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SAC Canada 150 Celebration

The Soaring Association of Canada is launching a new initiative to celebrate Canada's 150th birthday as a nation.

With an eye to raising awareness of gliding as a national sport, promoting cross-country soaring in our clubs, and celebrating our 150th birthday as a nation and as glider pilots, the SAC board has created a new commemorative pin. The pin, issued from SAC, will be awarded to pilots and passengers who have completed a 150 km cross-country flight by glider in Canadian skies anytime between January 1st to December 31st, 2017. The pins will also be awarded for regional and national competition flights. 

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The SAC board will be overseeing the program, verifying qualifications, and mailing out the pins monthly starting in July. We would like representatives from each club to help coordinate a publicity campaign for the new award.

This award was conceived with the aim towards encouraging people to participate in gliding activities in Canada. SAC is excited about this program and is looking forward to see how many of our members can get out and fly cross-country!

2017 SAC AGM Reports

For those members who were unable to attend the 2017 AGM, a digital version of the 2017 SAC AGM Reports has been uploaded to the website. This document includes the 2017 AGM Minutes, SAC Board of Director Reports (President, Pacific Zone, Alberta Zone, Prairie Zone, Southern Ontario Zone, Eastern Ontario Zone, and East Zone), SAC Treasurer Reports, and 2016 Committee Reports (Airspace, FAI Badges, Flight Training and Safety, Free Flight, Insurance, Records, Sporting, Safety, Technical, and Website).

You can download the report here.

2017 SAC - ACVV AGM

The 2017 SAC - ACVV AGM will be held on Saturday March 18 from 9am - 5pm at Humber College North Campus.

Additional details are as follows:
- parking on location will be free of charge
- a catered lunch will be available for $20 (youth members can eat free of charge)
- full address is 
Room GH111
205 Humber College Boulevard
Toronto ON
M9W 5L7

Gliding Book Corner

The 4th Edition of Bernard Eckey’s book “Advanced Soaring Made Easy” is now available for order. This book was edited by Tony Burton. Priced at $75 (plus $17 shipping), you can place an order by contacting Tony directly (t-burton[at]telus[dot]net). To save on shipping costs, those in the Ottawa area can contact George Domaradzki, and those in the Toronto area can contact Dave Springford directly to place an order for the book. Click here for more details.

34th FAI World Gliding Championships

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The 2017 World Gliding Championships (15m Class, 18m Class, and Open Class) will be held in Benalla, Victoria, Australia from January 9-21, 2017, with practice days January 2-7, 2017. 
 
Canada is represented at the Championships in the 15m Class by Sergei Morozov (MS) and Luke Szczepaniak (W2), and in 18m Class by Dave Springford (4D) and Jerzy Szemplinski (XG). In total, the Canadian Team is comprised of 10 members including pilots, crews, and team captain. You can learn more about the team on their website and follow the team on their blog for all of the latest information.
 
For more information about the Championships, including competing pilots, competition tasks, and news, please refer to their website, or follow them on Facebook or Twitter.
 
The biannual OSTIV conference will also be held in Benalla from January 8-13, 2017. The purpose of this conference is to share new information and research in soaring and sailplane technology. The final program for OSTIV can be downloaded here.
 
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This post was written by Selena Phillips-Boyle.
Photos provided by Maria Szemplinska.

Competition Update: FAI Sailplane Grand Prix USA 2016

From July 24 to 31, 2016, the first-ever FAI Sailplane Grandprix USA was held in Ionia, Michigan. In total, 16 pilots competed, including 5 Canadians (Jerzy Szemplinski, Sergei Morozov, Krzysztof Wiercioch, Nick Bonniere, and Emmanuel Cadieux). You can read more about all the pilots here

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The goal of the grandprix racing style is to provide a new racing format for pilots and to increase the public visibility of the sport. The rules for grandprix racing differ from that of regular contests. In this style of contest, the start gate opens and pilots begin the race together. Each contest is a fixed task of about 200km. This results in closely flown tasks and exciting finishes. No more than 20 pilots may compete in one competition. You can learn more about grand prix racing here and read the full rules here.
 
In the end Canadian Jerzy Szemplinski won the contest, with American Jerzy Zieba taking second place and Canadian Sergei Morozov taking third place. Congratulations to all the pilots!

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You can see more information about the Ionia contest on Facebook, Twitter, or YouTube. The full scores can be viewed here.
 
Stay tuned for the World Grand Prix in Potchefstroom, South Africa November 5-12, 2016!
 
Photo credits in this post to Maria SzemplinskaThis post was written by Selena Phillips-Boyle.

News from Canadian clubs

Radio Operator Certification
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Precision Landing Contest - Results
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October Mid-Week Towing
As we move into a quieter part of the year, there are towpilots that have volunteered to be available most days throughout October.The schedule is shown here:https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1OFTLiFHjkTnbrpdFJI_jUK75OGjMNMPgCXqTCxk3z6c/edit#gid=1099502040To avoid the situation where a...
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OLC - September 2017 Results
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Friday Winch Operation
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2017 Acceleration Week Results
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Thursday Evening Flights
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SAC Eastern Zone Championship - GGC MayFly 2017
Friday May 19th is Day 1 of the Championship. With the cold front/thunderstorms/high wind last night, and low cloud this morning, it was hard to be optimistic, however, they're up and flying....
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Carleton University "Blackbird" UAV Team at GGC
 Over the last two weeks, GGC has hosted the Carleton University “Blackbird” UAV team as they have been preparing their fixed wing and rotary wing UAVs for the national student competition in...
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