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New Maps

Well team, I finally completed a big project on my backlog.  I wanted to redo our member maps product.  My original map tool was developed and scabbed together years ago.  In fact, it used Google Maps API v1.  Google does a major version release every three to five years.  So our map now supports V3.x.   My first version managed text files.  My most recent version used XML files.  XML files look something like this: <?xml version="1.0" encoding="UTF-8"?> <document> <marker lat="Lat" long="Long" name="Name" category="Category"> <picture-pilot></picture-pilot> <picture-plane></picture-plane> <manuf></manuf> <type></type> <regis></regis> <airport></airport> <location></location> <designator></designator> <airport_website></airport_website> <e-mail></e-mail> <website></website> <notes></notes> </marker> <marker lat="26.2469" long="-80.111111" name="Ron Ackerman" category="member"> <picture-pilot></picture-pilot> <picture-plane></picture-plane> <manuf>Grob</manuf> <type>109B</type> <regis></regis> <airport>Pompano Beach Airpark</airport> <location>FL</location> <designator>KMPP</designator> <airport_website></airport_website> <e-mail>ronackerman@comcast.net</e-mail> <website></website> <notes></notes> </marker> <marker lat="43.1142699" long="-89.5315336" name="Ed Adib" category="member"> <picture-pilot>adib.jpg</picture-pilot> <picture-plane></picture-plane> <manuf>Phoenix</manuf> <type>U15</type> <regis></regis> <airport>Middletown Municipal</airport> <location>WI</location> <designator>C29</designator> <airport_website></airport_website> <e-mail>eeadib@meriter.com</e-mail> <website></website> <notes></notes> </marker> <marker lat="10.776389" long="123.015278" name="Roldolfo Z. Alvarez" category="member"> <picture-pilot></picture-pilot> <picture-plane></picture-plane> <manuf></manuf> <type></type> <regis></regis> <airport>Bacolod-Silay Int'l Apt</airport> <location>Philippines</location> <designator>RPVB</designator> <airport_website>en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bacolod-Silay_International_Airport</airport_website> <e-mail>rza1224@yahoo.com</e-mail> <website></website> <notes></notes> </marker> <marker lat="40.0394297" long="-105.2258217" name="Norm Anderson" category="member"> <picture-pilot></picture-pilot> <picture-plane>N5014A.png</picture-plane> <manuf>Brditschka</manuf> <type>HB-23/2400</type> <regis>N5014A</regis> <airport>Boulder Municipal</airport> <location>Boulder CO</location> <designator>KBDU</designator> <airport_website></airport_website> <e-mail>norman.anderson@live.com</e-mail> <website></website> <notes></notes> </marker> <marker lat="-28.235072" long="29.106206" name="Barry Arnott" category="member"> <picture-pilot></picture-pilot> <picture-plane>ZS-GZT.jpg</picture-plane> <manuf></manuf> <type>Lambada</type> <regis>ZS-GZT</regis> <airport>Harrismith Airport</airport> <location>South Africa</location> <designator>FAHR-HRS</designator> <airport_website>www.airport-data.com/world-airports/FAHR-HRS/</airport_website> <e-mail>arnott.barry8@gmail.com</e-mail> <website></website> <notes></notes> </marker> Which is a pain.  Every time someone wanted to be added I need to go in and manually put the data in, sometimes in multiple place.  Plus the code for processing was complex and tricky to maintain.  I'd say it was about 1000 lines of code. So in this release: Filter commands added to the top of the map.  Once can downselect the markers by using the convenient menu on the top. The data is now sorted by last name.  Most tools sort by the first letter of the words. .  I will show the simple sort algorithm below. The data can be save in a google sheets, similar to our fly-in sign-up sheets.  In the future, I plan to let people add their own data rather than filtering through me. I hope you all enjoy it.  I estimate this upgrade at about 30 hours.  But it sure is sweet.  Probably only a couple hundred lines of code to manage, and we leverage google sheets.  I am leveraging the following packages: jQuery Tabletop.js Maplace.js Here is that clever function that gets added to the built-in sort to sort by last names: function compare(a, b) { var splitA = a.title.toLowerCase().split(" "); var splitB = b.title.toLowerCase().split(" "); var lastA = splitA[splitA.length - 1]; var lastB = splitB[splitB.length - 1]; if (lastA < lastB) return -1; if (lastA > lastB) return 1; return 0; }  

Steve Sliwa

Steve Sliwa

 

January Transmittal

Happy New Year from your friends at the Touring Motor Glider Association.  We hope that your plans for the upcoming year will allow you pursue your interests in touring motor gliders.  If you are an owner or pilot in the US, we hope that you will be able to attend on of our 3 fly-in events this year.  For the past 9 years we have hosted 1 event, generally on the west coast.  Last year we sponsored an event on the East coast as well as West coast.  This year we will be hosting/sponsoring 3 events.  One on the East coast, one in the Mid-West, and another on the West coast. If you think you might be able to attend one or more events, even if you aren't sure, please add your name to the sign-up sheet and indicate your estimated probability of attending.  Links to the three events follow: East Coast Fly-In
Mar 30 - Apr 2
Naples, FL [KAPF]
Info/Forum: link
Sign-Up: link Mid-West Fly-in
Aug 3 - 6
Ann Arbor, MI [KARB
Info/Forum: link
Sign-Up: link West Coast Fly-In
Aug 24 - 27
Camarillo, CA [KCMA]
Info/Forum: link
Sign-Up: link In case you missed, the most recent TMGA Newsletter is here:  link To become a formal dues-paying member, renew your membership, or make a donation:  memberships -or- donations As a reminder to newbies, the best way to start a conversation with members of the TMGA is to "Start New Topic" in a Forum.  The most general purpose forum is the one entitled Hangar Flying.  Just log into the website and navigate via the menus:  Community > Forums > Hangar Flying and then select "Start New Topic".  Here is a quick-link to that location:  link.  If you'd like to see a video tutorial on using the forums go to Support > Guides & Tutorials > Website Tutorials > 08 - Forums:  link If you are having trouble logging on to the website or need other help Contact us here:  link Best Regards, Steve Sliwa
Volunteer Webmaster
Touring Motor Glider Association

Steve Sliwa

Steve Sliwa

 

2017 Fly-In Events Being Planned

We are in the process of putting together the schedule for 2017: 2017 East Coast Fly-In
April 2016 saw the first TMGA East coast fly-in, hosted by Jim and Kathy Lee (USA Phoenix distributor). The response to the event was such that we decided to continue the fly–in on that coast. Jim and Kathy, however, decided to en-camp for Minden, NV as a permanent base of his Phoenix operation and, in true TMGA fashion, another TMGA’er stepped forward. We are pleased to announce that the 2017 East coast fly-in will be managed by Mike and Suzanne Schumann (new Phoenix owners). The event will be held in Naples, Florida Thursday March 30th through Sunday April 2nd.  The timing was decided upon to coincide with both the Sun-N-Fun national fly-in and baseball spring training. The weather should be great, and Naples is a world-class destination. We’ll be arranging lots of non-flying things to do and we’re confident that we’ll again get a great banquet speaker. Stay tuned for details, but plan on coming for a great time. For non-USA TMGA’ers, there are major international airports within 100 miles of Naples so, think about making this fly-in as part of a great USA vacation.
We’re only five months away from this fly-in, so get on the list by accessing the EVENTS tab on the website, then go to the 2017 East Coast sub-tab. 2017 Mid-America Fly-In
At Minden this September the question was asked: why isn’t there a mid-country Fly-In. Since we didn’t have a good answer, we tasked the question-poser to come up with some ideas (no good deed goes unpunished)! It will most likely be held in the summer, so stay tuned for details. If you have any thoughts or suggestions, please post them to: richard.pearl@motorgliders.org. 2017 Western Fly-In
In 2017 we’ll continue the tradition of moving the western Fly-In around to new locations. Southern California TMGA’er Gabriel Cioffi (turbo Diamond) has volunteered to be the local “sparkplug”, with a proposed fly-in at Camarillo, California. This coastal airport in Ventura County – just north of Los Angeles – offers exceptional geographic beauty and many exciting places to fly to, and ground visit. At this point we’re thinking about late August or early September. Stay tuned.

Steve Sliwa

Steve Sliwa

 

