US Team Committee (USTC) Election Results
The US Team Committee (USTC) Election Results
Bob Fletcher has been elected to the US Team Committee. Bob will be replacing Dennis Linnekin on the committee and his term will expire on December 2019. A huge thanks to Dennis for his work on the committee and contributions to the US Team over the past 7 years. Thanks to Sean Fidler for running for a position on the committee.
US Team Committee Chair
P-51 Raffle Winner
The winning ticket for the P-51 Raffle Announcement was selected in Uvalde, TX. Mike Westbrook from Mansfield, TX was the lucky winner.
However, Mike was one of the US Soaring Teams pilots at the World Gliding Championships in Pociuni, Lithuania at the time.
Mike decided to re-donate the ticket so that someone not on the US Soaring Team could benefit from the raffle. Thanks Mike for the ‘re-donation’ of the P-51 Mustang ride.
So, Pete Alexander drew another winner from the raffle tickets. The lucky winner is Eric Finley from Poway, CA.
Eric’s response, “Holy Cow! Awesome!” And that he was “just happy to support the US Teams.”
Congrats Eric! Thank you for your support!
And thank everyone for participating in the raffle to support the US Soaring Teams!
World Gliding Championships - Pociunai, Lithuania
Stay tuned to the US Soaring Teams web site: www.ussoaringteams.org for the latest news and photos at the World Gliding Championships in Pociunai, Lithuania with competition starting on July 31. We also have up to the minute US Teams Facebook posts via our FaceBook Feed at the bottom of the Home Page.
Good Luck to the US Team!
US Team Committee ~ Chairman
Request for Feedback
The US Team Committee has been considering changes to the selection and preparation process for our Teams over the past 8 months. Outside sources were consulted including former US Team Members and the captains and coaches of the successful national soaring teams of England and France. The following documents have been posted on the SSA Website [click the title to open]:
If you have feedback for the US Team Committee regarding these proposed changes to the selection and preparation process for our Teams, please provide feedback in the form located at: http://adamsfive.com/a5soaring/survey/surveys.php by Sunday (March 20).
Note that we are not accepting anonymous comments. Your name will be attached to your comments and available to the US Team Committee when comments are studied. But that’s as far as names go - they will not be published.
US Team Committee
Erik Nelson - 15 Meter Class
Family legend has it that Erik’s father, Rick, took him for his first glider ride at nine weeks of age. Certainly the hook was set early, childhood vacations spent campaigning dad’s “DQ” in races from Adrian to Cordele. Eventually, interest turned to lessons, and lessons to solo, in a 2-33 at Cypress Bay in Little River, SC. Erik won his first regional contest at Chester at age 16, and represented the United States in the 1989 European Junior Gliding Championships in Cambrai, France. He then teamed with Sean Franke in the 1991 junior championships in Sweden and the 1993 championships in France. After a hiatus from contest flying during medical school and residency, Erik returned to the sport in his thirties. He has enjoyed racing his Ventus 2ax ever since, winning several regional contests and achieving podium finishes in the Sports and Standard Nationals in 2013. In 2015, he participated in the first Pan-American Gliding Championships in Chilhowee, Tennessee, placing second in 15-meter. He currently works as a musculoskeletal radiologist in Virginia, and flies with the Mid-Atlantic Soaring Association in Fairfield, Pennsylvania.
