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

  1. Course A - 300km Out & Return
  2. Course B - 300km FAI Triangle
  3. Course C - 300km Flat Triangle
  4. Course D - 300km 3 TP Distance
  5. Course E - 500km Out & Return
  6. Course F - 500km FAI Triangle
  7. Course G - 500km Flat Triangle
  8. Course H - 500km 3 TP Distance
  9. Course I - 750km Out & Return
  10. Course J - 750km FAI Triangle
  11. Course L - 1000km FAI Triangle
  12. Course M - 1000km 3 TP Distance
  13. Course N - 100km FAI Triangle
  14. Course Q - 500km Out & Return
  15. Course R - 750km FAI Triangle
  16. Course S - 1000km FAI Triangle
  17. Course T - 750km Out & Return

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Minden  -  Standard Course  "C"

300 km Flat Triangle

Course Design: Bob Semans

Waypoint / Turnpoint and Task Files

NOTE: All tasks & waypoints are in the SeeYou minden-courses-0916.cup

  1. Download SeeYou file: minden-courses-0916.cup
  2. Download SeeYou file without tasks:  MindenSC.cup
  3. Download standard dat file, also works in SeeYou: MindenSC.dat


  Name  Latitude  Longitude  Elevation
Start Pt. Sunrise Start Pt. (S05), NV 39° 01.120' N 119° 40.080' W 5191'
TP 1 North Mono Lake (C39) 38° 06.200' N 119° 03.230' W 6785'
TP 2 Stagecoach, NV Intersection of US 50 & Apache Dr. 39° 21.680' N 119° 22.430' W 4298'
Finish Sunrise Start Pt. (S05), NV 39° 01.120' N 119° 40.080' W 5191'


Leg Km Smi Nmi % True Course
1 114.85 71.36 62.01 37.9 152°
2 142.40 88.48 76.89 47.0 349°
3 45.75 28.43 24.70 15.1 214°
Task Dist. 302.99 188.27 163.60    

Task / Course Map from SeeYou

Minden C XC Course
Click Map for larger image

Typical Flight Path:

After the start, work east to high ground over the Pine Nut ridge line and then follow the ridge line south. Leaving Bald Mtn. #1 (at the south end of the Pine Nut range) with enough altitude to reach Sweetwater Strip, reach for East Sister Peak at the north end of the Sweetwater range, then south over the range to Mt. Patterson. Jump across Bridgeport Reservoir to the west side of Potato Peak and then south over the high ground to the first turn and back toward Potato Peak. Near Bridgeport, if enough altitude to reach the west side of Mt Patterson cannot be gained, deviate to Bald Mtn. #2 at the south end of the Pine Grove Hills. Gain enough altitude to achieve the west side of East Sister Peak or Desert Creek Peak. On either course, work back to Bald Mtn #1 and run the length of the Pine Nut range to Rawe Peak at the north end. Leave Rawe Peak with enough altitude to reach north east to the second turn and back to Rawe Peak. Climb at Rawe Peak if necessary to achieve final glide slope to the Sunrise Finish Point and on to Minden Tahoe Airport. Note: Cloud patterns often dictate significant deviations from this "typical" flight path.

Airports near the course (keep at least one in reach):

Flyin' Mouse, Sweetwater Strip, Bryant Field (Bridgeport), Lee Vining, Flying M (Hilton Strip), Sweetwater, Flyin' Mouse, Rosaschi Dusters, Minden-Tahoe, Rabbit Dry Lake (not an airport), Silver Springs, Dayton Valley.

Some possible weather peculiarities:

Strong southwest wind at lower levels at Wellington and Smith Valley late in the day. Strong west wind through Dayton Valley past Silver Springs starting as early as mid afternoon.

Traffic cautions:

Northeast of Rawe Peak, on course to the second turn point, commercial air traffic flying west on approach to (or east on departure from) the Reno-Cannon Airport. Monitor Reno ATIS on 135.8 and Reno Approach Control on 119.2.


Course Design:  Bob Semans