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Costello Insurance Primary Training Youth Scholarship

Thu, 9 Nov 2017 00:00:00 MST

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Pat Costello, of Phoenix, AZ, is the owner of Costello Insurance Associates, Inc., which is the largest writer of glider insurance in the United States.  Pat is well known to most SSA members as the administrator of SSA’s group hull and liability insurance program, a service he has provided to SSA since 1984.  During his administration of the program Pat has been a tireless advocate for SSA with the insurance carrier, advocating for a number of enhancements and benefits to the SSA insurance program

(image) Pat is a lifelong pilot with over 4,000 hours in the cockpit.  He maintains a commercial license with multi engine, instrument and flight instructor ratings.  He is an occasional glider pilot and has introduced his grandchildren to glider flying in the hopes of encouraging the next generation of pilots.

For a number of years, Pat has been a financial supporter of the Soaring Safety Foundation.  Pat’s current pledge of an annual gift of $4,000 from Costello Insurance is intended to fund primary training of youth toward private pilot glider ratings.

Award (up to 2):  Up to $2000 in SSA credit for direct flight training expenses.  $1250 will be available initially.  The remaining $750 will be available following both solo AND successful completion of the FAA Knowledge Test.  Detailed invoices of flight training expenses must be invoiced to the SSA for payment to the servicing organization.  No expenses will be paid two years after the date the award announcement or beyond the 23th birthday.

Pre-/Post-solo SSA members STUDENT pilots 14 - 22 years old may apply.  Applicants must express both desire and a plan for success and if under 18, must have parent/guardian support for participation.  Applicants must make a good case through a personal statment, in the form of an essay, and letters of recommendation supporting their interest and desire in learning to fly gliders, their financial need, and their promise in other aspects of life.  The flight training organization must be willing to cooperate on the reimbursement process.

Promotion and fulfillment of the program are a cooperation between SSA, which administers and judges the scholarship, and local soaring chapters, clubs, and schools, who get reimbursement for their qualified charges; tows, glider rental, instructional costs, and costs of successful exams.  Funds are not available for dues, joining fees, or other non-training costs.

Awards will be announced at the SSA Annual General Meeting or SSA Convention.

Application Form.

Though not required, please send USJuniorSoaring@gmail.com an email stating your name and your intent to apply.

Applications may be submitted by mail (postmarked no later than December 31st) or e-mail (dated no later than December 31st.)  See application. Incomplete applications will not be accepted.




SSA Dennis Purduski Flight Training Scholarship

Sun, 24 Sep 2017 00:00:00 MST

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Annual award of up to $2000 for flight training expenses.  Application deadline is December 31st.

Dennis Purduski, of Brandon, MS, was an SSA member and CFIG who trained numerous young pilots to fly.  His passion for aviation was wide reaching; in addition to being an active glider instructor he was also well known as an RC modeler and pilot; he was a past USA World Team Manager for RC helicopter competition.  Dennis flew gliders with the Central Mississippi Soaring Society where he was an active instructor at the time of his death in 2016 from natural causes. Dennis was passionate about aviation of all types, but soaring in particular.  Dennis particularly enjoyed instructing young students.  He saw soaring as a low-cost way to introduce people to aviation. When Dennis passed away he left his entire estate to a trust that funds two beneficiaries; an aviation scholarship at Kansas University and the SSA to fund training for persons under 20 years of age to fly solo in gliders.

Pre-Solo SSA members 13 - 19 years old may apply.  Applicants must express both desire and a plan for success and if under 18, must have parent/guardian involvement for participation.  Applicants must make a good case through a personal statment, in the form of an essay, and letters of recommendation supporting their interest and desire in learning to fly gliders, their financial need, and their promise in other aspects of life.  The flight training organization must be willing to cooperate on the reimbursement process.

Promotion and fulfillment of the program are a cooperation between SSA, which administers and judges the scholarship, and local soaring chapters, clubs, and schools, who get reimbursement for their qualified charges; tows, glider rental, instructional costs, and costs of successful exams.  Funds are not available for dues, joining fees, or other non-training costs.

Awards will be announced at the SSA Annual General Meeting or SSA Convention in alternate years.

Award (up to 4):  Up to $2000 in SSA credit for direct flight training expenses.  Detailed invoices of flight training expenses must be invoiced to the SSA for payment to the servicing organization.  No expenses will be paid two years after the date the award announcement.

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Application Form.

Though not required, please send USJuniorSoaring@gmail.com an email stating your name and your intent to apply.

Applications may be submitted by mail (postmarked no later than December 31st) or e-mail (dated no later than December 31st.)  See application.  Incomplete applications will not be accepted. 




