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.
Letter From Bill Schweizer March 26, 2016 by Wick Wilkinson
I was shocked to see a letter from Bill Schweizer in my mailbox. It is two pages and speaks to how happy he is to see the 1-26 design still flourishing, how that when he receives his 1-26 newsletter it makes him think of his brother Paul and a brief history on how the 1-26 came to be. An attached sticky note, says that this is "my tribute to brother Paul A".
Members Discount on Mountain High Equipment March 16, 2015 by Wick Wilkinson
I've arranged for a 10% discount on Mountain High systems. All a member needs to do is call Mountain High and identify themselves as a member of the 1-26 Association to receive the discount.
2015 1-26 Eagle Rendezvous. March 14, 2015 by Bob Hurni
As always set your calendar for the weekend after Mother's Day. Soaring begins on Thursday, May 14th, and lasts through Sunday, the 17th. There is always plenty of room in Aguila for you and your glider. As always we promise great weather and blame someone else if it is not so good. Potentially, this is the time of year for some of the greatest soaring weather of the season for Southern and Central Arizona. Cool nights and warm to very warm days along with the dry weather means very long soaring days. 5-hour flights starting early afternoon are the norm. Most flights are terminated earlier to avoid the possibility of an empty beer cooler after tying down for the day.
ost attendees will be staying at the Best Western in downtown Wickenburg. Walking distance to several restaurants plus the best Museum of the West in Arizona. Check out the museum's diorama of the WWII glider training facility at Forepaugh, AZ. Or, if you land at Forepaugh, check out this hangar.
Passing of Joan Vickland March 6, 2015 by Dan Ernst
It is with great regret that I inform you of the passing on Tuesday, February 24 of Joan Vickland, co-owner of 1-26 #238, life-time crew and wife of Bill Vickland. Joan, which she pronounced as Joanne, began glider training in 1964 along with husband Bill. She had soloed and had more than 60 flights in 238, which was more than Bill had flown up to that point. She was there for Bill for most of more than 260 off-field land outs over the next 40 years, as well as most of the successful round-trip cross-country flights.
Joan considered herself to be a full member of the 1-26 Association and was very vocal in protecting the traditions of the Association. She loved the 1-26 Association and its members. She considered friends that she saw only once every year at the 1-26 Championships to be her closest personal friends. She worked with other wives to make the contests great social events for everyone as well as good contests for the pilots. In concert with Mary DeNaples, Betty Schwartz and Karen Jousma, the four reestablished a series of weekend regattas that the Association had previously conducted but which were discontinued. They wanted to recreate the fun for pilots and crews that the Association had enjoyed in the past.
Joan had a stroke on February 12, went to the hospital for three days, and then returned home for hospice care for another week. Except for restless legs for a couple of days, she rested without pain and suffering. She told Bill that he should not stay around the house all day but should go flying. On the morning of February 24, while holding Billís hand, she just stopped breathing. A Celebration of Life will be held at their home on March 28. She will be interred at Arlington National Cemetery in approximately 6 months. She was 83 years old.
Dick Hutchinson's Passing March 6, 2015 by Dennis Hutchinson
It is with deep regret that I must inform you of Dick Hutchinson's passing on December 19, 2014. He had been suffering from bladder and lung cancer for about the last year. He was surrounded by 13 family members and friends as he passed into the presence of Christ. He will be deeply missed by his family and friends, a truly humble and caring man. He was a 54 year member of the Central Indiana Soaring Society, where his service had a tremendous impact on the growth of the club. He had a large family, and 2 of his sons are also glider pilots. Please inform your membership of this sad news.
2014 Hangman Trophy February 21, 2015 by Wayne Walker
It is my distinct pleasure to announce the winner of the Coveted Longest single flight in a 1-26 for 2014 based on the 1-26 Sweepstakes scoring system to:
Ron Schwartz for his flight of 412.99 miles on April 9th, 2014 is hereby awarded the Hangman Trophy for his persistence in accomplishing the flight. The award of a custom Glass etching will be made at the 1-26 Championships in Minden, NV.
It looks to be two out & returns starting about 5 mi north of Blairstown, the ridge at Fairview Lake, then Pillow and going to Mifflin City Airport, and then back to McConnellsburg, Fairview Lake and then finishing near the same start line, and Blairstown Apt..
It took just under 9 hours on a great day with both ridge lift & thermals that were not expected this time of year on the course.
Secretary / Treasurer
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 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
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."