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Help Support the US Soaring Teams and Win a ride in a P-51 !!

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SSA Paper Gliders

The SSA was recently asked by the FAA about what we had for youth.  Apart from our Cadet Intro membership and scholarships, we were a bit stymied.  The SSA Youth Committee secured permission to use a couple of designs for paper gliders, embellished with SSA logos and links, for use in promotion and education about gliders and soaring flight.  These design plans are available for download in PDF format.  It does require printing the parts sheets on card stock.  These are simple, yet not trivial, designs and will require some time and effort to complete, but they do fly well.  We encourage making them available locally for use at aviation events and when introducing youth to soaring.

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Sponsor A Member

Photo #10780 | Logo Sponsor a MembeThis year select someone you know - a club member, a new glider pilot or a student pilot - and sponsor them into the SSA for one year. Offer them an SSA membership and help them discover the world of soaring.


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Sailplane Tracker now Supported on iOS

GlidePort Software and SSA are proud to announce the addition of mobility to the Sailplane Tracker application. IPhone and IPad compatibility are now available for use. For maximum screen size please add the application to your home screen. Additionally there is now a “notification” feature. By navigating directly to the GlidePort web site and registering you may designate friends under your personal settings > notifications tab. You will now be notified by email when the Sailplane Tracker recognizes the activation of your friends SPOT or InReach tracker. The SSA encourages all members to add a picture to your profile page. These profile pictures are now displayed in your track info bubble. Our thanks to GlidePort for these new features.

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It all started normally enough.  I wanted to do my 500K, but the year had been horrible for soaring.  I had flown my 300K in 1998 to qualify for entering Standard Class in Region 10.  But I also noticed that, there were only two more weeks of decent weather after the contest, and then everything shut down for the season.  

So the next year, I was approaching the 500K with the knowledge that at any time, the season can end.  Mother Nature only deals out so many 500K days a year and it’s up to me to either act on it or keep quiet.  The plan is to stay home Saturday, which almost inevitably results in perfect weather, and then go up Sunday, which should be the same weather since Austin was in the middle of a huge air mass that wasn’t going anywhere.  I arrive to hear that Saturday was indeed fantastic.  I rig, fill the wings with as much water as they can hold, and push out on the flight line.  I am thankful that I am able to cut into line in front of our Grob, but not too thrilled that the instructor is suggesting I should have taken off an hour ago.

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