There are 21 participants, four of them men: Bill Levinson and Buzz
Graves of the Northern California Soaring Association (Byron, CA), Jeremy
Zawodny of the Bay Area Soaring Association. And we have a record
number of spouses as crew: five!
We have Kathy Taylor and husband, George and they trailered her
ASW-27 from Moriarity, New Mexico. Charlotte Taylor and husband, Roy
trailered her ASW-27 from St. Louis, Missouri.
Connie Bueafe from Moriarity, New Mexico trailered her lovely Salto,
sister to the Libelle.
There is a nice variety of planes available for the students,
two Grob 103s, and ASK-21, a Duo Discus,
2-33s, a Blanik in addition to the various privately-owned planes for
everyone to inspect and enjoy seeing as they took off and landed. The
owners were very generous with their time showing their planes and explaining
their characteristics to those interested.
Monday morning started with breakfast at the Central California Soaring Club's
(CCSC) clubhouse followed by a field operations briefing, local weather and the
day's forecast by Dan Gudgel who is also an FAA Examiner and a CCSC
member. One of the vital safety issues for this type of climate called for
a lecture on hydration and then The Pee Lecture, officially called "In-Flight
Relief". Thanks to everyone at all the seminars I've attended for
their thoughts on successful executions which I incorpated into the
Many launched before lunch and many flew until 6:30 or so with the days best
flying early and late. Tuesday was the only afternoon where we had blowy
conditions, but we were happy to chat in the clubhouse and under the awning
until late afternoon when a bunch of us went swimming.
Other lectures included: SSA Badges and Records, Cross Country Part I and Part
II, Common Errors presented by Dale Masters of Great Western Soaring, CA,
Physiology by Dan Johnson who flew in from Wisconsin with his wife,
Isabelle. Allen Silver gave an enlightening talk on parachutes and their
use. Cindy Brickner, WSPA member from Caracole Soaring gave a fascinating
talk on landing out using her SSTOP mnemonic: Size, Slope, Texture,
Obstacles and the Positive Points about the field. She had taken pictures
over the valley and over landing strips so that we could discuss the good and
bad points of the landing sites. There were also pictures of other
landouts from overhead so we could discuss the good and bad aspects of the
decisions made by the pilots. In addition to her lecture, she took
several people up in her Citabria to actually view the area from the
sky to put into practice what they had just learned in her lecture.
Evenings found us at dinner at 7:00 and two nights we had movies, one, "The
Sunship Game", a soaring classic. I'd love to bring this to Europe for a
Frauke Elber, the Official WSPA Mom, developed a talk and slide show on the
history of women soaring and the Babayaga Ceremony. Her husband, Wolf, was
his usual fantastic field and ground crew. They come from Tidewater
Soaring in Virginia.
Frauke Elber and Joy Pierce were invited to the college to give a presentation
to the students on the sport of soaring through the eyes of an experienced
pilot and a new solo student.
Tonight's final Banquet will be at the rental house where we will honor our
participants and award prizes and certificates. Andy and John Simpkins
and their son, Michael, from Avondale, Arizona had to leave early, but Andy
will be awarded the Spirit of WSPA Certificate for all of her help throughout
Lucy Anne McKosky, WSPA President will preside over the WSPA Annual Meeting
and we will all celebrate the achievements of the week.
We honor the following WSPA members: Cheryl Betson from Seal Beach,
California, Margarett Roy who won the long distance travel from Sugarbush, NY
Laurie Harden from Gardnerville, Nevada (Soar Minden), Amy Guyton, winner of
The Flying Montagues Scholarship, Marrisa Anaya of Air Sailing, Reno, Nevada,
winner of the Briegleb Scholarship, Joy Pierce of Hollister, CA, Neva Cole
from High Desert Soaring in Bend, Oregon, Marti Klemm of Air Sailing and brand
new member from Chicago, Illinois, Karen Grieg were our student pilots!
Instructors were Mary Rust of Caracole Soaring in Hemet, CA, Cindy Brickner of
Cal City Soaring, CA, Mark Montague (Air Sailing), Anna Gunn-Golkin of the
CCSC, Monique Weil of NCSC (Byron), Harold Gallagher of the CCSC.
Mike Green of Air Sailing donated proceeds of his rides in his Duo Discus to
the WSPA. Thank you, Mike!
Laurie Harden gave The Flying Goddess a makeover and fashioned a winged high
heel with a buckle for the broken foot.....
In planning the seminar we came up with several new ideas:
contacting the local college/university for the use of their dorm rooms for our
participants and calling the local high school for use of their pool for
dunking and lap swimming. The dorm rooms were $15 a night and we used 6
of the available rooms while others either camped on the field or rented motel
rooms. I rented the house of a college professor who went on vacation to
Italy and we had Mark and me, four participants and one lecturer stay at this
house which gave us laundry facilities, a kitchen and proved much less
expensive than motels in the end. It will be the site of tonight's
I also contacted the local police and fire departments, the Mayor's office and
local doctors. The fire department provided us with as much ice as we
needed during the week. Through the Mayor's Office we were able to get
bags of pistachios and almonds from Paramount Farms, one of the largest local
producers of nuts. They also cold-packed and sent from Los Angeles those
wonderful tall glasses of fruit teas which was a treat on late Wednesday
We developed a WSPA tow card stamp to enhance safety and smooth operations.
Our special thanks go to the Central California Soaring Club and the
volunteers who spent the week with us: Roy Norman, President, Richard
Walker who built us a brand new bathroom with shower and toilet, Dennis Mast,
Paul Hanson who was master of all trades. Don VanWyck was the
accountant/treasurer for the week and I thank my Co-Chair, Kathleen Morse of
the CCSC for her assistance with the meal planning/caterer, lectures and
We will have extra tee shirts for purchase .............
Wish you all were here. This was a dynamic fun, interesting seminar and
each person added greatly to the week. Start thinking about next year!
Co-Chair, WSPA 2007 Women's Soaring Seminar PS:
sometimes down the road I will put a slide show from this seminar together. We
are heading back East tomorrow. Frauke