Soar Truckee Update

posted Aug 31, 2015, 12:13 PM by Jonathan Hughes


August 28, 2015

The last two events at STI were great and we’re now gearing up for the Labor Day weekend. To recap:

  • Hawaiian Night (August 8th) saw folks bringing appetizers to share, BYOF, with dessert provided by STI. If you missed seeing the male warrior dancers and our Hula girls perform…well, you missed something special

  • August 22nd was the Truckee BASH, this year hosted by Bay Area Soaring Association. Wolf Webber and the BASA crew provided an outstanding dinner of tri-tip and chicken will all the “fix’ns”; appetizers and dessert was provided by STI. All three clubs participated, and many others joined in.

The Labor Day weekend is fast approaching and there are plans for an Italian night on Sunday September 6th. The dinner will be sponsored by STI, with spaghetti and meats prepared by Richard & Penny Pearl, a special spaghetti sauce prepared by Amy Colacevech, and a lasagna prepared by Tony Sabino. Please bring an appetizer to share. BYOB. Desserts will be provided by STI. Italian music will be playing in the background for your listening and eventual dancing pleasure in the Sheddo. Please call or email the STI office (; 1.530.587.6702) to give us a head’s up if you’re coming ,and how many you will be; this will help in the food planning.

Plan on flying Sergio’s TAGARs Sunday September 6th. A fun race that will really help to sharpen your skills. Briefing at 10:00 AM. Saturday night, the treat will be “Oilyballs” by Hans and Marga Van Weersch. If you haven’t had this wonderful dessert, it's worth the trip to TRK alone.

We’re expecting a large crowd on Labor Day weekend, so if you need a campsite, contact the STI office ASAP. Flying in Truckee in September is usually spectacular, so think about finishing the season at TRK.

STI’s last day for the season will be Sunday September 27th’. All glider and camping trailers need to be gone by that late afternoon. At this time, we intend to have a tow plane and a 2-33 for instruction at Lincoln during the off-season. If you want a tow into the foothills, it might be able to be arranged.

1LV Annual Inspection Complete

posted Mar 17, 2015, 10:52 PM by Jonathan Hughes

Pegasus N101LV is back from it's annual inspection and assembled at Hollister.

Pegasus 1LV Annual Inspection In Progress

posted Feb 6, 2015, 9:24 PM by Jonathan Hughes

On Friday 6 February 2015 we boxed up 1LV to send it in for it's annual inspection. The annual isn't actually due until May but we thought it best to get it taken care of before the middle of spring soaring season at Hollister. We expect to have it back on line in a couple of weeks.

Update From Soar Truckee

posted May 31, 2014, 3:51 PM by Jonathan Hughes

STI Memorial Rock, Camping Trailer Available, Condor Flight Simulator, and more! See attached document for more details.

BASA Work Party Scheduled 10 May 2014 Starting 9:00AM

posted Apr 21, 2014, 9:38 PM by Jonathan Hughes

We are scheduling an ALL DAY WORK PARTY for Saturday, 10 May 2014 to get our gliders ready for soaring season. We will start at 9:00am and BASA will provide lunch. Ideally, this would have been planned much earlier in the year but we've been playing catch up with all the glider maintenance issues and it is what it is. We'll plan another one in the fall at the end of the season. We will also be much more proactive about getting the annuals scheduled over the winter months instead of having a mad rush to get them done right before the spring soaring season.

All BASA members are expected to contribute to the club by participating in at least one work party every year or your flying privileges are suspended. The club has been a little lax on enforcing that rule and we've been relying on the efforts of a few members to do everything. It's time for more people to step up and get involved. Once you have participated in a work party (or contributed to the club in some other way) we'll update the member roster to indicate your participation.

We've identified the following tasks that need to be completed. We really need a big turnout to get everything done. With enough people attending we should be able to get everything done. If you can't stay for the whole day that's OK... Just help out as much as you can.

