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Saturday Feb 28

posted Mar 1, 2015, 10:53 AM by Jason Arnold   [ updated Mar 1, 2015, 2:50 PM ]
Saturday saw gliders experience soft mountain wave to a high mark of 11,000' in the lee of Mt Mitchell. A few pilots were able to utilize some interesting ridge lift ... We had three or so reports of flying the front of the Mt Mitchell Ridge and linking that to other wave features in the lee of neighboring ridges. All things considered yesterday sounds as if it were one of the more interesting flying conditions at Mitchell where wave is weak, but creativity and spontaneity is rewarded.

A few campers made it to last nights Soaring Society of America's Awards Banquet in Greenville SC (about an hour away). An interesting time was had swapping stories and congratulations to the awards recipients. 

The Hatcher Trophy - Racings Top Gun Award 
Doug Jacobs

The Kolstad Junior Scholarship Award - To the pilot whose activities have been preeminent among junior pilots
Christopher Zaboji

The Lewin B Barringer Memorial Trophy - To the pilot making the greatest, straight line distance soaring flight during the previous year, other than at the US National Championships
Gordon Boettger and Hugh Bennett

Henry Combs Perpetual Trophy - Awarded annually to the pilot or pilots completing the greatest number of straight out diamond distance flights in each of the three SSA contest zones during the previous year
Ramy Yanetz - West Zone
Tony Condon - Central Zone

Exceptional Service Award - Presented to recognize those whose service to the SSA has been of utmost value to the Soaring Society
Richard Kellerman

The Warren E. Eaton Memorial Trophy - The highest award SSA bestows. This award is given for a person's contribution to the art, sport or science of soaring. 
Stephen A. Northcraft