Status and Plans
of the US World Class and WCSA
2001: A very good
- The number of PW-5 in North America continued its steady growth,
now reaching more than 80 (70+ in US, 10+ in Canada). Two PW-5-B1 (the
new model from Bielsko1) have arrived in the US. One of these will be
exhibited at the 2002 SSA Convention.
- Attendance at the US World Class National Championship, held
in Cordele, Georgia, was the largest ever, becoming equivalent to, or
exceeding, attendance at other US Nationals for classes such as 18m, Open,
- Sponsorship funds, mostly from private donations of World Class
supporters and enthusiasts, were raised to support full entry fees, tows,
and borrowed gliders for three Junior pilots to participate in the US
World Class National Championship. A very laudable accomplishment demonstrating
the strong spirit and role of the US World Class community in supporting
Youth and in fostering access by more pilots to the Competition arena.
- Two US pilots participated to the 3rd World Championship of the
World Class and to the World Air Games in Spain.
- WCSA has elected a new Board of Directors: Francois Pin (President),
Gary Petersen (Vice-President), Arthur Kover (Treas/Secr.), Frank Reid,
Bill Snead, Conrad Suechting, Charles Yeates (Canada, PZL-Swidnick dealer),
and John Duprey (Bielsko1 dealer).
- The regular newsletter has been continued and is now distributed
worldwide by e-mail to anyone interested. The www.wcsa.org Website is
being restarted and "rejuvenated."
2002: Already looking
like a great year
- WCSA will be at the SSA Convention, with several activities including
a breakfast event, display of a PW-5-B1, information brochures, Board
meetings, fund raising, and publicity for the first America's Cup of World
- The concept of supporting Junior pilots to attend national contests
will continue this year. Sponsorship funds for this purpose are growing.
- Funding has been raised to pay for the re-instatement of the
- The sites for the 2002 and 2003 US World Class National Championships
have been selected and approved by SSA: Uvalde, TX in 2002, and Harris
Hill, NY in 2003.
- For the first year, two World Class Regionals are being organized,
one in the western US and one in eastern US. The prime intent is to encourage
intermediate pilots to fly cross-country and to provide them more opportunities
to transition to competition flying.
- The America's Cup of World Class Soaring is being organized,
with the first competition planned for Uvalde, TX, in conjunction with
the 2002 US World Class Nationals.
- Notes regarding the America's Cup (see verso): Because most countries
do not currently have any regular World Class contests, the America's
Cup is intended to provide World Class pilots from all over the World
with a World Class contest opportunity, as well as a World Class event
to "look for" in years with no World Class World Championship.
Open to all qualifying pilots (not just pilots from national Teams), and
possibly "travelling" from country to country, the America's
Cup should foster international interaction and friendship, as well as
exposure and growth of the World Class. Being held in conjunction with
existing national contests, it should require no additional burden or
specific organization, beyond publicizing. An optional additional day
with a short, close-in race can be organized to enhance spectator appeal
and possible media coverage of the sport of Soaring.
Happy and safe flights