Soaring — June 2015
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Oshkosh Volunteers Needed
We are in need of volunteers to staff the SSA display/tent at Oshkosh July 20-26. The display is open each day from 8:45 am-5:00 pm. Any help would be greatly appreciated. The volunteer contact is Anne Mongiovi. Email ammongi@ or call 618-530-8464.
Geoff Weck
SSA region 7 Director

“Feet Wet” Flying at Pungo
Flying Navy jets over Vietnam, “feet wet” meant you were safely over the Tonkin Gulf away from Flak, SAMs, and MiGs. I never imagined I’d have a chance to go “feet wet” in a glider. Except, rather than relaxing, I felt a bit edgy with nothing but the Atlantic Ocean underneath my Libelle. Safety, in the form of a landing field, lay behind me over land. No MiGs at Pungo but plenty of warbirds.

For the sixth year in a row, the Virginia Beach Military Aviation Museum (MAM) hosted a glide-in for the Tidewater Soaring Society (TSS). With a well-kept grass runway twice as long as the TSS home field at Garner and an easy drive away, Pungo (officially Virginia Beach Airport 42VA) is a great place to experience someplace unusual and a change of scenery. And for Eric Lambert, a safe runway to self-launch in Jimmy, his Grob 103C.

Close to the Atlantic Coast, the chance for sea-land convergence lift is always good and on October 18 the effect was strong. All the gliders had good flights with most reaching over 5,000 feet. (Don’t laugh; for us flatlanders, that’s a good day.) Those who flew over the beach line experienced rapid changes from 600 up to 500 down with associated bumps and lumps. But what a view!

The Porsche Club was having its Air&Auto Classic the same day with a couple hundred nifty automobiles on display. Many of their owners came by the TSS traveling tent to talk to club members and learn what this soaring thing was all about. Attendance also meant a chance to get up close to the sixty historic airplanes in the museum. A special visit to the Fighter Factory hangar gave TSS members a look at progress on the restoration of the 1942 Grunau baby.

The glide-in went so well that we are considering adding a spring event, besides the one in the fall, in 2015 with an emphasis on getting new and student pilots the chance to land out for the first time. Who knows, maybe some will go “feet wet.”

Living in the Age of Airplanes
This spring, National Geographic Studios presents an immersive new giant screen film experience that offers a fresh perspective on a modernday miracle that many of us take for granted: flying. Using spectacular aerial and nature photography, Living in the Age of Airplanes carries audiences across 200,000 years of history and around the globe on an epic journey to 95 locations in 18 countries spanning seven continents to remind us how, in a single century, aviation has changed our world forever. The world premiere took place at the Smithsonian’s National Air and Space Museum in Washington, D.C., on April 8, 2015.

Narrated by actor and pilot Harrison Ford, Living in the Age of Airplanes premiered in IMAX, giant screen, 15/70mm dome screens, and digital cinemas nationwide on April 10, 2015.

The film highlights the astonishingly rapid advancements that have led to a world in which 100,000 flights take off and land every day. During the vast majority of mankind’s existence, walking was the fastest means of travel. Yet today, just 175 years after the introduction of the steam engine, boarding a jet to travel thousands of miles in a matter of hours is more often viewed as an inconvenience than a world-changing technological marvel.

For a full list of theaters or to view the trailer, visit Become a fan on Facebook at or follow us on Twitter @airplanesmovie. For downloadable images and video, log in to the press assets site: (username:press; password: press)

ADS-B Survey for Aircraft Owners
You are invited to participate in a research study being conducted by Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University on ADS-B. The study is interested in your perceptions and motivations about the ADS-B 2020 mandate, including your perceptions about the cost of ADS-B installation. It is estimated that it will take less than 8 minutes to complete the survey.

The results will measure the perceptions and motivations of aircraft owners and operators on ADS-B out.

Please go to the following link to complete the ADS-B survey: https://

Kenneth P. Byrnes, Ph.D
Chairman, Flight Training Department
Associate Professor, Aeronautical Science Department
Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University Daytona Beach, FL
Office: (386) 226-6893

New Glider Design Book Release
We are glad to present the preview of our new release, V. Pajno’s Light Airplane and Glider Static and Dynamic Stability ± The Aircraft Maneuverability ± Basic Theory and Calculation Examples: http://en.calameo. com/read/00079629739a66a50ca8d

IBN Editore
Via dei Marsi 57 00185 ROMA
Fax: 0039 06 4452275

FAI Invites Nominations for the Breitling Milestone Trophy and the Breitling Youngster Award
Unfortunately, this press release was received too late for inclusion in the May issue of Soaring magazine. It is included here to provide awareness of this award for 2016, and to note that it is open to glider pilots (see the Breitling Youngster Awards for 2013 below). ± Editor

We are now calling for nominations for the FAI-Breitling Awards for 2015: the Breitling Milestone Trophy and the Breitling Youngster Award. Both awards will be presented in September at the Awards Ceremony of the FAI General Conference in Rotterdam (Netherlands), where the winners will be invited and hosted by Breitling.

