A SZD-48 Jantar was purchased by YFC after a donation was made to them for this purpose, and is hosted at SOSA.
The glider operating costs are supported through donations from SOSA members to YFC that are then flowed back to SOSA for the Youth team account. The annual operating expenses to keep the Jantar flying include the insurance and maintenance of the glider and trailer.
Also, over the last couple of years SOSA members have done significant work to the trailer and are in the process of updating the instruments.
The glider is always stored in the trailer and they are expected to rig it every day they wish to fly. The purpose here is so they are familiar with the rigging and derigging and trailer characteristics, so that it does not get damaged after landing out and retrieval.
For youth to fly the glider they need to be suitably qualified, including meeting SOSA requirements to fly the LS4. Once checked out on the Jantar, it costs them $10 per day to fly it (as many times as they want in one day).
During the 2016 season, four SOSA youth members flew the Jantar for just over 100 hrs, and it was also flown at both the Canadian Nationals and Ontario Provincials by two of or youth members. Those flying the glider are expected to care for the glider and keep it washed and waxed and to look after small maintenance items on the trailer and assist with glider maintenance (under supervision)
At the up-coming spring work weekend, I'll be collecting donations for the Youth Jantar that is based at SOSA to cover the operating expenses for the 2017 season. All donations to support the program are eligible for a charitable receipt for tax purposes. If members can donate $50 each we can keep the program running for another season.
Donations to Youth Flight Canada can be made using one of the following methods:
1. cash or cheque to Dave S. during the work weekend
2. interac email money transfer, (ask Dave S. for details), and
3. online donation through CanadaHelps.org (the lest preferred method since they take a 3% administration fee off the top). https://www.canadahelps.org/dn/15959