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The SSA is going to Reno, Nevada February 27-March 1st next year. If you have never been a speaker at one of our Conventions, but would like to share your expertise, please contact Andreea Alexandrescu at firstname.lastname@example.org. We have many exciting and new events for you, so mark your calendars now.
WE HAVE A NEW WEBSITE!
Now, we need YOUR help to keep it updated and exciting. Have you made an interesting flight? Have you recently soloed a youth member in your club? Is your club celebrating an anniversary? There are many news items which would be interesting, and we have many places to post them.
The Soaring Society of America is proud to announce the addition of 24 hour a day Sailplane Tracking to our web. Due to the generosity of Pedja Bogdanovich and TipTop Software, Inc. you are now able to view sailplanes with Spot or InReach tracking devices 24 hours a day 7 day a week! Now you can watch friends flying record breaking cross countries while you sit at home or office.
It is with great pleasure that the SSA announces an enhanced cooperation between our organization and the Civil Air Patrol. Yearly the Civil Air Patrol administers approximately 10,000 glider flights with up to 4,000 youths experiencing glider flight for the first time. As of February 23, 2013 the SSA Board has approved an increased level of cooperation. Civil Air Patrol Cadets experiencing their initial glider flight will now be given an SSA Cadet Introductory Membership along with a Certificate of Achievement. Cadets who complete the online application will also be eligible for gliding badges.
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How to Prepare and Fly Your First Contest
This will be a short article about how to get ready to fly in your first (or first few) contests. It is focused not on how to win, but on how to avoid many of the most common mistakes made by beginners. My objective is to guide you to a safe and rewarding result. That means having fun! Winning can come later.
Glider: The type is not important entering in the Sports Class, which is handicapped by glider performance. Anybody can play. Understand, however, that tasking is based on the middle of the handicap range, so lower performance gliders can be really challenged on weak or windy days. It should be a glider you are very familiar with. Racing is enough new without a strange glider.