Fall 2016 Newsletter

2016 Fall Newsletter The Touring Motor Glider Association was formed to exchange technical information, coordinate activities, and share experiences. Our goal is to be the (world-wide) Go-To source for all information about touring motor gliders. TMGA Statistics
The TMGA membership currently stands at over 900, spread among 46 countries. A quarter of our group comes from non-USA countries; twenty-three percent of the members (worldwide) have their own TMGs. We continue to grow virtually every day. The world map at the right shows those TMGA’ers who have submitted location information and who are “mapped”. There are a lot more members around the world who haven’t done so and you are encouraged to submit your information (website > Community tab > Member Map). It takes only a few minutes to get mapped; please understand that the TMGA does not relinquish this information for ANY reason.  Why get on the Map? One of the best reasons is that when you’re traveling you’ve got a ready-made local friend; use the website to reach out and connect…you might even get a ride in a TMG!  TMGA Now a 501c3 Non-Profit Organization
In September 2016, the TMGA was awarded official non-profit status by the state of Nevada and the U.S. federal government. This is important for three reasons: (1) as a recognized corporation it provides increased legal protection for event organizers, (2) it allows individuals to donate money and items to the TMGA to further the mission of the organization and receive tax deductions for those gifts, and (3) it provides a stable platform to continue to grow the TMGA.  There are ways you can participate:  1st in your paid memberships; (2) sponsorships; and, (3) outright donations.  Please see the Payments Navigation tab on the website for more guidance.  Contact any of the leadership if you have any questions. 2016 West Coast Recap
The Western Fly-In returned to Minden, Nevada for four fun-filled days September 7 thru 11.  Nine ships were on the ramp and a great time was had by all. In addition to the pilots and co-pilots, there were several attendees who were looking over the fleet for future TMG purchases.
Unfortunately, TMGA Chairman Richard Pearl decided to practice his tree landings en-route to the fly-in; fortunately he received only a few scratches but his Grob 109 – which recently went through a complete restoration – was totaled. Richard’s admonition to others: “don’t ask more from your aircraft than it’s prepared to deliver” is a well-deserved aviation axiom. Per Richard - any new aircraft for him will have a lot more power. Aircraft started arriving on Thursday and we all encamped to the Carson Valley Country Club restaurant for a Basque dinner. This is a dining experience where NO One goes away hungry. Friday morning saw introductions and airport and area briefings by host Laurie Hardin of SoaringNV and the Minden Airport staff. The day saw some great Minden-style soaring. Friday evening it was off to Lake Tahoe for a dinner cruise…spectacular as always. Saturday morning it was the retelling of the great flying exploits of Friday, then off for another day of soaring. Saturday night was the banquet at the host hotel, the Carson Valley Inn, where local pilot Frank Murray talked about his experiences as a test pilot for the A-12 airplane, the predecessor of the SR 71, plus numerous other aircraft before, during, and after the Vietnam War. Frank accumulated over 6,000 hours in military aircraft and another 1,000 hours in civilian aircraft. Frank had the audience in awe, and frequently in stitches from laughter, about his career.  Sunday morning spent re-capping the previous day’s flying, and then saying good-by until next year.   2017 East Coast Fly-In
April 2016 saw the first TMGA East coast fly-in, hosted by Jim and Kathy Lee (USA Phoenix distributor). The response to the event was such that we decided to continue the fly–in on that coast. Jim and Kathy, however, decided to en-camp for Minden, NV as a permanent base of his Phoenix operation and, in true TMGA fashion, another TMGA’er stepped forward. We are pleased to announce that the 2017 East coast fly-in will be managed by Mike and Suzanne Schumann (new Phoenix owners). The event will be held in Naples, Florida Thursday March 30th through Sunday April 2nd.  The timing was decided upon to coincide with both the Sun-N-Fun national fly-in and baseball spring training. The weather should be great, and Naples is a world-class destination. We’ll be arranging lots of non-flying things to do and we’re confident that we’ll again get a great banquet speaker. Stay tuned for details, but plan on coming for a great time. For non-USA TMGA’ers, there are major international airports within 100 miles of Naples so, think about making this fly-in as part of a great USA vacation.
We’re only five months away from this fly-in, so get on the list by accessing the EVENTS tab on the website, then go to the 2017 East Coast sub-tab. 2017 Mid-America Fly-In
At Minden this September the question was asked: why isn’t there a mid-country Fly-In. Since we didn’t have a good answer, we tasked the question-poser to come up with some ideas (no good deed goes unpunished)! It will most likely be held in the summer, so stay tuned for details. If you have any thoughts or suggestions, please post them to: richard.pearl@motorgliders.org. 2017 Western Fly-In
In 2017 we’ll continue the tradition of moving the western Fly-In around to new locations. Southern California TMGA’er Gabriel Cioffi (turbo Diamond) has volunteered to be the local “sparkplug”, with a proposed fly-in at Camarillo, California. This coastal airport in Ventura County – just north of Los Angeles – offers exceptional geographic beauty and many exciting places to fly to, and ground visit. At this point we’re thinking about late August or early September. Stay tuned. Member Profile – Collin Gyenes
Some people start their flying adventures in their teens, some in their earlier years, some in their middle years, and some in their senior years. Collin started his adventures at ten (10) years old when his dad and Aerosport, Inc. partner Phil Paul imported their 1st Sportavia-Putzer RF5B (1975). They also imported about 350 Blanik L-13’s and other gliders like the Pilatus B4, Jantar, and Ogar motor glider. Collin’s first soloed a glider was in 1978 (a Blanik), his first powered aircraft in 1980 (a Luscombe 8A), and first motor glider in 1986 (an Ogar). Since then he’s flown 10 types of motor gliders and 62 other airplanes and gliders. Picture at right: Collin and John Bruckner at Long Beach Airport, circa 1975. Collin says that one of his favorite things about motorgliders are the VW- based engines. He has been in the VW business for 35 years and is currently President of Techtonics Tuning, which sells VW parts and builds VW engines. Collin is also involved in automobile racing and attained a land speed 164 mph record in a 1969 Karmann Ghia! He is currently rebuilding a RF4D and flying a RF5B. Collin has about 700 hours in just these 2 models, and has flown both from the east coast to west coast. We’ve had the pleasure of Collin’s company at several of the West coast fly-ins. Collin currently lives in McMinnville, Oregon and is married with six (6) kids (future pilots, we assume). TMGA Website - Classified Ad Section
Our Classified Ads section continues to grow, and, more importantly, is really working. Current statistics: views (66,663); items sold (25); value of items sold ($1.6 million USD). If you’ve got a TMG-related product to sell, or if you’re in the market for that “toy”, this is the place to look. Your Story, Your Words – Done something unusual that you’d like to share? Please submit those great stories to the Forum section of the website and just start a new Thread.
Respectfully Submitted, Richard Pearl
Organizing Chair, TMGA
richard.pearl@touringmotorgliders.org TMGA Directors: Richard Pearl, Steve Sliwa, Paul Randall      

Richard Pearl

Richard Pearl

 

TMGA West Coast Fly-In - Sept 8 to 11 - Minden, NV

TMGA 2016 Annual Fly-In Update – August 1, 2016: We’re now 2.5 months away from the fly-in and our attendance list is starting to grow. The event will start Thursday, September 8th and conclude Sunday September 11th. If you haven’t signed up yet, please go to the Event’s Tab in the website > 2016 Minden Fly-In). News Flash: Our featured speaker on Saturday night will be Frank Murphy, and you won’t want to miss his talk. Frank was selected by the CIA to be a Project Pilot in the secret A-12 aircraft program, the precursor of the SR-71 Blackbird. Frank also flew 67 combat missions in the A-1 Skyraider, in Vietnam theatre of action. In all, he has 6,000 military aircraft hours and another 1,000 civilian flight hours. He’s a marvelous speaker and he’ll have you on the edge of your seats. We’ve made arrangement with the Carson Valley Inn for accommodations. We’ll be in their motel section as the entire Minden Valley has been booked for a long time with many events. The rate is $75 for Thursday and $89 on Friday and Saturday (plus $13% TOT). Ask for the TMGA room block rate. The rate is guaranteed only through August 18th, so you need to sign up soon.  You need to book with them directly. Contact the CVI at: 775.783.6629 or 1.800.321.6983, ext 1. Our block number is:  504778. The scheduled agenda is: Wednesday (optional) fly-in arrival. Local flying. Talk to the SoaringNV staff (1.775.782.9595) for some ideas if you’re not familiar with the area.  Dinner is on your own. There’s a restaurant at the Airport (Tail Dragger), one on the entry road (Flight), and many others in Minden and Gardnerville. Thursday – Official start of the fly-in.  We’ll have coffee and donuts/fruit available for arriving pilots. Depending on who arrives when, we can set out some tasks, or just fun fly. We have a scheduled dinner that night at the Carson Valley Country Club – which is a Basque restaurant. If you haven’t been to a dinner like this, the food just doesn’t stop, and is served family style. The price is $40 per person total, including Basque wine. Friday – 8:30    Coffee at SoaringNV hangar 9:00    Welcoming by R. Pearl (TMGA), Laurie Harden (SoaringNV), Bobbi Thompson (Minden Airport). 9:10    Airport Operations (basic orientation) – Thompson/Harden 9:30    Weather Briefing – SoaringNV 9:45    Local soaring orientation – SoaringNV 10:15  Break  10:30 – 4:00  Poker Run contest to local airports; lunch at one of the stops      Dinner – Options: (a) Lake Tahoe diner cruise - Delta Queen. The price is $75per person, all-inclusive (but excluding alcohol). This is a great trip that we’ve done before. The closeout on reservation is August 25th. We will leave for the Delta Queen about 5 PM. (b) Tail Dragger or Flight, or other restaurant on your own. Saturday – 8:30    Coffee at SoaringNV hangar 9:00    Group introductions 9:30    Weather Briefing – SoaringNV 9:45    San Francisco Bay tour briefing   10:30  San Francisco departure – lunch at Half Moon Bay   (to get a sense of what we might see - weather permitting - check out a video made by one of our group (Sebastien Belanger:  link  6:00    Presentation – Frank Murphy, A-12 pilot 7:00    Dinner – Tail Dragger (on Airport grounds), or Carson Valley Inn. Details to follow. Sunday – 8:30    Coffee at SoaringNV 9:00    Grand Re-telling of HAF and Bishop flights 9:30    Weather Briefing – SoaringNV 10:00  Photo op/group picture 10:45  Fly-In conclusion Arrival Information - Minden can be a challenging airport, with many different types of aircraft movements (GA, corporate jets, gliders, helicopters). Check the airport directory for details. Once landed, please come to the SoaringNV office located facing the main runway (1138 Airport Road). Contact SoaringNV with any questions:  1.775.782.9595. You will probably be met during your taxing by the friendly airport staff. We’re trying to get all our aircraft in one general location. Be sure to bring your own tie down rope/chains – just in case. Special Notes: 1.  Registration fee is $20 per aircraft (including one pilot); $10 per additional pilot/participant. All fees to cover hard costs associated with the Fly-In. 2.    Aerial photo opportunity with Andy Robinson. Just picture your TMG set against the Lake Tahoe backdrop. This requires an early launch. Contact Andy at:    andy@bidandy.com. Cost is approximately $100, depending on the number of participants. 3.     When you arrive you will be given a Welcoming packet, including the Airport tie down form ($8/day). 4.     If you are interested in a BFR, or specialized training, i.e. thermaling in gliders (your ship or a pure sailplane), contact SoaringNV directly. Optimally this would be done before Friday so we can all enjoy the group fly-outs. 5.     Rental cars – this can be arranged through Hutt Aviation. They use both Hertz and Enterprise. They will have special rates, and you need to book directly with them:  1.775.782.8277. 6.     The Reno Air Races are September 14 – 18. Think about staying over to see some of the world’s best racers ply their trade. Thursday and Friday are the primary practice days, and the crowds are less, as is the pricing. Finally, if you’re one of the TMGA’s non-USA members, consider coming to this slice of soaring paradise for a holiday. I’d be happy to help you plan your time with us for other area explorations. Please contact me with any questions. Richard Pearl
Fly-In Coordinator
1.916.715.9666

Richard Pearl

Richard Pearl

 

