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1-26 News You Can Use.
1000km in a 1-26
May 9, 2016 by Daniel Sazhin


If you look at the OLC archive for '09 under my name, you may find something interesting. Six years ago I tried to claim my best soaring flight to date, a 3.5 hour local flight, the first time I had stayed up for a notable amount of time. On my desktop, I had Ron Schwartz's epic ridge flight from '09, which I had looked at a million times over. Well I accidentally claimed that flight log when I tried to upload my flight and I didn't realize that I had until I had stumbled onto the '09 page, by which time I couldn't delete it. Certainly OLC didn't give me any points, but nonetheless I apologized to Schwartz for the mishap. He thought it was a riot!

The particular flight by Mr.Schwartz was a 1000km attempt in a 1-26 and he came very close to actually doing it. I viewed it with awe and sort of believed that this flight was beyond feasibility, particularly for me. As much as I enjoyed flying the 1-26, I expected to get a Silver in it and then I'd hit a brick wall and move up to higher performance. But I kept flying the fun little bird, it kept working and little by little the badges started to drop away and big ridge flights became feasible for me. Mr. Schwartz kept making epic flights and I kept learning and dissecting all the bits and pieces.

Finally there came a point when I tried to figure out the best way to do the 1000km flight. The big challenge from Blairstown is that we hit a "brick wall" only 60 miles from the start. Having looked at Ron's flights, I realized that this was the bottleneck that needed to be resolved. We just could not afford to get stuck there for two years in the morning and expect to make enough miles later in the day. The first solution was to make a big lap on Blue Mountain and then put the third turnpoint farther South. This was a much better solution, but nonetheless it is still a very challenging task. Blue Mountain early in the morning is no cakewalk and having to go 50 miles SW of the Potomac River is tricky too. Later I started looking at other options, from Julian and Mifflin, PA. While Knauff's place is a wonderful site for most records, Altoona and Bedford gaps were too tricky to traverse early in the day, so that ruled out Bald Eagle Mountain. The "back route" through Tussey still required jumping over the "Wall", which is easy in high performance, but not something to take for granted in a 1-26. Lastly, the prospect of driving along the Knobblies with 20-1 was not exciting for me, so back to square one.


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.

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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