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The Caesar Creek Soaring Club

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Practice Days: Monday and Tuesday, May 21 and 22

Contest: Wednesday May 23 through Wednesday May 30

Awards Brunch: Thursday May 31, 11 AM

Entry Fee: $350 (includes Awards Brunch and one contest Tshirt)

Tows to 2000 AGL, $50

On-Site Camping: $5 per night, $10 per night with electric, trailer rental (if available) $25 per night

Contest Manager: Steve Statkus, #13 Sleepy Hollow Lane, Cincinnati, OH 45244




1-26 Championships 2018
Caesar Creek, OH, 23.05.2018 - 30.05.2018
1-26 Class
# Pts CN Pilot 23.05 24.05 25.05 27.05 28.05
1 4910 401 Jimbob Slocum 8 (972) 1 (1000) 1 (1000) 2 (986) 3 (952)
2 4532 308 Daniel Sazhin 14 (872) 4 (954) 13 (706) 1 (1000) 1 (1000)
3 4271 039 Jeff Daye 1 (1000) 3 (981) 5 (919) 3 (903) 4 (468)
4 3775 264 Tom Barkow 11 (953) 10 (800) 8 (844) 4 (895) 8 (283)
5 3768 680 Team: Angelou & Schwartz 10 (956) 14 (143) 10 (793) 5 (879) 2 (997)
6 3578 216 Curt Lewis 2 (998) 2 (988) 3 (929) 6 (579) 11 (84)
7 3547 267 Steve Vihlen 3 (991) 5 (915) 2 (986) 10 (396) 9 (259)
8 3334 392 Cathy Williams 5 (976) 7 (861) 6 (913) 12 (257) 6 (327)
9 3279 008 Team: Johnson & Leal 6 (975) 6 (907) 7 (878) 14 (67) 5 (452)
10 3203 238 Bill Vickland 13 (942) 9 (811) 3 (929) 8 (521) 12 (0)
11 2772 686 Team: Grellet-Aumont & du Plessis 16 (621) 11 (755) 12 (713) 11 (370) 7 (313)
12 2708 190 Bob Hurni 6 (975) 8 (846) 11 (787) 13 (100) 12 (0)
13 2334 575 Milt Moos 4 (986) 16 (0) 9 (803) 7 (545) 12 (0)
14 1878 053 Neal Palmquist 12 (946) 13 (309) 14 (405) 16 (0) 10 (218)
15 1764 057 Cal Tax 9 (963) 12 (493) 15 (242) 15 (66) 12 (0)
16 794 316 Dan Ernst 15 (794) 16 (0) 17 (0) 16 (0) 12 (0)
17 647 242 Team: CCSC 17 (532) 15 (115) 17 (0) 16 (0) 12 (0)
18 606 482 Wick Wilkinson 19 (147) 16 (0) 17 (0) 9 (459) 12 (0)
19 508 398 Lawrence Williams 18 (267) 16 (0) 16 (241) 16 (0) 12 (0)

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5-21-18 1-26 Championship, Practice Day 1
Caesar Creek Soaring Club, Waynesville, Ohio, 5375 Elbon Rd., Waynesville, OH 45068

The first informal pilot's meeting was held this morning at 10 am. Many of the contestants were there and Steve Stakus, Contest Manager, went over the methods to upload flight data and field launch procedures. There will be a safety brief tomorrow morning as well as a catered dinner. Steve introduced an after dinner game that has been proven to be a big hit with the Caesar Creek Youth Education Week, Simulated Carrier Landing Contest. Although no contestants present had ever landed on a carrier, Steve assured us that by the end of the contest we would all be able to land safely at night in a thunderstorm.

Dan Reagan gave the weather report. He uses several computer programs to analyze the weather and showed us the most optimistic one. South winds at Noon 4-4.5 kts to 3-4 pm. At the boundary layer of 4500-5000' 8-10 kt winds were predicted around 1:30 pm. Rising to 14 kts at 3-4 pm. Condition were predicted to die at 4:30 pm with thunderstorms in the forecast.

Larry Kirkbride reviewed the regional conditions with information on the new power line across Guard Rd. just to the right if you are taking off to the east.

The Wilmington ILN Soaring Forecast predicted 0 thermal index trigger temperature to be at 3 pm. So, most contestants took they time assembling and about a dozen flew in the afternoon. Jim Bob, reported that the thermals were unpredictable. There was a nice gaggle to the north of the glider port around 5 pm of three 1-26s; so the shutdown never occurred. The gaggle was at about 2500-3000 AGL. It was a typical spring day, with plenty of solar heating, strong thermals low to the ground around 1500' AGL but you needed to stumble into them just at the right time to climb back up to cloud base at 3000-3500' AGL. Yesterday the conditions were very similar but the Wilmington forecast was for -2.5 thermal index at 3000' AGL.

We gathered at the local pub for dinner around 6:30 pm. I sat next to some more of the Blairstown, NY club members Pierre-Alban Grellet-Aumont and his team. Last night I had dinner with Cal Tax and Jonathan, his crew. Pierre trailered his 1-26 here with his Tesla like he did last year to Texas. Pierre enjoyed towing the glider with his Tesla. Passers by would slow down after they had passed to check him out again. He would raise his hands and show them that he wasn't driving! His crew showed me on his smart phone photo, that he was using the "Chill" mode. Versus the "Insane" mode that will take the car from 0-100 in 2.5 sec.

Next to me on the other side was Daniel Sazhin, "The Kid." He's the Contest Director for the next Championships in Moriarty, New Mexico. Daniel was explaining some ideas he had to change the scoring to lessen the penalty pilots have if they choose to venture out and have a greater chance of landing out. Currently the rules favor making the task.

shared the artwork I did for the contest logo and T-shirt. I wanted to show all the great graphic designs on the 1-26s throughout the years. I put the A model at the bottom of the thermal and the E model at the top of the thermal. I was corrected by the crowd that it was normally just the opposite!