TMGA West Coast Fly-In - July 6 Update

TMGA 2016 Annual Fly-In Update: We’re now three months away from the fly-in and our attendance list is starting to grow. The event will start Thursday, September 7th and conclude Sunday September 11th. If you haven’t signed up yet, please go to the Event’s Tab in the website > 2016 Minden Fly-In). Minden is a great place to fly, and the Airport and local community always goes all out for us. There’s a lot to do in the area, so definitely think about bringing the spouse or SO. If you’re looking to purchase a TMG, the Fly-In is the place to be as normally we have at least one of virtually every TMG model on the flightline. It’s also highly probable that we can get you airborne for a demo flight. We’ve made arrangement with the Carson Valley Inn for accommodations. We’ll be in their motel section as the entire Minden Valley has been booked for a long time with many events. The rate is $75 for Thursday and $89 on Friday and Saturday (plus $13% TOT). Ask for the TMGA room block rate. The rate is guaranteed only through August 18th, so you need to sign up soon.  You need to book with them directly. The scheduled agenda is: Wednesday (optional) fly-in arrival. Local flying. Talk to the SoaringNV staff for some ideas if you’re not familiar with the area.  Dinner on your own. There’s a restaurant at the Airport (Tail Dragger), one on the entry road (Flight), and many others in Minden and Gardnerville. Thursday – Official start of the fly-in.  We’ll have coffee and donuts/fruit available for arriving pilots. Depending on who arrives when, we can set out some tasks, or just fun fly.  We have a scheduled dinner that night at the Carson Valley Country Club – which is a Basque restaurant. If you haven’t been to a dinner like this, the food just doesn’t stop, and is served family style. The price is $40 per person total, including Basque wine. Friday – 8:30    Coffee at SoaringNV 9:00    Welcoming (R. Pearl (TMGA), Laurie Harden (SoaringNV), Bobbi Thompson (Minden Airport). 9:10    Airport Operations (basic orientation) – Thompson/Harden 9:30    Weather Briefing – SoaringNV 9:45    Local soaring orientation – SoaringNV 10:15  Break  10:30 – 4:00  Poker Run contest to local airports; lunch at one of the stops Dinner – Options: (a) Lake Tahoe diner cruise - Delta Queen. The price is $75per person, all-inclusive (but excluding alcohol). This is a great trip that we’ve done before. The closeout on reservation is August 25th. We will leave for the Delta Queen about 5 PM; (b) Tail Dragger or Flight, or other restaurant on your own. Saturday – 8:30    Coffee at SoaringNV 9:00    Group introductions 9:30    Weather Briefing – SoaringNV 9:45    San Francisco Bay tour briefing 10:30  San Francisco departure – lunch at Half Moon Bay 6:00    Presentation – TBD 7:00    Dinner – Tail Dragger (on Airport grounds), or Carson Valley Inn. Details to follow.   Sunday – 8:30    Coffee at SoaringNV 9:00    Grand Re-telling of HAF and Bishop flights 9:30    Weather Briefing – SoaringNV 10:00  Photo op/group picture 10:45  Fly-In conclusion Logistics and Payments – Go to the Payments tab of the website, Events Pre-Payment tab. Here is where you’ll pay via PayPal or direct credit card for the registration fee and dinners.  Our dinners need to be pre-paid in advance. As noted above, the Lake Tahoe Dinner Cruise has a August 25th hard date; the Basque dinner has a September 5th hard date. Arrival Information - Minden can be a challenging airport, with many different types of aircraft movements (GA, corporate jets, gliders, helicopters). Check the airport directory for details. Once landed, please come to the SoaringNV office located facing the main runway (1138 Airport Road). Contact SoaringNV with any questions:  1.775.782.9595. You will probably be met during your taxing by the friendly airport staff. We’re trying to get all our aircraft in one general location. Be sure to bring your own tie down rope/chains – just in case. Special Notes: 1.  Registration fee is $20 per aircraft (including one pilot); $10 per additional pilot/participant. All fees to cover hard costs associated with the Fly-In. 2. Aerial photo opportunity with Andy Robinson. Just picture your TMG set against the Lake Tahoe backdrop. This requires an early launch. Contact Andy at:    andy@bidandy.com. Cost is approximately $100, depending on the number of participants. 3.  When you arrive you will be given a Welcoming packet, including the Airport tie down form ($8/day). 4.  If you are interested in a BFR, or specialized training, i.e. thermaling in gliders (your ship or a pure sailplane), contact SoaringNV directly. Optimally this would be done before Friday so we can all enjoy the group fly-outs. 5.  Rental cars – this can be arranged through Hutt Aviation. They use both Hertz and Enterprise. They will have special rates, and you need to book directly with them:  1.775.782.8277. 6.  The Reno Air Races are September 14 – 18. Think about staying over to see some of the world’s best racers ply their trade. Thursday and Friday are the primary practice days, and the crowds are less, as is the pricing. Finally, if you’re one of the TMGA’s non-USA members, consider coming to this slice of soaring paradise for a holiday. I’d be happy to help you plan your time with us for other area explorations. Please contact me with any questions. Richard Pearl
Fly-In Coordinator
1.916.715.9666
Richard.Pearl@touringmotorgliders.org      

Richard Pearl

Richard Pearl

 

Touring Motor Glider Website - You Have Unread Content

This is a transmittal sent to those who have built-up unread content on the website: Hello {member}: Here is recent information about your registration on the Touring Motorglider Association (TMGA) website: Display Name: Date Registered: Last Website Login: Greater than 10 Unread Items:  Yes We have detected that it has been a long time since you logged in or that you have quite a bit of unread content accumulating on the website.  There are several reasons why this might be the case.  Let's see if we can't clear them and get you caught up with us. (1) - Forgot How to Logon to the TMGA Website We moved in December and not everyone has found the new location or perhaps some have forgotten how to log on.  Just navigate to www.motorgliders.org and click on the "Existing User? Sign In" link in the upper right corner as shown below.  You will need your Display Name (we listed it above for you) and your Password.  We recommend that you select "Remember Me" to make it easier to logon each time. If you want to go to a logon page NOW (hopefully after reading thorugh the content below) just click on this link -> Log-On Link (2) - Forgot Password Some members have forgotten their password.  We can't see it on our control panels (privacy concerns) but you can reset your password as often as you need.  Just click on the 'Forgot Password' link as show below inside the yellow circle.   You will need the e-mail address you used to register on the site, which by the way is the one to which this e-mail was transmitted.  After entering an e-mail, the software will send you an e-mail to that address.  You will click on a link within the e-mail to verify that it's you and that you want to reset your password.   The link will transport you back to the website to choose a new password.  If you want to follow this on a step-by-step basis check out this guide or this video tutorial. If you want to go to a page to reset your password NOW you can click on this link -> Reset Password Link Alternatively, you can just tell us you want us to set your password by using this link -> Contact Form - Ask Us to Set Your Password or email us at webmaster@motorgliders.org and we will manually do it, but we can't promise how fast our response will be. Incidentally, once you are logged on you can change your password by going to Account Settings by clicking on your Display Name. (3) - Unaware of New Content (Set Following/Notifications) Some members we queried told us they were unaware that new content has been added.  Presently the software technology uses an 'opt-in policy' system, which means that to be notified of new content you need to specify in advance which content areas are of interest.  This 'opt-in policy' may change in the future as the software evolves, but you should set your notifications.  It's easy though.  Just navigate to sections, pages, categories, and subcategories of interest.  Then near the top right of any such page you will see a "Follow this" box as show below:   Just click on the box to expose the options for how often you wanted to be notified by new content in this area (instantly, daily, weekly, or never) as shown below.  Never (Do not send notifications) is used if this is a subcategory of a parent category that is marked for notification but you really don't want to be notified about new content in this subcategory. There are other sections in the website that help you manage your notifications once you set some.  Just click on your name and select "Manage Followed Content'. (4) - Did Not Spot Unread Content on the Website Some members told us that they logged into the website and didn't spot the unread content.  First thing to notice is that the titles of all unread content are generally bold, making it easy to spot.   But even easier, at the top of nearly every page is a Quick Navigation Link to see all 'Unread Content' as shown below. After clicking on the link you will get a listing of unread content that you can peruse as shown below: (5) - Content of Interest has Already Been Read Some members told us that they read all of the content of interest but don't want to have to visit every page of unread content just to get it marked as read (no longer bold).  Fortunately there is a short-cut key link for this as well.  After reading all the content of interest, near the top of every page is a Quick Navigation Link to 'Mark Site Read'.  This means that after clicking this link all unread content contributed to the entire website as of that moment is marked as read.   Next time you log in only content that has been added since the time you clicked on this link will be marked as unread.  This feature was added to make it easy and time effective to scan a site for new content of interest. We are hoping this little primer will help you either get back engaged on the TMGA website or will help you get more out of it quicker and more effectively.  Please keep the feedback, suggestions, and website contributions coming. Regards, Steve Sliwa, TMGA
Volunteer Webmaster

Steve Sliwa

Steve Sliwa

 

Latest News on East Fly-In :: Event Hotel Announced

Fly-In Participants, We’re now just short of one month away from the event, so it’s time to clarify your intentions. Remember, if your intention is to come, please record it as a yes. We understand last-minute mechanical issues and weather restrictions, but now is when we need to start getting some hard attendance data. 1. We made arrangements with the Melbourne Hilton Rialto Place for $109.00 per night, plus tax. Call reservations at 800-445-8667 and reference TMGA as the booking code or use this link: http://bit.ly/1puzFLE to book directly. The hotel is very close to the Melbourne Airport and about 15 minutes from the beach. They have a shuttle bus but we’ll be having some internal vehicles for our own shuttling. See below for personal car rental services.  IMPORTANT: you should book the Hilton right away. We have a block lock only through 3/15. If you think there is a chance you can come, book now.  You may cancel up to 24 hours before arrival with no charge. Telephone/email NOW! 2. We’ll be setting up some fun dinners at restaurants for Thursday, Friday, and Saturday, but they won’t be of the closed-group type we’ve had at other fly-ins. Knowing the number of participants coming to Melbourne, and when, will help us with the reservations. Dinner payments will be the responsibility of each participant. Specifics to come. 3. Flying in to Melbourne (MLB). Tell Melbourne Tower "Parking Atlantic Jet Center" on initial call to the tower.  Atlantic Jet center has tie downs for $8/night waived with a fuel purchase.  Jim Lee, Phoenix dealer and our “boots on the ground” in Melbourne, has some hangar space reserved for $20/night for those who want this option. Contact Jim directly on this:  jimlee@phoenixairusa.com 4. If you want to reserve your own car for personal transportation, there are numerous options at Melbourne Airport. I checked via the website “Kayak” and rates for the period April 7 - 10 are the the $90 to $120 range for the period; numerous major rental firms. 5. Registration fee for the fly-in is $25 for the aircraft and pilot, plus $10 for co-pilot or each non-flying participant. Since we’re not setting up for pre-paid dinners or activities, I’ll just collect the fee at the fly-in via our Square.   6. Fly-out activities - At this time we’re still planning on doing the Space Center fly-by and the Sun N Fun excursion. Jim Lee will be setting this up but he’s at a soaring contest now and we’ll get more intel out shortly. 7. Non-flying Activities - There’s plenty to do in the Melbourne area: land tour of the Space Center, Disney World and other “destination locations”, and of course the beach. If anyone wants to do these activities, drop me a personal note and I’ll work on some coordination.   Please advise if you will be getting your own car. Also, please send me a personal note about your attendance status, and update the information on the website excel spreadsheet. I’ll be on site Thursday. My cell number is:  1.916.715.9666 Richard

Richard Pearl

Richard Pearl

 

