2012 GTA Schedule & Rules

Mark your calendars and look for flexible weekends in 2012. We start off with a new Site to fly at this year. Sarah will host the Split regional, the first 3 days are the Labor day weekend co-scored as a Regional & GTA, the following weekend finished up the Regional.  We will have some 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, other sites may have a rain day pre-scheduled. 

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 2012 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. [Since 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: April 6, 2012

Date Location Comments
1,2 March 24-25, Rainout= 31st-1st Quitman, GA

3,4 April 7,8 LaGrange, GA LaGrange Callaway Airport, LGC Southern Eagles SoaringSATL_TP_Map.pdfTP list
April 16-21 Perry, SC SSA Region 5 North Contest [not a GTA]
April 28,29 or
Rainout= May 5,6
Chilhowee, TN Chilhowee Gliderportrace turnpoints
May 12,13. might reschedule if bad wx Monroe, GA MGSA hosts, new 2009 TP file
  1500agl finish @ 2 miles to allow a full traffic pattern.
May 26,27,28 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 4-9 Cordele, GA SSA Region 5 South Contest [not a GTA.]
12,13 June 16,17 Moontown, AL Huntsville Soaring ClubMoontown Airport
June 30, July 1 Eagleville / Tullahoma, TN alternate
TBD July 21,22  TBD  make up date if spring is heavily rained out
16,17 Aug 4,5 or 18,19 Moontown, AL  Huntsville Soaring ClubMoontown Airport
Sept 1,2,3 Chilhowee, TN Labor 3 Day Weekend, 1st half of Split SSA Region 5 Contest [co-scored regional+GTA .]
Sept 8,9 Chilhowee, TN 2nd half of Split SSA Region 5 West Contest [not a GTA.]
Sept 22,23 Windrift Griffin GA Windrift, in Concorde GA, S of ATL SATL_TP_Map.pdf,TP list
Octoberfest 2012 12,13,14 Chilhowee Not a race, 2012 GTA Awards may be handed out Sat nite of Octoberfest.


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