SSA Exceptional Achievement Award




2018 Perlan II Mission Team In one week this summer the Perlan II glider not only beat its own official glider altitude record set in 2017 but then beat that performance two days later. On August 26, 2018 the first record-breaking flight of the year took the glider to a pressure altitude of over 62,000 feet (60,669 feet GPS altitude) breaking the official record of 52,221 feet GPS altitude set on September 3, 2017, in the same remote region of Argentine Patagonia. According to the Airbus news release, this flight exceeded the Armstrong Line, the point in the atmosphere above which an unprotected human’s blood will boil if an aircraft loses pressurization. Two days later, on August 28, 2018, the Perlan II team took the glider above 65,000 feet to set yet another unofficial record for gliders. Earlier on August 17, with the help of a Grob Egrett turboprop tow plane they also set an unofficial record of the “highest glider tow ever recorded.” at just over 44,000 feet. As this nomination was being edited the team actually set another record, over 76,000 feet. These are truly amazing flights and there may be more to come this year. While these flights remain to be officially recognized by the FAI, the phenomenal technical accomplishments by the entire team are worthy of SSA recognition.
2014 Mr. Richard Kellerman Mr. Richard Kellerman is awarded the SSA Exceptional Achievement Award in recognition of his efforts to support the SSA and the sport of soaring over many years. Richard has been a member of the Soaring Society of America for over 20 years and is recognized throughout our sport for accomplishments in two arenas: (a) his skills as a contest weatherman and, (b) leading the development of quality navigation instruments for cross country soaring.
2013 Mr. Gregory M Cole Greg designed and built the DuckHawk. In 2012, it became the first American designed and built sailplane to win an FAI class U.S. Nationals since 1977. Through the use of prepreg carbon and creative engineering, Greg has advanced the state of the art of sailplane design and manufacturing. Greg is also deeply involved in the development of the Perlan Project. Windward Performance, his Bend, Oregon-based company, also produces the SparrowHawk sailplane, and has a high-performance 2-seat motorglider, the under development.
2013 Ms Sarah Arnold Sarah has numerous Tennessee state records, has participated in two World Championships, with a Bronze medal in France. She has accumulated over 2200 hours of glider time, and holds many ratings. Often she will tow, then hop in a sailplane and compete in regional contests. She became the youngest owner/operator of a commercial gliderport and has shared the joy of soaring with many people.
2012 Mr. Robert DeLeon Nominated for the SSA Exceptional Achievement Award for 2012, for his development and branding of the SSA "Let's Go Gliding" promotional campaign. This simple statement invites everyone to go gliding. The attractive website and dynamic graphics show that flying gliders is an exciting choice for people of all ages.
2012 Mr Malcolm D Stevenson Jr During the winter of 2011-2012, David Stevenson was appointed to the SSA State Governor and Record Keepers Committee for the purpose of reconciling current state soaring records with the current online database. This was a project David suggested and was a long standing issue. The SSA online records database was not imported when the SSA web site backend was redesigned in 2005. Despite repeated efforts, several states records were not never updated. Using the Soaring magazine archives and an old database archive, David assured that current state records were reflected for each state by category and class. As a result, pilots seeking to attain soaring achievements by bettering existing state records could best understand the goal needed to exceed an existing record. This diligent work and initiative shown by David Stevenson is an exceptional achievement by an SSA member.
2010 Mr Sergio Colacevich For implementing the unique and exceptional Alby traveling trophy. The progress of the trophy has provided nationwide publicity and has captured the imagination of soaring pilots throughout the United States.
2007 Mr. James C. Kellett
2006 Ms. Elizabeth J Schwenkler
2005 Dr James L Skydell
2004 Mr John Seaborn John's support for the US Team including devising and implementing an administrative and fundraising structure for its permanent organization is truly appreciated. John has spent countless hours working for the benefit of soaring and the U.S. Team. Seaborn has done an outstanding job in organizing, funding, and publicizing the Soaring Society of America's efforts to improve our posture in international sailplane racing. John's commitment to transparency drove him to his most significant single success among so many; the single-handed creation of the US Team web site, a superb collection of Team information including policies, history, current news, daily reporting from competition venues, support for Juniors programs and email news programs.
2004 Mr Charles Minner Charlie acted as Contest Manager at the 2004 Standard Class and World Class National Contests. He not only acted as Contest Manager, but he assisted the group in Hobbs in hosting this contest in a very short period of time.
2004 Mr. Dennis W. Wright For special efforts in organizing and running the 2004 Standard Class and World Class National Contests.