February Update - Website & TMGA News

Our revered chairman, Richard Pearl, is on a vacation to Iceland in the middle of winter!?!  He forwarded a note asking me to send updates for the upcoming fly-in as well as association/website news.  If he returns with all extremities intact (no frostbite) he will author next month's update. East Coast Fly-In - The Fly-In is currently scheduled for April 7 thru April 8 in Melbourne FL.  The sign up sheet shows that we are sneaking up on a dozen attendees.  Most are coming with planes, but some are coming sans plane for a Florida spring break with their TMGA colleagues.  Now is the time to start firming up your intentions or plans.  Please check the following links for more information: Events Newsletter - General News - [ link ] Forum - Discussion About Upcoming Events - [ link ] Events Tab - Sign-Up Sheet - [ link ] General News - The TMGA now has over 900 members.  We are now incorporating in the US as non-profit, charitable organization so that US members might be able to get a tax deduction for any membership dues or contributions that might make (not required).  Our prime activities are sponsoring fly-ins, support events like the upcoming SSA convention, and developing our community with this website. Website Updates - The website has been successfully moved and had its software updated.  There are still growing pains and little bugs that are being worked.  For example, some of the notification e-mails that are sent to members have missing image links.  We are working with our vendor, IPS, to get these items fixed.  Occasionally there are some implementation issues on our side as well.  If you uncover any, please let us know.  In the meantime here are some updates of which you might not be aware. Gallery - We now have over 1500 images in our gallery.  Have contributed any of your favorite pictures yet.  Here are couple of nice ones contributed by Tim Dews in his album.    Forums -- New member Martin Stepanek from the Czech Republic has immediately jumped in and started contributions on the Phoenix forum.  He has some interesting ideas for the future.  In addition, he also added some nice YouTube videos.  Here is one he calls "Selfie":     Library -- Our online library is composed of our TMGwiki (articles) and File Exchange (uploads/downloads) and is continuing to grow.  This past month saw a number of items related to safety added.  Members are encouraged share content so our online resources continue to grow.  Website Help & Tutorials -- We started a section of guides (articles) and tutorials (youtube videos) showing how to use the website or add entries/content.  We also added a FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions) section to help members learn the new site.  Please share suggestions on other topics that might be helpful, probably because you notice some things are tricky to use or hard to figure out.  If you are having problems, so are others.  The Help section is at this [ link ]. Lost Credentials - A heavily used section on the website is the help section, which describes how to recover lost credentials (password, display name, e-mail).  The article is here and the video tutorial is here for solving the problem on your own.  If these fail, just contact us and we'll help you out. [ contact ]    

Steve Sliwa

Steve Sliwa

 

Fly-In East Update

The East Coast Fly-In is shaping up and the attendance sheet is starting to be populated. This fly-in is for all you Easterners who looked at the Rockies and the Sierra for the trek West and said: maybe not! We’ve got a great fly-in planned for our event home base – Melbourne, Florida (MLB). Sun, Sea, great flying, and great camaraderie…it doesn’t get any better. The official dates are Thursday April 7 thru Sunday April 10. Our experience with the West Coast events is that many pilots arrive a day early. We’re working to get our event hotel to be on the beach.  As usual, everyone makes their own reservation so staying elsewhere is always a personal option. The travel time from the beach to MLD is only 15 minutes. More on this to follow. Here’s the basic itinerary: Thursday – arrival. Lunch and dinner on your own. There is a huge number of restaurants in the area. We’ll be coming up with suggestions. Friday – AM briefing on the day either at the hotel or the airport. Dinner will be arranged at a Melbourne-area restaurant.  Activity options: o   Fly-out Option:   Sun-N-Fun expo, which is only 45 minutes away by air. Airport options are landing at the expo airport (somewhat complicated) or a nearby airport and shuttling to the Expo. o   Non-Flying Options:  Ground tour of the Cape Canaveral Space Center or Drive to Sun-N-Fun. Saturday – AM briefing. Saturday night is our Fly-In dinner.  Activity options: o   Fly-Out Option:  Fly the approach to the landing runway at the Space Center. 200 feet off the deck. WOW! Lunch at an airport within reasonable striking distance of MLB. o   Non-Flying Option: Airboat ride in the Florida wetlands. The departure point is only 30 minutes from MLB. Sunday – AM briefing. Departure for home. To sign up go to our new website (www.motorgliders.org) and Navigate to ‘Events’ > ‘2016 Melbourne Sign-Up’. Remember, the sign-up spread sheet column for Attending has menu options for Yes, Probable, Maybe, Unlikely, and No.  If your goal is to come, please hit the Yes. We understand about weather and mechanical issue cropping up at the last minute. If you’re thinking “possibly”, then hit either the Probable or Maybe buttons, depending on how strong your feeling is.   Best Regards,   Richard Pearl Chair, TMGA

Richard Pearl

Richard Pearl

 

Introducing the New Website

We hope you had a good holiday season and are positioned for health, peace, and prosperity in the New Year. We've been working hard at the TMGA (Touring Motor Glider Association) and as previously announced we have totally revamped our website.  We listened to issues people had with the previous website and based upon this feedback chose the Invision Power Suite community software package.  We have customized it for our purposes and we hope that you will find it powerful, flexible, attractive, and intuitive. We have the same features as in the previous website and additional ones.  Naturally, not all of the data from the previous site has been loaded yet (over 2,000 articles and files), but access to the legacy database is available until all of the data has been migrated and classified. The forums, which are the prime way to create conversations with members and to get your questions answered (in a crowdsource sense), are much more intuitive.  We are hopeful that the new website will make it conducive for our members to proactively participate in our online community. We have located the website at a new shortened URL:  www.motorgliders.org Click the link above and go there.  Your credentials from the previous website should work.  You need your Display Name (previously called User Name) and Password.  If you can't remember these but remember the e-mail you used to sign-in to the previous website, you can use the online Guide or Tutorial for Lost Passwords to recover it yourself (see Help > Guides & Tutorials).  If you don't remember your activation e-mail just use Help > Contact Us and we'll get you going. You will see that in the Guides and Tutorials section there are already 10 topics covered.  Guides include detailed screen shots and the Tutorials are short YouTube videos (about 5 minutes each) that explore various features on the website.   Early on you'll probably want to explore the website and click on areas that you want to 'Follow,' which will keep you up to date with new posts.  Hopefully it won't be long before you might be participating in topics, contribute files to share, uploading some of your best photos, or helping to add information to the TMGwiki in the Library. Please let us know if you have any questions, comments, or suggestions.  (See Help > Website FAQ for suggestions on how to post these.) Regards, Steve Sliwa Volunteer Webmaster

Steve Sliwa

Steve Sliwa

 

Guides and Tutorials Sections Started

We are about to announce the website.  So a key feature on which I have been working is set of guides and tutorials for using the website.  This is a process that could last months and months as the software is big and complex.  I hope that the software is also fairly intuitive.  But, to help people good bootstrapped to start their exploration we decided to add a few such training/reference materials.  As of this entry here is the status: Table Showing Status of Training/Reference Materials
  Topic Guide Tutorial 01 - Registration X X 02 - Lost Passwords or other Credentials X X 03 - Adding or Editing Profile Information X X 04 - Navigating the Website X X 04b - Why Are My Menus Different? X X 05 - Website Overview X X 06 - Following Content & Managing Notifications X X 07 - Photo Gallery   X 08 - Forums   X 09 - Quoting Techniques in Forums   X 10 - File Exchange (Downloads)   X I also added a Website FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions) section at Help > Website FAQ (link).

Steve Sliwa

Steve Sliwa

 

Initial Move is Complete!

I originally estimated it was going to take about 20 hours to get the site-up and initial materials moved.  Well, that was a gross understatement.  Here we are about 120 hours later and finally got the initial loads moved to the new site. I am fairly happy with our new community software called Invision Power Suite.  It was first released in its current form (previously called IPB) in early 2015.  The documentation is weak, but the user community fairly strong.  I purchased the site migration services to move the forums, users and gallery from the old software (vBulletin). I hope you like the the menu structure we picked.  We can adapt it, but I think it melds well to be a partial adjustment from the old site to the new capabilities.   As mentioned we moved users & user credentials, forum posts, and gallery images.  I had to spend a fair amount of time reorganizing the galleries and make adjustments to the others.  I used the new software to implement some new capabilities: TMGwiki - This will replace our knowledgebase over time.  I was able to install the old knowledgebase software and it runs as a separate application on this new site like it ended up in the old site.  The TMGwiki is built within the current IPS software and I have it set that registered users can contribute or edit materials that aren't locked (completed).  We are working to move materials from the old knowledgebase, but ultimately anyone can add new materials.  This should allow us to build our resources even faster. Files - As part of the TMGwiki we designed a system to upload and share files. Classifieds - I used the IPS software to design a simple Classifieds database for people to post things they want to sell (or buy).  This was a popular part of the old site and I hope to make it valuable again.  Currently it's free.  To make this work I had to write some code to display multiple photos that are uploaded.  Interestingly I posted my code on the IPS Community Forum and have already gotten feedback that others have used it.  :-) Payments - I used the IPS Commerce package to design a store/shopping cart system for memberships, merchandise, and prepayment of event tickets.  It currently accepts PayPal or sending in checks.  I am waiting for "Admin" to get us permission to accept credit card payments. Events - The built-in calendar system lets anyone post events and it keeps track of those who might attend.  Our chairman, however,  wants more detailed sign-up sheets to optimize our events.  So rather than using the 'hand-coded' spreadsheets on the previous site, I found a way to embed 'Google Sheets' into webpages within our site.  This works fairly cleanly.  I hope to do some customization in the future so anyone can insert a Google Sheet into a page within the site. Newsletters - I converted the built-in blog system within IPS into a newsletter system.  We current support 3 newsletters (blogs).  One is called Chairman's Corner, Event News, and Webmaster Updates (this one). I did spend about 10 hours bringing the older Chairman's Corner and Event News over from the old site so we will have a historical record. My strategy is to continue upgrade the Library and work on Help Files and Tutorials so the website will get easier and easier for us to use.  I have a number of backed items I need to tune, but it won't be long before we will have a new community. Please keep suggestions coming on how we can do a better job of engaging. Cheers, Steve Sliwa
Volunteer Webmaster
TMGA

Steve Sliwa

Steve Sliwa

 

