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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

 

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 - 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 - 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

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

 

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

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