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2013 Annual Fly-In - West

2013 Western US Touring Motor Glider Fly-In July 25-28, 2013 | Minden, NV The TMGA recently completed its 5th annual Fly-In. Thirteen ships - coming from California, Nevada, Texas, Oregon, Washington, Arizona, and Florida - made the journey. Altogether, we had thirty participants (pilots, copilots/family, interested pilots). A resounding success! Each year brings new challenges, and improvements. The weather was somewhat challenging this year, but there was also outstanding soaring. Our on-site host, SoaringNV added a complete, air-conditioned, office suite that was a marked improvement over the open hangar. Many of us went on a delightful diner cruise on beautiful Lake Tahoe. The Saturday night presentation by Gerhard Deffner on his trip in his Stemme from Germany to Iceland and back was spellbinding. We expended the fly-in to four days (Thursday - Sunday) and that seemed to be a big hit. Andy Robinson did a fabulous job of aerial photography with those pilots who signed up for pictures over Lake Tahoe. We're starting our planning for 2014. It will most likely be in late June. Start thinking about it now, and if you have any ideas, let us know via the Forum.                

Richard Pearl

Richard Pearl

 

2013 - March - Newsletter

2013 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. Executive Summary TMGA membership now stands at 420 worldwide TMG enthusiasts, representing twenty-seven (27) countries. The USA national TMGA fly-in starts July 25. Please register now in the Event tab of the website. The West coast (USA) regional fly-in (lunch) will be held May 4th at the Harris Ranch airport/restaurant. Please register now in the Event tab of the web site The East coast TMGA’ers are thinking of an East coast fly-in. See the TMGA website Home page and Events tab We have official TMGA calendars and window decals for sale. Check the Members section > Merchandise tab. Recent Accomplishments of the TMGA: Of the 420 world-wide members, 104 are on the TMGA Map. These members fly 15 different TMG models, with Grob pulling in 21, followed by Ximango with 12 and Pipistrel with 9. Other models include: Carat, Diamond, Europa, Fournier, Ogar, Phoenix, Falke, Slingsby, Sonex, Semme, Lambada, and Picolo. Our goal is to get everyone on the Map...but this depends on you. There is no automatic upload from your original information. Entering the data takes only a few minutes – the hardest point being entering your home airport lat/long points. To enter the data, simply go to the Members > Map section of the web. The data entry box in under the Map. Right now only about 25% of the membership has entered data. Let’s drive that higher ASAP. Get Mapped Today! Of the 420 worldwide members, 320 reside in the USA and 100 live in twenty- six other countries: from Europe to South America to Africa to Asia. The largest group is England (24), followed by South Africa (16), and Australia (9). Website Updates – Over the past few months we have been both de- bugging the web site and adding 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. 2013 (5th Annual) West Coast Touring Motor Glider Fly-In – July 25-28, Minden, NV: We’re now just 3.5 months away from the event. It’s time to sign up, or at least state your intentions – see the Events tab, 2013 Minden section for the Excel spreadsheet. This year we are anticipating 40 ships on the line! You need to be here. Perfect weather is guaranteed; after all, it’s Minden, Nevada, with some of the best soaring conditions in the country. If you’re new to mountain and/or high altitude operations, this is the place to learn from the experts. We’ll be holding morning seminars on this subject, as well as others on weather and mechanical issues. If you want some true mountain flying experience in pure glider mode, we suggest you make arrangements with our on-site host – SoaringNV. They’re among the best in the business and best of all...they’re right there to help you. We’ve made special arrangements with David Walley’s Resort and Spa, so bring your favorite co-pilot. There are also other options. We’re also setting up for a Lake Tahoe dinner cruise. Advance notification is required on the sign-up sheet. We’ll be again offering aerial photography of your TMG over Lake Tahoe. Due to the required coordination it will be on a first come-first served basis. $100 +/-. What a deal! If you’re interested, please do a posting in the Forum tab, Events section, 2013 fly-in thread. The final per-pilot cost is somewhat determined by the number of sign-ups. Think about doing a “caravan” from the east or south of the USA. Use the Forum to see who might be interested, and check the sign up sheet. East Coast – USA – Fly-In: Check the Forum under East Coast USA Fly-In 2013 for details about this topic. It’s still in the planning stages for either this fall, or perhaps next spring. Second TMGA Regional Fly-In Coming Up in California – We’re heading down once again to the Harris Ranch for a steak lunch. May 4th. Last year we had seven TMGs and two power plane-loads of TMG’ers flying in. The Harris Ranch is about mid way up the state of California. Fabulous beef, and a beautiful hotel next door. Non-USA Fly-In Events – There are a lot of TMG’s around the world. Think about using the TMGA resources to set up a local/regional/multi- country fly-in. Combine the TMGA website with other outreach possibilities, e.g. flying associations, specific model types, etc. It just takes one dedicated person to start the action. Contact the TMGA webmaster and he will re-direct the inquiry. 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. • 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

Richard Pearl

 

2012 - December - Newsletter

2012 December 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: (1) The Association was launched January 1, 2012 and now boasts 360 members, comprising an aviation community spread over 24 countries, and (2) All of the technical data from the Grob and Ximango individual web sites have now been transferred into the TMGA model-sites. Another TMG model group is considering having their members use the TMGA web site as their primary method of communication. Integrated or stand-alone, the TMGA’s goal is to support every area of touring motor gliders. Knowledge is Power! Official TMGA Calendar – It’s being published in early January 2013. It includes great shots from all over the world. Reserve yours via the website at the following link: [sold out] [Cost is $20 including postage, USA;   $26 USD including postage outside the USA). Your order also includes one official TMGA windscreen sticker. Website Updates – We continue to improve the web site and add new features. 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.   Our Forum boasts over 1,200 posts and our knowledgebase has nearly 600 articles. In addition to the primary pilot data discussed above, we have continued to build our Worldwide Map, which shows our members airport location (or your city for non owner members). We believe this will be one of the coolest parts of the TMGA, and will greatly assist in arranging local and regional fly-ins. However…you must go to the Members > Map section of the web site and enter some data (data entry point just below the map) to make this truly valuable. Right now only about 22% of the membership has entered data. Please do so immediately! Note: no information will ever be used for non-TMGA purposes and the data is not accessible by unregistered users (or search engines). West Coast (USA) Touring Motor Glider Fly-In’s: Past and Future. The 2012 TMG Fly-In was a roaring success. Twenty-four (24) ships graced the Minden, Nevada, flight line, including: Grob, Taifun, Ximango, Stemme, Lambada, Diamond, and Fournier. Aircraft came from California, Oregon, Washington, Nevada, Arizona, Colorado, Delaware, Pennsylvania, and South Carolina. Between pilots, friends, and prospective buyers, 55 people participated in the flying, presentations, and meals. We believe it was the largest gathering of TMG's in the country, and most likely the world. This year, plan to join us for the 5th annual fly-in, again in Minden, Nevada, from July 25 to July 28.  We have preliminary details for the upcoming event on the website (Events Tab). This year we intend to add: more flight instruction options (aero-tow, Flight Reviews, soaring coaching, etc.), demo flights in new aircraft, a group trek for lunch and perhaps fly-by of the Golden Gate bridge, and an experimental touring competition day. One of our international members said he would be interested in coming if he could coordinate the trip with a visit to Oshkosh for EAA mega fly-in. That’s now possible as we will be ending up our event when theirs is just starting. So, if you are one of our 80 international members, consider helping us to make this an International TMG event. If you are interested, our local California/Nevada team would be glad to help you with any arrangements. Our plan is to again stay at Walley’s Hot Springs Spa and Resort. The non-flying partners loved it, so consider bringing a “co-pilot” this year. Regional Fly-Ins – Last year we reported on the West coast Regional fly-in. This year we’re repeating that event on Saturday, May 4; several of us may stay over to link up with the glider folks at Avenal glider port, or perhaps fly over to the near coast for a night away while checking out the nearby wine country. We urge you to consider setting up regional fly-ins where you live. It’s easy to do using the resources of the TMGA website. E-mail Richard Pearl via this web site for helpful suggestions. The Power of Many – One of the many benefits of the internet and special-affinity groups such as the TMGA is to bring people together to work on a common cause. Several months ago the U.S. FAA issued an Airworthiness Directive concerning potential corrosion in part of the vertical stabilizer. Several members of the Grob section, brought together through the TMGA, thought the AD ill-advised as inspection options were not allowed and the fix as required might not actually be effective. The Grob group collected data and presented it to the FAA in support of their position. We’ll know the outcome sometime in January. Bringing pilots together…it’s what the TMGA is all about. 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 webmaster, assures us that programming skills aren’t needed.  But like with any community, leaders need to emerge to help keep things organized and to nurture 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.  We just started but we already have well over 750 photos and more are added each week.  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. Other Notable Items: o   Get a Birthday Greeting from the TMGA. If you originally submitted, or will edit your current profile, to include your birthday, you’ll receive a Happy Birthday note from your favorite (hopefully) aviation group.

