Panoche Gliderpalooza 2017

Panoche Gliderpalooza 2017

Panoche Inn (map)

Enjoy great soaring conditions with other BASA pilots out in the Panoche valley! This is the spring soaring/social event of the year and not to be missed.  This encampment is held each year over the Memorial Day weekend at a private airstrip in the Panoche valley and is graced by glorious spring soaring conditions along the San Benito Mountains.  The Palooza includes camping at Mercey Hot Springs and a Saturday post-flight BBQ at the landmark Panoche Inn.  Cross country flights of 300-500km are not unexpected and pilots have journeyed to Santa Barbara and back on multiple occasions over the course of recent years.  So mark your calendars and sign up early as campsites go fast and the gliders go even faster.

Flight trace from 2016

Flight trace from 2016

Ground prep at Panoche, 2016

Ground prep at Panoche, 2016

The BBQ will be $15 per person and camping will be $50 per person per night (includes free access to the hot tubs, swimming pool and showers).  Personal massage and yoga classes are extra. Tows will be $275 per tach-hour, including launches from Panoche, ferry tows, and aero-retrieves.

All participating pilots should complete the following.

  1. Sign and mail the release form.
  2. See the 2017 Panoche User Agreement.
  3. Read A Guide to Flying Panoche.
  4. Read Flying XC Between Hollister and Avenal.
  5. Make arrangements with your club to relocate club gliders for the event.
Air Sailing Thermal Camp 2017

Air Sailing Thermal Camp 2017

Air Sailing (map)

This five day camp is for beginner and intermediate level glider pilots who want to develop efficient thermalling skills for longer local flights in preparation for safe cross country flights.

Air Sailing Cross-Country Camp 2017

Air Sailing Cross-Country Camp 2017

Air Sailing Gliderport (map)

A great start to your cross country soaring experience

The cross-country camp is intended for intermediate level or more experienced soaring enthusiasts. Training focuses on techniques used for safe and efficient cross country flight and sharpening the piloting skills used for prolonged high desert soaring flights.