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The Arizona Soaring Association is a group of about 50 pilots who fly sailplanes at all levels of the sport; some pilots are new to soaring and just learning to fly, while others compete in national and regional competitions, in addition to the ASA's own well-known contest series that runs from March to September each year.

We fly from several locations across the state. These include commercial operations at Pleasant Valley Airport (P48 - currently not operational), Arizona Soaring at Estrella Sailport (E68), private clubs like Tucson Soaring Club at El Tiro (AZ67) and Prescott Soaring Society at A.C. Goodwin Memorial (AZ86), as well as airports in Sedona (SEZ) and Sun Valley (A20). During our race schedule, we also fly from Cochise County Airport in Willcox (P33) and Sampley's (28AZ) in Aguila.

Come out and see what the excitment's all about !

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ASA 2018 Soaring Season
2018 Calendar

2018 Scores

2018 Results Summary
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previous years' scores...

2012 Turf Turnpoints
2012 El Tiro Turnpoints
2012 Airspace files

Something new has been added !by Joe Silvasi
Working with Brian Labord, we (mostly Brian) have set up a Google Group for the ASA and I have made changes to the home page in order to be able to access it. This may not be in it's final form, but we are playing with it and trying to figure out how to make it work best for ASA. No doubt many of you already participate in one or more Google Groups; they have pretty much replaced Yahoo Groups. Many of the type specific Yahoo groups have migrated over to a Goolg Group: ASW20, ASW27, Ventus, ASW27, Mini Nimbus, etc.

So please bear with us as we work thru "the bugs" and get this thing working. Admittedly, we don;t know what all the issues are or will be or how we will manage it yet, but it's new technology and we'll have to work thru the kinks. Ultimately, our vision is that the Google Group will replace the Discussion Forum as the active messageing vehicle. The current content of the messaging forum will remain as an archive at least until we find out just how much it is being used.

if you have any issues or questions, please send an e-mail (I know, old technology!) to Brian or myself and let us know about your experience.

2018 Holiday Party and General Membership Meeing by Lee Murray
The annual General Membership Meeting and Christmas Party tradition was revived on December 1st at the home of Lee and Bobbie Murray in Maricopa. Twenty people enjoyed an evening of pleasant conversation, renewing friendships and making new ones ensued. Members and guests enjoyed appetizers followed by a dinner of Greek chicken, Greek pasta salad and white rice followed by desserts provided by the attendees. An ongoing slide show of ASA cross country scenes provided by Cliff Hilty was shown on the flat screen. Ed Kilbourne's collection of soaring songs and Manheim Steamroller Christmas music was played on the stereo. Two SSA 2019 Calendars were given away as door prizes.

Some of the cool news heard included:

  • Steve Koerner is about to take delivery of a JS-3 sailplane,
  • Nigel Cripps has a BG-15 electric self-launching motor glider on order but is being frustrated with extended delivery dates.
  • Bob Hurni is running a 1-26 regional fun fly at Aguila.
  • An early April ASA contest is being planned for Estrella Sailport.
  • Cliff and Steve are both anxious to fly in regional and national contests.
  • There were great stories of long XC flights near the border with Mexico. Some of us wonder if it would be helpful to drop Randy Acree's name if someone has some explaining to do about flying close to the border. Randy is a helicopter pilot for the Border Patrol.
  • The Tucson Soaring Club will have another OLC clinic in late May. Word is this often delivers some of the best soaring conditions of the year.

A group picture was taken of the twenty attendees prior to the business meeting run by President Joe Silvasi. Cliff Hilty was re-elected as a director and treasurer. Another board position is to be filled later. The business meeting minutes will be issued shortly. Those attending included: Randy and Holli Acree, Nigel and Lan Cripps, Frank Eckert, Bob Hurni, Cliff and Rose Hilty, Steve and Lancette Koerner, James Lyne, Lee and Bobbie Murray, Joe and Theresa Silvasi, Michael and Anne Stringfellow, Bob Thompson, Martin and Judith Umberger.

Decency Guidelines by Joe Silvasi
Over the years, there have been instances where posts to the Discussion Forum have swayed from topics promoting soaring and ASA activities and have instead degraded to places we don't really want to go. While there has been a sort of implicit guideline that has been followed with regard to content and the occasional moderated reminder, the last several years have shown the Board that something more formal needs to be in place so that the "ground rules" are known to everyone so there are no surprises. The advent of social media on the world wide web has made this needed even more. To that end, the Board has recently posted Decency Guidelines under the Documents tab above which are meant to provide a solid foundation as to what content is and is not appropriate for both the ASA Discussion Forum and ASA Facebook group. The Board expects everyone who posts messages to be aware of and follow these guidelines in the interest of fairness to all and decency to anyone who might stumble upon our Discussion Forum and/or Facebook group posts.

Your cooperation would be greatly appreciated. If you have any questions or comments, please address them to any member of the Board.
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