o   A few months ago we acquired a program that counts visitors to our web site. As of December 30th our new program has counted over 4,800 unique visitors from around the world.   Respectfully Submitted, Richard Pearl,  Organizing Chair, TMGA
TMGA Directors:  Ray Buhr, Steve Sliwa, Ron Snedcor, Stu Ostrander  

Richard Pearl

Richard Pearl

 

2012 - Oct - Newsletter

2012 October 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: (1) The Association was launched January 1, 2012 and now boasts 320 members, of whom 58 reside in 19 non-U.S. countries, and (2) We recently completed the fourth annual TMGA fly-in in Minden, Nevada, and have begun planning for the 5th annual Fly-In (see below). Website Updates – Over the past few months we have been both de-bugging the web site and adding new features. 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. nearly 600 articles. Our forum boasts over 1100 posts and our knowledgebase has In addition to the primary pilot data discussed above, we have created a worldwide Map, which shows our members airport location (or your city for non owner members). We believe this will be one of the coolest parts of the TMGA, and will greatly assist in arranging local and regional fly-ins. However...you must go to the Members > Map section of the web site and enter some data (data entry point just below the map) to make this truly valuable. Right now only about 22% of the membership has entered data. Please do so immediately!  West Coast Touring Motor Glider Fly-In: Past and Future. The 2012 TMG Fly- In was a roaring success. Twenty-four (24) ships graced the Minden, Nevada, flight line, including: Grob, Taifun, Ximango, Stemme, Lambada, Diamond, and Fournier. Aircraft came from California, Oregon, Washington, Nevada, Arizona, Colorado, Delaware, Pennsylvania, and South Carolina. Between pilots, friends, and prospective buyers, 55 people participated in the flying, presentations, and meals. We believe it was the largest gathering of TMG's in the country, and most likely the world. Great camaraderie... perfect weather... excellent speakers. Capping off the event was a presentation by Mira Slovak: Airline captain, unlimited hydroplane racing champion, aerobatic pilot, and holder of the world’s record for a test flight distance (a 36 horsepower VW –powered Fournier motor glider flight from Germany to Santa Paula, California via England, Greenland, and Canada (yes, several stops along the way). Mira received a well-deserved standing ovation from the assembled pilots and spectators. Several of the pilots elected to have their ships photographed over Lake Tahoe. One of the TMGA members flew up in his Cherokee Six (rear door off for an unobstructed photo shot). A once-in-a-lifetime experience (OK, perhaps also next year). Next year, plan to join us for the 5th annual fly-in, again in Minden, Nevada, from July 25 to July 28. We will sending details for the upcoming event but based upon feedback we are considering adding: more flight instruction options (aero-tow, Flight Reviews, soaring coaching, etc.), demo flights in new aircraft, a group trek for lunch and perhaps fly- by of the Golden Gate bridge, and an experimental touring competition day. One of our international members said he would be interested in coming if he could coordinate the trip with a visit to Oshkosh for EAA mega fly-in. That’s now possible as we will be ending up our event when theirs is just starting. So, if you are one of our 58 international members, consider helping us to make this an International TMG event. If you are interested, our local California/Nevada team would be glad to help you with any arrangements. Our plan is to again stay at Walley’s Hot Springs Spa and Resort. The non-flying partners loved it, so consider bringing a “co-pilot” next year. The Members tab has a survey about the Minden Fly-In. Please take the time to respond; there are questions for those who came, and those who want to make their suggestions for future fly-ins. Regional Fly-Ins – Last quarter we reported on the West coast Regional fly-in. this year we’re planning on repeating that event and perhaps expanding the one-day event to a two or three day fly-in not only to Harris Ranch but also to the nearby coast wine country. We urge you 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.    Official TMGA Calendar – It’s getting late to do it this year, but if we get your flight photographs by November 15th we can produce a 2013 TMGA calendar in time for the Holiday season. Please upload any photos to the gallery section of the website and if you want to call attention to any in particular or you want to send extra high resolution of your favorites please send an e-mail to calendar@touringmotorgliders.org. Obviously, the higher the resolution you upload for these shots, the better. The Power of Many – One of the many benefits of the internet and special-affinity groups such as the TMGA is to bring people together to work on a common cause. Several months ago the U.S. FAA issued an Airworthiness Directive concerning potential corrosion in part of the vertical stabilizer. Several members of the Grob section, brought together through the TMGA, thought the AD was ill-advised as inspection options were not allowed and the fix as required might not actually be effective. With one day left to spare before actual implementation (October 9th), and after a personal meeting with the FAA, the AD was postponed for 90 days. The Grob group will be collecting data and will present it en masse to the FAA in support of their position. Bringing pilots together...it’s what the TMGA is all about. 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 well over 750 photos and more are added each week. See video tutorial under Help > Tutorials if help is needed uploading the images. 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.   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. Other Notable Items: Get a Birthday Greeting from the TMGA. If you originally submitted, or will edit your current profile, to include your birthday, you’ll receive a Happy Birthday note from your (hopefully) favorite aviation group. A few months ago we acquired a program that counts visitors to our web site. As of October 1st our new program has counted over 3,400 unique visitors from around the world. Respectfully Submitted, Richard Pearl Organizing Chair, TMGA TMGA Directors: Ray Buhr, Steve Sliwa, Ron Snedcor, Stu Ostrander

