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1-26 News You Can Use.
November 2014 OLC
December 21, 2014 by Bob Spielman


November was a slim month for 1-26 flights on the OLC. There were only 4 flights in November. Even so the 1-26 Association was the #5 club in the whole USA. So everyone's flight that was entered in the OLC won a top 5 spot.

  1. RON SCHWARTZ flew 207.15sm (333.37km) out of Blairstown at a speed of 69.75kph.
  2. PHIL WEBER flew 111.26sm (179.05km) also out of Blairstown.
  3. STEPHEN LAYTON with an 8.5sm (13.68km) flight out of Industrial. The 4th place flight was another by Stephen

That's it for November. Sorry this is so late. But it's a good chance to wish all 1-26ers a MERRY CHRRISTMAS AND A HAPPY NEW YEAR. Good luck at the Champs in Minden, NV this year.

Bob Spielman
SN555 & SN525

2015 1-26 Association Executive Board Election Results
December 12, 2014 by Wayne Walker

Here are the results of the election from our web site and the 5 mail votes Ive received.

As you can see weve had a very good turnout of voters, probably the best in several years, thank you all for voting.

Congratulations to the winners! All new officers will start January 1, 2015.


Wayne Walker
Secretary / Treasurer

1-26 Association Election Results

Office Candidate Online Mail-In Total
President: Wick Wilkinson 50 5 55
Sec/Treas: Wayne Walker 49 5 54
VP East: Ridge Moreland 22 2 24
VP Central: Tony Condon 12 1 13
(write in) Kathy Williams 1 0 1
VP West - Gary Swift 15 2 17

Les Schweizer's E Model Wings
December 12, 2014 by Wick Wilkinson

Here's an interesting photo of Les Schweizer's E model wings on the original production wing jigs!

Wick Wilkinson

Wing Cleaning
December 6, 2014by Steve Vihlen

Hi, Wick wanted me to pass these along to have posted on the website. This week Jimbob Slocum and I hung 142 and 401s wings in his hangar and blew them out with compressed air. It worked great. No more rattling when rotating them around.

Steve Vihlen

1-26 Disk Brakes, Shoulder Harness Kits
October 13, 2014 by Bill Vickland

K&L Soaring has completed design of kits to install disk brakes in all models of the 1-26. If you have ever had to adjust your brake band or had you brake fail on landing you will know the value of installing this kit on your glider. Not only do you rid yourself of the clutsey adjustment procedure, you will also significantly reduce the wear on your tire and improve the safety in landing. You will be able to come to a rapid stop without smoking yourself in the cockpit with burnt rubber. Cross-country pilots who regularly land out, especially, should make this modification.

I am also certain that this modification will increase the value of your glider and therefore its installation is actually an investment in your safety, convenience and the value of your glider.

K&L has also created a kit to modify the shoulder harness which moves the harness cluster right behind the pilots neck, which is especially desirable for tall pilots whose seat back is close to the spar carry-thru.

Click here for descriptions of each package. The information is also posted on the K&L web site and they are ready to accept orders. I am buying #1. Contact K&L Soaring

Bill Vickland

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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