So in conclusion of the first practice day most in attendance's goal was to not landout. Another goal was to beat Ronald Schwartz any day. We are all worried about Ron, we saw him from our vantage point at the restaurant, arrive. Seems something might have happened to his rudder on the tow here. Everyone at the table would give Ron his rudder, if needed, for him to fly. They told me Ron has flown over 250 hours in some years in his 1-26. "It feels like an old pair of slippers," Ron says.

Thanks for your interest in the 1-26 Championships and please call or send your comments and photos to Chuck Lohre, 513-260-9025, chuck@lohre.com.




5-22-18 1-26 Championship, Practice Day 2
Caesar Creek Soaring Club, Waynesville, Ohio, 5375 Elbon Rd., Waynesville, OH 45068

The weather didn't look good at breakfast. Very low clouds and the type that look like they are only to get worst and it's going to rain all day.

he pilot's meeting started at 10 am and Dan Reagan the weatherman was much more optimistic about it being a soarable day. Yesterday the Wilmington ILN Soaring Forecast was 0. Today it was -1.5. Sunday was -2.5. Each day I had three hour flights, so things were looking up.

There were some discussions about rope break fields near Caesar Creek Soaring Club for the 1-26 Championships. An excellent map had been prepared outlining the landable fields with in two miles.

he contestants gridded at 12:30 pm and waited for the contest task, but the ceiling lowered and thunderstorms were spotted on the radar. It was decided to cancel the day.

As usual at any contest, the contestants spent the free time getting their ships in shape. The little things you always wanted to do and now is the time to do them. Daniel Sazhin helped Steven Vihlen seal his 1-26. Daniel says a poor cockpit seal, which is right at the lowest pressure of the wing, can penalize you 1.5 points L/D. Unfortunately the weather cleared up later in the day only to look like showers the next minute.

I caught Pierre-Alban Greliet-Aumont on camera while he was working on the radio in his 1-26 "686." He apologized for not wearing his 1-26 cap. On the reverse it's a Discus hat. He says, "It's like having two girlfriends with all the problems that brings."

The devil must be getting married since we're in sunshine and it's raining. Time for dinner at the 1-26 Championships.

The safety meeting after dinner gave us a count for the contest, 23 1-26ers and one Vintage, yours truly in his ASW 15. So sad the only way I can win a contest is if no one else shows up. Steve says I'll have a nice set of coffee mugs. There's still time guys and gals!

Steve's Carrier Contest is going to be a big hit once we have had a few adult beverages after the first day of the 1-26 Championships. Check out the video on Facebook. Steve created this game for the CCSC Youth Education Week. The launcher stands on top of a ladder with an aircraft hanging from a zip line string on whose end is held by the "Pilot" on the far side of a carrier complete with arresting wires. The aim is to land the aircraft on the carrier. It sounds easy but gets harder as you blindfold the pilot and even start spraying water in their face.

Thanks for your interest in the 1-26 Championships and please call or send your comments and photos to Chuck Lohre, 513-260-9025, chuck@lohre.com.




1-26 Championships 2018
Caesar Creek, OH, 23.05.2018 - 30.05.2018
Day 1, 23.05.2018, Final results
Modified Assigned Task
70Start N - 52Firth - 25Lebanon - 62Hagemeyer - 10Clinton Co. - 01CCSC
Task length: 51.1mi/69.6mi (57.3mi)
Number of Finishers = 12, Number Achieving Credited Distance on Task = 19, Number Achieving Distance Greater than Minimum for Contest Day = 15, MTT = 2 h, MTD = 33 ml, Valid Contest Day
# CN Pilot Start Finish Time Speed Dist. Points Pen.
1. 039 Jeff Daye 15:32:33 16:57:38 01:25:05 20.0mph 39.9ml 1000
2. 216 Curt Lewis 15:13:41 16:56:14 01:42:33 19.9mph 39.8ml 998
3. 267 Steve Vihlen 15:09:01 16:52:28 01:43:27 19.7mph 39.4ml 991
4. 575 Milt Moos 15:01:40 16:54:55 01:53:15 19.5mph 39.0ml 986
5. 392 Cathy Williams 15:15:10 16:52:59 01:37:49 19.2mph 38.4ml 976
6. 190 Bob Hurni 15:53:20 17:42:07 01:48:47 19.2mph 38.4ml 975
6. 008 Team: Johnson & Leal 15:09:11 16:41:44 01:32:33 19.2mph 38.3ml 975
8. 401 Jimbob Slocum 15:13:34 16:46:26 01:32:52 19.1mph 38.2ml 972
9. 057 Cal Tax 15:02:21 16:42:36 01:40:15 18.8mph 37.6ml 963
10. 680 Team: Angelou & Schwartz 15:14:46 16:36:02 01:21:16 18.6mph 37.1ml 956
11. 264 Tom Barkow 15:05:25 16:34:58 01:29:33 18.5mph 36.9ml 953
12. 053 Neal Palmquist 15:11:49 16:38:09 01:26:20 18.4mph 36.9ml 946 6
13. 238 Bill Vickland 15:13:57 46.5ml 942
14. 308 Daniel Sazhin 15:08:58 36.9ml 872
15. 316 Dan Ernst 15:09:46 36.3ml 794 63
16. 686 Team: Grellet-Aumont & du Plessis 15:01:06 27.5ml 621 28
17. 242 Team: CCSC 15:02:09 22.6ml 532
18. 398 Lawrence Williams 15:09:19 11.3ml 267
19. 482 Wick Wilkinson 15:54:05 6.2ml 147
039 - 52,25,62
216 - 52,25,62
267 - 52,25,62
575 - 52,25,62
392 - 52,25,62
190 - 52,25,62
008 - 52,15,62
401 - 52,25,62
057 - 52,25,62
680 - 52,25,62
264 - 52,25,62
053 - 52,25,62 Missed TP 62 by 0.138 miles
238 - 52,25,62,10-->01
308 - 52,25,62-->10
316 - 52,25,62-->01 Missed start by 0.31 miles, missed TP 62 by 0.022 miles
686 - 52,25-->62, Missed start by 0.141 miles
242 - 52-->25
398 - 52-->25
482 - -->52

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5-23-18 1-26 Championship, Day 1
Caesar Creek Soaring Club, Waynesville, Ohio, 5375 Elbon Rd., Waynesville, OH 45068

Day 1, It's a Blue, Blue, Blue Christmas in May

The pilot's meeting started at 10 am and Dan Reagan the weatherman was very optimistic about it being a good soarable day. The Wilmington ILN Soaring Forecast was -1.5. The task was kept close to the field because it most likely was going to be a blue day. South about 15 miles to Firth, northwest 14 miles to Lebanon, 11 miles east to Hagemeyer and then the optional 12 miles east to Clinton. After that, you could go to any other turnpoints for the 2-hour task.