Richard Pearl

Richard Pearl

 

July 2012 Annual Fly-In

The 4th Annual Fly-In is now in the history books and by all accounts it was a resounding success: 22 ships from 7 states across the country, 34 pilots and co-pilots, 50+ TMG-interested participants. Add to this all the camaraderie, great accommodations at Walley's Hot Springs Resort and Spa, wonderful food at all three restaurants, and outstanding presentations on TMG's, mountain flying, and soaring/ aviation in general. And of course there was the usual world-class Minden weather. After three years of three-day events we decided to extend the Fly-In by one day?and we still didn't have enough time to accomplish everything. Wow, this thing is really taking on a life of its own! Ships began arriving Wednesday, a day early, with virtually everyone on the flight-line by Thursday: Grob, Ximango, Lambada, Taifun, Diamond, Stemme, Scheibe, Moni, and Mira Slovak's Bucher Jungmann. We were individually welcomed by Minden-Tahoe Airport Executive Director Bobbi Thompson and her excellent and efficient staff. Dinner Thursday was at the local-area brew pub/restaurant, Flight, where we had a private room reserved for us. Most everyone stayed at Walley's Resort, a short ten-minute drive to the facility nestled at the base of the Sierra. We believe the spouses, especially, loved it. The formal kick-off was Friday morning, beginning with introductions, followed by presentations on the local area (Laurie Harden, owner of SoaringNV, and Bobbi Thompson), mountain weather (Fred LaSor -- local glider specialist), and aero-medical issues (Dr. Morgan McCarrol). A quick lunch and most of the ships launched. Peak climb that day was just over 16,000 feet (a not unusual altitude at Minden). Our Photographer-In-Chief, Andy Robinson (Big Andy) started the first of several air-to-air photo missions. Andy's Cherokee 6 is the aerial platform; pilot and master aircraft mechanic Michael Haisten (Auburn Airplane Works) flies while Andy shoots through the space where the rear door has been removed. This is VERY precision flying and thorough pre-flight briefs are mandatory. You can see some of Andy's work in the Gallery section of the web site. There's nothing quite like a picture of you in your ship with the spectacular Lake Tahoe in the background. If you come next year, you need to sign up early for this very special opportunity. Dinner on Friday night was at the Basque restaurant located at the Carson Valley Country Club. We warned everyone to come hungry; everyone went home stuffed and happy. Saturday morning started with individual introductions, followed by a talk on mountain-flying techniques by SoaringNV chief pilot and instructor Russell Holtz (flying wiz and author of some of the best soaring instructional guides on the market), and a detailed weather briefing. Lunch, and then launching into the cloudless sky for another high-flying day. Dinner that evening was at the Minden-Tahoe Airport Taildragger restaurant. BBQ steak or chicken with all the fixings. The highlight Sunday morning was the introduction to the group of Mira Slovak, and a DVD showing of his extra-ordinary life and accomplishments. Aviator (Continental Airlines), motorboat racer (national champion in the unlimited hydroplane class), TMG record-setter (Germany to Santa Paula, CA in his just-constructed Fournier), and patriot (he escaped from Communist-dominated Czechoslovakia in 1953 to Western Berlin by commandeering one of his airline's aircraft. In the DVD you see him attaching an American flag emblem to the tail of his Fournier prior to the initial launch, and hear the special song/music written about freedom and the desire to achieve one's goals). All this, and being just a wonderful, approachable, human being. It was an honor and a privilege to have at the event; Mira received a standing ovation from the crowd when he completed his talk, and is looking forward to returning next year, perhaps in a Fournier. Bobbi Thompson (Minden-Tahoe Airport director presented awards for coming the longest distance (Al and Susan Simons - Connecticut), oldest pilot (Rolf Isley), and youngest pilot (Eric Sweeney). Special TMGA coffee mugs were given to all pilots and copilots attending. The TMGA presented the "Flight Line" award to Lambada for having the most aircraft (6) on the tarmac this year. This is a perpetual award; we retroactively included Pipistral (2009), Ximango (2010), and Stemme (2011) as previous winners. A TMGA "Judges Choice Award for Aircraft Excellence" was presented to Steve Sliwa for his beautiful Ximango, and a "Pilots Choice for Aircraft Excellence" was presented to Eric Sweeney for his hand-crafted Moni. Concluding the Fly-In was assembling the group for a Photo. This year we all gathered around the Flight-Line award winner Lambada while Andy Robinson snapped away. Special thanks to Laurie Harden, owner of SoaringNV for providing the hangar space to hold the event and general logistics. Several TMGA members took advantage of her operation to gain pure-sailplane soaring; without a doubt, they?re better TMG pilot's because of that experience. Special thanks to Bobbi Thompson and her staff (Chris, Cathie, and ?Mountain Mike?) for their invaluable support. Finally, special thanks to Ron Snedecor for the on-site logistical coordination. (Yours truly was presented with a special cow bell by Laurie and Ron, wearing ?Where's Richard? t-shirts. Apparently they were unimpressed with my spending a few hours during the afternoons with my wife at Walley's). Somehow, we ran out of time for scheduled presentations. Steve Sliwa ("our web site guru") and Michael Haisten & Eric Sweeney were unable to give their talks on how to get the most out of the web site, and mechanical issues, respectively. Next year, guys, we promise. Perhaps we'll have to extend the Event yet another day. We have a few official TMGA coffee mugs left. The price is $7 each plus shipping. Please advise and we'll ship until we run out. If there are a lot of people wanting them we'll put in a new order. And now it's on to planning for next year. We need to find out when potentially competing events are going on so as to reduce scheduling conflicts. We will also be sending out a follow-up questionnaire about the event, asking for your comments and suggestions on how we can improve the Event. In the meantime, we'll set up a separate "thread" in the Forum section of the web site. Fly high, Fly often, and Fly safely. Richard Pearl Chairman, TMGA   .tablingSMS { width:90%; margin: 5px auto 5px auto; border-spacing: 4px; } .tablecellSMS { text-align: center; width: 33%; } .tablecellcaptionSMS { vertical-align: text-top; text-align: center; padding-bottom: 20px; font-size: .9em; line-height: 1.0em; } .tablecellcaptionSMS div{ text-align: center; margin: 0 10px 0 10px; } .tablecellSMS img{ max-width: 90%; width: auto; text-align: center; max-height: 250px; height: auto; } Fly-In Headquarters was hosted at the SoarningNV hangar on the Minden Flight Line Ron and Laurie tease Richard about needing to be in multiple places at once! Steve Sliwa accepts the Judges Award for Aircraft Excellence for his Ximango. Eric Sweeney accepts the Peoples Award for Aircraft Excellence for his Moni homebuilt Richard Pearl gets a certificate of Appreciation for Organizing us Eric Sweeney gets the award for the Youngest TMGA Pilot in attendance. Rolf Isley gets the Award for the Oldest Pilot to Fly In (91 years young) Al and Susan Simmons get the award for the pilots traveling the furthest (CT) Mira Slovak gives a talk and answers questions from a DVD. Mira Slovak gives a talk and answers questions from a DVD. Mira answers questions after the DVD. Hans Nilson serenades the troops before flying on Sunday. Mira Slovak departs in his Bucher Jungmann Group picture on Sunday morning. Roland Martin in his N97SM over Lake Tahoe            