Sean Murphy - 15m Class
Sean’s parents became intrigued by motorless flight when they took his Cub Scout troop on a field trip to Harris Hill in 1976. They both joined the soaring club that year and began flying. When old enough, both Sean and his sister joined as junior members. Sis earned a private license and Sean, currently living in Elmira, is still involved and instructs at the club. He is a pilot for FedEx. Over time he participated in several regionals and nationals as a line crew and found he was eager to race cross country. Early non-mentored attempts at cross country flights resulted in fun stories, but little actual distance. After taking several years off from soaring to concentrate on his career as a professional pilot, he returned to Harris Hill and the sport with a serious intention to improve. With the help of several great pilots, his cross country miles began to pile up. During his first contest, Sean landed out every day! He was undeterred, however, and entered a contest the very next week and won the Sports Class division flying the Harris Hill Discus CS. He continued to work and improve, resulting in several regional wins and top places in national events in his Ventus 2b. In 2015 he was honored to be selected to the US Team at the 1st Pan American Gliding Competiton at Chilhowee, Tn., where he partnered with Erik Nelson. He looks forward to representing the US with Erik and the rest of the team at the 34th WGC in Benalla.
Sean Fidler - 18 Meter Class
Sean Fidler began competing in sailplane competitions in 2011 after spending several years learning cross-country in Ionia, Michigan. In Ionia, Sean was mentored by his father, Robert, and several other experienced pilots. As a former U.S. Sailing Team member, Sean was able to utilize some of that experience to understand and adapt to the complex strategy and tactics required in sailplane competition. By 2015, Sean qualified for the US Soaring Team in the 15-meter class at the FAI Pan American Gliding Championship (Chilhowee, TN), placing third in difficult conditions. At most contests, Sean is extremely fortunate and thankful to have his wife, Tiffany, as crew. Sean and Tiffany have organized several SSA contests and fun-fly events and are organizing the first ever FAI Sailplane Grand Prix USA Qualifier in July of 2016. Over the last several years, Sean has competed in 17 regional, national and Canadian contests with the goal of reaching the 2017 FAI World Championship (Australia) in the 18-meter class. Sean and Tiffany are extremely excited to have the opportunity to represent the USA at their first ever FAI World Gliding Championship.
Gary Ittner - 18 Meter Class
Gary Ittner is an engineer and part owner of a small company that specializes in welding services for the aerospace industry. He resides in Los Angeles and splits his glider flying among several Southern California gliderports, including Inyokern, Santa Ynez, and Warner Springs. Gary's passion for soaring began in 1975 and was initially satisfied by flying radio controlled model gliders. His switch to full size gliders started with flying lessons in 1983, buying his first glider in 1984, flying his first Regional contest in 1985, followed by his first National contest in 1986. Eventually pulling himself up from the bottom half of the score sheet, he has won 9 Nationals and flown in 8 Worlds, with a best finish of 4th in 15-meter at Mafikeng, South Africa. In his 7100 hours of glider flying, Gary has learned that glider racing is, by far, the most effective way to improve XC soaring skills. And he has found that improving his skills has always resulted in increased enjoyment of soaring.
Bill Gawthrop - Open Class
Bill has been flying sailplanes since 2001, after too many bumps and bruises flying hang gliders. He has won 7 regional competitions, and recently the Open Class Nationals last year in Montague, California. He won the Barron Hilton Cup western region in 2007 and has enjoyed competing in the OLC for several years.
Mike Robison - Open Class
Mike Robison soloed in gliders in 1997 from Ridge Soaring Gliderport at the age of 18. A Kolstad award winner, he holds a Gold badge with two Diamonds. Mike began competition soaring in 1999, in the Penn State Soaring Club's Blanik L-13. In 2001 he competed in the Club Class at the Junior World Gliding Championships in Issodun, France. Mike placed second in the US Open Class Nationals in 2012 and 2014, flying a Nimbus 3DM with copilot Tom Stepleton. Mike also competed in the 2015 Open Class Nationals, flying an Arcus M with Larry Timpson. Mike most recently competed in the 20 Meter 2-Seater class at the 2016 World Gliding Championships in Pociunai, Lithuania, with Larry. Mike will be flying solo in the cockpit this time in N1K, a JS1-C, in Australia. He is employed as an instructor at the Pennsylvania College of Technology, and teaches FAA Airframe and Powerplant Mechanic courses. He lives in State College, PA, with his wife, Becky, and children, Lucas and Eva.
