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Kitty Hawk BOD Mtg and Soaring 100

  The Fall SSA Board of Directors Meeting is being held in conjunction with the  Soaring 100 celebration in Kitty Hawk, NC.  Friday morning, the Board gathered to consider annual awards to members for service, the 2012 proposed Budget, renewal of the broker agreement for the Group Insurance Plan, heard a recap of the good effort at AirVenture for youth recruiting and publicity, and received a slate of nominations for 2012 officers.  Regional Director discussed local activities. The NAA participant recounted international events. The Board considered relations with the FAA on airworthiness and airspace and technology issues.

The dates for National Championships are affirmed for 2012 as

Sports Class: Parowan, June 20-29, 2012

Standard Class: Montague, June 26-July 5, 2012

18 Meter: Montague, June 26-July 5, 2012

Open Class: Minden, June 12 – 21, 2012

15 Meter: Mifflin, PA, May 13-22, 2012.

The 1-26 and the 13.5 M class plan on holding their 2012 contest together at TSA near Dallas, TX, July 16-22. Additionally,  Sports Class: Mifflin, May 12-21, 2013 was also established for longer term planning.

   Saturday's conclusion of the meeting should include election of 2012 Officers, affiliation by the League of Silent Flight, adoption of the 2012-12016 Strategic Plan, recommendations for consideration for the Soaring Hall of Fame, and other business.

   The meeting is split over two days to allow Directors to enjoy the Soaring 100 activities and celebrations.  East Coast pilots and families are encouraged to enjoy the wide range of activities for this commemoration of the first 9 minute 45 second soaring flight on October 24, 1911.

   Friday will offer a postmark event at Jockeys Ridge State Park, the dedication of a National Landmark of Soaring, and a storytelling evening reception.  Saturday will host a full day of exhibits, educational presentations and a fly-in ceremony of gliders to First Flight Airport. Rededication of the Barnaby Plaque and Barnaby Lecture by Darrell Collins will be a highlight.  The evening holds a Ragtime Gala with music, southern cuisine and dancing at a nearby club.

   Sunday the 23rd  has a full schdeule of speaker's tracks, flying displays, youth activities and another glider fly-in at the National First Flight Park.

   Activities are rounded up with the Soaring Centennial celebration on Monday, October 24, at 9:45 a.m. at the Wright Brothers National Memorial. Exhibits, talks, and the Fly-In conclude at 3:00 p.m.  Most events are free, with only park access fees into the Wright Brothers Memorial.

 Further information is available from www.soaring100.com or www.firstflightfoundation.org.

C. Brickner

Posted: 10/21/2011 By: Government Liaison Committee

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