Richard Pearl

Richard Pearl

 

2012 - July - Fly-In Report

The 4th Annual Fly-In is now in the history books and by all accounts it was a resounding success: 22 ships from 7 states across the country, 34 pilots and co-pilots, 50+ TMG-interested participants. Add to this all the camaraderie, great accommodations at Walley's Hot Springs Resort and Spa, wonderful food at all three restaurants, and outstanding presentations on TMG's, mountain flying, and soaring/ aviation in general. And of course there was the usual world-class Minden weather. After three years of three-day events we decided to extend the Fly-In by one day?and we still didn't have enough time to accomplish everything. Wow, this thing is really taking on a life of its own! Ships began arriving Wednesday, a day early, with virtually everyone on the flight-line by Thursday: Grob, Ximango, Lambada, Taifun, Diamond, Stemme, Scheibe, Moni, and Mira Slovak's Bucher Jungmann. We were individually welcomed by Minden-Tahoe Airport Executive Director Bobbi Thompson and her excellent and efficient staff. Dinner Thursday was at the local-area brew pub/restaurant, Flight, where we had a private room reserved for us. Most everyone stayed at Walley's Resort, a short ten-minute drive to the facility nestled at the base of the Sierra. We believe the spouses, especially, loved it. The formal kick-off was Friday morning, beginning with introductions, followed by presentations on the local area (Laurie Harden, owner of SoaringNV, and Bobbi Thompson), mountain weather (Fred LaSor -- local glider specialist), and aero-medical issues (Dr. Morgan McCarrol). A quick lunch and most of the ships launched. Peak climb that day was just over 16,000 feet (a not unusual altitude at Minden). Our Photographer-In-Chief, Andy Robinson (Big Andy) started the first of several air-to-air photo missions. Andy's Cherokee 6 is the aerial platform; pilot and master aircraft mechanic Michael Haisten (Auburn Airplane Works) flies while Andy shoots through the space where the rear door has been removed. This is VERY precision flying and thorough pre-flight briefs are mandatory. You can see some of Andy's work in the Gallery section of the web site. There's nothing quite like a picture of you in your ship with the spectacular Lake Tahoe in the background. If you come next year, you need to sign up early for this very special opportunity. Dinner on Friday night was at the Basque restaurant located at the Carson Valley Country Club. We warned everyone to come hungry; everyone went home stuffed and happy. Saturday morning started with individual introductions, followed by a talk on mountain-flying techniques by SoaringNV chief pilot and instructor Russell Holtz (flying wiz and author of some of the best soaring instructional guides on the market), and a detailed weather briefing. Lunch, and then launching into the cloudless sky for another high-flying day. Dinner that evening was at the Minden-Tahoe Airport Taildragger restaurant. BBQ steak or chicken with all the fixings. The highlight Sunday morning was the introduction to the group of Mira Slovak, and a DVD showing of his extra-ordinary life and accomplishments. Aviator (Continental Airlines), motorboat racer (national champion in the unlimited hydroplane class), TMG record-setter (Germany to Santa Paula, CA in his just-constructed Fournier), and patriot (he escaped from Communist-dominated Czechoslovakia in 1953 to Western Berlin by commandeering one of his airline's aircraft. In the DVD you see him attaching an American flag emblem to the tail of his Fournier prior to the initial launch, and hear the special song/music written about freedom and the desire to achieve one's goals). All this, and being just a wonderful, approachable, human being. It was an honor and a privilege to have at the event; Mira received a standing ovation from the crowd when he completed his talk, and is looking forward to returning next year, perhaps in a Fournier. Bobbi Thompson (Minden-Tahoe Airport director presented awards for coming the longest distance (Al and Susan Simons - Connecticut), oldest pilot (Rolf Isley), and youngest pilot (Eric Sweeney). Special TMGA coffee mugs were given to all pilots and copilots attending. The TMGA presented the "Flight Line" award to Lambada for having the most aircraft (6) on the tarmac this year. This is a perpetual award; we retroactively included Pipistral (2009), Ximango (2010), and Stemme (2011) as previous winners. A TMGA "Judges Choice Award for Aircraft Excellence" was presented to Steve Sliwa for his beautiful Ximango, and a "Pilots Choice for Aircraft Excellence" was presented to Eric Sweeney for his hand-crafted Moni. Concluding the Fly-In was assembling the group for a Photo. This year we all gathered around the Flight-Line award winner Lambada while Andy Robinson snapped away. Special thanks to Laurie Harden, owner of SoaringNV for providing the hangar space to hold the event and general logistics. Several TMGA members took advantage of her operation to gain pure-sailplane soaring; without a doubt, they?re better TMG pilot's because of that experience. Special thanks to Bobbi Thompson and her staff (Chris, Cathie, and ?Mountain Mike?) for their invaluable support. Finally, special thanks to Ron Snedecor for the on-site logistical coordination. (Yours truly was presented with a special cow bell by Laurie and Ron, wearing ?Where's Richard? t-shirts. Apparently they were unimpressed with my spending a few hours during the afternoons with my wife at Walley's). Somehow, we ran out of time for scheduled presentations. Steve Sliwa ("our web site guru") and Michael Haisten & Eric Sweeney were unable to give their talks on how to get the most out of the web site, and mechanical issues, respectively. Next year, guys, we promise. Perhaps we'll have to extend the Event yet another day. We have a few official TMGA coffee mugs left. The price is $7 each plus shipping. Please advise and we'll ship until we run out. If there are a lot of people wanting them we'll put in a new order. And now it's on to planning for next year. We need to find out when potentially competing events are going on so as to reduce scheduling conflicts. We will also be sending out a follow-up questionnaire about the event, asking for your comments and suggestions on how we can improve the Event. In the meantime, we'll set up a separate "thread" in the Forum section of the web site. Fly high, Fly often, and Fly safely. Richard Pearl Link to Gallery:  link  

Richard Pearl

Richard Pearl

 

