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WARNING: Rubbing elbows with 1-26er's may cause a life long affliction with "Soaring Dementia". Since there's no known cure, it's recommended that you join the 1-26 Association support group where you'll find others who share your affliction and are understanding of it's effects.

1-26 News You Can Use.
1-26 Association Bucket Hats!
May 2, 2016 by Jay Murphy

Bucket Hats The new bucket hats are here and available in white or kaki. Small / Medium or large/extra large. The price $15.95 and $4.00 postage.

For those of you going to the Eagle Rendezvous I will bring them with me.

Fly Safe,

Jay Murphy #038
Merchandise Manager

SSA Clubs & Chapters Committee, Hangar Flying Newsletter
April 18, 2016

The current issue of the SSA Clubs & Chapters Committee newsletter, Hangar Flying, promotes the 1-26 Association's program to entice young pilots to come join in the fun at the Championships. Check it out.

Eagle Rendezvous - May 12-15, 2016
March 6, 2016 by Bob Hurni

As always the 1-26 Eagle Rendezvous is scheduled for the weekend after Mother's Day.

Location: Aguila, Arizona - 22 miles west of Wickenburg on Route 60.
Dates: Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday, May 12-15, 2016.
Recommended motel: Best Western in Wickenburg.

Unless something changes there are no restaurants in Aguila. The Safeway in Wickenburg can fix you up for lunch.

All tows are by cash or check, no credit cards.We predict no rain this year--some areas in Arizona had never recorded rain before the 2015 deluge. Example for a given day: Previous record: 0.016 inches. 2015 record: 2.2 inches.

We look forward to another great turnout in 2016 along with the seasonably dry weather. My goal is Gallup, NM. Remember that a flat triangle from Aguila to Wickenburg to Wenden. is a 100 miles and you are almost always in gliding distance to the home port--a great place for early season cross-country.

Camping on the field is available.

Contact me at to get on the reservation list. The fee for attendance will continue to be at least one T-shirt per pilot so let me know the sizes and the number of T-shirts you would like.

Thanks to everyone who attended last year's event and we look forward to seeing you again.

Captain Zap and the Downed Duckling await.

Bob Hurni (190)

Association Goals

The Association is formed for the purpose of stimulating interest in, and promoting the sport of soaring in the Schweizer 1-26 sailplane; to establish standards for competition in the 1-26; to establish categories for record flights made in the 1-26; to disseminate information relating to the 1-26 and flights made in the 1-26, and to give recognition to its membership for accomplishments related to soaring in the 1-26.

The Association's goal is to foster the helpfulness, the camaraderie, and the opportunity for head-to-head competition that is found in One Design groups in sailing. It is an organization of people who share the common ideal that soaring should be fun, not frantic - people who include pilots, families, crews and others who are interested. Membership is open to everyone. Owning a 1-26 or being a pilot is not required.

The Association has evolved a whole range of challenges and rewards to fit the ambitions of pilots at all levels of experience and skill. It has, for example, special recognition for those who complete FAI badge legs in a 1-26 with a very special Roll Of Honor for those who complete all three Diamonds in a 1-26.

The Sweepstakes is an all-year X-C competition that lets you fly at the time and place of your choosing against pilots of comparable experience levels. It provides an opportunity to pit your skills against the best in your division - on your own home turf.

The Association maintains and publishes Regional (including Canada) 1-26 records which, are essentially the same as the SSA State Records. Categories and classes include speed triangles, distance tasks, absolute altitude and altitude gained for each class (Open, Senior, Feminine and Junior).

A multitude of local, regional and other trophies and awards are available to honor the best accomplishments of all our"achievers". The longest straight-line flight of the year is especially honored with the H. Marshall Claybourn Memorial Award.

The 1-26 Championships is the high point of the year for many pilots. Open to any 1-26 pilot in the world, the winner is indeed the 1-26 World Champion. Since team flying is encouraged, the highest scoring team is designated Champion Team. Numerous local and regional competitions throughout the year give pilots and crews a chance to break into competition in a low-key environment before going for The Big One .

Soaring is exciting, it's relaxing, it's challenging, and it's fun - we know the 1-26 is the most fun. We'd like to have you join the 1-26 Association. Annual dues for individuals are $15.00 and family members at the same address are $5.00 each. For informationon joining the 1-26 Association, click on the information listed below, or contact the Secretary / Treasurer.


"One can never consent to creep when one feels an impulse to soar."
Helen Keller

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