2009 GTA Schedule & Rules

For 2009 we will try to have as many weekends as possible in the spring before & between the regionals & 15m national, then try a few dates through the summer and fall. We are going to try something new: Sarah proposed the idea of having flex weekends – plan it for Chilhowee, but if the weather and attendance is good enough we can go over to Marion Co, to enjoy the Sequatchie valley. 

Our rules are based on the SSA Sports Class Regional rules with only a few changes. We standardized on apilot 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 2009 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].

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.

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This schedule is subject to change, so check back occasionally. Schedule Updated: Mar 12, 2009

Date Location Comments
March 14,15
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March 21-22
Windrift Griffin GA Next to the LaBerge’s is Windrift, in Concorde GA – South of Griffin, S of ATL SATL_TP_Map.pdfTP list
March 28,29 Monroe, GA MGSA hosts, the parachuters a gone & the place is spiffed up. Look for new TP file!
April 4,5 Chilhowee, TN/
Marion Co, TN
KAPT Marion County Airport-Brown Field, at the south end of the Sequatchie gulch, central to our membership
April 19-25 Perry, SC SSA Region 5 North Contest [not a GTA]
May 2,3 Moontown, AL Huntsville Soaring ClubMoontown Airport
May 10-21 Cordele, GA SSA 15M Nationals Contest [not a GTA.]
May 23,24,25 Chilhowee, TN 3 Day Memorial WeekendChilhowee Gliderport, current turnpoint list = Region 5 World Class, 2007 [17 Apr 2007].
May 31,
June 1-6
Bermuda High, SC SSA Region 5 East Contest [not a GTA.]
June 20,21 Kingston, GA
Etowah Bend – return to the gliderport in north Georgia, near Rome. Central to our membership base.
July 3,4,5 Eagleville, TN www.eaglevillesailplanes.com Turnpoints at:http://soaring.gahsys.com/TP/Eagleville/
Aug 8,9 Eagleville, TN www.eaglevillesailplanes.com Turnpoints at:http://soaring.gahsys.com/TP/Eagleville/
Sept 5,6,7 Chilhowee, TN Labor 3 Day Weekend, Chilhowee Gliderport, current turnpoint list = Region 5 World Class, 2007 [17 Apr 2007].
Sept 19,20 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 2009 9,10,11 Chilhowee Not a race, 2009 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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