For Immediate Release

Contact: Scott Marshall
Soar Utah ’98 Publicity Chairman
W:(801) 536-1049 H:(801) 965-6055


InterMountain Silent Flyers To Host Soar Utah ‘98

SALT LAKE CITY, MARCH 16, 1998 - InterMountain Silent Flyers (IMSF) is proud to host the 3rd annual Soar Utah on September 5-7, Labor Day weekend, at the Point of the Mountain slope soaring site, located in Salt Lake City, Utah.

The unique combination of a premier flying site and its close proximity to a major metropolitan area attracts remote control soaring pilots from throughout the country to participate in this event. Pilots are encouraged to bring a variety of aircraft as there will be time slots for vintage scale, modern scale, power slope scale (PSS) and open fun flying.

The primary site for Soar Utah ’98 is the Point of the Mountain, one of the best soaring sites in North America. The south side of the Point rises more than 400 feet from the valley floor and levels off to a wide, flat plain on top. The north side is quite different, as it consists of two distinct ridges. The first ridge levels off at 300 feet with a bench that is several hundred feet wide then rises an additional 800 feet to the "rear" hill.

The highlight of the event is the opportunity to fly at Francis Peak. At an elevation near 10,000 feet Francis Peak rises more than a mile above the valley floor, offering an unforgettable soaring experience and breath-taking views of the Great Salt Lake and the Salt Lake Valley.

"One of the things that makes Soar Utah so special is the social aspect," said Curtis Miner, IMSF President. "In addition to sharing our superb flying sites, we want to share our hospitality. Our club members have gotten behind this event and have organized some outstanding social activities. Some of these include a static display with pilots’ choice awards, a banquet and one of the best raffles in the West."

Pre-registration for Soar Utah is encouraged. Registration materials are available on the World Wide Web at Registration packets are also available by contacting Kent Peterson, Soar Utah Registar, at 13121 South 2665 West, Riverton, UT 84065. Soar Utah is an AMA event and proof of current AMA membership will be required.

InterMountain Silent Flyers, an Academy of Model Aeronautics chartered club, was formed in 1979 to promote the social, competitive and educational aspects of remote control soaring. IMSF maintains two flying sites: the Point of the Mountain and a 60 acre thermal field in Kearns, Utah. IMSF members participate in all aspects of the sport including scale, PSS, slope, thermal duration, hand launch, cross-country, aerotow and combat. The club encourages new pilots to join and offers a training program for fledgling pilots and monthly competitions and meetings to help sharpen member skills.


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