John Good - US Team Captain
John has been a member of the US Team at many World Gliding Championship events, serving as crew, Team Captain and report author. He was the Deputy Championship Director / Task-setter at the 2012 WGC in Uvalde, Texas and brings a wealth of international rules knowledge as Captain.
Tim McAllister - Club Class
Tim McAllister “EY” learned to fly gliders when he was 15 years old in Hinckley, Illinois and has logged more than 2,200 hours since then racing around the world. He rose to national prominence when he won the U.S. Sports Class National Championship in his Standard Libelle in 2003. Tim was the top-finishing U.S. team member at both the 4th Club Class World Gliding Championships in 2006 (Vinon, France) and the 3rd Club Class World Gliding Championships in 2004 (Elverum, Norway). Additionally, he participated in the First World Sailplane Grand Prix in 2005 (St. Auban, France), was 2nd at the Russian qualifying Grand Prix in 2006, and was the only U.S. competitor at the 2nd World Sailplane Grand Prix in December 2007 (Omarama, New Zealand). He participated in the Pre-Worlds in Pociunai in 2015.
Tim and his wife, Susan, are co-owners of Dragonfly Sales, the exclusive North American broker for the new line of GP Gliders in the 13.5 meter class. Active as a volunteer in soaring, Tim has organized competitions, served as CD at the nationals level, and served as a Director of the Soaring Society of America and of Texas Soaring Association. Currently owning and racing an HpH 304C and living in Dallas, Texas, Tim will fly Standard Cirrus “YU” with Paul Weeden as his able crew.
Mike Westbrook - Club Class
Mike is a third generation pilot that grew up around the Texas Soaring Association and currently works for FlightSafety International. First soloing on his fourteenth birthday, earning his Silver Badge in a 1-26 that same summer and then flying his first competition in the 1-26 Championships at sixteen, the hook was set young. With over 1,000 hours in sailplanes, Mike is a Kolstad Scholarship recipient and currently holds several state records in Texas and the US National Multiplace record for Free Triangle Distance with his father, Mick Westbrook. Flying a Standard Cirrus for the last five years to qualify for the Club Class Team, Mike is now a partner in a Discus 2b. Mike's previous experience at the international level includes the 2005 Junior Worlds in Hus Bos, England and the 2007 Junior Worlds in Rieti Italy. Mitch Hudson will be crewing for Mike and the Standard Cirrus he will be flying in Lithuania.
Phil Gaisford - Standard Class
Phil learned to glide in the United Kingdom while at high school using things like abandoned WWII runways, home-made launch vehicles, piano wire, and Skylarks. When one asks Phil about flying he says "I soon got interested in competition flying, making the UK team in 1992, and was Swiss national champion in 1993. My wide-ranging contest experience includes the UK, France, Switzerland, Germany, Hungary, Argentina, Finland, and since relocating to the US in 1994, most sections of this country. He owns a Discus 2, which he flies with Greater Boston Soaring Club, and where he also gives flight instruction.
Bob Fletcher - Standard Class
Bob started flying in Doncaster, UK before university. At university he joined Phil Gaisford on the Nottingham University committee and was instrumental in starting the annual Inter University Task Week" flying the first two in a K-13 with other students in the front seat. Since college Bob has focused more on racing than instructing, flying many standard class national competitions in the US, Canada and the UK, winning the Standard Class Kubly Trophy in 2006 at Uvalde. He enjoys flying in the western US mountains especially the area between Salt Lake City, UT and Bozeman, MT. Bob practices at Greater Boston Soaring which offers a tremendous diversity of conditions and many skilled racers to fly with. Bob looks forward to team flying with Phil Gaisford again in Lithuania which looks very similar to South Carolina with its dark forestation and agriculture. When not gliding Bob is racking up the frequent flying miles leading the sales team of an Internet start-up. Earlier in his career he worked with the FAI award winning Cambridge Aero team on the first GPS flight recorders, he negotiated and co-wrote the original IGC file format with the other GPS manufacturers.