2016 TMGA Fly-In West

2016 USA Fly-In (West) – September 8th thru 12th - Minden NV For 2016, it's back to Minden, Nevada, our “home base”. Start thinking about this event, scheduled for Thursday, September 8th thru Sunday September 12th.  They call Minden the “Diamond Mine” of soaring for a reason…so prepare for world-class flying in terms of altitude achievements and distance flying. All this, with LAKE TAHOE just 20 miles away.  Weather permitting, we’ll try for a San Francisco Bay Tour with a lunch at Half Moon Bay. Flying over the Sierra crest at 12,000 MSL it’s a straight shot to the Sacramento valley and then on to San Francisco with a pass over the Golden Gate Bridge. For our international group, why not combine aerial pleasure with land pleasure, i.e. a family holiday to San Francisco AND the fly-in. Minden is only hours away via from the City By The Bay via the interstate. More on the fly-in in later newsletters – but mark the dates now! Oh, and for those who love speed, the incomparable Reno Air Races are scheduled for September 16 – 20, 2016. Come to the TMGA fly-in, enjoy Lake Tahoe or San Francisco for a few days, then enjoy the Air Races for some or all of the days (guaranteed action every day).   [ Minden Sign-Up Sheet ]   

Richard Pearl

Richard Pearl

 

2016 TMGA Fly-In East

2016 USA Fly-In (East) – April 7th thru April 10th - Melbourne FL This will be the first TMGA event on the East coast. Jim Lee, the Phoenix USA distributor will be hosting this event at his home base at Melbourne International Airport (MLB) in Florida. MLB  is a Class D airport with lots of advantages: plenty of area for our aircraft, nearby hotels/motels with conference facilities, restaurants, and of course, local attractions e.g. Disneyworld, the Cape Canaveral and Kennedy Space Center, and world-famous beaches for non-flying activities. Jim says that it’s highly likely that a Space Shuttle runway over-flight (200 foot above the runway), called the NASA Tour, can be arranged. The picture at the right shows Jim’s daughter Rachel setting up on base leg for the fly-by. You won’t get to do this anywhere else in the world! We’ve timed this fly-in to coincide with the Sun ‘N Fun International Fly-In and Expo for those who want to experience the #2 air event in the USA. The Expo is about 2 hours from Melbourne, or perhaps a short hop to a near-by airfield and then a car shuttle to the event. The East coast event is only four months away, and we’ll be posting information in the Event section of the Website shortly…so start thinking about coming NOW! If you are one of our non-USA members, think about a flying/family vacation in a world-famous part of the USA. We would love to have you!  [ Melbourne Sign-Up Sheet ]

Richard Pearl

Richard Pearl

 

2016 SSA Convention

SSA Convention - TMGA is hosting a booth (with the financial assistance of the Phoenix, Pipistrel, and Sundancer organizations) at the Annual Soaring Society of America (SSA) Convention in Greenville, South Carolina, Feb 18-20, 2016. If you would like to participate in the booth, please contact TMGA Director Paul Randall via message on this website.

Richard Pearl

Richard Pearl

 

Hello World

Traditionally when a programmer starts working in a new environment the very first program he writes is "Hello World!" program that prints out "Hello World!" on the screen.  Sometimes this takes seconds, but it can take hours as you get all of the files properly configured.  I have been working with Invision Power on this conversion and it looks like we are ready to give it the old college try.  So here it goes:   Hello World!

Steve Sliwa

Steve Sliwa

 

2015 Fall Newsletter

2015 Fall Newsletter The Touring Motor Glider Association was formed to exchange technical information, coordinate activities, and share experiences. Our goal is to be the (world-wide) Go-To source for all information about touring motor gliders. TMGA Statistics The TMGA membership currently stands at 946, spread among 41 countries. A quarter of our group comes from non-USA countries; twenty-three percent of the members (worldwide) have their own TMGs. We continue to grow virtually every day and some time over the winter we will likely reach the 1,000 mark. USA Fly-In – October 1st, 2015 – Wrap up A dozen TMGs descended on Cottonwood (Sedona), Arizona in early October to participate in the 6th USA TMGA fly-in. Together with potential TMG owners the group totaled 32 participants over the four-day event. Every day was flyable and the group took advantage of the spectacular location to fly out for lunch at different airports every day, and just enjoy the scenery. Phoenix took the TMGA Flight Line Award for the most aircraft in attendance in 2014 (and continued the win streak in 2015).  The event speaker was Al Grisemer co-pilot of a record-breaking TMG flight covering 8,000 miles and spanned from Barrow, Alaska to the very tip of South America. Unbelievable pictures and some great stories of this epic journey. The graphic at the right portrays the flight, which was broken into northern and southern segments (Reno, Nevada to Barrow, Alaska and return, then Reno to Punta Arenas, Chile, and return).   2016 USA Fly-In (West) – September 8th thru 12th For 2016, it's back to Minden, Nevada, our “home base”. Start thinking about this event, scheduled for Thursday, September 8th thru Sunday September 12th.  They call Minden the “Diamond Mine” of soaring for a reason…so prepare for world-class flying in terms of altitude achievements and distance flying. All this, with LAKE TAHOE just 20 miles away.  Weather permitting, we’ll try for a San Francisco Bay Tour with a lunch at Half Moon Bay. Flying over the Sierra crest at 12,000 MSL it’s a straight shot to the Sacramento valley and then on to San Francisco with a pass over the Golden Gate Bridge. For our international group, why not combine aerial pleasure with land pleasure, i.e. a family holiday to San Francisco AND the fly-in. Minden is only hours away via from the City By The Bay via the interstate. More on the fly-in in later newsletters – but mark the dates now! Oh, and for those who love speed, the incomparable Reno Air Races are scheduled for September 16 – 20, 2016. Come to the TMGA fly-in, enjoy Lake Tahoe or San Francisco for a few days, then enjoy the Air Races for some or all of the days (guaranteed action every day).  [ Minden Sign-Up Sheet ]      2016 USA Fly-In (East) – April 7th thru April 110th This will be the first TMGA event on the East coast. Jim Lee, the Phoenix USA distributor will be hosting this event at his home base at Melbourne International Airport (MLB) in Florida. MLB  is a Class D airport with lots of advantages: plenty of area for our aircraft, nearby hotels/motels with conference facilities, restaurants, and of course, local attractions e.g. Disneyworld, the Cape Canaveral and Kennedy Space Center, and world-famous beaches for non-flying activities. Jim says that it’s highly likely that a Space Shuttle runway over-flight (200 foot above the runway), called the NASA Tour, can be arranged. The picture at the right shows Jim’s daughter Rachel setting up on base leg for the fly-by. You won’t get to do this anywhere else in the world! We’ve timed this fly-in to coincide with the Sun ‘N Fun International Fly-In and Expo for those who want to experience the #2 air event in the USA. The Expo is about 2 hours from Melbourne, or perhaps a short hop to a near-by airfield and then a car shuttle to the event. The East coast event is only four months away, and we’ll be posting information in the Event section of the Website shortly…so start thinking about coming NOW! If you are one of our non-USA members, think about a flying/family vacation in a world-famous part of the USA. We would love to have you! [ Melbourne Sign-Up Sheet ]   501c3 Non-Profit corporate structure opportunity The TMGA currently is an “affinity” group with no legal or protective status. This was fine during our formative years but we’re now approaching 1,000 members and perhaps more importantly, we’re organizing multi-faceting fly in events on both sides of the USA – with others hopefully to come internationally. There are two reasons to form a 501c3 non-profit corporation: event organizers protection from lawsuits when staging events, and potential revenue generation for “mission” growth. Legal protection: Being the unpaid, volunteer organizer of flying activities has inherent risks to individuals. As the events get larger and more numerous, it is important that those volunteering their time have adequate legal protection. This can be done with a corporate structure, and is strengthened when that corporation is an educational/charitable non-profit. The TMGA is an all-volunteer group of TMG devotees. No one gets any reimbursement for any type of service to the organization. Numerous TMGA members have generous in donating to the TMGA and these donations have helped fund certain costs associated with our fly-ins, and convention and other materials. Several of the original organizers have also donated funds for web development. We envision continued outreach and this can only occur with donations. 501 C3 allows all donations to be tax deductible. To qualify for 501c3 non-profit status, the corporation must have a   “public good”, e.g. it must have a charitable, educational, religious or scientific purpose. We believe we certainly qualify with our member-to-member technical postings, knowledgebase library, and potential-TMG owner educative information distributions. By becoming a non-profit, we would follow the example of the Auxiliary-powered Sailplane Association (ASA), and other similar groups. With the above in mind, we have begun the process of forming a 501c3, which requires creating a non-profit corporation (most likely Nevada, our “home base”), then seeking official non-profit status from the U.S. Internal Revenue Service. This typically takes several months. Once the status is official, there will be annual forms to submit and the usual governmental fees and accounting reporting, but these costs are not prohibitive…and who knows, there might be some specialists in our organization that can help out (hint, hint). Becoming a non-profit will require up-front costs of about $1,500 (note: tax deductibility becomes effective once the non-profit corporate status is obtained from Nevada).   Member profile – Ian Hutchinson. We continue with a new section started in last update by profiling a TMGA’er, this time highlighting Ian Hutchinson of the UK.   Ian is a syndicate member in a Grob 109B, based at Rufforth Airfield, York, UK. He was one of the first people to join the TMGA’s Grob 109 predecessor group (in June 2010), and the first of our non-USA TMGA’ers to join the new organization (January 2014). Ian is a retired Construction Cost Consultant and Project Manager. He has his Private Pilot License (A) with a TMG endorsement. In 2010 he bought into a Grob109 B syndicate, joining seven other local pilots. Ian has also flown the Falke and did his TMG rating in a Super Dimona. Although he gained his license flying Piper Warriors and Robin aircraft, all of his flying these days is in the Grob. As well as visiting local airfields for the traditional ‘bacon sandwich and a pot of tea’ he mainly enjoys touring to other airfields around the country. This year his flights have taken him north to Kirkbride (just below the Scottish border) and southward to Stratford-upon-Avon and Norfolk, as well as numerous places in-between. When not flying, he enjoys cycling and taking advantage of retirement by taking lots of holidays with his wife. SSA Convention - TMGA is hosting a booth (with the financial assistance of the Phoenix, Pipistrel, and Sundancer organizations) at the Annual Soaring Society of America (SSA) Convention in Greenville, South Carolina, Feb 18-20, 2016. If you would like to participate in the booth, please contact TMGA Director Paul Randall via message on this website. TMGA Website How is our website being used? The following is very informative: Picture Gallery: 1,568 pictures and 597,635 views Forum: 1,658 Posts and 412 Threads Most users ever online: 369 (9/16/2013) Classified: Current ads (30); views (66,663); items sold (25); value of items sold ($1.6 million USD) Number of Knowledgebase Articles: 5,593; 14,402 views of the Website “how to” construction Donors: Patron (5), Benefactor (5), Platinum (20); Diamond (17); Member (16) So, keep sending in those pictures, and be sure to upload articles of interest to our Knowledgebase. Website Update – Changes in the works Our website has served us well over the past few years, but time moves on and change is in the works. First, let’s remember that the TMGA is an all-volunteer organization and the webmaster responsibilities rank up there at the very top of the workload efforts of the TMGA. Our Webmaster – Steve Sliwa – has been researching improvements and has this report: Well it's about to happen. A new website and a new web location: www.motorgliders.org. The prime reason we are changing is improved flexibility. We can’t do any updates on the existing package without a major reprogramming. Going forward we will be using Invision Power (link). Anticipated benefits of this transition are: • The new platform can easily be used on iPhones and tablets (responsive design) • We will be able to develop a Resources section that will replace our Knowledgebase and will be editable by members. • We will be able to create a file exchange as part of our resources section. • New content and capabilities will be able to be added with a minimal programming (or at least that's my hope). • It will have an integrated system for handling catalog orders, memberships, and fly-in deposits. • The tools allow for direct mail to members for the website membership lists, making it easier to make announcements. The bad news is that it will be different and will require learning some new tools and approaches for the users. Any suggestions or comments while we get ready for the transfer would be appreciated. Your Story, Your Words – Done something unusual that you’d like to share? Please submit those great stories to the Forum section of the website and just start a new Thread. Respectfully Submitted, Richard Pearl
Organizing Chair, TMGA
richard.pearl@touringmotorgliders.org
  TMGA Directors:  Ray Buhr, Steve Sliwa, Paul Randall, Stu Ostrander  

