Sacramento Valley Soaring Society is excited to announce the SVSS Spring Fling for 2018. This is our 27th annual two-day thermal duration contest held in Davis California (near Sacramento). It spans three days of fun: April 20 through 22. The field will be open and winches available on Friday for fun flying and practice except for a 3-4 hour window for the F5J contest starting at 11:00. TD contest days are Saturday Apr 21 and Sunday Apr 22. On both days, the pilot’s meeting is at 8:30 and flying starts immediately afterwards. Both the TD and F5J events are AMA-sanctioned.

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 tape 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. AMA membership is required.

Frequency Control - 2.4 GHz is encouraged. Entry on 72 MHz is limited to 2 entries per frequency, no exceptions without permission of the CD. There will be no transmitter impound.

Tasks and Times - Thermal Duration, 5 minute first flight, 10 minutes thereafter. Pilots meeting at 8:30 AM Saturday and Sunday, first flight immediately thereafter. 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 classes. There will be no safety line so 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. 


Smartphone scoring will be used - This contest will use GliderScore and Smartphone scoring. This will enable each pilot to use their own phone to directly enter their round-by-round scores. This will also allow pilots to view the standings in real time throughout the contest. If you have a smartphone be sure to install a QR Code scanner (many available free for iPhones and Android) before you get to the field; you will use this to scan your score card and get to your personal scoring screen. If you do not have a smartphone you can either have your timing partner enter scores for you, or you can use one of our community laptops for scores entry.

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 be 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 Blvd. 530-753-3777.  Dry camping is permitted at the field. No hookups. No fires except in our built-in BBQ. The entrance gate is locked between sunrise and sunset. If you are going to stay at the field plan accordingly. 

Food - Lunch will be provided for $5 each day (Sat and Sun, payable at the field) and will include a variety of sandwiches, chips, and cold drinks.


Saturday evening BBQ - An awesome Saturday evening catered BBQ (Marinated Tri-Tip Roast, Grilled Lemon Herb Chicken, grilled vegetables, mashed potatoes, salad, bread & butter, drinks) is planned at the field for $25 per person. A minimum of 20 has to be confirmed by Apr 10; if you are interested be sure to add that option to your payment. Thanks.

Officials -  CD- Sandy Smith 530-367-6583.  Event Coordinator - Bill Curry 925-838-1998

F5J USA Tour Event - We will host a separate F5J event on Friday, Apr 20. This will be a full F5J USA Tour event. The fee for this event is $25 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. If fewer than 16 pilots participate then per Tour rules the scores will be reduced by
10% before being posted as a season score.  

Friday, Apr 20 Open Flying - The field will be open for practice except during the F5J event.


Sign up today so you don’t miss out on this exciting extended weekend of flying & competition!