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  1. 2017 Fly-In Planning Underway

    We are in the process of planning the events for 2017. Here are some preliminary notes so you can place a hold on your calendars: 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.
  2. 2016 TMGA Fly-In (East) in Melbourne, FL

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    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!
  3. Carolina Wave Project

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    Hosted by Chilhowee Soaring Association, Inc-Fly in wave to FL260 (weather permitting) from Shiflet (9A9), a wide grass strip near the base of Mt. Mitchell, highest point east of the Mississippi. Upon registration and payment, your spot is secure and materials and full info will be sent. $245. Includes all oxygen fills in your tank(s) and airport fees. Tows additional. Make check payable to CSA. Mail check to: CSA, PO Box 53; Benton, TN 37307. Web Site: www.wavecamp.chilhowee.com. Control Point Site: http://soaringweb.org/TP/Shiflet. For more information contact Sarah Arnold at info@chilhowee.com, Phone: (423) 506-9015. Online Registration: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/DPVDJFY.
  4. 2014 Annual Fly-In West

    2014 US Touring Motor Glider Fly-In West June 12-15, 2014 | Sedona, AZ It's now definite: Cottonwood, Arizona. A great small-town airport and community close to the world-famous Sedona Red Rock wonderland. Our local TMGA group surveyed the area and recommended the city known as the "Heart of the Verde Valley". The city and the local community are really rolling out the red carpet for us. The municipal airport (3,560 MSL; 4,250 X 75 runway) has sufficient room for us (and we're anticipating a lot of TMG's on the ramp), they are making a large hangar available to us at no cost, waiving the tie down fees, and they're offering low-cost fuel. If you've been to one of the past Minden, Nevada Fly-Ins, you know how great they are: super soaring, a congenial group of aviators and those actively looking at TMGs, knowledge-sharing of aviation, maintenance, and safety issues, and just plane (couldn't resist) fun. The TMGA fly-In is the world's largest gathering of touring motor gliders. At our previous events we had TMGs come from all over the country, and many potential TMG owners attended to check out the various aircraft. We expect that the major TMG importers (Pipistrel, Phoenix, Lambada, and Diamond) will again have aircraft there for demonstration rides. Other proud TMG owners of the legacy brands (Ximango, Grob, Taifun, Fournier, etc.) have always taken up non-owner attendees for rides. For this Fly-In, when you combine fantastic soaring and a vacationers delight (some of the country's best national parks, old west charm, mining camps, back country jeep tours, unique shopping and restaurants, etc.), you should definitely think of extending your stay to truly capture the spirit of the region. Sedona is 10 air miles and 19 car miles to the northeast. Phoenix Sky Harbor Airport (PHX) is a two-hour drive to Cottonwood for those arriving commercially. We've made special lodging arrangements with the Quality Inn of Cottonwood, and Enterprise Rent A Car. We're currently working on some fun restaurants and group activities. We're hopeful that we can entice Andy Robinson, an aviation photographer who has previously worked with our group, to fly out in his modified Cherokee Six for some air-to-air shots (over the Red Rocks, etc.). You most likely won't be able to duplicate this opportunity again. It won't be inexpensive, but it will be memorable. Due to time limitations, there will be a limit on the number of potential photo flights, so you'll need to sign up early and coordinate with Andy. Pictures below are Steve Chase in his Lambada, and Roland Martin in his Ximango, Jim Lee in the Phoenix from Andy Robinson's photo shoot over Lake Tahoe: In addition to Andy, Sedona aviation and soaring photographer Ted Grussing (part of the Team Sedona logistics and planning group), will be documenting this event from the air and the ground. VERY IMPORTANT. This event is being staged in one of the country's premier vacation areas. If you're thinking seriously of coming, you need to book your room early. Note: there are other hotels in Cottonwood, and in nearby Jerome and Sedona, but the Quality Inn has given us a great price, and they are only a short 10 minute walk to the airport. Quality Inn (928.634.4207); ask for the Touring Motor Glider Association special rate: $79 plus tax. There is a no-fault cancellation period 24 hours prior to arrival. Note: the property has only 50 rooms; our price cut-off date is May 12th . We also need you to sign up NOW in the TMGA web site Events section, 2014 fly-in spreadsheet. This is critical for us doing the planning, and critical for you because we have to make restaurant and activity arrangements. The registration fee is $20 per aircraft, including one pilot; each additional participant is $10. All fees go for hard costs at the fly-in, or directly to TMGA support. We also need you to sign up NOW in the TMGA web site Events section, 2014 fly-in spreadsheet. This is critical for us doing the planning, and critical for you because we have to make restaurant and activity arrangements. The registration fee is $20 per aircraft, including one pilot; each additional participant is $10. All fees go for hard costs at the fly-in, or directly to TMGA support. There will be experienced TMG instructors at the Fly-In. If you need a BFR, or are a current power pilot and a glider pilot, you can get an on-site TMG endorsement in your aircraft, or the instructor's aircraft. Spread the word. If you know of any TMG pilots, encourage them to participate; if you know someone who is interested in TMGs, have them join the TMGA and join in the Fly-In fun. If this will be your first long distance excursion, use the website to set up a “caravan�, either through the Forum or direct contact by others who have signed up in the Event spread sheet. Available non-flying activities include the Verde Canyon Rail Road, Indian ruin tours, wine tasting, ghost towns, mining towns, backcountry jeep tours, and southwestern art and shopping. We'll be setting up some organized tours; other activities can be coordinated. We'll be rolling out information on the website, and in direct email communication, over the next few months. In the meantime, see what's in store for you as you visually fly with Ted Grussing (first picture) and Michael Tomazin (second picture) shown below:
  5. 2016 TMGA Fly-In East

