The first time you circle your plane in a thermal, and you ride it up until you can hardly see it, you will be hooked for life. The grandeur of flying sailplanes is the challenge of every flight due to the constantly changing conditions. Remote-control sailplane contests bring people together for an entirely different day of fun. Contest flying helps hone thermal techniques and precision landings are measured by the inch. Of course, flying with your Mississippi Valley Soaring Association (MVSA) club mates is about much more than contesting. For every contest session, there are several fun-fly days. A pleasant day, whether it’s summer, fall, winter or spring will find a number of MVSA members at the field with a winch, enjoying the lift and the camaraderie.