Team Captain for both the contest in Lithuania for the 34th WGC, and the 10th FAI Jr WGC in Pochiunai, Lithuania.
Fernando Silva transitioned to gliders in 1978 and started racing in 1996. He has served as Competition Director for the Georgia-Tennessee-Alabama club race series as well as Weatherman at Regional and National contests. He is the 2015 US National Champion in the 15-meter Class.
Fernando recently retired as a partner of a global management-consulting firm where he led strategic planning and corporate finance teams in North America. Since retiring, he served as Team Captain of the US Team for the 2014 World Gliding Championship in Finland, and currently serves as Team Captain for the 2016 WGC in Lithuania. He is a member of the Mid-Georgia Soaring Association
Team Captain Fernando Silva said, ‘We are excited to bring a team combining two WGC veterans with four WGC first timers! Last year, we sent four pilots to the Pre-Worlds in Benalla and we also sent three Juniors to Narromine. Everyone reported stories of great hospitality, easy-going but professional organization, and superb flying conditions. Personally, I am looking forward to meeting friends from WGC 2014 Räyskälä and WGC2016 Pociunai where I learned a great deal from the many veteran team Captains I met.
Fernando was Team USA Captain at Räyskälä and Pociunai and he is the 2015 USA National Champion in the 15m Class
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