    2016 USA Fly-In (East) – April 7th thru April 10th - Melbourne FL This will be the first TMGA event on the East coast. Jim Lee, the Phoenix USA distributor will be hosting this event at his home base at Melbourne International Airport (MLB) in Florida. MLB is a Class D airport with lots of advantages: plenty of area for our aircraft, nearby hotels/motels with conference facilities, restaurants, and of course, local attractions e.g. Disneyworld, the Cape Canaveral and Kennedy Space Center, and world-famous beaches for non-flying activities. Jim says that it’s highly likely that a Space Shuttle runway over-flight (200 foot above the runway), called the NASA Tour, can be arranged. The picture at the right shows Jim’s daughter Rachel setting up on base leg for the fly-by. You won’t get to do this anywhere else in the world! We’ve timed this fly-in to coincide with the Sun ‘N Fun International Fly-In and Expo for those who want to experience the #2 air event in the USA. The Expo is about 2 hours from Melbourne, or perhaps a short hop to a near-by airfield and then a car shuttle to the event. The East coast event is only four months away, and we’ll be posting information in the Event section of the Website shortly…so start thinking about coming NOW! If you are one of our non-USA members, think about a flying/family vacation in a world-famous part of the USA. We would love to have you! [ Melbourne Sign-Up Sheet ]
  6. July 2012 Annual Fly-In

