Sacramento Valley Soaring Society is excited to announce the SVSS Summer Soaring Challenge for 2017. This is our 26th annual two-day thermal duration contest held in Davis (Sacramento) California. It’s a two-day contest that spans three days of fun, June 23th through June 25th. The field will be open and winches available on Friday the 23th, for fun flying and practice except for a 2-3 hour window for the ALES contest starting at 11:00. TD contest days are Saturday 6/24 and Sunday 6/25. On both days, the pilot’s meeting is at 8:30 and flying starts immediately after the pilot’s meeting.
Classes - The classes offered are: Unlimited, RES and ALES-TD. Woody class sailplanes are welcome but will fly in their span/function class. There are no sub-classes by age. All electric launch planes must have limiters set to 150 meters and will be integrated into the overall flight order matrix. They will launch in sequence similar to all other classes, and will use the same graduated landing as the other classes.
Entries - You may enter in one or two classes. Fee schedule; $50 one class both days, $75 two classes both days. Single day entry - $25 per class.
Frequency Control - Entry on 72 MHz is limited to 2 entries per frequency, no exceptions without permission of the CD. There will be no transmitter impound, 2.4 GHz is encouraged.
Tasks and Times - Thermal Duration, 5 minute first flight, 10 minutes thereafter. Pilots meeting at 8:30 AM Saturday and Sunday, first flight immediately after. The round in effect at 4:00 PM Saturday and 2:00 PM Sunday will be the last round of the day.
Landings - 25' graduated 100 point landing tape for all four classes. There will be no safety line, it will be up to the pilot/timer to stand where they prefer as long as it does not interfere with an adjacent landing lane.
Awards - Trophies will be awarded as follows; 1st - 5th place in Unlimited, 1st - 3rd in RES and 1st - 3rd in ALES-TD. The trophies will awarded based on the best combined, 2 day scores.
Lodging - There are many motels and hotels nearby. The closest is Motel 6 at I-80 and Mace Bl. 530-753-3777. Dry camping is permitted at the field. No hookups. No fires!! The entrance gate is locked between sundown and sunup. If you are going to stay at the field plan accordingly.
Food - We have not finalized this yet, but expect to have food, drinks and water available on site. We will update status on this at a later date, but at present will not be provided as part of your entry..
Contest Directors and Officials - CD - Jim Thomas & Scott Meader. Event Coordinator -. Winch Boss -. Landing Judge Coordinator -. Food Services -. Call Ups -.
ALES Event - We will host a separate 4-round ALES event on Friday, June 23th. The fee for this event is $10 to be paid at the field upon registration. Registration is 10:30 - 11:00. Pilot's meeting at 11:00 and first round immediately following. Fewer than 6 participants (ALES League legal) will result in cancellation and the field will remain open for sport flying.
Friday, June 23th Open Flying - The field will be available for open flying on Friday with the exception of an approximately 2-3 hour window beginning at 11:00 noon for a planned ALES contest. During the ALES event there will be no open flying.
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