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1-26 News You Can Use.
March 2014 OLC
April 4, 2014 by Bob Spielman

1-26 MARCH 2014 ONLINE CONTEST

Things are picking up. There were 12 1-26 flights on the Online Contest for March which put the 1-26 Association in 8th place of 111 clubs in the USA reporting! Keep it up.

  1. BOB SPIELMAN (hey, that's me) flew 368.94km/229.25sm in a wave flight from Air Sailing on March 29th. The average speed was 103.25kph/64mph.
  2. LANE DECKER with 127.87km/79.45sm from Warner Springs on 3/23.
  3. KEN EKMAN with 127.63km/79.31sm from Estrella on 3/23. How close is that - .24km less than Lane.
  4. GEORGE POWELL who had 125.29km/77.85sm from Warner Springs on 3/23. That's very close too and all 3 on the same day.
  5. PAUL LEAL flew 118.69km/73.75sm from Blairstown on March 24th.

Congratulations to all.

Bob Spielman

Ridge Moreland, VP East at Sun and Fun
April 3, 2014 by Ridge Moreland

1-26s! Doing my volunteer stint today at Sun N Fun for the SSA. I wore my 1-26 shirt, plus handed out some 1-26 specific info (a 2 pg flyer I made at home last night) to those who inquired about soaring costs. Just spreading the good word about our beloved sailplane.

Ridge Moreland
V.P. East, 1-26 Association



2014 1-26 Championships
March 13, 2014 by Wick Wilkinson

Hi everybody

What was once a limited field of competitors in the upcoming 1-26 Championships at Caesar Creek in June has become less so. We currently have 24 contestants signed up with room for at least six more. In fact, even the new proposed limit of 30 may not be the "real" number.

So, if you can plan on making it, please sign up. What we really want are new pilots to competition in the mix. Especially, juniors. A real plus is the availability to get your entry fees paid for by the SSA if you meet the qualifications. Prior application for the sponsorship monies is a must. This opportunity lends itself to team participation of a young up and coming 1-26 cross country pilot with his or her mentor sharing crewing and flying duties during the event.

We hope that all you 1-26r's will mention this to the others at the club or glider operation where you fly. Get that 1-26 trailer ready for travel, practice up, and let's have fun flying together this June. Details are on our website with links to Caesar Creek's website.

Thanks,

Wick Wilkinson
President, 1-26 Association

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.




Sundance

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

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