The contestants gridded at 12:30 pm and I went around the grid getting short introductory videos from the contestants.

My name's Larry Williams. I'm from northern Kentucky just over the river from Cincinnati so I'm kind of a hometown guy here. My airplane was built in 1974 by a tech school in Buffalo, New York. As soon as they finished it, they sold it to the Montreal Soaring Club and it was in Canada for most of its life. That's why I've got Canadian registration and this insignia on front, that's their club logo. A fellow bought it from them and brought it to New York and did all the paperwork to get it registered in the United States and disappeared. The club that he had it stored in finally was able to contact him. He was in a nursing home and they said you owe us back money for all the 13 years of storage in our hangar. So they made a deal. The guy said, "I'll sign the title over to you," and the club said, "Okay, we'll give you five free rides every year if you want to do that." And the club had no use for it so they put it up for sale and I went and bought it. That was three years ago.

I'm Cathy Williams. The ship is 392 and I'm from Mid Atlantic Soaring Association, which is in southern Pennsylvania, just near Gettysburg. 392 was built in the early '70s, maybe even '69. It was built for the Schweizer Soaring School and it belonged to a man named Dick Dibble, and then I bought it from him in '05. And I've had it ever since. Had it repainted about 10 years ago.

Hi, my name's Dan Ernst. I'm from Alexandria, Virginia. My number is 316. It's a B model built in 1965, and hoping to have a good time here. Been enjoying it so far. This is my first contest so I'm glad it's good conditions for that, I think.

I'm Pierre Pierre-Alban Grellet-Aumont. My ship number 686. Beautiful. Polished. But need a good polished but it looks polished on picture I'm sure. Model E. One of the latest ones and I bought it from a gentleman in Texas. Drove it New York, drove it back to Texas last year for TSA. And I'm back here in Ohio with this beautiful glider trying to compete for the first time in the 1-26 Championship.

Hi, I'm Jonathon Leal. I'm flying team with Gus Johnson. It's his glider 008, and we're out here with a wonderful group of pilots and it's very competitive. I'm Gus Johnson, we've been flying 008. It was a club glider in our home club, Aeroclub Albatross for quite a number of years, and then the club decided that it needed to get refurbished and they just wanted to get rid of it. I bought it from the club, and did some work on it, and brought it back to competition shape. This is serial number eight, possibly the first of the A models. It was kit built by Philadelphia Glider Council. It was registered in 1953, first flown in 1955.

Hi. I'm Ron Schwartz from Blairstown, New Jersey. I've been flying out of there about 40 years. This is a brand new ship to me. Just got it a couple months ago, and I'm pretty happy with it, but it's been taking me a long time to get ready for her. So, glad to be here, always.

I'm Daniel Sazhin. I'm from Brooklyn, New York, though I fly out of Blairstown. This 308, it's Bill McKenzie's bird. He was gracious enough to let me fly it and I think we'll have a pretty good day today.

Hi, I'm Jeff Day from North Carolina. I fly a 126 A model, serial number 039. I'm the third owner. The kit was purchased in 1954 and finished in 1959 by Nathan Frank. It was then sold to an Allegheny Airlines captain and he completely rebuilt it from the frame out. Had a guy from the Schweizer factory come over and paint it, and when he got it finished, he flew it once for a couple hours and put it in the hangar, and unfortunately passed away soon after that. It sat on the trailer in the garage for 20 years until I bought it in '91, so I've had it since then.

Rolf Hegele. I'm from Caesar Creek Soaring Club, and I'm flying Steve Statkus' 1-26, number 242. It's a fun ship to try and fly very well, very responsive and I'm gonna give it a try.

Hey everybody, this is Curt Lewis from Rockford, Illinois flying a 1-26B, number 216. I've had it for quite a few years and I love competing in this class. All the guys are just fantastic. It's like a big family. I'm really looking forward to this first contest today. Number one on the grid. Should be good. They're launching the first ship. If he can stay up, then they'll launch the rest of them.

Hi I'm Val Slocum and this is my husband Jim. I go by Jim Bob while we race. We've restored this airplane completely. It's the current defending champion airplane. We're from Moscow, Tennessee, 40 miles east of Memphis. I expect weak conditions, which I really excel at, but I think we'll get through the course, which is going to be a challenging one. I hope to go kind of deep into the course as I usually do.

I'm Milt Moos and my wife, Joan, my sterling crew. We're from western Ohio, an hour and 45 minutes from here. This is my ship 575 and we hope to get around the course today. If not win anything, just get around.

Hi. My name is Steve Vihlen. I live about 30 miles south of Atlanta. I'm here today, or this week, with our 1-26 B Model, number 267. It's our family glider. Several of my boys fly it and I do as well. We've had a lot of fun with it and have had it since 2012. We're looking forward to this week of soaring and hopefully we'll have good conditions and have a lot of fun together.

I'm Wick Wilkinson. I'm president of the 1-26 Association flying my second contest. Been to many, but this the second one I've flown. I'm from Memphis, Tennessee area, ex-FedEx pilot. This is now my new somewhat jet looking device and looking forward to flying all week here.