2004 SSA Staff
2003 James Powell
2003 Larry Montano
2003 Paul Gallaway
2003 Pat Brogan
2003 Mr Lauren D Basham
2003 Mr Rolf F Hertenstein
2003 Ms. Carol Walker
2003 Mr. Robert Wander
2003 Mr. Glenn R Collins
2003 Mr. Peter Schweizer
2003 Mr Martin E. Weaver
2002 Mr. Gregory M Cole
2002 Mr John W Glendening
2002 Mr. John W. Leibacher
2001 Mr Dean Carswell
2001 Mr. Carl A. Ekdahl Jr.
2001 Nancy Martin Graham
2001 Lisa Evjen
2001 Michael Henry
2001 Ms Denise Layton
2000 Mr Martin J. Eiler
2000 Mr Clyde E Taylor
2000 Mr John Seaborn
2000 Jeff Cloud
1999 Mr. Guy Ford Byars
1999 Mr Carl D Herold
1999 Mr Charles Thaeler III
1999 Mr. Mike Kiesov
1998 Mr John F Good
1998 Mr. William Schweizer
1998 Mr. Henry G Combs
1998 The Luftfahrt-Bundesamt Glider Certification Team
1998 John Lynch
1998 Mr. John Byrd
1997 Dave Ellis & Cambridge Aero Instruments
1997 Mr Dean Carswell
1997 Mr David S. Habercom
1997 Mr James M Payne
1997 Mr John F Good
1997 Mr Karl H. Striedieck
1997 Mr. James B Short
1997 Mr. Gene Hammond
1997 Ms Jayne E. Reid
1997 Mr R. Franklin Reid
1996 Mr Bernald S Smith
1996 Mr. Piero Morelli
1996 Mr Patrick Barry
1995 Group Genesis
1995 Mr Peter C Masak
1994 Mr. Barry Clements
1994 Mr. Gary K. Nakagawa
1994 Mr Karl H. Striedieck
1994 Mr John C Seymour
1994 Mr Leonard R McMaster
1994 Mr Charles O'Mahony
1994 Michael Gallagher
1994 Elizabeth Yoest
1994 Mr. Henry G Combs
1992 Mr James R Bobo
1992 Mr Charles Minner
1992 Mr. Robert Wander
1992 Mr. Donald A Roberts
1991 Ms. Kerry Huffstutler
1991 Mr. Robert L Semans
1991 Mr Mark Huffstutler
1991 Mr. E. Gene Hammond
1991 Ms Boots Scott
1991 Mr. Hannes M. Linke
1991 Mr. Hal M Lattimore
1991 Team Uvalde
1991 Mike Strang
1990 Mr. James E. Hard
1990 Mr Carl D Herold
1990 Ms Joann B Shaw
1989 Mr. James B Short
1989 Mr Larry P. Sanderson
1989 Ms. Judy Ruprecht
1989 Mr. E. Gene Hammond
1989 Mr Walter B Cannon
1988 Mr Bob Casamajor
1988 Mr Wallace A Scott
1988 Mr Harry McGrath Jr.
1988 Mr. Les Sebald
1987 Pacific Soaring Council (PASCO)
1986 Wil Schuemann
1986 Mr. Thomas L. Knauff
1986 Mr. Robert M Robertson
1986 Mr Leonard R McMaster
1986 Mr Karl H. Striedieck
1986 Mr John C Seymour
1985 Mr. Chris Woods
1985 Mr. Woodson K. Woods
1985 Mr Douglas L. Jacobs
1985 Mr. Henry G Combs
1984 Mrs. James Maupin
1984 Sailplane Homebuilders Association
1983 Dallas Gliding Association
1983 Mr. Thomas L. Knauff
1983 Ms Joann B Shaw
1982 Ms. Shirley Sliwa
1982 Elbert L. Rutan
1982 Ms Marion I Barritt
1981 Mr Rudolf W Mozer
1981 Mr Bernard H Paiewonsky
1981 Ms. Doris F. Grove
1980 Mr Nelson N Shapter
1979 Mr. Stan Smith
1978 Mr William D. English Jr.
1977 Paul MacCready & Gossamer Condor Team
1977 Col. Joe Engle & The Enterprise Team
1977 Mr Karl H. Striedieck
1976 Mr Charles W Shaw
1975 Mr Leslie E Schweizer
1975 Babs Nutt
1975 Hanna Duncan
1975 Edward Minghelli
1975 John Robert Gravance
1975 Ernest Schweizer
1975 Mr Richard H Ball
1975 Mr Jack W Laister
1974 Wilfred S. Schuemann
1973 Mr William C. Holbrook
1973 Mr George B. Moffat Jr
1972 Mr Karl H. Striedieck
1972 Ms Helen R Dick
1972 Betsy Howell
1970 Edward H. Butts
1970 Carle C. Conway
1970 Fritz Kahl
1970 John W. Williams
1970 S. Calif. Competition Club
1970 Mr. Ben W Greene
1970 Mr A. J. Smith
1970 Mr George B. Moffat Jr
1970 Mr Wallace A Scott
1968 Mrs. Jean Doty
1966 Mr George B. Moffat Jr