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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. More ...
Posted: 3/13/2014 By: Youth Committee
2014 Competition Rules Published
2014 Competition Rules are PublishedMore ...
Posted: 3/12/2014 By: Contest Committee; Rules
Karen Greig Soaring Scholarship
This is a scholarship to honor the memory of Karen Greig (1974-2012). Karen loved flying gliders and airplanes.
During her short life, she earned VFR and IFR ratings in airplanes, in airplanes, was a budding student glider pilot, and possessed an adventurous and generous spirit. In addition to being academically driven, Karen had diverse interests in literature, business, and science.
This scholarship is to encourage women at any age to pursue their dream of flight. Applicants should be either pursuing an add-on private glider rating or may be pursuing their private pilot rating in gliders. Applicants at any stage of glider training can apply. More ...
Posted: 10/9/2013 By: Youth Committee
FAA letter to SSA on L-13 Blanik
See attached letter from FAA to SSA.
Posted: 9/23/2013 By: Government Liaison Committee
Butterfly Avionics Vario v1.0.6 (1347) and later acceptable for USA competitions
Butterfly Avionics Vario v1.0.6 (1347) and later acceptable for USA competitionsMore ...
Posted: 5/13/2013 By: Contest Committee; Rules
2014 and 2015 Nationals Contest Schedule
6/10/2014 - 6/19/2014 18 Meter Nationals Minden, NV
6/24/2014 - 7/3/2014 15 Meter/Open Class Nationals Montague, CA
6/25/2014 - 7/4/2014 Standard Class Nationals Hobbs, NM
7/15/2014 - 7/24/2014 Sports Class Nationals Midlothian, TX
6/24/2015 - 7/3/2015 Sports Class Nationals Waynesville, OH
7/26/2015 - 8/4/2015 Standard and 15 Meter Nationals Elmira, NY
John Godfrey (QT)
Rules Commettee Chair
Posted: 3/20/2013 By: Contest Committee; Rules
2013 Competition Rules Published
Posted: 3/4/2013 By: Contest Committee; Rules
Rules Committee Chairman Retirement
John Godfrey has been elected as Chairman of the SSA Rules Committee by the committee members following Hank Nixon's recent decision to retire from the Committee and its chairmanship. A huge thanks to Hank for his many many years of outstanding leadership on the Rules Committee and contributions to competition soaring. More ...
Posted: 2/27/2013 By: Contest Committee; Rules
Final Draft of 2013 Competition Rules Changes
Thanks to all who provided feedback during the comment period (which ended January 18). Small revisions have been made to the proposed changes and will be submitted to the SSA BOD for approval at the February 23rd meeting.
The revised document detailing the changes is available here.
For the committee,
John Godfrey (QT)
Posted: 1/21/2013 By: Contest Committee; Rules
G109B AD Update 1/9/13
Please see attached an approved Global AMOC for an alternative inspection method and an additional 3 month time extension to FAA AD 2012-10-11, paragraphs (f)(1)(ii) and (f)(1)(iii). This AD affects Grob Model G 109 and G 109B powered sailplanes. The current compliance due date of paragraphs (f)(1)(ii) and (f)(1)(iii), based on a previous Global AMOC, is January 09, 2013. The requester of the Global AMOC, Mr. Ron Schwenninger, has given his permission for this letter to be posted online for the benefit of all operators. It will be posted to the www.regulations.gov website although it may take a few days to actually appear. I appreciate any help you can provide to get this information disseminated to the sailplane community through the normal channels of the SSA.
Thanks and Best Regards,
Aerospace Engineer, Project Support Branch, ACE-112
Small Airplane Directorate, Kansas City, MO
Federal Aviation Administration
the AMOC letter dated 1/9/2013 is here.
Posted: 1/9/2013 By: Government Liaison Committee
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