    The 4th Annual Fly-In is now in the history books and by all accounts it was a resounding success: 22 ships from 7 states across the country, 34 pilots and co-pilots, 50+ TMG-interested participants. Add to this all the camaraderie, great accommodations at Walley's Hot Springs Resort and Spa, wonderful food at all three restaurants, and outstanding presentations on TMG's, mountain flying, and soaring/ aviation in general. And of course there was the usual world-class Minden weather. After three years of three-day events we decided to extend the Fly-In by one day?and we still didn't have enough time to accomplish everything. Wow, this thing is really taking on a life of its own! Ships began arriving Wednesday, a day early, with virtually everyone on the flight-line by Thursday: Grob, Ximango, Lambada, Taifun, Diamond, Stemme, Scheibe, Moni, and Mira Slovak's Bucher Jungmann. We were individually welcomed by Minden-Tahoe Airport Executive Director Bobbi Thompson and her excellent and efficient staff. Dinner Thursday was at the local-area brew pub/restaurant, Flight, where we had a private room reserved for us. Most everyone stayed at Walley's Resort, a short ten-minute drive to the facility nestled at the base of the Sierra. We believe the spouses, especially, loved it. The formal kick-off was Friday morning, beginning with introductions, followed by presentations on the local area (Laurie Harden, owner of SoaringNV, and Bobbi Thompson), mountain weather (Fred LaSor -- local glider specialist), and aero-medical issues (Dr. Morgan McCarrol). A quick lunch and most of the ships launched. Peak climb that day was just over 16,000 feet (a not unusual altitude at Minden). Our Photographer-In-Chief, Andy Robinson (Big Andy) started the first of several air-to-air photo missions. Andy's Cherokee 6 is the aerial platform; pilot and master aircraft mechanic Michael Haisten (Auburn Airplane Works) flies while Andy shoots through the space where the rear door has been removed. This is VERY precision flying and thorough pre-flight briefs are mandatory. You can see some of Andy's work in the Gallery section of the web site. There's nothing quite like a picture of you in your ship with the spectacular Lake Tahoe in the background. If you come next year, you need to sign up early for this very special opportunity. Dinner on Friday night was at the Basque restaurant located at the Carson Valley Country Club. We warned everyone to come hungry; everyone went home stuffed and happy. Saturday morning started with individual introductions, followed by a talk on mountain-flying techniques by SoaringNV chief pilot and instructor Russell Holtz (flying wiz and author of some of the best soaring instructional guides on the market), and a detailed weather briefing. Lunch, and then launching into the cloudless sky for another high-flying day. Dinner that evening was at the Minden-Tahoe Airport Taildragger restaurant. BBQ steak or chicken with all the fixings. The highlight Sunday morning was the introduction to the group of Mira Slovak, and a DVD showing of his extra-ordinary life and accomplishments. Aviator (Continental Airlines), motorboat racer (national champion in the unlimited hydroplane class), TMG record-setter (Germany to Santa Paula, CA in his just-constructed Fournier), and patriot (he escaped from Communist-dominated Czechoslovakia in 1953 to Western Berlin by commandeering one of his airline's aircraft. In the DVD you see him attaching an American flag emblem to the tail of his Fournier prior to the initial launch, and hear the special song/music written about freedom and the desire to achieve one's goals). All this, and being just a wonderful, approachable, human being. It was an honor and a privilege to have at the event; Mira received a standing ovation from the crowd when he completed his talk, and is looking forward to returning next year, perhaps in a Fournier. Bobbi Thompson (Minden-Tahoe Airport director presented awards for coming the longest distance (Al and Susan Simons - Connecticut), oldest pilot (Rolf Isley), and youngest pilot (Eric Sweeney). Special TMGA coffee mugs were given to all pilots and copilots attending. The TMGA presented the "Flight Line" award to Lambada for having the most aircraft (6) on the tarmac this year. This is a perpetual award; we retroactively included Pipistral (2009), Ximango (2010), and Stemme (2011) as previous winners. A TMGA "Judges Choice Award for Aircraft Excellence" was presented to Steve Sliwa for his beautiful Ximango, and a "Pilots Choice for Aircraft Excellence" was presented to Eric Sweeney for his hand-crafted Moni. Concluding the Fly-In was assembling the group for a Photo. This year we all gathered around the Flight-Line award winner Lambada while Andy Robinson snapped away. Special thanks to Laurie Harden, owner of SoaringNV for providing the hangar space to hold the event and general logistics. Several TMGA members took advantage of her operation to gain pure-sailplane soaring; without a doubt, they?re better TMG pilot's because of that experience. Special thanks to Bobbi Thompson and her staff (Chris, Cathie, and ?Mountain Mike?) for their invaluable support. Finally, special thanks to Ron Snedecor for the on-site logistical coordination. (Yours truly was presented with a special cow bell by Laurie and Ron, wearing ?Where's Richard? t-shirts. Apparently they were unimpressed with my spending a few hours during the afternoons with my wife at Walley's). Somehow, we ran out of time for scheduled presentations. Steve Sliwa ("our web site guru") and Michael Haisten & Eric Sweeney were unable to give their talks on how to get the most out of the web site, and mechanical issues, respectively. Next year, guys, we promise. Perhaps we'll have to extend the Event yet another day. We have a few official TMGA coffee mugs left. The price is $7 each plus shipping. Please advise and we'll ship until we run out. If there are a lot of people wanting them we'll put in a new order. And now it's on to planning for next year. We need to find out when potentially competing events are going on so as to reduce scheduling conflicts. We will also be sending out a follow-up questionnaire about the event, asking for your comments and suggestions on how we can improve the Event. In the meantime, we'll set up a separate "thread" in the Forum section of the web site. Fly high, Fly often, and Fly safely. Richard Pearl Chairman, TMGA .tablingSMS { width:90%; margin: 5px auto 5px auto; border-spacing: 4px; } .tablecellSMS { text-align: center; width: 33%; } .tablecellcaptionSMS { vertical-align: text-top; text-align: center; padding-bottom: 20px; font-size: .9em; line-height: 1.0em; } .tablecellcaptionSMS div{ text-align: center; margin: 0 10px 0 10px; } .tablecellSMS img{ max-width: 90%; width: auto; text-align: center; max-height: 250px; height: auto; } Fly-In Headquarters was hosted at the SoarningNV hangar on the Minden Flight Line Ron and Laurie tease Richard about needing to be in multiple places at once! Steve Sliwa accepts the Judges Award for Aircraft Excellence for his Ximango. Eric Sweeney accepts the Peoples Award for Aircraft Excellence for his Moni homebuilt Richard Pearl gets a certificate of Appreciation for Organizing us Eric Sweeney gets the award for the Youngest TMGA Pilot in attendance. Rolf Isley gets the Award for the Oldest Pilot to Fly In (91 years young) Al and Susan Simmons get the award for the pilots traveling the furthest (CT) Mira Slovak gives a talk and answers questions from a DVD. Mira Slovak gives a talk and answers questions from a DVD. Mira answers questions after the DVD. Hans Nilson serenades the troops before flying on Sunday. Mira Slovak departs in his Bucher Jungmann Group picture on Sunday morning. Roland Martin in his N97SM over Lake Tahoe
  7. 2016 TMGA Fly-In West