2012 - June - Newsletter

2012 June 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: (1) The Association was launched January 1, 2012 and now boasts 245 members, of whom 33 reside in 13 non-U.S. countries, and (2) We participated in the Soaring Society of America’s 2012 annual convention in Reno, Nevada. At that conference we presented a well-attended seminar on the world of touring motor gliders, and staffed a TMG display booth (sponsored by new-aircraft manufacturer’s Pipistral, Lambada, Phoenix, Diamond, and Ximango). We had great “walk-in” traffic and signed up many new members. Website Updates – Over the past few months we have been both de- bugging the web site and adding 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. In addition to the primary pilot data discussed above, we have created a worldwide Map, which shows our members airport location (or your city for non owner members). We believe this will be one of the coolest parts of the TMGA, and will greatly assist in arranging local and regional fly-ins.  However...you must go to the Members > Map section of the web site and enter some data (data entry point just below the map) to make this truly valuable. Right now only about 20% of the membership has entered data. Please do so immediately! 2012 (4th Annual) West Coast Touring Motor Glider Fly-In – July 12-15, Minden, NV: The 2011 TMG Fly-In was a roaring success. Twenty- four (24) ships graced the flight line, including: Grob, Taifun, Ximango, Stemme, Lambada, Samba, Phoenix, Diamond, Pipistral, and Fournier. Aircraft came from California, Oregon, Washington, Nevada, Pennsylvania, and Florida. Between pilots, friends, and prospective buyers, 40 people participated in the flying, presentations, and meals. We believe it was the largest gathering of TMG's in the country, and most likely the world. This year we are anticipating 40 ships on the line! You need to be here. Perfect weather is guaranteed; after all, it’s Minden, Nevada, with some of the best soaring conditions in the country. If you’re new to mountain and/or high altitude operations, this is the place to learn from the experts. We’ll be holding morning seminars on this subject, as well as others on weather and mechanical issues. If you want some true mountain flying experience in pure glider mode, we suggest you make arrangements with our on-site host – SoaringNV. They’re among the best in the business and best of all...they’re right there to help you. We’ve made special arrangements with David Walley’s Resort and Spa, so bring your favorite co-pilot. See the Events section of the web site for details, and sign up. We’re less than two month’s away now and we need to begin detailed logistics planning for meals and transportation, so please sign up ASAP. The weekend of our event is also one of the busiest in the Minden area and many hotels/motels are nearing capacity, so don’t delay with the hotel reservation. This year we are instituting the TMGA Cup, a perpetual award/trophy designating the TMG model that has the most aircraft-specific ships on the flight line. We’ll also be recognizing “winners” from the previous three fly-ins. Glider pilots are extremely competitive, so let’s make this a real contest! One of our goals this year is to offer aerial photography of your TMG over Lake Tahoe. We’re still in the planning stage. Due to the required coordination it will be on a first come-first served basis. Keep checking the Events sections for further information. We’re working out the costing and will publish it as soon as it is known. If you’re interested, please do a posting in the Forum tab, Events section, 2012 fly-in thread. The final per-pilot cost is somewhat determined by the number of sign-ups.
  Fly-In updates will be posted on the website in the appropriate Forum and under the Events tab of the website. We have several people signing-up from the East and southeast coasts planning to attend. Check the sign-up sheet. You might want to form a cross- country gaggle or caravan of touring motor gliders to trek across together. Whether you fully intend to come to the meet (either as a TMG pilot or TMG-interested spectator), or are just considering coming, please enter “sign-up” information in the Events tab / sign up section data field for the 2012 Fly-In. First TMGA Regional Fly-In held in California – Seven TMGs and two power plane-loads of TMG’ers flew to the California central valley restaurant/ airstrip of the Harris Ranch, one of the state’s premier steak houses, for lunch May 12th. You know it’s prime beef because the feed-lot is adjacent to the restaurant. The fifteen pilots and friends had a great time both eating and swapping stories. 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. Minden Fly-In – Ron Snedecor and Richard Pearl have been pulling this together and with an event of this scale help is always needed. Pre-Contest Logistics – Any members in the vicinity who can help us coordinate the myriad of details please contact us as soon as possible. o On-Site Logistics – Those who will have local vehicles for helping to transport the various guests please let us know via the sign-up sheet. Also those who will be available to help marshal aircraft or help with registration Flight Leaders – Those who have familiarity with the vicinity and would like to serve as flight leaders, please let us know. We will have several newbies and we believe that pilot safety and enjoyment are best served by team flying. 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.  We are installing the new logos into a members section (see below).  For privacy purposes, only Members will have access to the Pilots/Owners location maps. Other Notable Items: o There is interest forming for a (U.S.) East coast fly-in this year. Check out the details in Events. o Get a Birthday Greeting from the TMGA. If you originally submitted, or will edit your current profile, to include your birthday, you’ll receive a Happy Birthday note from your (hopefully) favorite aviation group. o A few months ago we acquired a program that counts Visits to our web site. As of June 1st we’ve had 1,140 hits from around the world. Respectfully Submitted, Richard Pearl Organizing Chair, TMGA TMGA Directors: Ray Buhr, Steve Sliwa, Ron Snedcor, Stu Ostrander

Richard Pearl

Richard Pearl

 

