Make sure you can access the Members Section of the SOSA website:
- The link is: http://www.sosaglidingclub.com/apps/member/login
- Your username is the email address that you receive your statements with.
- If you don't know your password, fill in your email address at http://www.sosaglidingclub.com/apps/member/reset_password and check your mail for instructions.
Join as a member:
- The AGM will be at the Waterloo-Wellington Flight Center on Feb 29th, 2020 from noon until 5pm. Mark your calendars!
- Membership form link: http://www.sosaglidingclub.com/sosa-membership-form.html
- Campground agreement link for folks with camping trailers: http://www.sosaglidingclub.com/sosa-campground-agreement.html
- Release form: http://www.sosaglidingclub.com/uploads/1/6/5/2/16520160/2015_participant_release_agreement.pdf (Print, sign, deposit in clubhouse cash box)
- Pay enough money that you've got a healthy credit balance.
- Pencil in your calendars for the spring work weekend. It's currently scheduled to be April 18-19, 2020, but it could get rescheduled because of weather or other unpredictable reasons.
Familiarize yourself with SOSA's new software:
- Click N Glide: Get ready for the 2020 season by reading the step-by-step ‘How to guide’ for Click N Glide a new online tool that will help us to run SOSA operations and build community.
- Slack: SOSA members are having a fun time chatting with each other on Slack. If you're not on Slack yet, then sign up with this link: docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSc3GXHzTAVFPKiBA__xSixQL8NZcSdKsgWGkpbdcN2aac_IUQ/viewform
- LaunchGrid: More details coming soon. Attend the AGM for an update & demonstration.
Review newsletters and bulletins, stay up to date:
- SOSA's Newsletter has all issues online here: https://us5.campaign-archive.com/home/?u=3237dfbea23eaf43f3cbde3a6&id=f485bbd5fc
- Use your own calendar to subscribe to SOSA's calendar: https://www.sosaglidingclub.com/calendar.html - you can subscribe using a Google Calendar, Hotmail, Yahoo, iPhone, or Android.
- Transport Canada publishes the Aviation Safety Bulletin, catch up here: https://www.tc.gc.ca/eng/civilaviation/publications/tp185-menu-5395.htm
Attend upcoming events:
- AGM 2020 - February 29th (leap day) from 12-5 in the Waterloo Flight Centre 2nd floor meeting room.
- Hangar Talks 2020 - January 19, February 16, March 22, April 26, 9:30am-2pm, BYOLunch, Beverly Community Hall in Rockton except April, which will be in the clubhouse.
- Ground School 2020 - You have to sign up! https://flying.sosaglidingclub.com/ground-school.html
- Spring Work Weekend 2020 - April 18-19
Learn about the new toys:
- Manuals for the Duo Discus and its LX9050 are here: http://www.sosaglidingclub.com/glider-manuals-and-instruments.html
- It might also be a good idea to read about our old toys, too. Did you know that XCSoar on Anrdoid can pair with the Discus2 and LS4s by bluetooth so you can get real variometer data and FLARM positions on your preferred display? We're truly living in the future.
Learn to save a life -- SOSA has purchased two defibrillator units, one for the clubhouse and one for the bus:
- Defibrillator Ease of use demonstration: 1:20 - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cTxAOBn5pVQ
- Defibrillator Full training for use: 38:13 - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z1cyRNgzyrQ
- Passed in 2001, the Ontario Good Samaritan Act, 2001, protects health care professionals and other individuals from liability for negligence in respect of services that they provide in certain circumstances to persons who are ill, injured or unconscious as a result of an accident or other emergency, except if they cause damages through gross negligence.
- Ontario also passed an additional law specifically for AEDs, the Heart Defibrillator Civil Liability Act, 2006 (also known as the Chase McEachern Act) which protects individuals from liability for damages that may occur from their use of an AED to save someone’s life at the immediate scene of an emergency, unless damages are caused by gross negligence.
- The kits also include nasal naloxone. Learn about that here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hGVSaO1oxpg
Get your papers in order:
- Does your Aviation Document Booklet expire this year?
- Here's the renewal form: http://wwwapps.tc.gc.ca/wwwdocs/Forms/26-0726E_1502-06_E_X.pdf
- You can't request a renewal until your booklet is within 90 days of expiry.
- If you get a new booklet, that new booklet might not contain your most recent medical, in which case you should also carry your old booklet until your next medical: https://www.tc.gc.ca/eng/civilaviation/opssvs/aviation-document-booklet-validity-notice.html
- Do you have an instructor licence that expires this year? If so, contact Tom.
