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The Arizona Soaring Association is a group of about 50 pilots who fly sailplanes at all levels of the sport; some pilots are new to soaring and just learning to fly, while others compete in national and regional competitions, in addition to the ASA's own well-known contest series that runs from March to September each year.

We fly from several locations. These include commercial operations Northwest Sky Sports (formerly Turf) and Estrella Sailport, private clubs Tucson Soaring Club and Prescott Soaring, as well as airports in Sedona and Sun Valley. During our active race schedule, we also fly from Willcox and Sampley's in Aguila.

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2017 Contest by Cliff Hilty
Howdy fellow ASA'ers I have been tasked, or should I say Howdy fellow ASA'ers I have been tasked, or should I say I volunteered to run the ASA contest series. To that end I have come up with a tentative schedule and NO RULES!

First of all it's main purpose is to get together and fly. If you want to fly around the flagpole then do so, if you want to race, I will call a task (or let someone do it) and who ever wants to race can. If you want to fly all day and put up some OLC points so be it!

We will plan on a BBQ and pot luck each Saturday of the schedule. BYOB of course. The ASA will provide the meat. So bring your crews and significant others and tell some lies about your flight!

The board has decided not to collect contest fees this year as we did not use last year's money on prizes and has refunded any fees already collected. I will try and come up with daily awards, but not necessarily for performance. Perhaps for the longest air time or highest altitude gain. This is still under consideration and any input will be helpful.

The schedule is as follows:
April 28, 29, 30 Sampley
May 26, 27, 28, 29? El Tiro
Sept 1, 2, 3, 4. Sampley
Sept 22, 23, 24. Lake Pleasant
Other dates are open if desired.

Note: I have included Fridays in all the weekend schedule but that will depend on participation. Also the weekend of Memorial day is in conjunction with El Tiro's OLC camp which starts the 19th Friday before and continues thru Memorial day. They may not have a crew set up for memorial day and TuSC guest membership rules apply.

In summary: Let's all come out and fly together have fun and be safe!


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