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1-26 News You Can Use.
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

September 2014 OLC
October 7, 2014 by Bob Spielman


The OLC 2014 year ended September 22nd and 2015 began September 23rd. The 1-26 Association ended up in 15th place for 2014 out of a total of 172 clubs in the USA. That's terrific!

Things were slowing down as expected, as we had 19 flights in September.

September results show

      GARRY DICKSON with a terrific flight out of Inyokern, going 373.95sm (601.81km). Wow!
      KEVIN FORD who flew 171.04sm (275.26km) from Piatt County!
      JAMES HARD flying 135.18sm (217.55km) out of Stanton MN!
      DANIEL SAZHIN with a 132.89sm (213.86km) flight from Blairstown.!

Bob Spielman
SN 525

Historic Photo
September 29, 2014 by Gary Swift

Gary Rob and 555 Today, former Western Division VP Rob Stone and I (in the photo) helped another former Western Division VP, and fellow Nevada Soaring Association member, Bob Spielman, to disassemble his E-model #555, and load her onto the trailer.

Bob's plan is to strip off the old oxidized paint, and get her repainted in a fresh white coat. Rob suggested getting "creative" and adding something like FLAMES for some real color. We'll see...

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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