On behalf on this year’s Board of Directors, I would like to welcome you to SOSA for the 2017 season. We are very excited about the upcoming flying season and can’t wait for it to get started. I wanted to take this opportunity to communicate with you on several topics.
First off let me introduce you to your Board of Directors and Committees for the 2017 season:
Board of Directors
Chief Tow Pilot
Dean of Students
While the flying season hasn’t full started just yet, your board has met twice already and are busy working on a number of initiatives and activities. We have agreed that the following are priorities for us in the 2017 season:
First and foremost, the board is committed to ensuring that SOSA’s safety focus remains high. 2016 saw a marked improvement in safety incidents over the previous year, which is thanks in part to Bill Vollmar and his safety team for the work they built on top of previous committees. I think it is also important to thank all of you, our members, for your focus and commitment to our improved safety record. Whether it is in the air, on the flight line, moving aircraft in the hangar, or just general activities at the club, safety needs to remain front of mind for all members and in all activities. Let’s keep up the great trends started last year so that we can ensure 2017 is another safe year at SOSA.
I would also like to point out that Bill received the 2016 Hank Jansen Award from SAC for his Contributions to Safety. Congratulations Bill!!
We all recognize that our membership has been declining over the last few years. This decline in membership has not just been felt in our club but across the soaring community and in many other organizations. The competition for peoples’ time and money has increased and people have many more options and opportunities today. Over the years we have had a great deal of focus on marketing and growing our membership and while this needs to continue, our bigger challenge is in maintaining the membership we have. Sure, we can expect some attrition year over year, but our membership retention rate has been an issue in the last few years. Surely it should be easier to keep members than attract new ones.
So, as we organized this year’s Board portfolios, we wanted to start thinking in terms of managing and caring for our existing membership as one thing and address marketing and growing new members as a separate portfolio. This division will allow the marketing team to have an external view in development and execution of our marketing strategies and messages to targeted audiences, while also allowing for a dedicated focus internally on how best to improve the member experience, satisfaction and retention.
Thanks to Farid Ibrahim and his team last year, we made tremendous progress in integrating Free Flight at our flight line and into the financial systems of the club. We will look to further train all members on the use of the system and implement other features and capabilities of Free Flight.
We are looking to formalize more organized student training program. You will hear more on this from Martin shortly.
Here are a few key upcoming dates:
In other news
Well that is it for now. We will publish more information and updates during the season. If you haven’t signed up as a member yet, please do so soon as we would love to see you at the field early this season. Remember that April 22/23 is the spring work weekend and many hands make light work. Once again welcome to SOSA for 2017 and looking forward to seeing everyone at the flight line.
Here is a list of recent and future activities at SOSA in 2017. Few dates are still being discussed and will be provided soon, so we can plan ahead and enjoy the season as much as possible
25 - Annual General Meeting
25 - Instructor's meeting
25, 26 - Ground School
22, 23 - Spring Cleaning weekend
23 - Pilot Safety meeting
01 - Start of mid-week flying operation
09 - Start of Tuesday evening instruction
12 - Start of Friday evening instruction
13 - New member orientation session
13 - Pilot Safety Seminar
27, 28 - Bronze Badge camp (3, 4/June as rain date)
03 - Summer Instructor's meeting
17 - Safety seminar and social BBQ
18 - New member orientation session after flying
30 - Deadline to complete the Spin check
tbd - Start of Acro training
01 - Summer Instructor's meeting
03 to 07 - Cross Country camp
05 - Summer Instructor's meeting
05 to 07 - SOSA Mudbowl
19 - Summer General Meeting
26 Aug to 04 Sep - Acceleration Week
02 - Summer Instructor's meeting
23 - Precision Landing Contest
SOSA pilots Jerzy Szemplinski (XG) and Sergei Morozov (M6 for this contest) are participating at the qualifying grand prix at Seminole Glider Port in Florida. You can follow the race on line:
Sailplane grand prix page: http://www.sgp.aero/usa2017/results-sgp/results.aspx?contestID=28481
Facebook (link here)
Spring is here and the flying season will start soon.
Recently several instructors fought the cold weather and got checked out and we plan to do more check flights as soon as weather permits. Having several instructors checked out will help getting all pilots signed off quicker for the season.
In preparation for the start of the season, here are a few notes for this year.
