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Team Press Room
This is your guide to the sport of soaring
Flying without an engine allows sailplane pilots to experience man's age-old dream of flying in its purest and most beautiful expression.
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Soaring flight has captured the human imagination throughout the ages. The sport of soaring has many varied story angles including local clubs, dramatic contests, high technology, human interest, historical and international championship possibilities. The thrill of victory and agony of defeat are very much a part of competitive soaring.
The Team Press Room puts all the resources you need to develop factual coverage of the exciting sport of soaring from an insiders viewpoint with an emphasis on United States soaring teams and competitive soaring.
Use the Team Press Room to Promote Soaring
A critical goal of the new Press Room is to provide the soaring community with the tools needed to promote the sport locally. Beyond directing media to this resource for background on soaring the PRESS KIT TEMPLATES section provides examples of media materials than can be downloaded by the soaring community for use in promoting the sport locally.
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Team Competition Calendar
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Sailplanes & Gliders
U.S. Teams and World Gliding Championships
History of Soaring
|There are many Regional and National Soaring Championships held each year in the United States. Visit the Team Calendar for National events and the SSA Calendar for Regional events in your area.||Click the headings to pull down background on the sport of soaring in Adobe PDF.|
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Use these templates to create your own media releases to promote the sport locally.
Press Release Template
Press Release Example
|General Background and Story Ideas|
Soaring has an almost magical quality for most people. The thought of flight without an engine seems to stretch the limits of imagination. Effortlessly soaring through the sky in silent flight unencumbered by an engine makes the sport a compelling endeavor. There is no more challenging or rewarding aviation activity. Soaring pilots routinely climb thousands of feet in altitudes, soar hundreds of miles and stay up for hours using only their knowledge of nature’s hidden forces and the refined technology of their craft.
Modern soaring is a nexus of technology, art, nature and drama. High performance sailplanes are typically constructed using advanced composite materials and utilize highly refined aerodynamics and instruments to maximize performance.
While sophisticated instrumentation can track a soaring pilot’s progress around a course and make it possible to use nature’s forces efficiently, it is an understanding of natures hidden atmospheric forces and the skill to exploit them that separate sailplane pilots from other pilots.
Competitive soaring is the highest expression of the sport. Every year soaring pilots from around the nation come together to compete for the titles of Regional and National Champion. These events are tough, with all the human drama, intrigue and competitive challenge of more widely recognized sporting events. The best pilots are selected by the Soaring Society of America to represent the United States at World Soaring Championships.
World Soaring Championships are international events that stand as the highest expression of competitive soaring with pilots from around the world racing to determine a champion of champions. From relaxed local club soaring on a summer afternoon to the aggressive and often hart breaking quest to become world or national champion the sport of soaring has something for everyone.
Please see the Background section for a full description of the sport...
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