Bultman Youth Flight Scholarship

Sun, 24 Sep 2017 00:00:00 MST

Soaring Society of America's boost into advanced soaring for young ground crew.  Annual award of up to $1000 for soaring pilots.  Application deadline is December 31st. This is a "worker" award for a young soaring pilot who has made impressive contributions to a USA soaring Club or School. Someone who may be too financially strapped to buy tows for personal recreation or personal progress in the sport. This award is intended to finance post-solo soaring by SSA members aged 14-22. This includes activities such as chasing badges, attending wave and cross country camps, entering contests, and flight training. Winners of this annual scholarship are selected from young soaring-pilot and SSA member applicants who are of great service at a USA gliderport, and who make a good case via an applicant's statement and letters of recommendation for their desire to progress in soaring, their financial need, and promise in other aspects of life. Promotion of the program is a cooperation between SSA, which administers and judges the scholarship, and local soaring clubs and schools, who get credit for their charges. Also, they may well perform advanced training of the winner or collect fees for aircraft rental or services. When one of their ground-crew gang wins, they win. The sponsors of this program, from throughout the USA soaring community, hope the scholarship will help a few more young people make the transition from basic glider flying to sport soaring. In the process, the word can grow that excellence as a soaring pilot need not require advanced age or a large bank account. Most importantly, this is a "thank you" to young ground-crew workers on whom the sport depends so much. RULES for the BULTMAN Scholarship Contest OPEN TO AGES 14-22, inclusive, as of December 31st. (A reasonable overlap of the limits of "school age", SSA Youth membership, and FAA regulations) OPEN TO SOARING PILOTS: Flying experience of at least FAA Student Certificate (solo pilot) in sailplanes (Soaring starts where basic glider flying leaves off) OPEN TO SSA MEMBERS: Folks who have shown a commitment to the USA soaring community and are ready to work up the SSA/FAI badge system. (The Soaring Society of America is the USA governing body for the sport of soaring in sailplanes) FIRST PRIZE (up to 2): Up to $1000 in credit available from the SSA for approved expenses. (The prize must be used for soaring activities: ship rental, badge attempts, contest entry fees, or instruction, not college expenses) SECOND PRIZE (up to 3): On occasion, a close runner-up may be recognized with textbooks or T-shirts and encouraged to apply again. ENTRY DEADLINE is December 31st. Awards will be announced at the SSA Convention or Annual General Meeting. JUDGING will be by the "Bultman Scholarship" Committee within the SSA Youth Committee. (The number of prizes awarded may vary based on entries received) APPLICATION is to include a STATEMENT, in the form of an essay, detailing the applicant's experience with and goals for future soaring. (Reference to specific ship checkouts, camps, contests... is highly recommended. Care should be taken to document all soaring participation--ground or air--and financial need).  Also, one or more RECOMMENDATIONS are needed from Club Officers, Flight Instructors or other mentors (Care should be taken to document the quality and quantity of the applicant's service to a Club or School) COMPLETED APPLICATIONS must be witnessed by a member of a soaring club or gliderport staff, and sent to: BULTMAN Youth Flight ScholarshipSoaring Society of AmericaPO Box 2100Hobbs, NM 88241-2100 Though not required, please send USJuniorSoaring@gmail.com an email stating your name and your intent to apply. Application Form Applications may be submitted by mail (postmarked no later than December 31st) or e-mail (dated no later than December 31st.)  See application. Incomplete applications will not be accepted. Please [...]



On This Day in History Female-Powered Flight Took Off

Wed, 18 Jan 2017 15:06:00 MST

Thirty years ago, on 21 January 1987, American triathlete Lois McCallin set three women's world records for human-powered flight – and they still stand today.

Stepping out onto a dried-up lakebed at Edwards Air Force Base in California at 8.30am on Wednesday 21 January 1987, 29-year-old Lois McCallin was about to make history.

At the peak of physical condition, this amateur triathlete had been in training for months for what she was about to do – cycle a gossamer-light plane into the air and fly it by leg-power alone for the next 15km at an average speed of 20km/h.

The Michelob Light Eagle was an experimental human-powered aircraft built as part of the Daedalus Project. The ultimate aim of the Daedalus Project was to fly a human-powered plane from Crete to the island of Santorini in the Mediterranean, recreating the mythical flight of Daedalus and his less-fortunate son, Icarus.

The success of that project though was far in the future as McCallin limbered up for her experimental but record-breaking flight.

Her job on 21 January was to take off and fly the 41.7kg plane around a 15km course, maintaining level flight and passing over regulatory 2m-high stanchions to really 'prove' the plane was in the air and flying high.

Rolling along the concrete runway next to the dry lakebed, the plane’s lightweight wings were stabilised by a helper at each tip, but once in the air, McCallin, who weighed 54.9kg, was on her own. First she had to fly the Light Eagle to a turnpoint 6.8km away, flying just metres above the ground. She successfully reached that turnpoint – and with it set a women's world record for straight-line distance for human-powered aircraft.

Staying in the air she flew on further, to the second turnpoint. She rounded that and flew the final leg to a third turnpoint. Continuing straight she landed the plane 327m later. She had flown a total distance of 15.444km and been in the air for 37 minutes 38 seconds.

Her flight set three women’s world records:

  1. Distance around a closed circuit
  2. Straight distance
  3. Duration

Those records still stand today. 

The day after McCallin set her three records, fellow pilot Glenn Tremml flew the Michelob Light Eagle around a 58.66km closed circuit course to set an overall world record for distance around a closed circuit course in human-powered flight. That record too, still stands too.

The flights made history, and they also provided invaluable information for the researchers planning their bigger flight in the Mediterranean. The history of the Daedalus Project is long, but 15 months later, on 23 April 1988, the Daedalus Project successfully flew the successor to the Light Eagle, a human-powered plane named MIT Daedalus, 115km from Crete to Santorini. That historic flight earned international attention, and also has never been bettered.

 

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FAA Withdraws Transponder ANPRM

Wed, 28 Dec 2016 10:58:00 MST

The FAA has withdrawn ANPRM FAA-2015-2147 which would have required that gliders operating above 10,000 MSL have an operating transponder.  Glider operations below 10,000 MSL would not have been impacted even if this rule had passed.

The SSA continues to encourage voluntary compliance for gliders operating in high traffic areas.

The Federal Register entry is located here:

https://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2016/12/23/2016-30910/transponder-requirement-for-gliders-withdrawal

A pdf copy of the above Federal Register entry is located here.