I'm Bob Hurni from Phoenix, Arizona. Originally, I'm an Ohio State Buckeye. Was born across the line as a Hoosier. Anyway, got into flying because of family. Started flying gliders in Arizona. Initial ratings were at Ohio State. This ship is very much a native of this field. The Hollorans had it for years and campaigned it on the competition circuit. Everybody loved the Hollorans and the airplane. It's like old home week for this airplane.

And finally this is Chuck Lohre. I'm from Cincinnati, Ohio, and I'm the contest reporter for the 2018 1-26 championships. I'm flying in a vintage class here with my ASW15, 6V, so looking forward to flying with these great pilots.

Thanks for your interest in the 1-26 Championships and please call or send your comments and photos to Chuck Lohre, 513-260-9025, chuck@lohre.com.




1-26 Championships 2018
Caesar Creek, OH, 23.05.2018 - 30.05.2018
Day 2, 24.05.2018, Final results
Modified Assigned Task
72Start SE - 10Clinton Co. - 50Fry - 65Walmart - 52Firth - 51Flea Mkt - 01CCSC
Task length: 52.6mi/70.1mi (60.4mi)
Number of Finishers = 11, Number Achieving Credited Distance on Task = 15, Number Achieving Distance Greater than Minimum for Contest Day = 12, MTT = 2 h, Valid Contest Day
# CN Pilot Start Finish Time Speed Dist. Points Pen.
1. 401 Jimbob Slocum 14:56:32 17:09:28 02:12:56 24.5mph 54.4ml 1000
2. 216 Curt Lewis 15:04:31 17:10:40 02:06:09 24.1mph 50.8ml 988
3. 039 Jeff Daye 14:56:47 17:10:10 02:13:23 23.9mph 53.1ml 981
4. 308 Daniel Sazhin 14:34:31 16:30:23 01:55:52 23.0mph 46.0ml 954
5. 267 Steve Vihlen 14:44:23 16:33:36 01:49:13 21.7mph 43.4ml 915
6. 008 Team: Johnson & Leal 14:34:24 16:30:21 01:55:57 21.4mph 42.9ml 907
7. 392 Cathy Williams 14:45:50 16:40:17 01:54:27 19.9mph 39.8ml 861
8. 190 Bob Hurni 14:33:08 16:27:34 01:54:26 19.4mph 38.8ml 846
9. 238 Bill Vickland 14:30:28 16:32:57 02:02:29 18.2mph 37.2ml 811
10. 264 Tom Barkow 14:51:31 16:34:17 01:42:46 17.8mph 35.7ml 800
11. 686 Team: Grellet-Aumont & du Plessis 14:35:12 16:01:09 01:25:57 16.3mph 32.7ml 755
12. 057 Cal Tax 14:34:30 35.9ml 493
13. 053 Neal Palmquist 14:25:34 22.4ml 309
14. 680 Team: Angelou & Schwartz 14:28:09 10.4ml 143
15. 242 Team: CCSC 14:35:49 8.4ml 115
16. 316 Dan Ernst 14:27:16 0
16. 482 Wick Wilkinson 14:26:51 0
16. 398 Lawrence Williams 14:25:23 0
DNF. 575 Milt Moos 0
401 - 10,50,64,52
216 - 10,50,65,42
039 - 10,50,65,52
308 - 10,50,65 Start from back
267 - 10,50,65 Start from back
008 - 10,50,65 Start from back
392 - 10,50,65 Start from back
190 - 10,50,65 Start from back
238 - 10,50,65 Start from back
264 - 10,50,65
686 - 10,50,65
057 - 10,50,65-->52
053 - 10,50-->65
680 - -->10
242 - -->10
316 - -->10
482 - -->10
398 - -->10

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5-24-18 1-26 Championship, Day 2
Caesar Creek Soaring Club, Waynesville, Ohio, 5375 Elbon Rd., Waynesville, OH 45068

Day 2, Elvis Has Left The Building

If we complained yesterday was mostly blue, today was really blue! Zero clouds and no haze domes. Zilch, Nada, Nothing. Elvis has left the building.

The pilot's meeting started at 10 am and we got the winning report from the solo pilot, Jeff Daye in 039, "Heading south, you get going, you get going, get going. Got south of the interstate down there and there was absolutely nothing. Not even a mouse fart. So I turned around and came back, and as I'm about two miles south of the field, at 15-16,000 feet AGL, I see the fleet streak overhead headed south above me. Well this is going really well. That's a hell of a great start. So I got over here and messed around a while with got up high again and started again about 3:30. Got down, actually past the first turn point, got a real good thermal that went all the way though, when I was south of there, got a real good thermal, got about half way up to Lebanon, got another one. Saw two gliders to the north as I was heading into Lebanon, they were coming out, and I was able to go in and nick the cylinder there and come back out where they were, and that was still working. That worked real well. Then it was final glide over toward Hagemeyer and I was down again to about 1,100 feet over the ground and couldn't make it back here from that point where I was, and that's where I made my second mistake, I joined Cathy in the thermal and I turned the opposite direction, and that was my mistake, and I've thrown myself on her mercy and begged her forgiveness. She said, "That's okay 'cause I didn't see you anyway." So I climbed up in that one, took a look back out toward the west and said, "Oh hell no." Then went as far as I could into the Hagemeyer Circle and came back.

The team winner report was by Gus Johnson in 008, "I left the cylinder, flew out there. I think I was with Daniel and maybe Kurt I think. We were flying out. We headed out right just after the gate opened we were on top of the thermal. So just flew out there. We kind of spread out. Daniel ended up going a little faster, saw him, I saw Kurt coming up on the side there. We kind of spread out and I don't know who found the thermal first, then we went in there and climbed up, went to the first turn point. Then we were in a thermal close to it, so climbed up, went to the turn point, came back to the thermal, and then climbed up. Headed to Lebanon by the airport there, found another thermal through there, and then I was slow, I took my time going to the last turn point because I thought, "Well if I want to continue I want to be high there. I don't want to just go in and then go in. Then I got there, found another thermal, started messin' around and then Daniel said, "Well you could finish and then go for the turn point." So I'm looking and I'm thinking, "Let me do that first." Then I finished and I went to the fields up here, and then I thought, "There's a rule that says you have to land within 10 minutes after you finish the task". I thought, "How's this work out? I don't know. I'm going to land." So that's what happened, I came back and landed, and I probably would've been in the field somewhere out there. But I still don't know what the rule is." The CD said, "You've been docked 50 points." "Okay. But so anyway it was my decision, that's how it went," Jeff said. The peanut gallery chimed in, "It was a winning decision."

