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FAA releases SFAR on currency extensions

On May 4, 2020 the FAA issued a SFAR offering relief for some pilot operations, but it included significant restrictions on some operations, specifically the Flight Review (61.56) exemption DOES NOT APPLY to pilots conducting pleasure flights.  The PIC of any and all glider flights MUST have a current Flight Review.  If your Flight Review expired while your club or commercial operator was shutdown, you must schedule a review with your favorite instructor or look at the alternate means of compliance (WINGS Phase, new rating or certificate) as specified in 61.56 before you can act as PIC of a glider. More ...

Posted: 5/3/2020 By: Government Liaison Committee

SSA Flight Training Scholarships

SSA Flight Training Scholarships More ...

Posted: 5/2/2020 By: Youth/Junior Committee

HDOT postpones action at Dillingham Airfield due to COVID-19

HDOT postpones action at Dillingham Airfield due to COVID-19
April 15, 2020

HONOLULU – The Hawaii Department of Transportation (HDOT) Airports Division has notified tenants of Dillingham Airfield the termination of their permit at the facility has been rescinded due to the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic. HDOT’s goal is to terminate the lease with the U.S. Army by June 30, 2021 and expects that all tenant permits will be terminated by that date at the latest. Tenants may use this additional time to make alternative arrangements. All terms, conditions, and requirements of the tenants’ permits remain in effect.

SSA was part of the working group lobbying for more time to address the imminent closure of Dillingham by the HDOT.  AOPA assembled a working group including SSA, EAA, USPA, several Hawaii legislative representatives, and other interested parties to work the problem.  That group will continue to work the issue: the long term plan being to create an Airport Authority to replace HDOT as the sponsor for Dillingham.  That will require legislative action.  The working group will continue monitoring the situation and address any other issues related to HDOT’s actions regarding Dillingham.

The HDOT press release  is available here:

Posted: 4/16/2020 By: Government Liaison Committee

SSA Dennis Purduski Flight Training Scholarship

Posted: 2/13/2020 By: Youth/Junior Committee

Costello Insurance Primary Training Youth Scholarship

Posted: 1/20/2020 By: Youth/Junior Committee

Bultman Youth Flight Scholarship

Soaring Society of America's boost into advanced soaring for young ground crew. 

Annual award of up to $1000 for soaring pilots.  Application deadline is March 31st.

Photo #7037 | Bultman Winner SkyThis is a "worker" award for a young soaring pilot who has made impressive contributions to a USA soaring Club or School. Someone who may be too financially strapped to buy tows for personal recreation or personal progress in the sport. More ...

Posted: 1/20/2020 By: Youth/Junior Committee

Restated Articles of Incorporation

Restated Articles of Incorporation

Posted: 11/22/2019 By: SSA Foundation

SSA comments on Walker MOA proposal

The SSA submitted a response to the Walker MOA proposed for the Bridgeport, CA area. More ...

Posted: 10/16/2019 By: Government Liaison Committee

Annual Program Letter due for Experimental/RE gliders

It is the time of the year to remind members that if they have a glider that is licensed in
the “Experimental – Racing & Exhibition” category, they may have to file their annual
Program Letter. Anyone with a glider licensed in this category should consult the
Limitations document accompanying their aircraft certification paperwork for addition

Posted: 1/14/2019 By: Government Liaison Committee

Airworthiness Directive for Glasflugel gliders

The FAA has issued an airworthiness directive (AD) effective November 18, 2018 for Glasflugel Models Club Libelle 205, H 301 “Libelle,” H 301B “Libelle,” Kestrel, Mosquito, Standard “Libelle,” and Standard Libelle-201B gliders. This AD results from mandatory continuing airworthiness information (MCAI) issued by the aviation authority of another country to identify and correct an unsafe condition on an aviation product.  The MCAI describes the unsafe condition as jamming between the double two-ring end of the towing cable and the deflector angles of the CG release mechanism. We are issuing the AD to prevent failure of the towing cable to disconnect, which could result in reduced or loss of control of the glider or the cable breaking and causing injury to people on the ground.

A copy of the Federal register entry and the AD is here.  A copy of the referenced technical note is here.

Posted: 1/14/2019 By: Government Liaison Committee

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