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 1, 2017to June 30, 2018. The pins will also be awarded for regional and national competition flights.
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!
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.
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
205 Humber College Boulevard
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.
Photos provided by Maria Szemplinska.
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.