Michael Robison - 20 m 2-Place Class
Mike has been involved in soaring since 1997. He lives in State College PA with his wife Becky and children Lucas and Eva.He is employed as an instructor at the Pennsylvania College of Technology, and teaches FAA Airframe and Powerplant Mechanic courses. He currently flies from Ridge Soaring Gliderport, and holds a Gold Badge with 2 Diamonds. Mike began flying competition in 2-seat gliders in 1999, flying the Penn State Soaring Clubs Blanik L-13. Mike has typically competed in the Sports, and Open Class in a Nimbus 3DM, Duo Discus and recently an Arcus M. Mike will be flying in an Arcus M with Larry Timpson in Lithuania.
Fernando Silva - US Team Captain
Fernando Silva transitioned to gliders in 1978 and started racing in 1996. He has served as Competition Director for the Georgia-Tennessee-Alabama club race series as well as Weatherman at Regional and National contests. He is the 2015 US National Champion in the 15-meter Class.
Fernando recently retired as a partner of a global management-consulting firm where he led strategic planning and corporate finance teams in North America. Since retiring, he served as Team Captain of the US Team for the 2014 World Gliding Championship in Finland, and currently serves as Team Captain for the 2016 WGC in Lithuania. He is a member of the Mid-Georgia Soaring Association
9th FAI Junior World Gliding Championships Dec.1 - Dec.12
The Gliding Federation of Australia and the Narromine Gliding Club will be hosting the 2015 Junior World Gliding Championships in Narromine, Australia.
We are proud to be represented by an outstanding team.
John Good – US Team Captain
John has been a member of the US Team at many World Gliding Championship events, serving as crew, Team Captain and report author. He was the Deputy Championship Director / Task-setter at the 2012 WGC in Uvalde, Texas.
Daniel Sazhin is an Aero Club Albatross pudknocker and 1-26 association member, flying out of Blairstown, NJ. Soaring is his passion, flying for the first time when he turned 11, soloing at 15 and getting his Private Pilot Rating at 16. He was always interested in cross country soaring and was delighted to complete his completed his Silver Badge in 2011. Thereafter, he began to actively pursue badge flying, over time earning a Gold Badge, Two Diamonds and 750km Diploma, all in the club Schweizer 1-26E. In 2012, Daniel was introduced to competition flying by Ron Schwartz, imbuing the competitive desire that drove him to pursue contest flying further. In 2013, he won the 1-26 Championship in Moriarty. Following this contest, thanks to Bill Thar's generosity and patronage, he flew the Duckhawk for the first time. In 2014 and 2015, he actively flew the Duckhawk and his club's LS4, competing in three highly competitive Nationals contests. Daniel is currently a Senior at Pace University, studying Marketing.
JP has been hooked on aviation for nearly 10 years. Beginning with radio control aircraft he flew competitive giant-scale aerobatics before moving into full-scale flying. He joined the Blue Ridge Soaring Society (BRSS) 6 years ago and fell in love with soaring. He is now in his third year studying Aerospace Engineering at Virginia Tech, spends his weekends instructing at BRSS, and racing gliders in the summer.
Garret comes from a glider family. His parents have owned Sky Sailing, Inc., since 1979. Garret represented the US Junior Team in 2003 and 2005. He credits the George Lee Camp at Plain Soaring for the knowledge gained to win the 2009 US Open Class Nationals and the Larissa Strouekoff Trophy in 2005 and 2006 for the fastest flight during a contest. Garret represented the US Open Class team in 2008 and 2010. His last move in classes was when he left 60:1 super ships to fly in Club Class, becoming US Club Class National Champion in 2013 and 2015. He is a full-time glider flight instructor at Sky Sailing.
More about Narromine
Narromine airfield is set in the centre of some of the best gliding country in the world. The consistantly hot weather and surrounded by large, flat paddocks makes for some of the best and safest soaring conditions you will ever see. Narromine Airfield hosts many notable Australian competitions each year.