Dan Reagan the weatherman was positive it was a good soarable day. Today is similar to yesterday. The day will start sooner and it will last longer. So, starts earlier, lasts longer but it is totally blue. Everybody agrees on that, that it's really blue. The Wilmington ILN Soaring Forecast was -5.0 at 3000 AGL

The task was kept close to the field because it was going to be a blue day. Start was at Hagemeyer 3 miles to the south, then 10 Clinton about 15 miles away, then Fry at about 14 mile NW, then Walmart at 18 miles SW, then home. But you could go to other turn points if you wanted.

Well, we got a buzzard here trying to save a flight here at Caesar Creek. He's not having a good time of it. It wouldn't be a baby, I don't think. It's too early in the year for a baby, but I've found that buzzards and birds of prey, are very instinctual in their soaring capabilities. I raised a hawk and it never had been released, and the first time I let it go it just locked its wings and circled. He raised 50 feet then proceeded to glide into a tree and crash into the limbs. So, they can thermal as an instinct but they've got to learn to land.

The contestants gridded at 12:30 pm and I went around the grid getting short introductory videos from the contestants and other participants.

Hi. My name's Jim Angelou. First time flying 680, second time at Caesar's Creek. A phenomenal place to fly. Formerly of New Jersey. I've got a bunch of 1-26 time, owned a couple of them over the years. Now residing in North Carolina, and have been graciously asked to team fly with Ron Schwartz, and looking for a good time here.

Tom Barko here from Dallas, Texas. I've been flying down there for about 30 years, and been flying the 1-26 most of that time. I also fly higher performance Mosquito Plastic Ship, and been to a number of contests out west, out east, and this is the first time we've been here at Caesar Creek. It's a beautiful area, just wonderful.

Hi I'm Neal Palmquist, I'm out of Dallas, Texas, Duncanville area. My ship, bought it out of Hobbs about 1989, rebuilt it completely about 25 years ago, and it's almost due for yet another spruce up.

At 2:00 there were three girls and a boy left to launch. We'll be in the air in probably a few minutes. Probably get the gate to open probably at about 2:30.

Our excellent ground crew included Chris Uhl, Jim, Dudley, Mark Miller, and the new guy we're training, Bill Hall. Also one of the historically important members of the Caesar Creek Soaring Club's sons, Manfred Mauer.

Thanks for your interest in the 1-26 Championships and please call or send your comments and photos to Chuck Lohre, 513-260-9025, chuck@lohre.com.




1-26 Championships 2018
Caesar Creek, OH, 23.05.2018 - 30.05.2018
Day 3, 25.05.2018, Final results
Turn Area Task
71Start SW - 30Merts - 15Fayette Co - 50Fry - 01CCSC
Task length: 44.6mi/117.8mi (77.6mi)
Number of Finishers = 12, Number Achieving Credited Distance on Task = 16, Number Achieving Distance Greater than Minimum for Contest Day = 16, MTT = 3 h, Valid Contest Day
# CN Pilot Start Finish Time Speed Dist. Points Pen.
1. 401 Jimbob Slocum 14:10:19 17:32:04 03:21:45 33.3mph 111.8ml 1000
2. 267 Steve Vihlen 14:15:49 17:42:29 03:26:40 32.7mph 112.5ml 986
3. 238 Bill Vickland 13:56:26 17:22:20 03:25:54 30.1mph 103.4ml 929
3. 216 Curt Lewis 13:59:01 17:19:30 03:20:29 30.1mph 100.6ml 929
5. 039 Jeff Daye 14:01:43 17:04:18 03:02:35 29.6mph 90.2ml 919
6. 392 Cathy Williams 13:53:14 16:21:12 02:27:58 29.4mph 88.2ml 913
7. 008 Team: Johnson & Leal 14:11:07 17:05:20 02:54:13 27.9mph 83.6ml 878
8. 264 Tom Barkow 13:58:00 16:27:18 02:29:18 26.3mph 79.0ml 844
9. 575 Milt Moos 14:01:21 17:25:39 03:24:18 24.5mph 83.4ml 803
10. 680 Team: Angelou & Schwartz 14:01:33 18:10:47 04:09:14 26.0mph 107.8ml 793 42
11. 190 Bob Hurni 14:14:21 17:52:17 03:37:56 23.8mph 86.5ml 787
12. 686 Team: Grellet-Aumont & du Plessis 14:03:56 16:26:43 02:22:47 20.5mph 61.6ml 713
13. 308 Daniel Sazhin 13:47:03 112.7ml 706
14. 053 Neal Palmquist 13:49:08 64.1ml 405
15. 057 Cal Tax 13:48:11 38.3ml 242
16. 398 Lawrence Williams 13:46:00 38.2ml 241
17. 316 Dan Ernst 13:45:02 0
DNS. 242 Team: CCSC 0
DNF. 482 Wick Wilkinson 0
401 - Start from back
267 - Start from back
238 - Start from back
039 - Start from back
008 - Start from back
264 - Start from back
680 - Missed TP 50 by 0.85 miles, Start from back
308 - Start from back
053 - Start from back

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5-25-18 1-26 Championship, Day 3
Caesar Creek Soaring Club, Waynesville, Ohio, 5375 Elbon Rd., Waynesville, OH 45068

Day 3, Bring On The Clouds, a little.

At the pilot's meeting, Jimbob Slocum gave his winning solo report.

