2017 GTA Schedule & Rules

2017 GTA Schedule & Rules

Mark your calendars and look for flexible weekends in 2017

Our rules are based on the SSA Sports Class Regional rules with only a few changes. 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 2017 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.

Anyone that wants to fly as a team with communication is welcome to practice, however we will score them as guests just as is done at regionals – no points will count for season totals.

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.

The CD should provide the following information to the Scorer:
[] Date:
[] Type of Task: MAT or TAT
[] Start Gate opening time for each class:
[] Start Gate Turnpoint #:
[] Start Height MSL:
[] Start cylinder radii (3 mile GTA standard)
[] Minimum Time for task:
[] Finish Gate (confirm 1 mile 1000AGL GTA standard, report as MSL)
[] Turnpoints Called and Radii:
[] Contestants:  Race ID, First & Last Name, A or B Class, Glider Model & configuration if changeable.
[] .IGC files submitted by CD or by pilot [please encourage everyone that flies to turn in a trace even if they did not complete the task, we use the information to gauge participation].  Do not change the name of the .igc file, Winscore requires the default file name.
[] Optionally please write up a description of the day.

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

Download & Print this PDF GTA_flyer – Post it at your Clubhouse.

3 Payment Options:

1. Pay the annual donation via this Paypal link
2. Logon to paypal on your own and Pay the annual donation via PayPal to: racing-gta-at-gmail-com-sm
3. Mail a check to Tim’s Address as shown on the GTA_registration form (rightclick save locally, edit and send).

If you have SPOT or InReach GPS tracker please register with the SSA Sailplane Tracker.


GTA 2017 Schedule

# Region location Dates Days
    seniors FL March 11-17  
1 North Sequatchie (Marion Co TN)
$50 offsite fee for ridge camp
March 25-26 2
2 South Warm Springs April 1-2 2
    Skip/rain make up April 8-9 0
    Perry Region V N April 15-22  
3 NW, N Moontown April 29,30 2
4 W Sylacauga May 6-7 2
    Mother’s Day May 14  
5 South Warm Springs May 20-21 2
6 South Cordele May 27,28,29 3
    Cordele Nats 15,STD,Open June 3-14  
    Skip/rain make up June 17-18 0
7 NW Moontown June 24-25 2
8 NW Tullahoma, Unconfirmed/ to be canceled unless otherwise announced July 1,2 & maybe 3rd? 2
9 NW Eagleville July 15-16 2
    Skip/rain make up July 22-23  
    Skip? August 12-13  
10 N Chilhowee -Solar Eclipse Monday August 19-20 2
      August 29-30  
11 N Chilhowee Sept 2,3,4 3
      Sept 9-10 0
12 East Monroe Sept 16-17 2
13 West Sylacauga Sept 23-24 2
      Sept 30-Oct 1
      October 7-8  
      October 14-15  
    Chilhowee Oktoberfest October 20,21,22  
      total race days 28