Narromine airfield is West of the Great Dividing Range on the Mitchell highway, just a short walk from the center of Narromine township.
The township is only 38 kilometres (20-minutes by road) from the major inland city of Dubbo, a city with a population of 40,000. Narromine is a licensed aerodrome with two sealed and three grass runways surrounded by a large grass area which allows an easy and safe gliding operation.
Congratulations to our 13.5m US Team at the 1st 13.5m World Gliding Championships
Congratulations to our 13.5 m US Team of François Pin and Tony Condon for their success at the 1st 13.5 m World Gliding Championships at Pociunai, Lithuania. Francois Pin finished in 3rd place on the podium. François and Tony also captured 3rd Place for the 13.5 m World Gliding Championship Team Cup.
François Pin 3rd place on the podium
Tony Condon and François Pin with their 3rd place WGC Team Cup
Great job on a wonderful achievement!
For addition information, use the following links:
US Team13.5m Website: https://ussoaringteam2015lithuania.wordpress.com/
Complete Scores: http://www.soaringspot.com/en_gb/135-wgc2015/results
Competition Website: http://www.wgc2015.lt/
(Photos courtesy of Leah Benson-Condon)
An invitation to Narromine, Australia
Junior World Gliding Championships 2015
Only 7 months before the start of the practice period of the World Gliding Championships and you can feel the excitement growing within the organising team and the teams who are contacting us. We have a large number of teams hiring gliders and booking accommodation already so we are looking forward to a good competition.
We are putting an increasing amount of information onto our web site (see www.jwgc2015.com) and the facebook page is getting a lot more traffic.
If you have any questions please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
Entries are due by 30th August – see the web page for the form. We would appreciate an early indication of entries even without names to ensure that we are arranging enough towplanes, so feel free to submit an entry which you can then replace once you have confirmed your pilots.
The entry fee is set as Aust$845 (which is 600euro as at 26th March). The fee was converted with approval of IGC to ensure no issues with fluctuating exchange rates. Teams are free to pay the entry early or pre-purchase Australian dollars if they want to protect themselves against currency fluctuations.
Local Procedures should be available at the end of May.
Flying gliders in Australia some good news
Australia recognises international ICAO licences and you can easily apply for an Australian Glider Pilots Certificate on-line before you arrive. See Bulletin 2 for details of steps to follow to fly in Australia, whether you are flying an Australian glider or bringing your own.
You must become a member of the Gliding Federation of Australia (GFA) and an affiliated gliding club.
The good news is that we have been able to arrange for a significant reduction in the GFA junior membership fee. This will now cost you only $30 per month, paid on-line. We have also arranged with Narromine GC to offer a cheap club junior membership fee which you can pay on arrival.
It is common in Australia to have many days with lift exceeding 10,000ft/3000m, and hopefully we will get quite a few of these days during the competition period. The aviation legislation in Australia requires the use of oxygen when above 10,000ft/3000m so we will be required to monitor that gliders who exceed this altitude have oxygen on board the glider. During scrutineering you will be asked to show a functional oxygen system.
Aircraft which do not have a functional oxygen system will be monitored on the high days to ensure that they do not exceed 10,000ft/3000m and safety penalties may be applied for infringement of this legislative limit. So bring an oxygen system.
We will have oxygen refilling facilities at Narromine airfield. We hope that you have to refill the bottle a couple of times during the competition? You may need to provide a suitable connector for your bottle if it is non standard.
A functioning FLARM will be mandatory for all gliders competing in the competition.
It has been brought to our attention that European PowerFLARM units will notwork in Australia, so those pilots bringing gliders from Europe with these units installed will need to find an alternative for the competition. We understand that other (non-Power) FLARMs will work.
If you decide to purchase a Power flarm set up for Australia then we may be able to help you to sell it within Australia after the competition.
