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The Northwest Soaring Society

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The Northwest Soaring Society (NWSS) is a group of radio control sailplane enthusiasts who reside in Washington, Oregon, Idaho, British Columbia, Alaska, Montana and Alberta.

The purpose of the NWSS is to promote RC Glider flying in the Pacific Northwest. This is done by scheduling and promoting glider contests from April through August of each year and having an annual season ending tournament held in September of each year and by sharing knowledge on building and flying. In addition to the contest calendar of events, many NWSS member clubs sponsor other glider events including fun-fly's, slope soaring and slope racing, hand launch, cross country races and scale events.

The NWSS has three skill levels/classes; they are competitor, expert and Masters. At some contests, at the discretion of the contest director, there will be a Novice class for first time competitors or those that are still learning the process of thermal flying and the procedures associated with a contest. The competitor and expert class are flying skill levels and the Masters Class is a non-flying class. The contest format typically will include flying in the following classes, unlimited, 2 meter and RES.

Each year the results of each contest are forwarded to the NWSS Scorekeeper, who keeps track of all NWSS members contest scores throughout the contest season. At the end of the flying season, a season points champion is announced at the season ending banquet held on Saturday night during the Tournament weekend. Season points champion trophies are awarded for unlimited, 2 meter and RES class of gliders.

In addition to these awards, the NWSS also presents awards for the following: Cliff Mink Service Award, most improved pilot, Masters Class and those that have been promoted to Expert Class.

The NWSS publishes a newsletter, "The Eagle", once a month from March to October.

Jim Pugh

February 2004

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