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1-26 News You Can Use.
2016 1-26 Association Executive Board Election
November 14, 2015

The polls are now open for the election of the 2016 1-26 Association Executive Board. Members can cast their vote online by logging into the Members Only section or a hard copy is available in the current issue of the Newsletter that can be mailed to the Secretary/Treasurer.

Polls close at midnight, December 10, 2015. Cast your votes now.

The 2016 Championships
November 11, 2015by Wick Wilkinson

Hi everyone,

The 2016 1-26 Championships will return to Moriarty N.M. this upcoming summer. The first practice day is Tuesday, June 28th. The first competition day is Thursday June 30th. Competition will last for eight days and the awards breakfast will be Friday, July 8th. This is essentially the same footprint as this year's Minden event and the previous Moriarty Championship several years ago.

This information was initially distributed in the October Soaring magazine in our half page advertisement on page 29. This was the issue that contains Gary Swift's spectacular 8 page report on the recent Championship at Minden. Another half page ad will run in the December issue of Soaring. The dates will be repeated and another request made for interested clubs to inquire about sponsoring the 2017 1-26 Championships. The Association has actively pursued a goal of staying at least two years out in planning the location of our Championship. If you are a member of a club that might sponsor the 2017 event, please contact your division VP, or, the President for more details and information. This is a national search for our 2017 site. All offers for sponsorship of the event will be considered.

The registration on the SSA website should be available in approximately two weeks. A link will be available on our website to the competition website soon.

Wick Wilkinson
President, 1-26 Association

Daniel Sazhin completes all three Diamonds in a 1-26
October 11, 2015

Gorham report October 11

Rick Roelke writes:

"Hard to find the right words for today, as all the superlatives seem to fall short. It turned out to be one of the best, if not the best day of all the encampments I have been involved in. Our first launch was a 1-26 with Daniel Sazhin at the "wheel". Daniel had already completed his diamond distance and diamond goal in his 1-26, and today completed his diamond climb, and was just short of a single Lennie."


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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