If you are hiring an Australian glider then it should have a suitable flarm – check with the owner.
Personal locator beacons (Spot or similar)
Most of the contest area has very little population, few houses and some areas have limited phone coverage on the ground. We strongly recommend that pilots carry a spot tracker or similar satellite based personal location device to make it easier to locate you in case of an outlanding.
Spot enabled us to quickly locate outlanded gliders last December, so we could send the towplane for one and give the crew clear directions to find the other pilot. If you don’t have such a device and land in one of the more remote areas then you may be in for a very lonely night and late return to Narromine.
We have a number of gliders available for hire and these are advertised on our web page. We have a good selection of club class gliders available but only a small number of standard class gliders, but are working on getting some more. Please email us at email@example.com if you want contact details for the glider owners. If you have a specific request also email us and let us know what you want – we can approach suitable owners to see if we can get support.
There is an information sheet on importing gliders into Australia on the web page, and it gives contact details of two Customs agents, well experienced with importing gliders for short periods, who will be able to assist you or provide advice.
The advice on cleaning the glider and trailer before shipping cannot be ignored. Australia is an island nation with a major agricultural industry, so our quarantine rules are very strict and any dirt on a trailer wheel or glider undercarriage could result in significant time and cost issues for you.
There is still accommodation available but the early planners have been booking some of the best options available. Camping at the airfield is still available as are many of the hotels in town, also consider accommodation at Trangie and Dubbo and other towns which are only 15-20 minutes’ drive from the airfield.
If you would like to rent a house you can send us an email and we will see if we can arrange one for you. Tell us how many people, how many beds and what dates you require.
Practice prior to the Junior worlds:
The Australian Club class and Sports class (ballasted handicap class) National Championships will be held at Lake Keepit, 4 hours drive North East from Narromine - International pilots are welcome to enter. The competition web site will be available shortly, so you should watch the Lake Keepit SC web page which will have a link to the competition web site within a few weeks. www.keepitsoaring.com
Launching and weather information will be available 7 days a week at Narromine from the start of November, with task guidance available.
Benalla world championships Jan 2017
Planning has started for the Open/18m/15m world championships and the Australian multiclass nationals (Open/18m/15m/Standard) will be held at Benalla from 4-15 Jan 2016, which offers a great opportunity for international pilots to get some experience of the site. International pilots are welcome to enter. These classes are handicapped so even lower performance gliders can compete fairly. Teams may want to consider utilising gliders form the Junior worlds to practice at Benalla? See the web page at www.ozglide.com.
GFA Executive Officer
The Gliding Federation of Australia proudly invites you to participate in the 9th FAI Junior World Gliding Championships at Narromine in December 2015.
Progress so far
The 2014 Joeyglide Australian National Junior Championship and practice event for the 2015 Junior World Championship was completed very successfully in December 2014 – great practice for the pilots and a good test for the organisation. The outcome was very successful on all counts with 6 competition days from a total of 8 available, task distances of 300-600km for standard and 240-500km for club class. A full report can be seen in Gliding Australia magazine, which is available on line at www.glidingaustralia.org/GA/ (see Feb/Mar edition 22) and results can be seen at www.soaringspot.com/jg2014/results/
Join us on Facebook & Twitter
Follow the ‘9th FAI Junior World Gliding Championships' on Facebook, or @JWGC15 on Twitter.
We will be posting latest info here, and you can ask questions of the organisation and other pilots and teams.
It currently includes an advert from Team Lithuania who have two container spots available from Europe.
The competition web site is now operational.
The information is increasing rapidly and entry forms and bank details will be provided shortly.