"It was quite a day. It was not so easy again, but it was a total dogfight of multiple contestants, which are really exciting. I think Val counted just up here, just prior to start or just after start, 19 of us within a thousand feet. It's pretty exciting. I did a usual, kind of a backside start, with a lot of followers for some reason. I was really using the wind a lot yesterday for drifting. So I tried to get in to a thermal, far side drift up, and when the start gate opened up, I would say we had five, less than ten minutes I was able to thermal to the top. At that time it was about 4500 MSL I think. I actually had to, I was out at the start gate, dove in, dove out, and back where I knew there was a big gaggle waiting in the middle.

It's really nice when, on a blue day, when there's a gaggle or two or three other people certainly because you don't have to waste time flying speed to fly, you just dive at them. So that worked out well. Maybe just a couple thermals going to Clinton. And again, the drift didn't help at that point, but we had to have, they were just huge gaggles every time in a thermal. At Clinton, we ended up probably with five of us, there were some guys circling up to the north, which was nice, we thought it was gonna go back that way. Went to the far side and outside of the Clinton cylinder, headed north west, saw some guys circling.

We all, it was just kind of dog eat dog going all the way there. We did kind of a side by side, using each other for lift markers and whoever got it first went over. Got up to, Frye and folks were circling, the thermals weren't so great and I left it really at about 3000 AGL to go as far as I could into Frye and back where I knew the guys would be circling again, which was handy. Only a little bit, wasn't so great headed towards Walmart where we had some good markers. I was getting sore and the day was starting to weaken up a little bit and I knew, I was so tempted at Walmart to head back, but I knew I'd get back probably ten minutes early. I could of had a really fast final glide from there, but I saw that everyone else was doing it, including Daniel. I saw him ahead and I knew that a whole bunch of us started almost the same time at the back, on the back side of everything, and I knew that was a strategy and was a good winning strategy, but I knew to distinguish myself from the rest was to attempt to head down to Firth. I was so tempted on the way just to head to Caesar Creek, it was just a little left turn and I would kind of go back and forth from what final glides to both Firth and Caesar Creek, but I just decided to go for it. Of course the first thermal I hit out there, Curt's right under my tail, along with Jeff Daye, he comes in just above it, and he was frustrating me cause he would always stay about 200 feet above me. Anyways we thermalled on up and got pretty much back up to 5000, 4000 AGL.

So, we thermalled, we got up and we just headed on in to, I was flying side by side with Jeff, Curt's right under my tail again. So anyways as we entered the cylinder there at Firth, my final glide back to Caesar Creek was 1500 minus so I knew that we had to have a good thermal to get back and we just weren't hitting it. I was really resigned to landing it at Firth and I saw, as we entered the cylinder, Jeff take this big wide circle and I though ah is he gonna head back and no he continued to circle, so I slopped on over and he had a whopping 2500 or 25 feet a minute. And was damn glad to get it.

We were at 1800 ATL and we ground and ground and ground. I suspect we did about 30 turns over 10 minutes and gained 100 feet. And all we were doing was just working on faith that it might turn into something cause sometimes if you just work and wait and wait, it'll develop and sure enough all of a sudden it just turned into 200 and then 400 feet a minute and up to 5000 at the top of the haze layer. We had it, all three of us left together. Jeff left that about 10 seconds earlier, and I just kinda followed behind him and I knew I had better penetration within the funnel.

As I passed by I smiled and I "whoop." Was able to finish up over here. We hit one good bump 6 miles south and I just kind of rode it at 70 and then I just pushed it over to 110 to come back over and land. So that was about it and since I was channeling Ron Schwartz for the happy dance, it's oogalacha oogalacha."

Jonathan Leal of 008 gave the team winning report.

"Well, my report is almost the same as Jim Bob's because the flight started out the same. Actually, my flight started out realizing that I don't even have my cell phone with me. And that's not really a good place to start the flight, but I realized that we did a lot of hang gliding over the years and we can retrieve without cell phones. We know how to do that.

But I saw Jim Bob and Daniel out in the front and I figured, "well those guys probably know their way around here." I got a brand new logger, I'm not real good with it yet so I decided that I was gonna follow those guys. So I was one of the leeches. And I was always there when these guys turned around. And it was a big help. I followed them all the way until we got to Walmart and then I decided to come in and land just because I knew that I had made it back at that point.

Had a great flight, and thanks for all the help you guys. Appreciate it."

It was Philip du Plessis' first completed 1-26 task so we asked him to share his experiences.

"I was lucky enough to be the sniffer. So I just had to survive through the start of the race. And the whole time I was in that start circle I didn't even know how I was gonna get out, up wind. It just seemed like such a battle. Every time I caught a nice thermal up to the top of the thermal and went forward, I was back at the middle of the start circle, time to thermal again.

Eventually I worked by way out and I saw a big airport. I'm like, that must be Clinton. It was Wilmington, so luckily I diverted. I ended up at Clinton at about 1,200 feet. Getting the frequency right to announce my pattern, I heard a little bump and I thought, you know, I could do this pattern at 800 feet. Let me do one turn. I went around and I was 50 feet higher and I went around again, I was another 50 feet higher and then I worked my way up. And then the whole time I was flying I didn't see anybody. I'm like, where is this gaggle?

And then after that it seemed a little bit easier. And now I'm realizing that this is not just about survival, it's a sport too. I could've gone deeper. I literally just touched each little circle and I came back from Fry on the yellow, just between the yellow and the green, going as fast as I could. And I made it back out 3,000 feet and thought, Now I've learned why. You've got to go back of the circle while you enter the finish circle at the back of the thing to get that extra mile. But next time. Thank you."

Contest Director, Bill Vickland had a few things to cover.

"One is, we're gonna send two sniffers, at 12:30 pm. The first launch may be as I mentioned, possibly, may be at 12:45 pm. We'll go with that unless we have another pilots meeting, depending on what the call is for the sniffers. In which case we'll probably launch maybe at 1:00 pm, but be ready to launch at 12:45 pm.

And we're calling tomorrow a rest day right now. So you can sleep in, go to the Dayton Museum. By the way if you haven't been to the Dayton Museum, you can spend all day there.

Dan Reagan gave the weather report.