1. Wash and wax trailer exterior, inventory contents
2. Wash and wax glider

1. Wash and wax glider

1. Wash and wax trailer exterior
2. Wash and wax glider
3. Clean out, inventory, and organize trailer contents
4. Troubleshoot ballast indicator on front panel (electrical)
5. Purchase lug wrench for spare tire
6. Fix gas struts on trailer front hatch
7. Change glider tires (if not already done)
8. Remove GPS Nav from front instrument panel
9. Install new LXNav V3 Varios in front and rear instrument panels

If there are other maintenance issues you know of please let us know and I'll add them to the list.

We will block off the schedule for the gliders for the day. If we finish with the tasks early the members participating can go fly.

Dues Payments

posted Jan 10, 2014, 10:49 PM by Jonathan Hughes   [ updated Mar 26, 2017, 9:03 AM by Ron Hess ]

BASA bills for dues in arrears and payment is due prior to the 15th of the following month. (i.e. January's dues must be paid before 15 February to avoid late charges.)

BASA has several options available to make dues payments.  PayPal is the preferred payment option and is available from the BASA website by logging into the Members Only section and select the Payments page. Payee should be 

If you want to mail a check it should be made payable to BASA and mailed to the BASA PO Box in San Jose.

Bay Area Soaring Associates
PO BOX 611736
San Jose, CA 95161-1736

Please keep your dues payments current as BASA relies on prompt payment of member's dues to cover operating and maintenance expenses.

Group BFR offer

posted Feb 20, 2011, 8:29 PM by James Britton

There are several members that will need a new flight review sometime the coming weeks consisting of at least one hour of ground instruction, and 1 hour of flight instruction (or 3 flights).  So you know that you will need to fund 3 tows and at least 1.5 hours of instructor time. But we have a way of reducing that cost. If we can get a group of 4 pilots together then the cost comes down to a fixed 1 hour for instruction + the cost of tows.  The way we do this is to conduct a group session for the ground part: 4 students will get nearly 2 hours of shared ground instruction. Then we all help each other launch for the flying part.
2 sessions are planned:  Saturday March 5 and Saturday April 2.
On both days it will be group ground instruction from 9AM thru 11AM followed by flying. We should be all done by 1pm.  This is suitable for DG-qualified members that are not too far out of currency. Note that if more than 4 tows are needed then that will need to be individually scheduled for another day.
Contact Jim soon if you want to take advantage of this offer. 

2011 Winter currency/refresher/first flight special

posted Dec 6, 2010, 5:54 PM by James Britton

As you know under BASA rules you need to have flown 3 times in the past 90 days to be considered current, and even if you are current it is wise advice to have your first flights each year with an instructor. To help you meet these goals, BASA in conjunction with Hollister Soaring Center has come up with the following limited time offer.
For the weekend of January 1 and 2 2011 only, we can get you 20% off your total tow bill and 11% off your instructor costs.  20+11 = 2011 - get it?
We will only get these rates if at least 3 folks sign up for either day and the price is only valid with an instructor on board. There will be no rainchecks but we will try to arrange another weekend if it is a total washout.
Have you been shown how easy it is to spin a glider even when its flying in a normal attitude? - What about spinning left from a right turn?  We can show you these if you want.  Or you can show us your favorite trick for collision avoidance.
We hope to see lots of BASA members at Hollister that weekend to begin 2011 with some safe, fun flights. Newer members that are building time in the DGs can also take advantage of this offer.  If you are interested, email Jim and indicate which day and time you prefer.

No meetings in Nov and Dec.

posted Nov 11, 2010, 9:48 PM by Wolf-Dietrich Weber

Due to the holidays, there will be no monthly meeting in November and December. We will resume with the January meeting on Wed, Jan 26 2011. See you there!

May 8th - DG-505 on display at South County.

posted May 10, 2010, 2:22 PM by James Britton   [ updated May 10, 2010, 2:29 PM ]

DG-505 at South County

We had quite a crowd at times - hopefully Quest will get some new students and eventually we will get some new members. Thanks to Joy,Jim,Bryan,Harry,Stan and Don for standing guard and talking up gliding.

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