2010 GTA Schedule & Rules

For 2010 we will try to have as many weekends as possible in the spring before & between the regionals. We are trying something new: Sarah will try a Split regional, the first 3 days are the Laborday weekend which would be a co-scored Regional & GTA, the following weekend finishes up the regional. 

Starting in 2009 Sarah proposed hosting 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 2010 we will score the best 6 races. If there are ties we will compare points on head to head races between tied pilots.

For a valid day, the standard minimum Task in A class will be 40 handicap miles & 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 & 1 pilot for 1000 points. [Starting 1/1/2009]. 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.

Flight traces must 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.

PRELIMINARY SCHEDULE – has not been verified with our hosts or towpilots yet!

This schedule is subject to change, so check back occasionally. Schedule Updated: May 23, 2010

Date Location Comments
March 13,14 w rain date rescheduled:
March 20-21
Marion Co, TN KAPT Marion Co Apt-Brown Field, south end of the Sequatchie gulch. We plan to join either 1st or 2nd weekend of the Ridge Week depending on which way the wind blows.
March 13-21 Marion Co, TN Sarah’s Sequatchie Ridge Week, Marion Co TN [not a GTA]
April 3,4 Windrift Griffin GA Next to LaBerge’s is Windrift, in Concorde GA – S of ATL SATL_TP_Map.pdfTP list
April 10,11 Chilhowee, TN Chilhowee Gliderport, turnpoints Region 5 World Class, 2007
April 17-25 Perry, SC SSA Region 5 North Contest [not a GTA]
May 8,9 Monroe, GA MGSA hosts, new 2009 TP file
May 15,16 Moontown, AL Huntsville Soaring ClubMoontown Airport
May 24-29 Cherry Valley, AR SSA Region 10 North Contest [not a GTA]
May 29,30,31 Cordele, GA 3 Day Memorial Weekend, Practice for the coming regional.
June 5-12 Cordele, GA SSA Region 5 South Contest [not a GTA.]
June 26,27 Chilhowee, TN Chilhowee Gliderport, turnpoints Region 5 World Class, 2007
July 3,4,5 Tullahoma, TN Tulllahoma 2010 Turnpoints
Aug TBD TBD Open
Sept 4,5,6 Chilhowee, TN Labor 3 Day Weekend, 1st half of Split SSA Region 5 Contest [co-scored regional+GTA .]
Sept 11,12 Chilhowee, TN 2nd half of Split SSA Region 5 Contest [not a GTA.]
Sept 25,26 Moontown, AL Huntsville Soaring ClubMoontown Airport
Oct 2,3 Windrift Griffin GA Windrift, in Concorde GA, S of ATL SATL_TP_Map.pdf,TP list
Octoberfest 2010 15,16,17 Chilhowee Not a race, 2010 GTA Awards may be handed out Sat nite of Octoberfest.

9/23 days were valid in 2009. 9-11/25 in 2008. 19/22 in 2007 16/26 in 2006. 18/24 in 2005.

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