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January 10, 2022

2022 Soaring Society Convention Canceled

Board of Directors Project Covid Surge in February, Decide Against Gathering

The Soaring Society of America has canceled its annual convention, believing that the late winter period will not see measureable pandemic recovery amid increasing cases from state to state. In an email to attendees, executive director of the association, Denise Layton, described the board's thought process. "Sometimes hard decisions have to be made for the safety and welfare of our members, and this is one such time. After many weeks gathering data and careful consideration, the Board feels with the COVID pandemic, and numbers expected to rise in mid-February, it is not wise to have a large gathering at this time. We are working to postpone the convention to a date

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NTSB Prelim: Vans RV-4

Pilots Observed The Accident Airplane’s Left Wing Contact The Edge Of The Canyon

On December 8, 2021, about 1013 mountain standard time, a Vans RV-4 airplane, N456MC, sustained substantial damage when it was involved in an accident near Walsenburg, Colorado. The pilot sustained fatal injuries. The airplane was operated as a Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 personal flight. According to two other pilots involved in the flight, the accident flight was a three-airplane formation flight with position changes planned during the course of the flight. The three airplanes departed the Meadow Lake Airport (FLY), Colorado Springs, Colorado, and headed south with the accident airplane as the lead airplane.

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