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Sports Class Nationals in Uvalde were over. The contest had been called off early. Instead of flying the final day, we were hooking up the trailer in the rain. We were headed north to Ulysses, KS. The drive through the Hill Country was wet and cloudy.

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Posted: 11/19/2016 By: Tony Condon

Opening Day for Willamette Valley Soaring Club

All the ships have been assembled and the CFI and Commercial piltos are getting the currency flights done.  We'll be ready to really open the field next week when everyone is current and the gremlins have all been removed from the gliders. More ...

Posted: 4/3/2016 By: Michael Bamberg

Distance in the Winter

Distance in the Winter More ...

Posted: 3/6/2016 By: Tony Condon

The Clouds with the Silver Linings

Sunday, August 10th, 2014. More ...

Posted: 1/3/2016 By: Rachel Conklin

My Kolstad Essay

Kolstad Youth Scholarship Grant More ...

Posted: 1/3/2016 By: Rachel Conklin

SSA Board Mtg, Phoenix AZ, 9-12-2015

The SSA Board of Directors meet twice a year, spring and fall, to adminster the business of the association.  Budgets are set, programs funded, projects assigned, contests located, reports of trends in the field shared.  The by-laws require these to be face-to-face meetings, no proxies, no teleconferencing. Despite the expense that this meeting-in-reality entails, it assures the fabric of friendship and respect is reinforced, looming the SSA together across disparate weather, equipment and topography. More ...

Posted: 9/15/2015 By: Cindy Brickner

After 46 years, I can finally say that I am no longer a student glider pilot

In the fall of 1967, I was in eighth grade at St. Eugene in Detroit, Michigan and I was really excited over something a friend had told me.  His older brother had gone for a glider ride.  I just had to learn more about this glider flying.  Even more important, how could I convince my parents to take me?

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Posted: 1/7/2015 By: Don Grillo

XF Gets A Facelift

XF is getting a facelift.  Click on "more" to see the progress.

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Posted: 11/20/2014 By: Lane Bush

Flying the HP-24

Here is the flight report of my flight in the HP-24 Prototype, the "Tetra-15" built by Brad Hill. Enjoy!

Posted: 8/26/2014 By: Tony Condon

Gold Distance and Diamond Goal Achieved

It took two tries over two summers but it's done!  South Georgia is a challenging place to fly a 300K with only flat farmland for miles and miles.  No ridge or wave action here.  Last year I set out on a declared 300K to only fall 30 kilometers short.  

This year I adjusted my triangle a little to the North to avoid overflying miles of timberland late in the day.  I suppose planning tasks do teach you something!  On May 19th myself, Hugh Gardner and Daryl Hickman took tows from club member Bill Walker.  The plan was to fly at least some of the 300k together.  Daryl and Hugh are just learning the xcountry techniques.  As luck would have it we never joined up after the tows.  After a 12:15 tow I struggled around 2500 msl for almost an hour.  At 1:15 I heard Daryl reporting 4000' so I began the task even though I was only at 2500'.  Just like last year, the first leg was painfully slow at 35 mph.  After two hours I turned the first waypoint Ashburn, GA.  I then turned South for Quitman, GA.  The second leg saw improving conditions and I finally broke above the 4000' altitude band and began working 4000' - 5000'.  Turning Quitman I began to worry about the time as it was already 5 pm.  Luckily the conditions held strong.  However, I still managed to get low over Cairo but dug myself out.  I stayed with the Cairo thermal all the way to 6000' to assure a safe final glide.  Too late now to blow it on the final glide!  Daryl flew to Cairo and accompanied me back to Bainbridge.  If you have been doing the time math you now realize that Daryl got his Silver duration in the process.

Thanks to all the guys for helping me get this done.  What a hoot soaring is!

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Posted: 5/26/2014 By: Lane Bush

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