The Breitling Milestone Trophy is reserved for an individual or a group of individuals having achieved a significant milestone, technological step, or invention in aeronautics or astronautics (first flight, new technology, etc.) during the previous year and that might contribute to future developments, especially in the practice of air sports.

The Breitling Youngster Award is reserved for a youngster who, during the previous 12 months and before the date of his 26th birthday:

• Achieved an outstanding sporting performance. This means a performance which is considered by the nominating authority as beyond the normal level of performance compared to what can usually be done, or
• Excelled in a certain area of his sport and is considered as a reference, or
• Significantly contributed to the development and promotion of aeronautics or astronautics.

Both awards were created in 2013. Since then, the Breitling Milestone Trophy was awarded to Copenhagen Suborbitals which designed, built, and launched the world’s first amateur-built full size rocket with full computer control and steering. The Breitling Youngster Award honoured Robert Rizk, a 14-year-old boy who won the title of Advanced National Champion in Glider Aerobatics, and Ryan Campbell, who completed a solo around the world flight at the age of 19 years.

We would like to draw your attention to the fact that the deadline for the receipt of nominations is 31 May 2015.

Further details regarding the FAIBreitling Awards, including the nomination process and eligibility, can be found on the dedicated FAI website’s page (

For more details, please contact:
FAI ± Fédération Aéronautique Internationale
Faustine Carrera
Communication Manager
Maison du Sport International
Av. de Rhodanie 54
1007 Lausanne
Phone: 0041 21 345 10 70

FAI Annual Report: 2014 Edition Is Out!
The FAI is thrilled to share the new 2014 FAI Annual Report. In these pages readers will be taken on a journey through the various events and activities of the Federation. The full report can be found at: FAI_Annual_Report/. A pdf file can be downloaded from that website.

The FAI Annual Report gives full coverage of the competitions, records, awards, Members activities, the General Conference, the Federation’s sponsor, Breitling, and partner, the Red Bull Air Race, and much more.

The 2014 edition has been extended to include information on the coming FAI World Air Games 2015 which will take place in Dubai, UAE, from December 1-12. It also features pages about the Federation’s participation in other multi-sports events such as The World Games.

In the Members section, the Netherlands is in the limelight with a full page dedicated to the KNVvL. Activities of FAI Members in Australia, Russia, and South Africa are also reported.

For more details, please contact:
FAI ± Fédération Aéronautique Internationale
Faustine Carrera
Communication Manager
Maison du Sport International
Av. de Rhodanie 54
1007 Lausanne
Phone: 0041 21 345 10 70

UAV Turbines, Inc. Launches Next- Generation Gas Turbine Engine Technology for Unmanned Aircraft Systems
UAV Turbines, Inc. (UAVT) announced the launch of its leading-edge gas turbine technology to the Unmanned Aircraft industry. Ranging in power from 30 hp to 150 hp, UAVT’s engines are designed specifically to address Group 3 and above UAV programs. These engines will increase reliability, flight duration, payloads, and operational ceilings, while greatly reducing noise. Fuel consumption is low, using a variety of heavy fuels.

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Peter Bale, UAVT’s Senior Industry Advisor, comments, “For fifteen years UAVT’s predecessor company has been pioneering new, high performance turbine engine technology in unprecedentedly small engines with many potential applications. About three years ago, new management with fresh capital assigned the engineering team the task of creating a family of turbine engines that would be superior in performance and more reliable than any other engine in the UAV marketplace.”

The team looked at the alarming unreliability of internal combustion unmanned vehicle systems actually operating in the field, many of which show mean-time-between-overhaul (MTBO) at less than 100 hours. They have solved this problem, developing engines designed for MTBO in thousands of hours. “This technology is a game changer,” Bale added.

Located in Miami, Florida, UAV Turbines, Inc. ( is privately held.

Nels Winkless
Email: contact?pid=278211
Phone: (561) 935-3078

Kolstad Scholarship Announcement
As the soaring season is upon us, please give consideration to the youth in soaring for a chance to earn $5,000 award to the college of their choice.

The deadline for the application is September 30, 2015. The applicant must be a US citizen, and be under the age of 25 as of September 30th. Here is a suggestion for the applicants in planning their summer.

• Collect names and addresses of three references who have known the applicant for a reasonably long time.
• Gather letters of recommendation from soaring acquaintances (three is good).

Statement by applicant to include:
• Involvement in soaring club, school, community
• Present plans for further education and eventual vocation
• Soaring achievements
• Sailplanes flown, awards won, SSA badges, FAI awards, FAA licenses

• Review and submit your application by September 30, 2015 to the Soaring Society of America, P.O. Box 2100, Hobbs, NM 88241-2100.
Good luck!
Ralph Kolstad