Richard Pearl

Richard Pearl

 

2015 Annual Fly-In - West - Planning

2015 Annual Fly-In - West - Planning
Oct 1-4, 2015 It's now definite ... we are going back to Cottonwood, Arizona. The fantastic Sedona area location, the wonderful reception we had by the city of Cottonwood, and the facilities, made for an easy decision. Specifically, the fly-in will be Thursday October 1st thru Sunday October 4th, and this year we're guaranteeing no repeat of the unusually high winds we had last year in June. Actually, the weather is marvelous there in the fall, with beautiful foliage, ever-changing light patterns on the Red Rocks of Sedona, and milder temperatures. This year we expect to be able to fly to the Grand Canyon and several of the national parks for day flights. The October time frame also means that we should miss the monsoons of summer, and the late fall storms. Last year, many pilots arrived at least a day early, on Wednesday, and this seemed to work out just fine. The actual schedule hasn't been set yet, but will most likely see daily fly-outs, and evening group dinners. Since it's the Sedona area, there are also many outdoor activities for non-flying partners. We'll be working on these arrangements but, like last year, they'll all be extra-special. So, mark your calendars! We'll be setting up a special sign-up sheet in the Events section of the TMGA website, and starting a special Forum section. If you're planning on coming, let all of us know via the Forum, and as soon as possible. Remember, the Fly-In is for all TMGA'ers, both owners and prospective owners. We'll be working with the various TMG manufacturers to have demo aircraft at the event. If you have an extra seat available for a passenger, or if you need a seat, note that on the signup sheet. We'll again have a Map of the prospective attendees. Also, if you are one of our 195 non-USA members, consider coming to the event as part of an American holiday. Last year, Hideki Matsuura of Japan came specifically for the fly-in, and we were pleased to get him airborne on many days in several ships. A great small-town airport and community close to the world-famous Sedona Red Rock wonderland. Our local TMGA group surveyed the area and recommended the city known as the "Heart of the Verde Valley". The city and the local community are really rolling out the red carpet for us. The municipal airport (3,560 MSL; 4,250 X 75 runway) has sufficient room for us (and we're anticipating a lot of TMG's on the ramp), they are making a large hangar available to us at no cost, waiving the tie down fees, and they're offering low-cost fuel. If you've been to one of the past Minden, Nevada Fly-Ins, you know how great they are: super soaring, a congenial group of aviators and those actively looking at TMGs, knowledge-sharing of aviation, maintenance, and safety issues, and just plane (couldn't resist) fun. The TMGA fly-In is the world's largest gathering of touring motor gliders. At our previous events we had TMGs come from all over the country, and many potential TMG owners attended to check out the various aircraft. We expect that the major TMG importers (Pipistrel, Phoenix, Lambada, and Diamond) will again have aircraft there for demonstration rides. Other proud TMG owners of the legacy brands (Ximango, Grob, Taifun, Fournier, etc.) have always taken up non-owner attendees for rides. For this Fly-In, when you combine fantastic soaring and a vacationers delight (some of the country's best national parks, old west charm, mining camps, back country jeep tours, unique shopping and restaurants, etc.), you should definitely think of extending your stay to truly capture the spirit of the region. Sedona is 10 air miles and 19 car miles to the northeast. Phoenix Sky Harbor Airport (PHX) is a two-hour drive to Cottonwood for those arriving commercially. We've made special lodging arrangements with the Quality Inn of Cottonwood, and Enterprise Rent A Car. We're currently working on some fun restaurants and group activities. We're hopeful that we can entice Andy Robinson, an aviation photographer who has previously worked with our group, to fly out in his modified Cherokee Six for some air-to-air shots (over the Red Rocks, etc.). You most likely won't be able to duplicate this opportunity again. It won't be inexpensive, but it will be memorable. Due to time limitations, there will be a limit on the number of potential photo flights, so you'll need to sign up early and coordinate with Andy. Pictures below are Steve Chase in his Lambada, and Roland Martin in his Ximango, Jim Lee in the Phoenix from Andy Robinson's photo shoot over Lake Tahoe:      In addition to Andy, Sedona aviation and soaring photographer Ted Grussing (part of the Team Sedona logistics and planning group), will be documenting this event from the air and the ground. VERY IMPORTANT. This event is being staged in one of the country's premier vacation areas. If you're thinking seriously of coming, you need to book your room early. Note: there are other hotels in Cottonwood, and in nearby Jerome and Sedona, but the Quality Inn has given us a great price, and they are only a short 10 minute walk to the airport. Quality Inn (928.634.4207); ask for the Touring Motor Glider Association special rate. There is a no-fault cancellation period 24 hours prior to arrival. Note: the property has only 50 rooms; our price cut-off date is Sept 1st. We also need you to sign up NOW in the TMGA web site Events section, 2014 fly-in spreadsheet. This is critical for us doing the planning, and critical for you because we have to make restaurant and activity arrangements. The registration fee is $20 per aircraft, including one pilot; each additional participant is $10. All fees go for hard costs at the fly-in, or directly to TMGA support. There will be experienced TMG instructors at the Fly-In. If you need a BFR, or are a current power pilot and a glider pilot, you can get an on-site TMG endorsement in your aircraft, or the instructor's aircraft. Spread the word. If you know of any TMG pilots, encourage them to participate; if you know someone who is interested in TMGs, have them join the TMGA and join in the Fly-In fun. If this will be your first long distance excursion, use the website to set up a 'caravan', either through the Forum or direct contact by others who have signed up in the Event spread sheet. Available non-flying activities include the Verde Canyon Rail Road, Indian ruin tours, wine tasting, ghost towns, mining towns, backcountry jeep tours, and southwestern art and shopping. We'll be setting up some organized tours; other activities can be coordinated. We'll be rolling out information on the website, and in direct email communication, over the next few months. In the meantime, see what's in store for you as you visually fly with Ted Grussing (first picture) and Michael Tomazin (second picture) shown below:   9  

Richard Pearl

Richard Pearl

 

2015 - March - Newsletter

2015 March Newsletter The Touring Motor Glider Association was formed to exchange technical information, coordinate activities, and share experiences. Our goal is to be the (world-wide) Go-To source for all information about touring motor gliders. The Touring Motor Glider Association was formed to exchange technical information, coordinate activities, and share experiences. Our goal is to be the (world-wide) Go-To source for all information about touring motor gliders. Recent Accomplishments of the TMGA: As of February 16, 2015, with being in operation for only three years, the TMGA now records 812 members, located in 36 countries and on every continent except Antarctica. With 202 non-USA members it is clearly safe to say that we are truly an international association. The non-USA members, by country, are as follows:   When it comes to TMGs owned, our members have the following aircraft: How is our website being used? The following is very informative:               Picture Gallery: 1,554 pictures and 474,549 views               Forum: 1,588 Posts and 386 Threads               Most users ever online: 369 (9/16/2013)               Classified: Current ads (24); views (48,968); items sold (23); value of     items sold ($1.3 million USD)               Number of Knowledgebase Articles: 5,593               Donors: Platinum (19); Diamond (17); Member (9) So, keep sending in those pictures, and be sure to upload articles of interest to our Knowledgebase. USA Touring Motor Glider Fly-In October 1-4, 2015; Cottonwood/Sedona, Arizona: Cottonwood/Sedona is one of the USA’s premier flying, and sightseeing, locations. The TMGA was there last year in June and although we experienced heavier-than-normal winds, a great time was had by all. We’re returning to Cottonwood again in 2015 and expect more cooperative weather both for local flying, and for those who travel significant distances (the majority of the attendees). Last year we had TMG’ers come from all points of the USA, and one pilot joined us from Japan. Think about a Sedona vacation if you're an overseas member. We’ll guarantee you air time with our pilot/members. Contact Richard Pearl for further information. (see below). Great camaraderie… guaranteed perfect weather… incomparable geographic setting…excellent speakers – it won’t get any better. YOU NEED TO BE HERE! Whether you have a TMG, or are looking at buying one (new or old, they’ll all be on display), or are just interest in the TMG world, everyone is welcome.  Each day will see a different aerial trek to some astonishing vantage points in the region, followed by unique dinners. There are a lot of very special tours and sights in the area, so think about not only coming, but also extending your stay for some incredible sightseeing. Bottom line, go to the Events tab of the website for details. It’s very important that you sign up in the event spreadsheet if you’re thinking of coming (and yes, we understand about weather and small aircraft). Make sure you are set to receive announcements through the Forum > Event Planning > 2015 Fly-In thread. This is where all the important announcements will be placed. Regional Fly-Ins – The USA West coast group has had a regional fly-ins each year at the Harris Ranch in the central California area…and will do so again this May. We urge our TMGA members to consider setting up regional fly-ins where you live. It’s easy to do using the resources of the TMGA website. Email Richard Pearl via this web site for helpful suggestions. Get Mapped! The Members section of the website has a Map subsection to display where our membership lives throughout the world. It’s entirely voluntary and takes but a few moments to fill in the additional lat/long coordinates. Currently we have 169 members on the map, which is only 21% of our membership. Why get mapped? One, it’s interesting and fun to see where our members live throughout the world, and two, if you travel anywhere, you’ll likely find a new friend. From personal experience, this mapping has opened new friendships for me both in the USA and around the world. Through the TMGA I have flown with pilots in South Africa and Germany. I have returned the favor with pilots from England, France, and Germany. I recently returned from a trip to South America where I was hosted by Dick Carlstein, a new TMGA’er looking to purchase a TMG. We stayed with Dick at his Colonia Del Sacramento (Uruguay) home. It was a delightful time meeting his family and talking airplanes and his specialty – energy systems. Website Updates – Many people initially signed up without filling in their profiles or ‘opting in’ to the various community activities.  Please come to the website, update your profile, subscribe to the forums and/or connect with the RSS feeds, and join us in our online community. Mira Slovak – TMG pilot extraordinaire passes away. Mira Slovak, who piloted his brand-new 37 horsepower Fournier RF4 on its test flight from the factory in Germany to Santa Paula, California, died June 21st, 2014 at the age of 84. In a life worthy of fiction, in 1953 and in the midst of the Cold War, he overpowered a DC-3 flight crew (he was the youngest captain in the Czechoslovakian Airlines) and flew the plane to Berlin where he sought political asylum. From there it was on to the United States where he became Bill Boeing Jr.’s private pilot, a national champion in unlimited hydrofoil racing boats (Miss Wahoo and Tahoe Miss), a crop duster, Reno air racer, and aerobatic stunt pilot. On the initial Fournier flight he got caught in a downdraft at Santa Paula Airport and crashed into a ditch and required months in the hospital. Oh, and then there was the time his hydrofoil racer (Tahoe Miss) exploded at 195 MPH and threw Mira 50 feet into the air…another trip to the hospital where he said “I got to know lots of nurses by their first names”. Mira was our featured speaker at the 2012 TMGA fly-in in Minden, Nevada. He flew up there in his Bucker Jungmann biplane from his home in Southern California, landing later than intended due to an oil line leak. We had a DVD of his life and showed the section about his Fournier trip (he did a reverse, uneventful trip the following year). At the conclusion of his talk, Mira received a standing ovation and there were more than a few misty eyes. A real hero, and a real gentleman. (picture courtesy of Andy Robinson) Your Story, Your Words – Done something unusual that you’d like to share? Please submit those great stories to the Forum section of the website and just start a new Thread. Mike Downey, a new TMGA’er who divides his time between the UK, Switzerland, and Florida, USA has just uploaded a story of his flight from Popham field (Hampshire, UK) to Venice, Italy in his Grob 109 B. A great, and fun, retelling! Also, make sure that you’ve clicked on receiving the Forum.