Spring check rides - Every pilot will have to perform the following exercises on their check flights:
- Pre-take-off and landing checks done (a fail for pilot if he/she forgot to do it)
- Box the wake
- Steep turns 45° at constant speed left and right
- Circuit entered between 750 to 850 feet AGL
- Approach speed on final must be within +10 and -5 kts of stated airspeed
- Land in one third of the runway length
- Demonstrate good airmanship through out
- Demonstrate knowledge of airspace (i.e. Corridor, Hamilton and Waterloo airspace)
Spin check policy for 2017
- Every pilot must have had a spin check before June 30, 2017 and before they can fly the LS4, Junior, or Puchacz, Duo as P1.
Cross-country training program
- A cross-country training program with PTR is almost ready. Members who wish to join the program should contact the CFI directly.
Please refer to the website for all the club's documents such as the POH for the Duo and the fleet progression requirements.
Every year we recognize members that made as significant flights and contributions to our club. Here are the award winners for the past season
DR. WOLF DIETRICH LEERS AWARD
Awarded to the SOSA Instructor of the year- Chris Wilson
KEN LARMOUR AWARD
Awarded to a first year flying member who made a significant contribution to the club- Angelo Quattrociocchi
THE JUNIOR TROPHY
Awarded to the most cumulative distance flying the Junior - Paul Chafe
THE DOUG WINGER 500
Awarded for the fastest 500 km triangle flown from SOSA 555km at 115kph- Jerzy Szemplinski
THE ROYAL CROWN COLA SOARING TROPHY
Awarded for the best flight by a Silver Badge Pilot (anywhere) - Jeffrey Dixon
DOUGLAS C. WINGER MEMORIAL TROPHY
Awarded for a significant contribution by a Tow Pilot - Gary Baker and Alan Daniel
Awarded for a significant contribution to the non-flying operation at SOSA - Diane Maloney
MEMBER AT LARGE AWARD
Significant contribution to overall operations at SOSA - Margaret Voorhaar
The Canadian National Soaring Team is currently competing at the 34th World Gliding Championships in Benalla, Australia, running until January 20th, 2017. All four pilots on the team this year are SOSA members and flight instructors.
The competition time zone is 16 hours ahead of SOSA time, most race days will start at about 10pm Eastern, with results available to us in the mornings.
Real Time Flight Streaming
Since we couldn't all travel to Australia to cheer them on in person, here's how to follow the contest online:
- Live tracking of race flights: http://wgc2017.com/live!/tracking.aspx?contestID=25893
- Airfield live radio: http://www.wgc2017.com/live!/audio.aspx?contestID=25960
- Landouts map: http://www.wgc2017.com/live!/lowcrop-outlandings.aspx?contestID=27615
- Curated list of people and teams tweeting: https://twitter.com/SOSAglidingclub/lists/wgc2017
News and Pictures
Canadian Team Blog, usually updated daily: http://teamcanadawgc.blogspot.com
Canadian Photo Galleries: http://cnst.ggc.aero/dir/ (Choose from the photo galleries on the left side of the page)
Blog posts from the contest organizers: http://www.wgc2017.com/blog/blog-list/sean-young.aspx
Canadian Team Facebook updates: https://www.facebook.com/CanadianSoaringTeam/
Contest videos from the organizers: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCegIcXFf_Ie-tBKM9qyhXuA/videos
Contest facebook: https://www.facebook.com/WGCBenalla
List of competition teams that are updating by Twitter: https://twitter.com/FAI_IGC/lists/wgc-2017-benalla
Competition tasks and results
Race Tasks: http://www.wgc2017.com/current-task_container/current-task.aspx?contestID=25941
Daily weather information and task briefing materials: http://www.wgc2017.com/blog/blog-list/weather-info-and-briefing-files.aspx
Scoring Results: http://www.wgc2017.com/results(hidden)/daily-race-results.aspx?contestID=25780
Official Championships website with results, etc: http://wgc2017.com
Canadian Soaring Team website with Canadian pilot bios and sponsors listed: http://sailplaneracing.com/team
Soaring Association of Canada team site: http://www.sac.ca/team/
Support the Canadian team
Donate to support the team: https://www.gofundme.com/canadian_team
Donate Air Miles to support the team: http://beyondmiles.aeroplan.com/eng/charity/550
The winch operation has allowed us to continue the flying operation way into November and December.
Photos by Luke Szczepaniak
Photo by Dave Springford
Last Friday Nov 17th we had a beautiful day with over 15ºC temperature and several members took the opportunity to try the new winch rope.
Those who were able to join the operation managed to have 32 launches, reaching up to 1100ft height. In comparison, the prior week and with stronger head wind (20kts) we reached about 1300-1400ft.
Snow is coming our way, but as it happened on previous years, we plan to continue the operation throughout the winter, thanks to the winch.
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