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WARNING: 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.
Bob von Hellens, Final Glide
November 29, 2016

Bob von Hellens
Dear Friends,

My sweetheart, Robert (Bob) von Hellens, passed away on November 27, 2016. According to his wishes, an inurnment service will be held in late spring at Arlington National Cemetery in Arlington, Virginia. A Celebration of Life in his honor is planned for late January at his home in Phoenix. Further information will be forthcoming.

Bob loved his flying and the competitions and I was fortunate to crew for him when he won the 2015 Championship. But, most of all, he valued the 1-26er friendships he maintained over the years.

(Nancy Sharrett)

1-26 Association Annual Election for the year 2017
November 18, 2016

The polls are now open for the 1-26 Association Annual Election for the year 2017. 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, 2016. Cast your votes now.

Bylaws Amendment Proposal
October 29, 2016

A proposed amendment to the 1-26 Association Bylaws will be on this year's Annual Ballot. As required in the Bylaws, this proposal is being disseminated in the same manner as the Newsletter for Member's consideration prior to the election.

Proposal for 2016 Election

Change Article XII- Association Trusts, as follows:

  • Remove Article XII B. Marion C. Cruce Memorial Fund 1. 2.
  • Amendment to the Bylaws of the 1-26 Association:
    • Change Article XII- Association Trusts, as follows:
      • Remove Article XII B. Marion C. Cruce Memorial Fund 1. 2.
        Reason: The Marion C. Cruce Memorial Fund will be transfered to the new 501C3 tax deductible 1-26 Foundation. There, the membership and other parties can take full tax advantage of their donations to expand the awards and scholarship programs of the 1-26 Association. The current value of the fund is $6,421

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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