2012 - June - TMGA Fly-In Info Bulletin

We are now just one month from the fourth annual TMGA fly-in, scheduled for July 12 – 15 at Minden, Nevada (MEV). We had 25 ships on the flight line last year and we expect to significantly improve on that number this year. As of this date we have 29 ships and 55 total participants (pilots, copilots, interested TMG’ers) signed up as either a Definite or a Probable. We continue to expect 40 ships on the flight line at the kick-off. If you are planning on attending, we need you to sign up Now! See page 2, point 1. This email contains some very important information, so please review it in its entirety. The Fly-In will again feature morning briefings and knowledge-sharing, flying the spectacular Sierra, and great meals. We may do a local fly-out for lunch one day. If you have any ideas for the morning sessions, please advise either directly to me (pennyrich@aol.com) or through the Event discussion Thread. On Saturday evening, after dinner, we will have a special showing of the life and exploits of Mira Slovak. Among his many accomplishments in both civil aviation (airline captain) and on the water (unlimited hydroplane boat racing), Mira holds the world record for the longest private-ship test flight when he flew his 36 horsepower Fournier from Germany to Santa Paula, California. The best news is that Mira, himself, is scheduled to join us in his Bucker Jungmann bi-plane. This is an event you won’t want to miss!!!!!!!!!!!! Lodging The Event committee has made special arrangements with David Walley’s Resort, Hot Springs, and Spa (www.davidwalleys-resort.com) for accommodations. Walley's is an old-time hot springs resort that sits above the Carson Valley at the base of the Sierras and looks out over the Carson Valley. People long ago traveled here by steam train and stagecoach to soak in the natural hot springs. It sits just south of the tiny town of Genoa, which has the oldest bar in Nevada. It is about five miles from the Minden/Tahoe airport. The spa/hot springs has been developed into a very large full hotel facility with a restaurant, saloon, and cafe. They have about seven separate hot spring pools and one large regular pool. Negotiated room rates are: $79 for a studio, $109 for a single bedroom, and $139 for a two- bedroom suite (perfect for doubling up and bringing the per night fee down to $70). All rates plus local taxes. With the optional Spa and hot springs ($10/day/ person) this property might be the PERFECT opportunity to bring a non-pilot spouse, S.O., or friend to the event. Each one-bedroom unit could also accommodate another person in the sleeper- couch. We suggest you book your room ASAP. The weekend of our event is also the weekend of the Death Ride, a major bicycle event that draws thousands of people to the area. There are other options locally (south Carson City, Topaz, or if you’re very lucky somewhere in the Minden/Gardnerville area). We hope to get everyone at Walley’s, however. It will be a great experience, and it will certainly make the transportation logistics easier. If you are planning on coming, we need you to do the following ASAP: Sign up for the Fly-In now, in the Event tab. If you’re a “probable” or “possible” please also sign up. If you know of any non TMG pilot or interested person who wants to attend, please invite them and have them sign up also. Everyone is welcome! Please make sure your information is up to date. Enter your data in the pilot mapping section of the web site: Members > Map section. There is a data entry button at the bottom of the page. It’s critical to the long-term success of the TMGA that we get all our pilots ‘plotted’, and even more critical for those coming to the Fly-In from other states or regions for Buddy Flying purposes. We will have a separate Thread for those long-distance travellers who might want to link up for the flight. Make your reservations at Walley’s now. Reservations should be made directly with the Resort (1-775-782-8155), mentioning that you are with the Touring Motor Glider Association. We will have a separate Thread for those who are interested in sharing accommodations in a two-bedroom suite (suite availability is a possible, not a definite). We need to know when you’re arriving and what dinners you will be attending – see the Event tab, sign up section. If you’re local and have a car to help with transportation, let us know via the “Ground Transportation” column in the signup sheet. We’ve negotiated good rates with Enterprise Rent-A-Car. Compact car at $33.99/day; mid to full size car - $39.99/day. 775.782.7752. At this point we’ve got a lot of people who need transportation. An 8-person van is $11.25/day per person. If you want to participate in the van(s), indicate in the “Share a Van” column of the sign-up sheet. Note, the vans will only be going to David Walley’s, so get your reservation there first. If you’re interested in the Photo Shoot (see below in the Other section), indicate such interest in the “Photo Shoot” column. Finances The nightly tie down fee is $8. You will be given a form upon arrival as part of the Welcoming packet. This needs to be paid directly to the airport. This year we will be charging an Event Registration fee of $20 per ship plus $10 for each pilot/co-pilot/participant to cover various hard cost expenditures (airport staff, facilities, appetizers and soft drinks/water, etc.). There is a $10 discount for full TMGA Members ($15/year, see Members tab > Join/Contribution section). Please bring cash or a check for this, or you can pay through PayPal via one of our computers if you don’t have your computer. Meals Thursday night you’re on your own but we’re suggesting Flight, a restaurant just down the street from the airport. It’s an “American Pub” spot. We’ll have a separate room for the TMGA. Friday night we’re off to the Carson Valley Country Club, which is a Basque restaurant. Suffice it to say you need to bring your appetite. We’ll again have our own room. Cost is a flat $30, which includes food, wine, tax, and tip. What a deal! Saturday night will be a dinner at the Airport restaurant, the Taildragger. Steak or chicken with all the fixin’s. Flat cost – about $23 per person (includes one drink). You’re also on your own for lunches, but the Taildragger is great for lunch as well as breakfast or dinner. For the Friday night Basque dinner, we can’t overload the restaurant with 60 + individual credit cards all converging at once; there is an ATM machine at the Taildragger restaurant on the field. Our thought is to collect the funds for both Friday and Saturday nights on Friday morning. More on this later. Other This year we’re instituting the perpetual award: the TMGA Cup”, which will be presented to the TMG model with the most ships on the flight line: As of now, Ximango is in the lead with 5 ships, followed by Grob and Lambada with 4 ships, Diamond and Fournier with 3 ships, a three-way tie with two ships (Pipistrel, Taifun, Phoenix), and one each for Carat, SPF, Moni, and HB 23. It’s time to support your model, owners! If you’re coming from out of the area, see if a flight “buddying up” is a viable option. Check the roster and check the Member tab > Maps section for potential buddies. Photo Shoot: Picture a digital photo of your TMG over Lake Tahoe. One of our members, an experienced aerial photographer, is bringing his Cherokee 6 to the meet for use as the airborne platform. Cost will be about $95 (cash or check). Availability is somewhat limited so it’s on a first come, first served basis. Photography will be done in the (earlier) morning. This is very exacting flying and we will be having pre-flight orientations. Please bring rope/straps for tie downs. Reminder: the TMGA web site is an “Opt In” web site. In this system you have to request the information and then you will continue to automatically receive it; but that means: no request, no information (alternatively, you could manually check all information periodically). We designed it this way because of the wide extent of the information contained within the web site. Bottom line, it’s important that you look at each area and select those areas you want. For further information, go to Help > then to New User Checklist for tutorials.) We’re looking forward to seeing all of you, so sign up ASAP and let the fun begin! Richard Pearl, Steve Sliwa, Ron Snedecor, Ray Buhr, Stu Ostrander Directors, TMGA P.S. For our international members, the above is indicative of how to use the TMGA web site to structure a Regional fly-In.

Richard Pearl

Richard Pearl

 

