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  1. 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
  2. Steve Sliwa

    February Update - Website & TMGA News

    Our revered chairman, Richard Pearl, is on a vacation to Iceland in the middle of winter!?! He forwarded a note asking me to send updates for the upcoming fly-in as well as association/website news. If he returns with all extremities intact (no frostbite) he will author next month's update. East Coast Fly-In - The Fly-In is currently scheduled for April 7 thru April 8 in Melbourne FL. The sign up sheet shows that we are sneaking up on a dozen attendees. Most are coming with planes, but some are coming sans plane for a Florida spring break with their TMGA colleagues. Now is the time to start firming up your intentions or plans. Please check the following links for more information: Events Newsletter - General News - [ link ] Forum - Discussion About Upcoming Events - [ link ] Events Tab - Sign-Up Sheet - [ link ] General News - The TMGA now has over 900 members. We are now incorporating in the US as non-profit, charitable organization so that US members might be able to get a tax deduction for any membership dues or contributions that might make (not required). Our prime activities are sponsoring fly-ins, support events like the upcoming SSA convention, and developing our community with this website. Website Updates - The website has been successfully moved and had its software updated. There are still growing pains and little bugs that are being worked. For example, some of the notification e-mails that are sent to members have missing image links. We are working with our vendor, IPS, to get these items fixed. Occasionally there are some implementation issues on our side as well. If you uncover any, please let us know. In the meantime here are some updates of which you might not be aware. Gallery - We now have over 1500 images in our gallery. Have contributed any of your favorite pictures yet. Here are couple of nice ones contributed by Tim Dews in his album. Forums -- New member Martin Stepanek from the Czech Republic has immediately jumped in and started contributions on the Phoenix forum. He has some interesting ideas for the future. In addition, he also added some nice YouTube videos. Here is one he calls "Selfie": Library -- Our online library is composed of our TMGwiki (articles) and File Exchange (uploads/downloads) and is continuing to grow. This past month saw a number of items related to safety added. Members are encouraged share content so our online resources continue to grow. Website Help & Tutorials -- We started a section of guides (articles) and tutorials (youtube videos) showing how to use the website or add entries/content. We also added a FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions) section to help members learn the new site. Please share suggestions on other topics that might be helpful, probably because you notice some things are tricky to use or hard to figure out. If you are having problems, so are others. The Help section is at this [ link ]. Lost Credentials - A heavily used section on the website is the help section, which describes how to recover lost credentials (password, display name, e-mail). The article is here and the video tutorial is here for solving the problem on your own. If these fail, just contact us and we'll help you out. [ contact ]
  3. Steve Sliwa

    Introducing the New Website

    We hope you had a good holiday season and are positioned for health, peace, and prosperity in the New Year. We've been working hard at the TMGA (Touring Motor Glider Association) and as previously announced we have totally revamped our website. We listened to issues people had with the previous website and based upon this feedback chose the Invision Power Suite community software package. We have customized it for our purposes and we hope that you will find it powerful, flexible, attractive, and intuitive. We have the same features as in the previous website and additional ones. Naturally, not all of the data from the previous site has been loaded yet (over 2,000 articles and files), but access to the legacy database is available until all of the data has been migrated and classified. The forums, which are the prime way to create conversations with members and to get your questions answered (in a crowdsource sense), are much more intuitive. We are hopeful that the new website will make it conducive for our members to proactively participate in our online community. We have located the website at a new shortened URL: www.motorgliders.org Click the link above and go there. Your credentials from the previous website should work. You need your Display Name (previously called User Name) and Password. If you can't remember these but remember the e-mail you used to sign-in to the previous website, you can use the online Guide or Tutorial for Lost Passwords to recover it yourself (see Help > Guides & Tutorials). If you don't remember your activation e-mail just use Help > Contact Us and we'll get you going. You will see that in the Guides and Tutorials section there are already 10 topics covered. Guides include detailed screen shots and the Tutorials are short YouTube videos (about 5 minutes each) that explore various features on the website. Early on you'll probably want to explore the website and click on areas that you want to 'Follow,' which will keep you up to date with new posts. Hopefully it won't be long before you might be participating in topics, contribute files to share, uploading some of your best photos, or helping to add information to the TMGwiki in the Library. Please let us know if you have any questions, comments, or suggestions. (See Help > Website FAQ for suggestions on how to post these.) Regards, Steve Sliwa Volunteer Webmaster
  4. 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
  5. 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
  6. 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
  7. 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
  8. 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
  9. 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
  10. 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
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