Other Useful links
- Gliding Federation of Australia web page: www.glidingaustralia.org
- Narromine Gliding Club: http://www.narromineglidingclub.com.au/
- Narromine Shire Council: http://www.narromine.nsw.gov.au/
If you have any questions: send an email to our info email box: firstname.lastname@example.org
Getting to Narromine
Narromine airfield, Narromine, NSW, Australia
S 32 13.4 : E 148 13.8 Elevation 820ft MSL
The closest capital city to Narromine is Sydney and there are many international flights arriving daily. Connecting flights from Sydney arrive at Dubbo, which is a 20 minute drive to Narromine.
Alternatively, consider flying into a state capital city closer to where you are collecting your glider and car, such as Brisbane, Melbourne or Adelaide. Many international airlines have flights landing directly at these cities, or cheap domestic Australian flights can be purchased to hub from Sydney.
Be aware of the following driving times to Narromine:
- From Sydney = 6 hours,
- From Brisbane = 10 hours,
- From Melbourne = 10 hours
- From Adelaide = 13 hours.
- From Perth: You do not want to drive from Perth unless you want a real adventure – roads are good but 3 or 4 days driving.
Accommodation at Narromine
See the web page for contact details for a range of accommodation options. You are advised to book accommodation early to ensure you can get the type of facility that suits you.
- There are many hotels, motels, bed & breakfasts available in Narromine. The town of Trangie is 10-15 minutes drive to the north and also has good accommodation. Dubbo, a much larger city 20 minutes drive to the East has a broader range of accommodation.
- A number of hotels in Narromine are offering group discounts for teams with a range of other services provided.
- Camping is available at the airfield camp site, with a number of cabins available also. A local business “Tent town” has tents, beds and other equipment for hire which they can set up for your arrival. See their web site www.tent-town.com.au for details. Otherwise you can purchase cheap camping equipment at Dubbo – contact us if you want any advice on this.
- Houses and rooms for rent: It may be possible to find houses for rent in Narromine, or even rooms to rent - If you are interested in this then send an email to our email@example.com email address with details of the number of people and dates required.
We have a number of gliders available for hire or swap. See the web page for details. Otherwise you can express interest by contacting firstname.lastname@example.org . Use the same email contact if you have requests regarding importing of gliders into Australia.
Practice opportunities prior to the championships
Flying at Narromine is available throughout November. Contact Narromine Gliding club to advise your needs. There are a number of entries reserved for International Pilots at the Australian Club Class and Sports Class National championships which will be held at Lake Keepit in mid November 2015. Lake Keepit is located near to Tamworth in the NE corner of the Narromine task area, approx. 4 hours drive from Narromine. Sports Class is a handicap class that includes all gliders that are above the Club Class handicap range. See the GFA calendar for details.
Club Class (maximum of 50 entries)
Standard Class (maximum of 50 entries)
3 entries per NAC per class plus current junior world champions who still meet the age requirements.
- Entry period closes and entry fees due: 30th Aug 2015
- Reserve pilots accepted: 30th Sep 2015
- Airfield availability for training flights: Always available
- Pilot/Team Registration and Technical inspection: 23rd to 26th Nov 2015
- Unofficial training: 23rd to 26th Nov 2015
- First official Team Captain briefing: 26th Nov at 19:00
- Mandatory safety briefing: 27th Nov at 10:00
- Official training: 27th to 29th Nov 2015
- Opening ceremony: 30th Nov evening
- Contest flying: 1st Dec to 12th Dec
- Farewell party: 12th Dec evening
- Closing ceremony and prize-giving: 13th Dec at 11:00
Foreign pilots flying in Australia
Getting a “licence” to fly a glider in Australia is simple.
1. You must join the Gliding Federation of Australia. 1 month membership for international pilots is $103 (approx. 70 euro). You can buy a 12 month junior membership for $135, which is better if you intend to spend more time here. This can be purchased before you arrive on-line via the GFA web site, or can be done as soon as you get here.
2. You must join a gliding club: Narromine gliding club has cheap short term membership, or if you are hiring a glider from another club you can buy a membership from them. Again, you can do this once you arrive.
