2011 GTA Schedule & Rules

For 2011 we will try to have as many weekends as possible in the spring before & between the Regionals & Nationals, to get practice in before Chilhowee’s national comp. 

In 2010 Sarah hosted the first ever Split regional, the first 3 days were the Labor day weekend co-scored as a Regional & GTA, the following weekend finished 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 2011 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.


This schedule is subject to change, so check back occasionally. Schedule Updated: Jan 6, 2011

Date Location Comments
1,2 March 19-20 Chilhowee, TN Chilhowee Gliderport, turnpoints Region 5 World Class, 2007
March 21-27 Marion Co, TN Sarah’s Sequatchie Ridge Camp, Marion Co TN [not a GTA]
3,4 March 26-27 Marion Co, TN KAPT Marion Co Apt-Brown Field, south end of the Sequatchie gulch. We plan to join the 2nd weekend of the Ridge Week.
April 2,3 or
April 9-10 Rain Date if first weekend rained out.
Chilhowee, TN Chilhowee Gliderport, turnpoints Region 5 World Class, 2007
April 18-23 Perry, SC SSA Region 5 North Contest [not a GTA]
May 3-12 Chilhowee, TN SSA Sports Class Nationals Contest [not a GTA]
May 28,29,30 Cordele, GA 3 Day Memorial Weekend, Practice for the coming regional.  MGSA will be having a Badge and Record camp that week too – contact MGSA if you want to join their camp.
June 6-11
June 7-16
Cordele, GA SSA Region 5 South Contest [not a GTA.]
SSA STD Class Nationals Contest [not a GTA.]
10,11 June 25-26 Windrift Griffin GA Windrift, in Concorde GA, S of ATLSATL_TP_Map.pdfTP list
July 3,4,5 Tullahoma, TN / Eagleville alternate Tullahoma 2010 Turnpoints  3 fun days with fireworks and an Airshow.
15,16 July 16,17
may reschedule if bad wx
Monroe, GA MGSA hosts, new 2009 TP file
  1500agl finish @ 2 miles to allow a full traffic pattern.
17,18 Aug 20-21 Eagleville, TN / Tullahoma alternate
Sept 3,4,5 Chilhowee, TN Labor 3 Day Weekend, 1st half of Split SSA Region 5 Contest [co-scored regional+GTA .]
Sept 10,11 Chilhowee, TN 2nd half of Split SSA Region 5 West Contest [not a GTA.]
Sept 24,25 Moontown, AL Huntsville Soaring ClubMoontown Airport
Oct 1,2 Windrift Griffin GA Windrift, in Concorde GA, S of ATLSATL_TP_Map.pdfTP list
Octoberfest 2011 14,15,16 Chilhowee Not a race, 2011 GTA Awards may be handed out Sat nite of Octoberfest.


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