SOSA is always keeping it's fleet updated. Our new Duo Discus has been completed by Schempp-Hirth and will be loaded into a container for arrival in Canada sometime in October. It will then go through the import process and be ready to fly in the spring of 2017.
Now that school is back in, our summer towpilot will no longer be available 5 days a week. However to keep mid-week flying available throughout Sept and Oct, towpilots have been scheduled every weekday through to the end of October.
The volunteer towpilots are shown on the calendar located here:
Feel free to contact each towpilot directly on a given day to let them know that you are planning to fly on their day.
Better yet, use the daily flight planner in Free Flight to indicate your intention to fly on a given day so that others know who will be at SOSA.
Here are the results from SOSA pilots competing at the 2016 Ontario Provincials. This year we had challenging weather conditions, however they had a lot of fun and came home with great results.
1st - Dave Springford
2nd - Luke Szczepaniak
3rd - Krzysztof Wiercioch
4th - Chris Wilson
5th - Joerg Stieber
9th - Hans Juergensen
12th - James Balasch
Congratulations to all participants and a thanks to Toronto Soaring for hosting the contest this year.
Parameters for the Contest
The parameters for the contest are simple: perform a low-energy spot landing similar to the bronze badge and cross-country check-out requirements. Lines will be marked on the runway with a threshold mark that is The Spot. Additional lines will be marked upwind of The Spot so that a precise touchdown point can be assessed by the judges.
The pilot that lands closest to The Spot while performing a proper low-energy landing wins.
Also a Family Day
For the precision landing day on the 24th, we are also hoping to make it a family day. Some parents will bring out games like Croquet, Badminton sets, Lawn darts, etc. to set up around the clubhouse so that the kids can play and be entertained while the landing contest is happening. So bring the whole family so they can all enjoy the day.
After flying, around 6 PM, the Canadian Team will host a fund-raising Polish Sausage BBQ. If you have never attended one of these Polish Sausage nights don't miss out, they are great. And after the BBQ, Mark L. and team will host an Astronomy night. They'll set up telescopes on the clubhouse lawn and give a guided tour of the stars and planets.
So don't miss out!
The cost for entry to the landing contest is $25 and that covers the cost of your tow and flight. For the BBQ, the cost is $20 with all the proceeds going to support the Canadian team going to Australia (we received the confirmation that all 4 team members have made the cut and will be competing in Benalla).
There is a sign up list in the clubhouse for the Polish Sausage BBQ, but you may also email Dave S. to be added to the list (please don't sign up on both). Please sign up or RSVP to me by 19 Sept so we have enough time to get enough food.
Congratulations SOSA pilots! This summer we have enjoyed four months of excellent cross country conditions and achievements.
Forty eight SOSA members have logged flights with the OLC for a total of over 108,000 km. This far exceeds previous years as shown in the graph above. It also puts us at the top of the list of Canadian gliding clubs. Montreal and Canadian Rockies have also had excellent seasons, but SOSA is at the top.
The season is not quite over. Refine skills on the weaker days of autumn so that you will be ready to stretch your goals next year.
Keep flying and fly safe.
Due to the Ontario Provincials schedule, we are postponing the September's instructor meeting.
The meeting will be on Saturday September 10, at 6:00 pm in the club house.
The meeting should last about 1 hour and all members are welcomed to attend.
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