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Past Activity for 2003
Planned Activity for 2003
Year 2004
Dates Below Are Year 2003 
Note: Dates will be added as the events are scheduled
January 23-25 ... Thursday thru Saturday - SSA, Soaring Society of America, Convention and  Air Sports Expo in Dayton Ohio.  This convention should be very special, with a highlight being a private reception at the Air Force museum at Wright Patterson Air Force Base.  See SSA Website,
April 5-7 ... April Skyout:  It will once again be centered at the Wallaby Ranch flight park 18 miles west southwest of Orlando. I plan to be at the Ranch April 2-10 and hope to encourage other light soaring aircraft pilots to join in. Local flying, XC, perhaps badge flight attempts or short course task flying or just flying for fun.  It's always a great time at the Ranch. Also, EAA's Sun'Fun flyin runs April 2-8 so there's something fun to do even on a rainy or blown out day. I just returned from 5 days at the Ranch and flew every day, 18 1/2 hours airtime.  I've enclosed a picture of some close thermalling with a young eagle over the Florida countryside about 24 miles northwest of Wallaby near Quest Air flight park. 
     For additional information about the Wallaby Ranch, local accommodations, directions, or questions about the April Skyout, contact Steve Arndt at               (see last years event for links) 
May 23-26 ... Friday through Monday ... Vintage Sailplane Association Annual Eastern Regatta Event.  Location: Kutztown Airport, Kutztown, PA.  For information contact Dean Kramer at    
June 20-22 ... SHA Eastern Workshop, Ridgely Airfield, Ridgely, Maryland. 
See new webpage with details 
The focus this year is going to be flying lots of homebuilt gliders.  Steve Arndt will finally get to fly his Magic Dragon at a Workshop.  Many people will recall the Carbon Dragon flights made by Gary Osoba (the single exception to a county ruling against ultralights flying from Harris Hill).  Note: club ships will be available for anyone who would like to fly.  Workshop coordinators are Dave Hudnut, Al McCarty, Tom Blevins, and Jeff Snyder.   Watch this space for more details. 
August 23rd - September 1, 2003 ... Saturday thru Monday 
Vintage Sailplane Association National Rally.  Mountain Valley Airport, Tehachapi, California USA. This first-ever event will feature vintage and classic sailplanes flying and on display, tours, barbeques, speakers, and an El Mirage Dry Lake expedition.  Auto and aerotows available.  A great time to get your badges -- SSA observers available all week!  In conjunction with the SHA Western Workshop.  Contact Jeff Byard, VSA President,                 or 805-461-0488 
August 27 - September 1, 2003 ... Friday thru Monday,   Speaker Schedule 
SHA's 23rd Annual Western Workshop, Mountain Valley Airport, Tehachapi, California USA.  Lectures, demonstrations, sailplanes on display, plenty of excellent soaring and big air at this soaring site.  Plus, the Woodstock anniversary Reunion and Flyin and many Woodstock-related activities.  For sailplane reservations, tows, etc. contact Skylark North at Mountain Valley Airport at  661-822-5267.  Contact Dan and Janice Armstrong.  Held in conjunction with the Vintage Sailplane Association National Rally. 

Posting by Eric Greenwell re: Western Workshop  

October 6-11, 2003...Monday thru Saturday - Fourth Biennial VSA Antique and Classic Sailplane Rally.  Moriarty, NM, USA.  Dates and Events are still tentative.  Coincides with the Albuquerque Balloon Festival less than 30 miles away.  Details soon!  Contact George Applebay 505-832-0766,   
October 10-11, 2003...Friday thru Saturday - 2003 SHA Central Division Workshop
  See new webpage with details 
Moriarty, NM, USA.  Dates and Events are still tentative.  Coincides with the Albuquerque Balloon Festival less than 30 miles away.  Great family activity!  Details soon!  Contact Dennis Olcott 720-875-1460   
    November 1, 2003 ... 1:00 PM Saturday " Landmark of Soaring #13" A dedication will be held at the Raspet Flight Research Laboratory on the Starkville Mississippi Municipal Airport.  Following the dedication an informal panel to include Dr George Bennett, Dr Dave Lawrence, Bruce Carmichael, Dick Johnson and Mel Swartzberg will discuss the history and the future of the Laboratory.  Dr. Paul MacCready will be the featured speaker at the Banquet that evening at the Laboratory. Weather permitting aerotows will be available Friday and Saturday so sailplanes are welcome. 
News Release 
For more information contact; 
Jo McKenzie    662-325-3274    e-mail:   
Mary Flaspher  607-734-3128    e-mail:   
US Mail: 
Raspet Flight Research Laboratory 
Attn: Jo McKenzie 
114 Airport Rd 
Starkville, MS 39759 
National Soaring Museum 
Attn: Mary Flaspher 
Harris Hill-51 Soaring Hill Drive 
Elmira, New York 14903-9204