduction for Power pilots -2003 (PDF 1.1MB) - by Peter Deane
Soaring Meteorology a Labour of Love -2002 Weather prediction (PDF) by Doug Armstrong
Soaring the Diablo Range-1993 (PDF) Kempton trucks it home from LA - by Kempton Izuno
Soaring Weather Forecasting - 2006 (PDF 6MB) by Dan Gudgel PASCO 2006
Spot Satellite Messenger - Why Use Spot - 2013 - Ramy Yanetz (PDF 64KB) Why use a Spot Messenger or other type of GPS tracking device. Compare those available and read about the pros and cons of this low cost safety device.
Staying-Safe-in-Wave by Fred LaSor 2008 (PDF)
Tactics for Budding Cross Country Pilots - 2002 (PDF 2.6MB) - by Peter Deane
Tonopah Adventures-- 1995 (PDF) A landout, truly in the middle of nowhere - by Kempton Izuno
Transponders in Sailplanes - 2014A UPDATED (Link to Soaring Safety Foundation Site - PDF 1MB ) By Eric Greenwell - Updated on Dec. 2014. Eric provides a lot of important and useful Information on Selecting, Installing, and Using a transponder.
The Inter-Club League - 1995 (PDF) Ideas for keeping soarings numbers up - by Peter Deane & David Greenhill
Weather Forecasting For The Boomer Thermal Days: California Coast Range - 011511 - 2011 -Video
"It's Gonna Be a Boomer! How You Can Find The Super Soaring Days " by Kempton Izuno. Presented at the January 2011 SSA Convention and the Valley Soaring Association seminar held at Williams Soaring Center on Jan. 15, 2011.
Winch Launching Introduction - 2004 (PDF 235KB) By Marc Ramsey - Hans Van Weersch PASCO
Working The Ridge VSA - 2010 by Kempton Izuno (PDF) Presented 1-16-2010 at Valley Soaring Association Safety Seminar, Williams Soaring Center