    2016 USA Fly-In (West) – September 8th thru 12th - Minden NV For 2016, it's back to Minden, Nevada, our “home base”. Start thinking about this event, scheduled for Thursday, September 8th thru Sunday September 12th. They call Minden the “Diamond Mine” of soaring for a reason…so prepare for world-class flying in terms of altitude achievements and distance flying. All this, with LAKE TAHOE just 20 miles away. Weather permitting, we’ll try for a San Francisco Bay Tour with a lunch at Half Moon Bay. Flying over the Sierra crest at 12,000 MSL it’s a straight shot to the Sacramento valley and then on to San Francisco with a pass over the Golden Gate Bridge. For our international group, why not combine aerial pleasure with land pleasure, i.e. a family holiday to San Francisco AND the fly-in. Minden is only hours away via from the City By The Bay via the interstate. More on the fly-in in later newsletters – but mark the dates now! Oh, and for those who love speed, the incomparable Reno Air Races are scheduled for September 16 – 20, 2016. Come to the TMGA fly-in, enjoy Lake Tahoe or San Francisco for a few days, then enjoy the Air Races for some or all of the days (guaranteed action every day). [ Minden Sign-Up Sheet ]
  8. 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
  9. 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.
  10. 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.
  11. Here is a letter that just went out: 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. 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 a “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.
  12. One of our TMGA members from Italy sent the following to me: Here is a link to the announcement poster: pdf
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