3. Apply for an Australian Glider Pilot Certificate
You can convert your licence/pilot certificate and medical from your home country to an Australian Glider Pilot Certificate (GPC). There is no cost and you can apply on line well before you arrive in Australia. Once your application has been processed you will receive an email confirming that the GPC is approved, and this combined with payment of your GFA membership will prove that you are licenced to fly in Australia. You must have this to fly Australian registered gliders or any other gliders.
The on-line application for an Australian GPC can be found here. http://www.glidingaustralia.org/component/com_chronoforms/Itemid,811/view,form/
General information for foreign pilots flying in Australia can be found here. http://www.glidingaustralia.org/GFA-Ops/foreignpilots.html
Entry and Qualification Rules
The entry fee is 600 EUR per participating glider and it shall be paid to our bank account in cleared Australian Dollars before 30th August 2015 using bank details shown on the web page. Please indicate names of the competitors in the money transfer. To avoid issues with exchange rate, you will be advised the number of Australian dollar to be paid once bank account details are provided on the web page.
The fee for Aerotow is 55 EUR per tow, payable in Australian dollars. Teams will be required to pre-pay for aerotows at Registration. Unused tows will be refunded.
If the number of entries in a class exceeds the limit for the maximum number of entries, rejection of the entries will be done according to SC3-A Appendix 4. Entry fees for rejected entries will be returned. Pilot changes within NAC will be accepted until 30th Sep 2015
In addition to official entry forms, pilots and team members will be required to make an on-line registration with some reference data and a face photograph.
Entering NAC is responsible to ensure that pilot fulfills all Sporting Code requirements for example those listed in SC3-A, Part 3.2. The most recent Sporting Code will be valid.
Championship Director: Adam Webb
Deputy Championship Director: Terry Cubley
Chief Steward: Brian Spreckley (UK)
Jury President: Max Stevens (New Zealand)
If you have any questions then please contact us at:
GFA Executive Officer
ph: 04 0808 5988
Giving to the WGC US Team has its Rewards
Over the years the US Teams have asked for your assistance in sending them to World Championships. This year, your reward for contributing was pretty exciting and definitely worth the shot at winning.
At the Reno SSA convention, many contributed to the US Team to have a chance to win a cross country flight in a Duo Discus with Rick Walters out at Minden. What a great opportunity for some cross-country training with Rick. The winner of that flight was Reb Byrne of Horn Lake, Mississippi, and Reb will be taking that flight this summer
During the Seniors Contest in late March this year, Rich Owen and Virginia Thompson organized a wine, champagne and dessert party to benefit the US Teams. Lee Lauderback is the owner of Stallion 51, which specializes in flights and instruction in the P-51 Mustang. Karl Streidieck asked Lee to consider donating a P-51 flight to benefit the US Teams and Lee very graciously agreed! The value of this lesson is $3,500.00 for a one hour flight, and as the P-51 has dual controls, the winner would get some flight time.
Raffle tickets were sold starting at the Seniors (after the champagne was served) and were available at several spring contests, and from the SSA office. 100 tickets were made available, of which 88 were sold. Tickets were offered at several contests and thanks to the good graces of Lee Lauderback who lives and flies in Florida, pilots were anxious to get tickets and get lucky.
The winner of the P-51 ride was announced at the Sports Class Nationals in Midlothian, TX last week. The lucky winner happens to live in Florida so he won’t have a long drive to get to the ride - Kevin Sorenson would normally be the lucky person flying high in a P-51. Congratulations to him. Looking further, we learned that Kevin planned to give the P-51 ride to his 90 year old father who also lives in Florida. Due to conflicts or health issues, Kevin offered the ride to his brother Ken Sorenson and he accepted it in a nanosecond.
The US Team committee, pilots, crews, and others thank all the donors of prizes for the various fund raising events held this year. It’s important to the team to have successful fund raising and both winners struck gold on their events. A cross country flight in a Duo Discus would be superb; a lesson/flight in a P-51 would excite most any pilot.