2008 GTA Schedule & Rules

For 2008 we will try to have as many weekends as possible in the spring before & between the regionals, skip most of the hot summer and pick it up again in the fall.

We standardized on a pilot meeting time of 11:00 am, Grid at Noon. Also standard Grid procedure will be: A class first on the first weekend Day, then B Class grids first on the 2nd day. We strongly encourage pilots to pregrid before the pilot meeting – this will keep us from missing an hour or so of the best soaring due to late start times.

You do not need to attend every race. Just come a few weekends a year to be competitive in the scoring. However the more you race the better your chances. In order to qualify for a trophy the pilot must compete on at least 4 days during the season.

For 2008 we will score the best 6 races, so hopefully all the pilots that came out for 4-5 flights in previous years will come out for an extra one or two. If there are ties we will compare points on head to head races between tied pilots.

Start Gate does not open until most of the competitors can maintain 3300’AGL. For GTA we standardize on a 3 mile radius start cylinder. Our finish standard is a 1 mile radius finish cylinder with a minimum of 1000’AGL.

For a valid day, the standard minimum Task in A class will be 40 handicap miles and need a minimum of 2 pilots competing for 1000 points, if only 1 A class pilot flies/competes 600 points is the max, for B class it will be 30 handicap miles and 1 pilot for 1000 points. [Starting 1/1/2009].

See SSA or SRA Racing rules to see the latest on the rules regarding start and finish cylinders. In 2008 there are new graduated penalties for finish height instead, and a Start Anywhere option to leave any side of the start cylinder and get credit for the distance.
http://www.ssa.org/files/member/2008DraftRulesfinalerv1.pdf

Flight traces need to be turned in promptly to allow for scoring. At regionals you have until 9am the following morning or you do not get scored. The GTA scorer does not need to wait more than 72 hours after the flight to allow for flight log submissions.

Information on our competition sites can be found on the links page.

This schedule is PRELIMINARY and subject to change, so check back occasionally. Schedule Updated: Sept 11, 2008

Race
Date Location Comments
1,2
March 15,16 Windrift Griffin GA Next to the LaBerge’s is Windrift, in Concorde GA – South of Griffin, S of ATL SATL_TP_Map.pdfTP list
3,4
March 29,30 Chilhowee, TN Chilhowee Gliderportbe sure to use the current turnpoint list * Region 5 World Class, 2007 [17 Apr 2007].
5,6
April 5,6 Monroe, GA MGSA hosts, the parachuters a gone & the place is spiffed up. http://www.soar-mgsa.org/
April 20-27 Perry, SC SSA Region 5 North Contest [not a GTA]
7,8
May 3,4 Marion Co, TNChilhowee, TN KAPT Marion County Airport-Brown Field, at the south end of the Sequatchie gulch, central to our membership.Now @ Chilhowee Gliderport
May 11-17 Cordele, GA SSA Region 5 South Contest [not a GTA.]
9,10,11
May 24,25,26 Cordele, GA 3 Day Memorial WeekendCordele.
12,13
June 7,8 Eagleville, TN www.eaglevillesailplanes.com Turnpoints at:http://soaring.gahsys.com/TP/Eagleville/
14,15
June 21,22 Kingston, GA Etowah Bend – return to the gliderport in north Georgia, near Rome. Central to our membership base.
16,17,18
July 4,5,6 Monroe, GA MGSA hosts, the parachuters a gone & the place is spiffed up. http://www.soar-mgsa.org/
19,20,21
Aug 30,31 Sept 1 Chilhowee, TN Labor 3 Day Weekend, Chilhowee Gliderport, current turnpoint list = Region 5 World Class, 2007 [17 Apr 2007].
22,23
Sept 13,14 Chilhowee, TN Was Moontown. Now @ Chilhowee Gliderport
24,25
Sept 20,21 Windrift Griffin GA Next to the LaBerge’s is Windrift, in Concorde GA – South of Griffin, S of ATL SATL_TP_Map.pdfTP list
Octoberfest 2008 10,11,12 Chilhowee Not a race, 2008 GTA Awards may be handed out the Saturday nite of Octoberfest.

9-11/25 days were valid in 2008. 19/22 in 2007 16/26 in 2006. 18/24 in 2005.

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