"TopMeteo is saying that cloud base is 5000 feet at 1:00 pm and 6000 feet during the rest of the day. TopMeteo is saying blue, there'll be clouds out there about 10 miles further than you can get to, just tease you all day, right out there. Winds will be less than yesterday, according to them, at your altitude. The buoyancy/shear will be better today than yesterday.

The winds on the ground--National Weather Service here--is 2:00 pm at five miles and hour. So should be fine here. Dr. Jack somewhat agrees with TopMeteo.

Then we get to SKYSITE. At 12:30 pm, three and a half knots, AGL soarable height is 2200. At 1:30 pm, we've got four knots and then 3800 AGL, at 1:30 pm. And then it comes up to almost 6000 at 4:30 pm. And the day according to SKYSITE is gonna continue out until about 5:30 pm. We've got three knots at 5:30 pm, according to this. This is showing clouds developing at 2:30 pm. From what they're showing around 2:00 pm we should have clouds, and the clouds will be light on the edge of them and the clouds will be in that direction, so hopefully they'll get over us."

Bill Vickland held a pilot's meeting on the grid.

"We're gonna do a turn area task. We're gonna have a backup of turn area task, but three hours is the primary. If we find things are not as great as we think they're gonna be right now, then we'll revert to our backup. We'll call a pilot's meeting on the grid and we'll change it back to two and a half hours. We're gonna launch the sniffer at 12:30 pm. And we're gonna be ready to fly at 1:00 pm. So, let's be sure to be able to.

After the grid meeting I video taped Bill Vickland's introduction and also here is Philip's I didn't publish yesterday. I still have a few of the CCSC team.

"My name is Bill Vickland, I'm from Arlington, Virginia. I fly 238 which I built as a kit in 1964. It took me two years to build it. I've been flying it ever since. I've missed probably three 126 championships in the last 44 years. This is about the fifth or sixth time I've been to Caesar Creek. It's one of my most favorite soaring sites."

Hi. My name is Philip du Plessis and I'm with Aero Club Albatross and I'm very grateful to be with flying with Pierre and Team 686. This is actually my first contest and my first contest launch today. I'm very much looking forward to it. (See above, he finished the task!)

And finally I did a bit of reporting from my cockpit on the way back from Fayette, "Hello, this is Chuck Lohre, the Contest Reporter for the 1-26 Championships. I'm flying in the vintage class in my ASW-15 and I've just made final glide back to Fry from Fayette County. It's a really good day. Cloud bases are at 6500 feet over the ground. And really good strong four and five knot thermals. I'll show you my aircraft's instruments. I have an altimeter here. See, it's going up, flying straight. My air speed indicator and this is my flight computer then my radio. And this is my moving map that does my flight calculations and tells me what course to fly. So, what a tremendous day to be here in southwest Ohio, flying in the 1-26 Championships. We've had three great contest days and we'll have a rest day tomorrow. We're at the Caesar Creek Soaring Club near Waynesville, Ohio. Come on and check us out."

Thanks for your interest in the 1-26 Championships and please call or send your comments and photos to Chuck Lohre, 513-260-9025, chuck@lohre.com.




5-26-18 1-26 Championship, Day 4
Caesar Creek Soaring Club, Waynesville, Ohio, 5375 Elbon Rd., Waynesville, OH 45068

Day 4, Aluminum Overcast

Day 4 was a rest day after three great flying days. Most of the aviators went to the U.S. Air Force Museum in Dayton, Oh. They have just restored the B-17 "Memphis Bell" and it's hanging from the ceiling with its bomb bays open. The title "Aluminum Overcast" comes from the nickname for the "EAA's beautifully restored B-17 Flying Fortress, Aluminum Overcast." https://www.eaa.org/en/eaa/flight-experiences/aluminum-overcast-eaa-b-17-bomber-tour

Thanks for your interest in the 1-26 Championships and please call or send your comments and photos to Chuck Lohre, 513-260-9025, chuck@lohre.com.




1-26 Championships 2018
Caesar Creek, OH, 23.05.2018 - 30.05.2018
Day 4, 27.05.2018, Final results
Turn Area Task
72Start SE - 43Richmond - 01CCSC
Task length: 51.6mi/129.5mi (87.6mi)
Number of Finishers = 5, Number Achieving Credited Distance on Task = 15, Number Achieving Distance Greater than Minimum for Contest Day = 11, MTT = 2.5 h, Valid Contest Day
# CN Pilot Start Finish Time Speed Dist. Points Pen.
1. 308 Daniel Sazhin 14:14:44 16:45:08 02:30:24 34.1mph 85.5ml 1000
2. 401 Jimbob Slocum 14:16:40 16:51:51 02:35:11 32.7mph 84.5ml 986
3. 039 Jeff Daye 14:07:33 16:47:34 02:40:01 24.2mph 64.4ml 903
4. 264 Tom Barkow 14:09:37 16:45:49 02:36:12 23.4mph 60.9ml 895
5. 680 Team: Angelou & Schwartz 14:12:14 16:45:47 02:33:33 21.7mph 55.6ml 879
6. 216 Curt Lewis 14:09:48 56.9ml 579
7. 575 Milt Moos 14:00:51 53.6ml 545
8. 238 Bill Vickland 14:13:45 51.2ml 521
9. 482 Wick Wilkinson 14:10:41 45.1ml 459
10. 267 Steve Vihlen 14:58:28 38.9ml 396
11. 686 Team: Grellet-Aumont & du Plessis 14:28:47 36.3ml 370
12. 392 Cathy Williams 14:04:37 25.2ml 257
13. 190 Bob Hurni 14:02:42 9.8ml 100
14. 008 Team: Johnson & Leal 14:04:07 6.6ml 67
15. 057 Cal Tax 14:04:32 6.5ml 66
DNF. 242 Team: CCSC 0
DNS. 316 Dan Ernst 0
DNF. 053 Neal Palmquist 0
DNF. 398 Lawrence Williams 0

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5-27-18 1-26 Championship, Day 5
Caesar Creek Soaring Club, Waynesville, Ohio, 5375 Elbon Rd., Waynesville, OH 45068

Day 5, Great Expectations

Contest Director, Steve Statkus' report for Day 5 started out my thanking the Blue Grass Group. "So, y'all like that Italian food last night? Yay. And what about the band? Was that pretty good? Yeah. Awesome. All right. Well, since we're talking about food, tomorrow it's fried chicken. It's a fried chicken dinner and I've had their fried chicken, it tastes better than Colonel Sanders. After that, the promised Carrier Landing Competition event is going to take place. We're going to do one day ... I know you guys haven't ... Some of you haven't landed but it's going to be foul weather. You get three chances and that's it. It'll be hilarious.

