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2012 - June - Newsletter

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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

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