Friday, January 15, 2010

US Team raffle news & stuff.........

THIS MIGHT BE THE NEW US TEAM LOGO...........................

Clear Nav raffle tickets should be $25.00 each. Drawing, at this time, will be mid-Sept at New Castle, VA. Winner need not be present. These Clear Nav raffle tickets will be available to purchase @ the US Team booth @ the SSA convention and an announcement will be made shortly where and when they can be purchased elsewhere. At the SSA convention, the US Team might have silent auctions to be held for various gifts. The silent bid allows you to bid on an item which then will go to the highest silent bidder. Yes ladies, jewelry, is also in the planning stages.
as of Jan. 11, 2010.
Bob Drew (10 copies of the newly remastered Sun Ship Game),
Chris Woods ( 4 copies of The Gray Eagles),
Craggy Aero (4 logger calibrations),
Cumulus Soaring, Paul Remde (3 books),
Eastern Sailplane, John Murray (Canopy Cover, Canopy Cleaning Kit),
Jonker Sailplanes, Leo Benetti-Lonhini (JS1 Shirts),
Knauff and Grove, Tom Knauff (4 copies of 2010 edition of "The Glider Flying Handbook"),
M&H Soaring, both Heinz and Monty (Racing Calenders),
NK, Richard Kellerman, (ClearNav),
Lee Kuhlke (desktop StrePla and a Spot-2),
Noelle and Williams Soaring Center (refurbished Sage Vario),
Wings & Wheels, Tim Mara (1) flyWithCE Flight recorder (2)flyWithCE Navigator software license for PDA,
Sky Sailing (silk screening with the US logo),
GoVino (donating 4-6boxes (of 72) wine glasses. 1 box will be grouped in 4, 18 4 packs for the convention. The others will go to various contests for the US Team wine and cheese taste.
Silver Parachute Sales (1 repack plus re-shipping back to owner in the US).
SEVERAL VENDORS maybe missing, this post will be updated as new information is received.
At the up coming Seniors, you will be able to review and purchase clothing items, Clear Nav raffle tickets and hopefully other goodies.
Region 5N Perry, SC will have a cookout to raise US Team funds.
Also, at other contest sites, the US Team will be planning events. If you would like to help out, please do so by contacting any past or present US Team member. Or contact me, ALL funds raised go into the general US Team fund.
The US Air Force has been contacted about helping to get the gliders over to the World's. Word came today that this won't happen. Also, a major airline (one that I use to fly for) has just turned down the request for travel tickets, as they don't support sports teams. My personal view on this is fly United, Delta and American, now these are great airlines. If anyone you know, including yourself, can help out with frequent flyer miles, this would be welcome.
I know I am shaking the tin cup, but the estimated cost of one team member going to Szeged, Hungary is over $20,000.00. Our Team funds have never received any tarp funds and there are no Wall Street bonus's coming from any of the US Team Funds.
When we get some pictures of the clothing and other items, I will update that here.
My plan will be to ship my ASG 29 to Bremmerhaven, Germany early June. I then will fly over to Frankfurt, take a train ride, pick up the car, go to Bremmerhaven and then drive 950 miles to Szeged, Hungary.
I plan on flying in the Flatlands Cup, Szeged, Hungary from July 3, 2010 to July 14, 2010 and then pre practice, then the World's from July 20, 2010 thru Aug. 7, 2010. Drive back to Bremmerhaven, drop glider, take train, fly back to the States, get glider, go home and sleep. Then when I awake after my summer travels and racing of 2010, it shall be with a priceless smile....................

Sunday, January 10, 2010

For old and new racers & RAFFLE

EARLY ROUGH DRAFT.......................
Changes will be made.
Here's a link which will take you to Doug Jacobs post's on many different topics.

Also, you will see Andy Davis as you scroll down. Andy has written several articles which the new and old sailplane racer, which I believe, will benefit from.

Shortly, their will be a major announcement from the US Soaring Team, which pertains to a raffle. Tickets are being printed now and the top prize will be a Clear Nav. Also, their are many other prizes which will be won in the raffle. All the past and present US Team members want to say "Mahalo" to all the sponsors who have made prizes available for the raffle.

At the SSA convention, the US Team will be manning a booth, which will have a big screen TV, playing dvd's and the US Team member's manning the booth will do their best to answer any of your questions. So stop on by if your going to the convention and say "Hi".
At the World's, in both Prievidza and Szeged, Flarm's will be allowed. In Szeged, Hungary, we may have up to 150 glider's in the air before start, circling around the airport. The current Flarm range is several miles and you can imagine what the display will be doing. I do believe that no electronic transmission on data will be allowed between Team mates, but this will be hard for the organizer's to enforce.

Their are also new proposed entry requirement's which concern the IGC ranking list. You might want to review this, as it will affect who gets into the World Championship's. Each country gets only one spot guaranteed per class, after that, it comes from the IGC ranking list. Its possible some country's may have only one entry in a class and other's may have more than 2 in a class.

A big "thanks" to XC Skies for their 12 subscribtions for the US Team members. I now have been using XC Skies for several years and do find it useful. The 3 day Thermal Index Analyzer is a very useful tool. Also, you can plot a route and what it gives is amazing information.