Richard Pearl

Richard Pearl

 

2014 Annual Fly-In West

2014 US Touring Motor Glider Fly-In West June 12-15, 2014 | Sedona, AZ It's now definite: Cottonwood, Arizona. A great small-town airport and community close to the world-famous Sedona Red Rock wonderland. Our local TMGA group surveyed the area and recommended the city known as the "Heart of the Verde Valley". The city and the local community are really rolling out the red carpet for us. The municipal airport (3,560 MSL; 4,250 X 75 runway) has sufficient room for us (and we're anticipating a lot of TMG's on the ramp), they are making a large hangar available to us at no cost, waiving the tie down fees, and they're offering low-cost fuel. If you've been to one of the past Minden, Nevada Fly-Ins, you know how great they are: super soaring, a congenial group of aviators and those actively looking at TMGs, knowledge-sharing of aviation, maintenance, and safety issues, and just plane (couldn't resist) fun. The TMGA fly-In is the world's largest gathering of touring motor gliders. At our previous events we had TMGs come from all over the country, and many potential TMG owners attended to check out the various aircraft. We expect that the major TMG importers (Pipistrel, Phoenix, Lambada, and Diamond) will again have aircraft there for demonstration rides. Other proud TMG owners of the legacy brands (Ximango, Grob, Taifun, Fournier, etc.) have always taken up non-owner attendees for rides. For this Fly-In, when you combine fantastic soaring and a vacationers delight (some of the country's best national parks, old west charm, mining camps, back country jeep tours, unique shopping and restaurants, etc.), you should definitely think of extending your stay to truly capture the spirit of the region. Sedona is 10 air miles and 19 car miles to the northeast. Phoenix Sky Harbor Airport (PHX) is a two-hour drive to Cottonwood for those arriving commercially. We've made special lodging arrangements with the Quality Inn of Cottonwood, and Enterprise Rent A Car. We're currently working on some fun restaurants and group activities. We're hopeful that we can entice Andy Robinson, an aviation photographer who has previously worked with our group, to fly out in his modified Cherokee Six for some air-to-air shots (over the Red Rocks, etc.). You most likely won't be able to duplicate this opportunity again. It won't be inexpensive, but it will be memorable. Due to time limitations, there will be a limit on the number of potential photo flights, so you'll need to sign up early and coordinate with Andy. Pictures below are Steve Chase in his Lambada, and Roland Martin in his Ximango, Jim Lee in the Phoenix from Andy Robinson's photo shoot over Lake Tahoe:      In addition to Andy, Sedona aviation and soaring photographer Ted Grussing (part of the Team Sedona logistics and planning group), will be documenting this event from the air and the ground. VERY IMPORTANT. This event is being staged in one of the country's premier vacation areas. If you're thinking seriously of coming, you need to book your room early. Note: there are other hotels in Cottonwood, and in nearby Jerome and Sedona, but the Quality Inn has given us a great price, and they are only a short 10 minute walk to the airport. Quality Inn (928.634.4207); ask for the Touring Motor Glider Association special rate: $79 plus tax. There is a no-fault cancellation period 24 hours prior to arrival. Note: the property has only 50 rooms; our price cut-off date is May 12th . We also need you to sign up NOW in the TMGA web site Events section, 2014 fly-in spreadsheet. This is critical for us doing the planning, and critical for you because we have to make restaurant and activity arrangements. The registration fee is $20 per aircraft, including one pilot; each additional participant is $10. All fees go for hard costs at the fly-in, or directly to TMGA support. We also need you to sign up NOW in the TMGA web site Events section, 2014 fly-in spreadsheet. This is critical for us doing the planning, and critical for you because we have to make restaurant and activity arrangements. The registration fee is $20 per aircraft, including one pilot; each additional participant is $10. All fees go for hard costs at the fly-in, or directly to TMGA support. There will be experienced TMG instructors at the Fly-In. If you need a BFR, or are a current power pilot and a glider pilot, you can get an on-site TMG endorsement in your aircraft, or the instructor's aircraft. Spread the word. If you know of any TMG pilots, encourage them to participate; if you know someone who is interested in TMGs, have them join the TMGA and join in the Fly-In fun. If this will be your first long distance excursion, use the website to set up a “caravanâ€�, either through the Forum or direct contact by others who have signed up in the Event spread sheet. Available non-flying activities include the Verde Canyon Rail Road, Indian ruin tours, wine tasting, ghost towns, mining towns, backcountry jeep tours, and southwestern art and shopping. We'll be setting up some organized tours; other activities can be coordinated. We'll be rolling out information on the website, and in direct email communication, over the next few months. In the meantime, see what's in store for you as you visually fly with Ted Grussing (first picture) and Michael Tomazin (second picture) shown below:   

Richard Pearl

Richard Pearl

 