2012 - April - Fly-In Update

We are now just three months from the fourth annual TMGA fly-in, scheduled for July 12 – 15 at Minden, Nevada (MEV). We had 25 ships on the flight line last year and we expect to significantly improve on that number this year. If you are planning on attending, we need you to sign up Now! See page 2, point 1. The Fly-In will again feature morning briefings and knowledge-sharing, flying the spectacular Sierra, and great meals. We may do some local fly- outs for lunch. If you have any ideas for the morning sessions, please advise either directly to me (pennyrich@aol.com) or through the Event discussion Thread. The Event committee has made special arrangements with David Walley’s Resort, Hot Springs, and Spa (www.davidwalleys-resort.com) for accommodations. Walley's is an old-time hot springs resort that sits above the Carson Valley at the base of the Sierras and looks out over the Carson Valley. People long ago traveled here by steam train and stagecoach to soak in the natural hot springs. It sits just south of the tiny town of Genoa, which has the oldest bar in Nevada. It is about five miles from the Minden/Tahoe airport. The spa/hot springs has been developed into a very large full hotel facility with a restaurant, saloon, and cafe. They have about seven separate hot spring pools and one large regular pool. It's a great place for the family with the spa, barbecues, and other activities. The rooms are very nice. Generally, the studios face west and look at the mountainside. The one bedroom and two bedroom rooms mostly face east looking out over the Carson Valley and also have full kitchens. See attached photo’s. Negotiated room rates are: $79 for a studio, $109 for a single bedroom, and $139 for a two-bedroom suite (perfect for doubling up and bringing the per night fee down to $70). All rates plus local taxes. With the optional Spa and hot springs ($10/day/person) this property might be the PERFECT opportunity to bring a non-pilot spouse, S.O., or friend to the event. We were able to secure a guaranteed 30 rooms at Walley’s: 15 studios and 15 one-bedroom (total 30 units). In theory you could book a studio and a one-bedroom to make a two bedroom, so there are thirty “slots”. Each one-bedroom unit could also accommodate another person in the sleeper-couch. There should be more rooms opening up starting June 12th (this is a time-share property); not guaranteed, but highly probable. There are also rooms available in Carson City, about 20 miles north of Minden, and possibly in Minden. The 30 Walley’s units are now available on a first come – first served basis. To secure it you must contact Walley’s and place a non- refundable one-night deposit to secure your reservation (see point 3, below). After our block of rooms are fully reserved, pilots will be put on a waiting list, but you do have options of securing other rooms (possibly cheaper, or more expensive) at other locations. We hope to get everyone at Walley’s. It will be a great experience, and it will certainly make the transportation logistics easier. Regarding transportation, we have traditionally relied on our pilot “locals”, plus visiting pilots who group together and rent cars. We are also looking into renting a large van and splitting costs among users. More on this later. If you are planning on coming, we need you to do the following ASAP: Sign up for the Fly-In now, in the Event tab. If you’re a “probable” or “possible” please also sign up. If you know of any non TMG pilot or interested person who wants to attend, please invite them and have them sign up also. Everyone is welcome! Enter your data in the pilot mapping section of the web site: Members > Roster > Roster Map. There is a data entry button at the bottom of the page. It’s critical to the long-term success of the TMGA that we get all our pilots ‘plotted’, and even more critical for those coming to the Fly-In from other states or regions for Buddy Flying purposes. We will have a separate Thread for those long- distance travellers who might want to link up for the flight. Make your reservations at Walley’s now. July is golf heaven in the Carson Valley and there is another large event going on in the Valley at the same time as our event...so don’t delay! Reservations should be made directly with the Resort (1-775-782-8155) mentioning that you are with the Touring Motor Glider Association. If you have any problems, let me know at: pennyrich@aol.com. We will have a separate Thread for those who are interested in sharing accommodations in a two-bedroom suite. We need to know when you’re arriving and what dinners you will be attending – see the Event tab, sign up section. There will be a catered dinner Thursday night in the Soaring NV hangar ($15), a Basque dinner Friday night at the Carson Valley Country Club ($30), and a BBQ at the Airport put on by the Taildragger restaurant ($20). Prices are approximate. If you’re local and have a car to help with transportation, let us know. Rental cars are available at the airport from Hertz and Enterprise. We’ll try to get a negotiated rate. More on this later. We’re working on a registration fee concept to include prepaying for the meals and tie down fee ($5/night) to lessen the on-site confusion and accounting. This year we will also be charging an Event Registration fee of $20 per ship plus $10 for each pilot/ participant to cover various hard cost expenditures (airport staff, facilities, etc.). There is a $10 discount for full TMGA Members ($15/year, see Members tab > Join/Contribution section). If you’re coming from out of the area, see if a flight “buddying up” is a viable option. Check the roster and check the Member map for locations.       If you no longer wish to receive these emails, please reply to this message with "Unsubscribe" in the subject line or simply click on the following link: Unsubscribe Touring Motor Glider Association 235 El Camino Real White Salmon, Washington 98672 US Read the VerticalResponse for vBulletin marketing policy. This Bulletin is being sent to everyone’s previously submitted email accounts, plus through the TMGA web site, to make sure everyone receives the initial information. Please note that all information for this will be distributed only through the TMGA web site, specifically the Forum tab and various “threads” for specifics, and the Event tab and the 2012 Fly-In section for monitoring who’s coming, when, and other details. Reminder: the TMGA web site is an “Opt In” web site. This means to receive notifications of new content you need to subscribe to that particular area of the web. Please look under the Help tab for more guidance. We’re looking forward to seeing all of you, so sign up ASAP and let the fun begin! Richard Pearl, Steve Sliwa, Ron Snedecor, Ray Buhr, Stu Ostrander Directors, TMGA P.S. For our international members, the above is indicative of how to use the TMGA web site to structure a Regional fly-In.

Richard Pearl

Richard Pearl

 

2012 - April - eMail Bulletin #1

Your TMGA leadership team will be putting out occasional, important special notices to members via each member’s personally-submitted email addresses (note: these communications are being sent via an ‘undisclosed addressee’s’ account). This is special Bulletin #1. Getting your TMGA information. Most all bulletin-board web sites, e.g. Yahoo Groups, list-servers, etc. are of the “Opt-Out” variety. The TMGA web site is an “Opt-In” variety and the distinction is important. In the Opt-Out, once you are admitted into the site you will automatically receive distributed information directly to your email-account; to stop the flow of information you have to take a positive step to limit it. In the Opt-In system you have to request the information and then you will continue to automatically receive it; but that means, no request, no information. Alternatively, you could manually check all information periodically. We designed it this way because of the wide extent of the information contained within the web site. For example, if you have a Ximango TMG you may not want to receive information about any other type of TMG, so you will sign up only for Ximango information as well as the hangar flying categories. If, however, you have a Grob 109 you many want to receive information from both the Grob and Taifun Forum sections because they both share the same engine and you want to get all the information you can get from all sources. You may also want to “subscribe” to only selected threads in groups such as VW Based Engines (opting not to receive Rotax Engine information). Bottom line, it’s important that you look at each area and select (see the Tutorial section) those areas you want. For further information, go to Help > then to New User Checklist.  Pilot Information. When you first applied for admission to the TMGA web site you were asked to fill in certain information. Most people answered sparingly. The ONLY reason for the information is for communication background among and between fellow TMGA members. No pilot data will EVER be given out to any other source under any circumstance. One of the “coolest” aspects of the TMGA is for members to know where their counterparts are, world-wide. This not only fosters camaraderie, but facilitates formal and informal fly-ins and “caravanning” to meets. We urge you to go to the Members tab > Rosters Link > Roster Map sub-link. Here you will find a map of members and our fleet. There is also a button to enable you to add your information. Our goal is to Map every TMGA member at their home airport and for those that have TMG, to map their aircraft. You will notice that we have created several methods to specifically locate your home airport. If you check out the Map now, you will see how it is evolving. Simply choose one of the data files and then click on either a marker on the map or on a list item in the sidebar. An information dialog will be displayed, generally with more details about each marker. Upcoming Events. Spring is almost upon us and the flying season will soon begin in earnest. So far we have two definite fly-ins in the US: the annual Fly-In in Minden, Nevada (July 12-15) which we trust will see pilots again coming from all over the country, and our first “regional” lunch fly-in for California pilots (although everyone is certainly welcome) to be held at the Harris Ranch restaurant/hotel/airport May 12th. The East coast boys are also thinking of a special Fly-In this summer. See this thread in the Forum tab, Event Planning section for details. If you are even THINKING of coming to either Minden or the Harris Ranch events, please sign up in the Events tab, with the appropriate sections so we can coordinate our plans. If you’re interested in the East coast fly-in, become part of the evolving conversation. The above discussion is just one example of how our new web site can be helpful in all of us achieving our knowledge and fun goals. Regards, Richard Pearl CFIG Director, TMGA N909G

Richard Pearl

Richard Pearl

 

