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  • What:  AMA EXPO EAST 2017
  • Where:  Meadowlands Exposition Center, Secaucus, New Jersey
  • When:  
    • Friday, February 24, 2017 11am – 5pm
    • Saturday, February 25, 2017 10am – 5pm
    • Sunday, February 26, 2017 10am – 4pm

Long Island Soaring Association (LISA) and Aero Club Albatross will be representing soaring and the SSA at this event with a both and display glider.  Shake off those winter blues and see the latest in modelling, drones, and more and say hi to our LISA members.  The Academy of Model Aeronautics and Soaring Society of America are partners in youth and aviation education.

Posted: 2/2/2017

2004 SSA Growbook

Remember the SSA Growbook?  If it's not on your chapter's bookshelf you can download a copy of the 2004 edition here.

Posted: 1/19/2017

Live video from WGC2017 Friday and Saturday

As excitement builds in the final few days of a close competition, a new feature to follow the pilots’ progress live is about to be introduced.

The Gliding Federation of Australia’s head of marketing and development, John Styles, said a live stream, via YouTube, would please anyone keen to follow developments in greater detail.

“What we will have is live commentary explaining the tactics and rules and how it all works,” Mr Styles said.

“We’ll have live in-flight video from a number of gliders, so you can see what the pilot’s seeing whilst he’s flying along.”

The feed will be displayed on the event YouTube page, which in turn will be embedded into the championship website at www.wgc2017.com.

The broadcasting will start at 10am on Friday and Saturday, with the live streaming of the briefing. (Australia day and time folks)

“Once the gliders are launching later in the day the live event will take place and it will last throughout the flights,” Mr Styles said.

Commentary will be intermittent, and viewers can also expect to see adverts along the way, in the form of still images or short videos.

Posted: 1/19/2017

SSA Chapter Guide

A revised SSA Chapter Guide has been published and includes some changes that will become effective January 1st, 2017.  This includes a category called Soaring Associate.  This will allow the SSA to offer engagement with clubs and other organizations that don't conform to the SSA by-laws.

Posted: 12/7/2016

SSA Hangar Flying Newsletter April 2016

The SSA Hangar Flying Newsletter has been e-mailed to chapter contacts as listed with the SSA.  If you're an officer of an SSA Club or Chapter and did not receive a copy, they are available online.

Posted: 4/17/2016

Leveraging the SSA FAST Program and SSA Introductory Membership for chapter growth

After someone shows interest in soaring and your club/chapter, how do they see if they are a good fit for soaring?   Do you have a next step?  The following presentation  suggests ways to leverage the SSA FAST Program and the SSA Introductory Membership  to provide some trial lessons to set the hook. 

SSA FAST and IM, Using and leveraging the SSA Fly A Sailplane Today Package and the SSA Introductory membership

Does it work?  The Cleveland Soaring Society contacted the SSA Clubs & Chapters Committee in August 2008.  They received some promotional suggestions and the concept of using the SSA Introductory Membership to attract new members.  Only two of these Introductory memberships failed to convert to full members and the club doubled their membership during the 2009 season.

The Mid-Atlantic Soaring Association used the SSA Introductory Membership with the US Naval Academy to provide orientation flights to 150 cadets  in 2009. 

Posted: 11/23/2009