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 .
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.