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Jeff Knell

The soaring community lost one of its own On Sunday, June 24th. Jeff Knell lost his life in a tragic accident while flying his personal glider in the vicinity of the Cedar Valley Airport. Jeff was a frequent glider pilot at Cedar Valley and a longtime member of the Utah Soaring Association.
The Board of Directors, as well as all of its members, would like to extend our heartfelt thoughts and condolences to Jeff's family and friends. His presence in our community will be greatly missed.

New USA Glider Pilot

Steve Garner is now the newest certificated member of our soaring community! He passed his Private Pilot-Glider practical exam with flying colors. Congratulations to Steve and all who contributed to his traininig. Hope to see you at the gliderport soon, Steve!

Go Tim Taylor!

The Utah Soaring Society salutes Tim Taylor for his accomplishments in the 2014 15m National Championships. For details, rankings, day to day comments, tasks and .igc files on the 2014 National competition in Montegue, CA visit the SSA 2014 15m/Open Class National Competition Summary Website. You can download each contestant’s flight logs, as well as look at the tasks assigned for each day. The event was sanctioned by the SSA and run locally by the folks at Williams Soaring, Rex and Noel Mayes.

Nephi 2014 OLC/XC Camp

The 2014 gathering has concluded. Visit the Nephi/Update link on the left menu for a summary.

Kudos to Piotr Strzelec

While the gliders sat dormant, Piotr was busy creating scenery of the Utah area for use in Condor. His efforts have not only met with rave reviews from local glider pilots, but many from far off places have passed on thier appreciation and admiration for his work. The Las Vegas Soaring Association recently published a lengthy article in thier newsletter about the work he has done. The article can be read here. To visit the LVSSA website for additional information and past newsletters go to Las Vegas Soaring Assoociation Website.

New Club Instructors

Jim Wolper and Kirk Urbanzcyk are now authorized USA club instructors. Jim lives in Pocatello, ID and will be instructing out of Logan. Kirk, who resides in Draper, is a long time Cedar Valley pilot. He will lend his skills and expertise at that location. Welcome guys, and thanks for your contributions!

Official Nephi Turnoints Now Available!

The official waypoints, complete with all control points, are now available on the Worldwide Turnpoint Exchange. Nephi Control and Waypoints: Worldwide Turnpoint Exchange

Passenger Limited Liability Release

The pilot in command has the ultimate responsibility for the operation of the glider. Our club insurance provides one layer of protection and the purchase of a personal non-owner policy will provide additional protection. A limited liability release document is another method to provide yourself and the club an additional layer of protection from legal actions arising due to an incident while flying with a non-club member. The club encourages to use of an additonal non-owner insurance policy, as well as the use of a limited liability document. Click here for an example of such a document.

N54554 Accident Report

The final report concerning the accident at Morgan County during a training flight last fall has been published. You can download the report here. All members will recieve an e-mail with the password used to unlock the document. Do not distribute this report to anyone. It is for club members only!

Weigh Your Glider!

Stan McGrew has aquired aircraft scales! In the interest of safety he is offering free weighing services to any club member! This is a huge benefit to our club. One imortant item - Don't even think of asking Stan to let the scales out of his sight! E-mail Stan McGrew to make an appointment now.

Event Calendar

Our site has now a publicly visible calendar which can by synced with your local calendar. All club related events will posted here.

Airport Status

USA glider operations are in full swing at at Morgan County, Logan airport and Cedar Valley. The only gliderport without a club glider is Heber City. During the Nephi event, the tow plane normally based in Heber was impacted by a dust devil during takeoff roll. The result was a prop strike, which has temporarily grounded the aircraft. Tows are available at Heber, but only for light single seat gliders.

Glider Status

N54554 is back! Ray Fredell made the round trip excursion to Reno, NV to pick up the glider. Thank you Ray! Until there are tows available at Heber, the glider will be located at Cedar Valley. As soon as it is assembled, 554 will be available for scheduling!

Trailer Towing

In order to help prepare for trailer towing, we have develped the following guidelines. Select the link below for the appropriate trailer.
Trailer #1 Towing Checklist
Trailer #2 Towing Checklist
Trailer #3 Towing Checklist

New Maintenance Procedures

The club is constantly making efforts to better communicate and track maintenance issues with the gliders. We have a new procedure which will go into effect for the 2014 soaring season. document for details.

New Flight Log Procedures

In order to better track glider usage there is a new and improved flight log installed in the gliders. Look for a zippered pouch that contains the Flight Manual, Weight and Balance information, the new Maintenance Items Log as well as the new Flight Log. The Maintenance Items Log has the contact information for the glider stewards at each airport the club uses. Also, please continue to fill out the log accurately for each flight. Thanks!

Soaring Season 2014 Training Program
We are now accepting applications for the 2014 soaring season training program. If you are interested contact Email Johann or Email Tim
To learn more about our program check out Learn to Fly and Flight Training

Currently we still have open slots.