- Does your medical expire this year? For a Cat3 medical, that's 5 years (60 months) from the examination date. (Remember, if you want to fly in the US, you have to get medicals more often)
- If you aren't an instructor and won't carry passengers, you can self-declare your medical here: http://wwwapps.tc.gc.ca/wwwdocs/Forms/26-0297E_1308-07_E.pdf
- Do you have evidence (an amusing anecdote is not evidence) that you satisfy the recency recurrent training requirements of CAR 401.5(2)(a)? (Text: http://laws-lois.justice.gc.ca/eng/regulations/SOR-96-433/FullText.html#s-401.05)
- Easiest way to satisfy this requirement is to complete the questionnaire published by TC online: https://tc.canada.ca/en/aviation/licensing-pilots-personnel/staying-current-proficient-pilot/flight-crew-recency-requirements-self-paced-study-program
- If you attended a CAS seminar or a safety forum in the US, do you have evidence of this attendance? A written line in your logbook with the date of the training would be good enough if you didn't want to carry around a certificate of attendance. TC hands out logbook stickers at their seminars, got one of those?
- When was the last time you made a backup of your logbook? I know two members who have had car windows smashed and logbooks stolen. Just take it to work every winter and photocopy it. Take a cameraphone picture whenever you fill a page. Whatever.
Decide on your season goals:
- If you're a student, have you registered for the groundschool? There will be people in the groundschool that are very new to SOSA, remember to welcome them!
- Come up with some goals, and choose a coach or mentor for yourself. Tell your coach/mentor what your goals are.
- Solo? Licence? Bronze, Silver, Gold badges?
- Learn to drive the winch?
- SOSA's OLC champion for a day?
- Work your way up the Proving Grounds board in the clubhouse? https://soaringtasks.com/2019/10/10/sosa-proving-grounds/
- Bringing home to SOSA the travelling 1-26 trophy? (Track it at: https://twitter.com/travelling126)
- A successful solo around the task du jour? (http://www.sosaglidingclub.com/the-sosa-racetrack-or-task-du-jour.html)
- Checking out in a fleet aircraft you haven't flown before? The tractor?
- Getting in to intro flying? Instructing? Aerobatics?
Become an Official Observer:
- Anyone that is interested in badge flying and actually doing badge flying can become an OO. You don't need to be an instructor or anything special, just have the desire to help your fellow members.
- This training will be included in the Hangar Talks lecture on January 19th. See the club calendar for details.
- OO's Guide is Annex C: https://www.sac.ca/index.php/en/documents-en/badges-and-records/fai-sporting-code
- OO's Document Page: https://www.sac.ca/index.php/en/documents-en/badges-and-records/official-observer/299-oo-application-form/file
- OO's Quiz: https://www.sac.ca/index.php/en/documents-en/badges-and-records/official-observer/302-oo-quiz-13/file
- Once you've completed the quiz, review it with Dave to get signed up as an OO.
Mine your network for recruits:
- You know lots of people that might consider taking an intro flight or signing up for lessons. Tell them about our groundschool gift certificates! (http://www.sosaglidingclub.com/ground-school.html)
- Share the club's youtubes with your friends - our channel is https://youtube.com/c/sosaglidingclub/videos/ and our introduction video is https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KvLIXnqO-G8
- Review your list of Facebook friends, ask yourself which ones might be interested.
- Same for your list of LinkedIn contacts. Read through your email addressbook.
- Read through your church directory, your employee directory at work, consider the parents of your kid's friends.
- Send out some invitations! Don't email-all everyone at work, though - sometimes a poster on the bulletin board is best.
Review SOSA's procedures:
- SOSA Operating Procedures: www.sosaglidingclub.com/uploads/1/6/5/2/16520160/sosa_procedures_2017.pdf
- Winch Procedures: www.sosaglidingclub.com/uploads/1/6/5/2/16520160/winch_procedures_-_2015.pdf
- Circuit Standards: www.sosaglidingclub.com/uploads/1/6/5/2/16520160/circuit_standards.pdf
Renew your online subscriptions:
- If you have a SPOT tracker, or would like your cellphone to be trackable by your crew and family members, let Rob know if your link is wrong at this page: https://sites.google.com/site/sosaflightline/home/spot-trackers
Download the latest XCSoar File versions:
- Map/Terrain: http://download.xcsoar.org/maps/CAN_SW_ONTARIO_HighRes.xcm
- Turnpoints: http://soaringweb.org/TP/Rockton/rktn8_nm.cup (Other versions at http://soaringweb.org/TP/Rockton)