2014 - Feb - Newsletter

2014 February Newsletter The Touring Motor Glider Association was formed to exchange technical information, coordinate activities, and share experiences. Our goal is to be the (world-wide) Go-To source for all information about touring motor gliders.2424 (Posted February 24, 2015) The Touring Motor Glider Association was formed to exchange technical information, coordinate activities, and share experiences. Our goal is to be the (world-wide) Go-To source for all information about touring motor gliders. Recent Accomplishments of the TMGA: As of February 16, 2015, with being in operation for only three years, the TMGA now records 812 members, located in 36 countries and on every continent except Antarctica. With 202 non-USA members it is clearly safe to say that we are truly an international association. The non-USA members, by country, are as follows: When it comes to TMGs owned, our members have the following aircraft: How is our website being used? The following is very informative:               Picture Gallery: 1,554 pictures and 474,549 views               Forum: 1,588 Posts and 386 Threads               Most users ever online: 369 (9/16/2013)               Classified: Current ads (24); views (48,968); items sold (23); value of     items sold ($1.3 million USD)               Number of Knowledgebase Articles: 5,593               Donors: Platinum (19); Diamond (17); Member (9) So, keep sending in those pictures, and be sure to upload articles of interest to our Knowledgebase. USA Touring Motor Glider Fly-In October 1-4, 2015; Cottonwood/Sedona, Arizona: Cottonwood/Sedona is one of the USA’s premier flying, and sightseeing, locations. The TMGA was there last year in June and although we experienced heavier-than-normal winds, a great time was had by all. We’re returning to Cottonwood again in 2015 and expect more cooperative weather both for local flying, and for those who travel significant distances (the majority of the attendees). Last year we had TMG’ers come from all points of the USA, and one pilot joined us from Japan. Think about a Sedona vacation if you're an overseas member. We’ll guarantee you air time with our pilot/members. Contact Richard Pearl for further information. (see below). Great camaraderie… guaranteed perfect weather… incomparable geographic setting…excellent speakers – it won’t get any better. YOU NEED TO BE HERE! Whether you have a TMG, or are looking at buying one (new or old, they’ll all be on display), or are just interest in the TMG world, everyone is welcome. Each day will see a different aerial trek to some astonishing vantage points in the region, followed by unique dinners. There are a lot of very special tours and sights in the area, so think about not only coming, but also extending your stay for some incredible sightseeing. Bottom line, go to the Events tab of the website for details. It’s very important that you sign up in the event spreadsheet if you’re thinking of coming (and yes, we understand about weather and small aircraft). Make sure you are set to receive announcements through the Forum > Event Planning > 2015 Fly-In thread. This is where all the important announcements will be placed.   Regional Fly-Ins – The USA West coast group has had a regional fly-ins each year at the Harris Ranch in the central California area…and will do so again this May. We urge our TMGA members to consider setting up regional fly-ins where you live. It’s easy to do using the resources of the TMGA website. Email Richard Pearl via this web site for helpful suggestions.   Get Mapped! The Members section of the website has a Map subsection to display where our membership lives throughout the world. It’s entirely voluntary and takes but a few moments to fill in the additional lat/long coordinates. Currently we have 169 members on the map, which is only 21% of our membership. Why get mapped? One, it’s interesting and fun to see where our members live throughout the world, and two, if you travel anywhere, you’ll likely find a new friend. From personal experience, this mapping has opened new friendships for me both in the USA and around the world. Through the TMGA I have flown with pilots in South Africa and Germany. I have returned the favor with pilots from England, France, and Germany. I recently returned from a trip to South America where I was hosted by Dick Carlstein, a new TMGA’er looking to purchase a TMG. We stayed with Dick at his Colonia Del Sacramento (Uruguay) home. It was a delightful time meeting his family and talking airplanes and his specialty – energy systems. Website Updates – Many people initially signed up without filling in their profiles or ‘opting in’ to the various community activities.  Please come to the website, update your profile, subscribe to the forums and/or connect with the RSS feeds, and join us in our online community.     Mira Slovak – TMG pilot extraordinaire passes away. Mira Slovak, who piloted his brand-new 37 horsepower Fournier RF4 on its test flight from the factory in Germany to Santa Paula, California, died June 21st, 2014 at the age of 84. In a life worthy of fiction, in 1953 and in the midst of the Cold War, he overpowered a DC-3 flight crew (he was the youngest captain in the Czechoslovakian Airlines) and flew the plane to Berlin where he sought political asylum.     From there it was on to the United States where he became Bill Boeing Jr.’s private pilot, a national champion in unlimited hydrofoil racing boats (Miss Wahoo and Tahoe Miss), a crop duster, Reno air racer, and aerobatic stunt pilot. On the initial Fournier flight he got caught in a downdraft at Santa Paula Airport and crashed into a ditch and required months in the hospital. Oh, and then there was the time his hydrofoil racer (Tahoe Miss) exploded at 195 MPH and threw Mira 50 feet into the air…another trip to the hospital where he said “I got to know lots of nurses by their first names”. Mira was our featured speaker at the 2012 TMGA fly-in in Minden, Nevada. He flew up there in his Bucker Jungmann biplane from his home in Southern California, landing later than intended due to an oil line leak. We had a DVD of his life and showed the section about his Fournier trip (he did a reverse, uneventful trip the following year). At the conclusion of his talk, Mira received a standing ovation and there were more than a few misty eyes. A real hero, and a real gentleman. (picture courtesy of Andy Robinson) Your Story, Your Words – Done something unusual that you’d like to share? Please submit those great stories to the Forum section of the website and just start a new Thread. Mike Downey, a new TMGA’er who divides his time between the UK, Switzerland, and Florida, USA has just uploaded a story of his flight from Popham field (Hampshire, UK) to Venice, Italy in his Grob 109 B. A great, and fun, retelling! Also, make sure that you’ve clicked on receiving the Forum. Volunteers Needed – The TMGA is a volunteer-led activity and as in all such activities we need to share the burden.  There are several ways you can help: Website Community o   Section Leaders -- We need section leaders for each type of Touring Motor Glider and for each Global Region.  Steve Sliwa, our web master, assures us that programming skills aren’t needed.  But like with any community, leaders need to emerge to help keep things organized and to help point people’s passions. o   Knowledgebase – If you have interesting data or information that would be of use to your fellow TMGA members please navigate to ‘Add Knowledge’ in the Knowledgebase and upload the data/information/content.  We also need volunteer editors who are willing to help us organize the information.  Word Processing level skills are all that are needed. o   Photo Gallery – Photos are needed.  Please collect them up and upload in the photo gallery. See video tutorial under Help > Tutorials if help is needed uploading the images. o   Regional Event Host – As mentioned above we need hosts to plan a regional fly-in.  Generally what is needed is coordination of a date at a good airport and help with logistics on the day(s) of the event.  We will help you organize and announce the event. o   Instructors, Vendors, Suppliers, Service Providers – If you are a vendor and offer services or products to our community, please consider placing an advertisement in our classifieds section, which is free.  We are committed to your prosperity as that enables you to support our community.  Those with the means and are interested in more visibility we do have a couple of sponsorship slots reserved.  Membership/Contributions/Donations – All not-for-profit’s invest some energy to line up the resources to serve its membership and we are no different.  So far the organizers have carried the burden (creatively and monetarily) but hopefully that could be spread over a larger base as time evolves.  So if you aren’t able to volunteer time perhaps you would be willing to officially join for as little as $15/yr (via paypal).  Anyone with interest can register to be a user of the TMGA website and automatically qualifies as an associate member of the association.  Those that are able and willing to join (pay dues or contribute) as described in the website will, over time, gain access to more features.  For example, We expect to publish a pdf document with is an indexed, well-organized version of the knowledgebase on a regular basis. We plan to develop an online tool for logging ‘airport caching’, treks, and soaring accomplishments accessible. For privacy purposes, only Members will have access to the Pilots/Owners location maps.   Respectfully Submitted, Richard Pearl, Organizing Chair, TMGA
richard.pearl@touringmotorgliders.org
  TMGA Directors:  Ray Buhr, Steve Sliwa, Paul Randall, Stu Ostrander              

Richard Pearl

Richard Pearl

 

2013 - September - Newsletter

2013 September Newsletter The Touring Motor Glider Association was formed to exchange technical information, coordinate activities, and share experiences. Our goal is to be the (world-wide) Go-To source for all information about touring motor gliders. TMGA On the Move – Who we Are: The TMGA membership now stands at 528 worldwide USA members – 398 Non-USA – 130 (England – 31; Republic of South Africa – 18; Australia – 12; Germany – 9; Italy – 6;...) Number TMGA members Mapped – 120 worldwide USA–86;nonUSA–34 Number of TMGs Owned by members– 168 Grob – 36; Fournier – 21; Ximango – 16; Dimona – 14; Pipistrel – 13; SF – 12; Lambada– 11; Phoenix – 1- Sonex/Xenos – 8; Stemme –8; Taifun – 6; Carat – 3; Europa – 2, Piccolo – 2; others (one each ) - 6 So, what does this tell us? First, having started the TMGA in January 2012, the organization has come a long way in a very short time. Thank you everyone who has helped spread the word about the TMGA, and keep up the good work! Second, we only have 22% of the total membership on the Map, and even more critically, only 70% of the TMG owners are mapped. Why is this important: (1) members interested in communicating with other reasonably close members have an idea who/where they are; (2) members who want to set up formal or informal fly-in’s know who/ where they are; and (3) if you’re traveling to another section of the country or the world, you will know who to contact to talk about our favorite subject (or perhaps get a ride).  Getting mapped is easy (and rest assured, only TMGA members can access the location data, and the data will never be sold). Please go into the Member tab > Map section of the TMGA website and fill in the data (data entry link at the bottom of the page). Third, we have been successful in attracting a large, diverse group of TMG enthusiasts. Fourth, based on the written communication we’ve seen, the TMGA has been a powerful force in getting information to pilots and enthusiasts who want to learn about TMGs. 2. Membership Survey We are now in the process of sending out a membership survey (TMGA website > Members tab > Survey), and we ask that you complete it as soon as possible. This information will help us better understand our membership and how this all-volunteer organization can help you by expanding the information base. No general information will ever be released outside the TMGA and no individual information will ever be released to any individual or organization. 3. Fly-In Events – Past and Future The USA TMGA fifth Annual Fly-In was held July 25-28, 2013 at Minden Nevada. TMGs arrived from Florida, Arizona, Texas, California, Oregon, and Washington (plus Nevada, of course). A great time was had by all. There were the somewhat typical midsummer monsoon weather issues to contend with, but every day at Minden was flyable. The planned fly-outs to San Francisco and Bishop had to be unfortunately cancelled but did not dampen the spirit of camaraderie. We had a great Saturday night talk by Gerhard Deffner (who flew to Minden from Texas with Bob O’Dell in Bob’s Ximango) who regaled us with his trip he and his brother took from Germany to Iceland, and return, complete with a propeller repair in Iceland. Gerhard had everyone on the edge of their seats with a fantastic slide show and commentary. A special survey has been sent to those who have participated in past annual fly-ins, or expressed an interest in coming over the years. If you received this survey, please fill it out as soon as possible. In addition to looking forward to continued event improvements, one of the key issues is whether to move the Fly-In from Minden to another Western USA location for 2014. We’ll definitely be back to Minden in 2015. Please be sure to state your preferences for next year’s event in the “location” section of the survey. The California TMGA contingent held its third Harris Ranch fly-In in May, and another fly-in is being worked on for late October in Northern California. These are one-day lunch events, and are easy to set up using the power of the TMGA website for communication. It only takes one person to step up to the plate and start the ball moving in organizing a one-day, or several day, fly-in, so be that person!!!!!! This is another reason to get MAPPED . 4. Conferences The TMGA will again participate in the Soaring Society of America’s biennial conference, this year to be held again in Reno, Nevada February 25-28, 2014. Our booth on the convention floor will be sponsored by the major TMG manufacturers: Diamond, Lambada, Pipistrel, Phoenix, and Ximango. All five organizations are great supporters of the TMGA and produce quality products. We are also submitting a TMG topic for a seminar presentation., and hopefully that will be accepted. Please consider promoting the TMG “lifestyle” at conferences and flying events in your area. It’s a great way to get the sport in front of thousands of people...and a lot of fun to do. 5. Website Updates – We continue to both de-bug the web site and add new features, including a New User Checklist and a growing collection Video Tutorials on how to use the website. Many people initially signed up without filling in their profiles or ‘opting in’ to the various community activities. Please come to the website, update your profile, subscribe to the forums and/or connect with the RSS feeds, and join us in our online community. Together we want to build an unparalleled knowledgebase to support each and promote the sport. 6. Volunteers Needed – The TMGA is a volunteer led activity and as in all such activities we need to share the burden. There are several ways you can help: • Website Community Section Leaders -- We need section leaders for each type of Touring Motor Glider and for each Global Region. Steve Sliwa, our web master, assures us that programming skills aren’t needed. But like with any community, leaders need to emerge to help keep things organized and to help point people’s passions. Knowledgebase – If you have interesting data or information that would be of use to your fellow TMGA members please navigate to ‘Add Knowledge’ in the Knowledgebase and upload the data/information/content. We also need volunteer editors who are willing to help us organize the information. Word Processing level skills are all that are needed. Photo Gallery – Photos are needed. Please collect them up and upload in the photo gallery. We just started but we already have over 300 photos and more are added each week. See video tutorial if needed. Instructors, Vendors, Suppliers, Service Providers – If you are a vendor and offer services or products to our community, please consider placing an advertisement in our classifieds section, which is free. We are committed to your prosperity as that enables you to support our community. Those with the means and are interested in more visibility we do have a couple of sponsorship slots reserved. 7. Membership/Contributions/Donations – All not-for-profit’s invest some energy to line up the resources to serve its membership and we are no different. So far the organizers have carried the burden (creatively and monetarily) but hopefully that could be spread over a larger base as time evolves. So if you aren’t able to volunteer time perhaps you would be willing to officially join for as little as $15/yr (via paypal). Anyone with interest can register to be a user of the TMGA website and automatically qualifies as an associate member of the association. Those that are able and willing to join (pay dues or contribute) as described in the website will, over time, gain access to more features. For example, We expect to publish a pdf document with is an indexed, well-organized version of the knowledgebase on a regular basis. We plan to develop an online tool for logging ‘airport caching’, treks, and soaring accomplishments accessible. For privacy purposes, only Members will have access to the Pilots/Owners location maps. Respectfully Submitted, Richard Pearl Organizing Chair, TMGA
TMGA Directors: Ray Buhr, Steve Sliwa, Ron Snedcor, Stu Ostrander

Richard Pearl

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