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We recently received an ASRS report describing a safety concdern which may involve your area of operational responsibility. We do not have sufficient details to assess either the factual accuracy or possible gravity of the report. It is our policy to relay the reported information to the appropriate authority for evaluation and any necessary follow-up. We feel you should be aware of the enclosed report.
The annual membership meeting of the Society will be held in conjunction with the upcoming Convention in Reno. The meeting will be held on Friday afternoon, February 28, beginning at 5:00 p.m. Information about the state of the Society will be presented at that time, along with award presentations for the top instructors, as well as Certificates of Appreciation to several people. Please make plans to attend.
For the remainder of 2013 only, if you are 70 1/2 or older, you can donate up to $100,000 from your IRA directly to the SSA for inclusion in the endowment of the SSA Foundation without having to include any of the transfer as part of your gross income. The transfer must be made directly from your IRA to the SSA and must be completed by December 31. Transfers count toward the required minimum IRA distribution for the year. If you would like to consider this option as a way of creating a personal legacy and preserving soaring for future generations, contact Kathey Pope at the SSA office or John Godfrey, Chairman of the SSA Foundation, firstname.lastname@example.org.
The SSA is pleased to announce that Jim Payne has agreed to be the keynote speaker for the awards banquet, to be held Saturday, March 1st. Sign up for the SSA Convention today. It will be three days full of dynamic speakers and the newest products on the market. The host hotel for the Convention is the Atlantis Resort and Casino. We have reserved a special rate for SSA members. Make your reservations now at this special rate. Atlantis for the Soaring Society’s 2014 Convention.
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WGC 2012 Uvalde
Like many, I traveled to Uvalde, Texas on Highway 90, the longest east-west highway in the United States, towing a glider trailer while following another trailer in front of me. All was fine with our caravan until we arrived at a Border Patrol blockade about 20 miles outside of Uvalde on Highway 90. Border Patrol agents had re-routed all traffic onto a Farm to Market road that was wide enough for one-way traffic, but not for a highway’s worth of eighteen-wheelers and glider trailers. To accommodate oncoming traffic, everyone had at least two wheels in the dirt, kicking up a storm of red dust. One ought not to have been allowed to drive in that dust cloud without an instrument rating. A harbinger of things to come: one of the driest and dustiest contests in anyone’s memory.