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Canada, Club Instances

The Winnipeg Gliding Club is comprised of approximately 35 members and is located abut 45 minutes southwest of Winnipeg near Starbuck, Manitoba. In 2019, the club celebrated its 60th Anniversary and also received two brand new PW6 gliders in that same year as well. The area around the Winnipeg Gliding Club is ideally suited for cross-country as most times of the year there are excellent fields for off-field landings. Flights of 300 kms are easily accomplished in Manitoba with flights of 500 kms possible on good soaring days as well. The best months of the soaring season are May & June when it is not uncommon to experience cloud bases to 9 or 10 thousand feet.

The three Proving Grounds tasks at the Winnipeg Gliding Club are Larry’s Loop, ABBA & M&M. Larry’s Loop pays homage to the late Larry Morrow, a long time member of the Winnipeg Gliding Club who passed in 2019. The task skirts the outside of the ‘Main Area’ which is special airspace within the Winnipeg Class C Terminal Airspace that Nav Canada has granted us use of. The second task, ABBA is a tour of Areas A & B which are also special areas of airspace within the Winnipeg Class C Terminal Airspace that Nav Canada has granted us use of and finally, M&M visits two small Southern Manitoba towns of Miami (yes, there is a Miami in Manitoba) and Morris which are familiar landmarks for seasoned WGC cross-country pilots. We are hoping to leverage the Proving Grounds initiative with our new PW6 gliders to encourage cross-country development within the club.


Winnipeg Gliding Club Task Sheet (March 2020)
 

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Support

The Proving Grounds team is thankful for financial support to extend the Proving Grounds platform to all interested Soaring Association of Canada clubs. Both the Alberta Soaring Council, and the Soaring Association of Canada provided seed support to solve technical challenges required to scale, and the Soaring Association of Canada will provide full support to set up and secure Proving Grounds access for years to come.

For interested Canadian gliding clubs, feel free to complete this onboarding form and submit to the included email address. A kit (task board, task slips, task sheets, and miscellaneous items) will be shipped to the address provided and SAC will be billed for the setup and at least the first 3 seasons of subscription fees ($50CAD/year + GST).

Thank you to SAC and ASC for supporting Canadian soaring development!

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