2012 - March Newsletter

2012 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.   Introduction – In the planning stages for the last two years, the Touring Motor Gliders Association (TMGA) was finally launched January 1, 2012. The Association is a direct result of discussions held during the 2010 and 2011 TMG fly-in's where we longed for a common portal to make it easier to coordinate activities and to share experiences. Central to the effort has been building world-class website to serve as an online community (Forums, Gallery, Classified Ads) as well as repository of knowledge (Knowledgebase) related to TMGs. We received feedback from around the world that such an endeavor was needed and are gratified that the start- up has generated quite a bit of interest. Website Updates – Our lead webmaster, Steve Sliwa, launched our website as a 'beta site' in December 2011. He tells us that it is now at 1.0 status, meaning that we believe to be in a stable configuration. If you detect any problems or issues please use the contact forms on the web to share your observations. Numerous new features have been added in the past several weeks including a New User Checklist and a growing collection Video Tutorials on how to use the website. Many people 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 other and promote the sport. 2012 (4th Annual) West Coast Touring Motor Glider Fly-In – July 12-15, Minden, NV -- The 2011 TMG Fly-In was a roaring success. Twenty-four (24) ships graced the flight line, including: Grob, Taifun, Ximango, Stemme, Lambada, Samba, Phoenix, Diamond, Pipistral, and Fournier. Aircraft came from California, Oregon, Washington, Nevada, Pennsylvania, and Florida. Between pilots, friends, and prospective buyers, 40 people participated in the flying, presentations, and meals. We believe it is the largest gathering of TMG's in the country, and most likely the world. Five ships went on to Parowan, Utah to link up with the Auxiliary-powered Sailplane Association's annual soaring event. Responding to suggestions, we are adding a day to the event this year, starting on Thursday July 12th and concluding on Sunday July 15th. Perfect weather is guaranteed! With an extra day we can organize a fly-out to an area airport for lunch. Besides, it is Minden, Nevada, with some of the best soaring conditions in the country, so let's take advantage of it. Updates will be posted on the website in the appropriate Forum and under the Events tab of the website. We have several people signing-up from the East and southeast coasts planning to attend. Check-out the sign-up sheet. You might want to form a cross-country gaggle or caravan of touring motor gliders to trek across together. Whether you fully intend to come to the meet (either as a TMG pilot or TMG-interested spectator), or are just considering coming, please enter 'sign-up' information in the Events tab / sign up section data field. The Fly-In is now only four months away and it's important that we begin to get a sense of the potential numbers for planning purposes. 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 assures us that programming skills aren't needed. But like with any communities 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. Fly-In: Ron Snedecor and Richard Pearl have been pulling this together and with an event of this scale help is always needed. o Pre-Contest Logistics – Any members in the vicinity who can help us coordinate the myriad of details please contact us as soon as possible. On-Site Logistics – Those who will have local vehicles for helping to transport the various guests please let us know via the sign-up sheet. Also those who will be available to help marshal aircraft or help with registration Flight Leaders – Those who have familiarity with the vicinity and would like to serve as flight leaders, please let us know. We will have several newbies and we believe that pilot safety and enjoyment are best served by team flying. Membership/Contributions/Donations: All not-for-profits 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: o 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. o We are installing the new logos into a members section (see below). Logo Selected – Toni Hausler heeded our call on the forum and contributed some ideas for the logo. Everyone agreed that what she came up with was the best yet so we homed in on it. As you can see above, it captures our critical themes: a blend of both classic and modern TMGs, and the world-wide nature of the Association. Other Notable Items: As of March 13th we have 168 members world-wide. Of this group 23 members are from: Argentina, Australia, Denmark, England, France, Germany, Italy, Scotland, South Africa, and Sweden. We ask this group to reach out to their fellow TMG'ers and organizations and encourage others to join up. There is interest forming for a (U.S.) East coast fly-in this year, and definite interest in a California mid-state fly-in in May. Check out the details in the Events section of the Forums. o We hope the non-US TMG groups will use this website for any fly-in coordination, as well as their traditional websites. We are now mapping all our members world-wide (see Members > Rosters > RosterMap). Please use the forms to send us your Lat/Long information of your home airport. (Only registered users can see the data) Respectfully, Richard Pearl Organizing Chair, TMGA TMGA Directors: Ray Buhr, Steve Sliwa, Ron Snedcor, Stu Ostrander

Richard Pearl

Richard Pearl

 

2012 SSA Convention

February 2-4, 2012 saw the Touring Motor Glider Association's debut at the annual Soaring Society of America's annual convention in Reno, Nevada. There were over 650 registered attendees (with many more drop-ins) and all the aviation eye-candy one can only lust for. The Atlantis Hotel and Casino was a great venue with a large exhibit hall and comfortable presentation rooms for many outstanding soaring sessions. The recently kicked-off TMGA had its own booth, sponsored by Lambada, Phoenix, Diamond, Pipistral, and Ximango. THANK YOU, MANUFACTURERS! Lambada had reps Mike Tomazin and Joe Kulbeth in attendance and Diamond had Russ Hustead there, with Ron Snedecor and myself rounding out the team. Lots of product literature for all the models were given out and newcomers to the TMG scene were amazed at the new generation of TMGs. We had our big banner and a constantly looping slideshow of all TMGs from the early days to the most modern on a wide screen TV. Michael Haisten (A&P, I.A., Auburn Airplane Works) and I gave a well-attended presentation on TMGs at one of the formal sessions. We all hung out in the booth answering questions and sometimes it seemed like our booth was the busiest of them all. The coolest time was when Bob Harris (U.S. sailplane record holder) and Einar Enevoldson, (co-owner with Steve Fossett of the world altitude record) were BOTH in our booth chatting away about their flights and other accomplishments and totally oblivious of us. Just listening to those two legends was an unforgettable treat. Unfortunately I didn’t have my camera handy to get a picture of them under the TMGA banner. Our booth was right next to one shared by Minden-Tahoe Airport (a great supporter of our annual fly-in, SoaringNV (the on-site host for the fly-in), and the Minden Soaring Club and we were able to work on some logistics for the July 12-15 event . Note: Do not forget to sign up in the Events section of the website, under the 2012 Sign-Up tab; sign-up even if you are only a "possible" at this time. All in all, grand fun and we made some real headway in promoting TMGs. (submitted by Richard Pearl, Director, TMGA)

Richard Pearl

Richard Pearl

 

2011 West Coast Fly-In Report

2011 TMG Fly-In
June 2011 
Minden, Nevada The 2011 TMG Fly-In was a roaring success. Twenty four (24) ships graced the flight line, including: Grob, Taifun, Ximango, Stemme, Lambada, Samba, Phoenix, Diamond, Pipistral, and Fournier. Aircraft came from California, Oregon, Washington, Nevada, Pennsylvania, and Florida. Between pilots, friends, and prospective buyers, 40 people participated in the flying, presentations, and meals. We believe it is the largest gathering of TMG's in the country, and most likely the world. Five ships went on to Parowan, Utah to link up with the Auxiliary-powered Sailplane Association's annual soaring event.

Richard Pearl

Richard Pearl

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