So, let's see, it's the same thing as yesterday and the day before that. So, Jim Bob come up here and get your cup. Tell us how you did it."

Jim Bob, "Well, it's another good dog fight. Unfortunately, I took off in the second row, so I just milked bubbles out there. Steve Vihlen came along, and I let him go out searching outside the circle. Of course, five minutes before the gate opened, I really wanted to leave quickly. Cause I knew it was going to be a long day. I ended up back at the center, a couple thousand feet lower. Got a little thermal, but I went right back out there and kept fighting distance. I ran into Daniel, and we circled hard, right up to cloud base. I think it was almost 7,000 MSL. I knew it was going to be spectacular. We were perfectly positioned. The gate was open. Literally both of us just dodged outside the back, dodged back in, and dodged out, so that we could get a start.

Glided side by side for over a 3,000 foot loss, which is about midway up the lake before we connected. That was the strongest thermal today, it turned out. It was a solid 7 to 8 knots. We both went up, pretty much side by side out for waves. Another thermal, and he kind of took a different track. We went through turnpoint Mertz and just kept gliding.

Cue's popping up, really nice. Didn't expect that either. Cruise on into Fayette County over the airport. Actually, I kind of left Daniel behind I thought. Then I ran into him. He was 1,000 foot higher and about two miles beyond us. Couldn't figure out how he did that (laughs). But I made use of him. Caught his thermal, and he went a little bit south, and I went a little bit north of the road. I was just kind of following the cues. Went out the backside and came back in the thermal, then Steve showed back up again. We stuck together for a good 30 miles or more.

Things really petered out at Fayette County. The cues were dissipating. It was kind of cycling out. Every time we hit about a 3 knot thermal, we stopped and did about three turns and continued. Daniel came along again, right over the Fayette County Airport. All three of us were kind of battling. Before the top, Daniel would take off, and I said, "Oh no you don't!" (laughs). So I'd leave the thermal and take off after him, but he wouldn't know it because he was charging hard. I just stayed a quarter of a mile away off of one side, let him do my sniffin' (laughs). Which worked out good. We're probably three thermals, Steve, a little lighter ship came in and wasn't charging so hard. Came in right behind us and caught up. Except by then he was about 1,000 foot lower.

Daniel takes off again, charging. I'm thinking I'm gonna be a little bit more conservative. So I did follow a quarter of a mile away, but I just did more of a speed-to-fly, where Daniel was charging hard. I thought all he needs to do is connect with one good one, and he's got me whipped. But it was after 5:00 pm I think. I just got into the turn circle up there at Fry, and I really wanted 500 more feet to be comfortable making it back down.

I just kept on course because there was a little bit of ragged cues left, and I did find enough of a thermal that I got 300 feet more. But it showed I was gonna get back about 7 or 800 on my final flight, so I just left. Sure enough, I was able to take it up to 70 at the end. 70, 80, and finish at 600 feet (applause).

Steve said, "It's the Gus and Jonathan show here for the third time as well. Good job. Nice dance."

Jonathan, "I was in the back of the circle towards after the start with these guys. I ended up a couple 100 feet below. I saw them circling and go out for the last time to start. I said, well, let me make another turn. So, I get a little more height to get out and I did that and went out and came back and turned around and I couldn't see anybody. They were gone into the haze and I was on my own. That's kind of how I flew. I went through the turn points, kind of meandered slowly and made it out to the turn point. I was thinking, okay, looking at the big blue hole and behind the lake. I thought about going deeper, but I thought time would be an issue, or getting back in time. So, I just turned there and kept coming back. I got down to about 1600 feet over the ground by the highway there and found something and worked it slowly and then it finally turned into something enough and got up enough.

I saw a couple people out on course. They helped with some thermals. I saw Jeff and I'm not sure who else, but then made it back, went into the turn point out here and thermaled back enough to make it glide out here (applause).

Steve Statkus introduces Daniel Sazhim The Weatherman, "All righty, folks. They kicked Dan out for today, so Dan replaces him."

Daniel, "With respect to the weather, the short summary is that it's going to be good but possibly fickle. The big question, and this is pretty much going to be the situation for the next couple days, is that we're going to have basically a good underlying air mass but problems with possible high cloud cover. We'll get to that.

Now to the northwest, if we make it there, it's going to be great 6,000 feet, four knots. Probably not quite as good as last time but similar. If you can get away, it's going to be solid. We're going to have watch out for the high cirrus, the moisture up high. No wind to speak of, we're pretty much in the high pressure here. I never thought I'd ever say this, but of all the places that around in this area, we're lucky to be in Ohio. Because this is what it looks like everywhere else. (Daniel shows a weather map of the US and it pretty much has bad weather everywhere but in southwest Ohio.) But, luckily, we're over here and not over here. If we end up going this way, which is what the plan is, things will work out very nicely. That's 18Z for the prog by the way.

Now someone asked about rain yesterday, so I pulled up the 24 hour "precip." We got about a half inch of rain more or less. It's very dry ground. I don't think it's going to be much of a problem, but it might be a little softer earlier in the day. Err to the side of a little bit more pessimism in the forecast, because the forecasts don't tend to accommodate for rain as well as they ought to. But once you get to Richmond and beyond, it's perfectly dry. The guys going far, it should be pretty solid over there.

TAFs, no wind. Wilmington is calling 5,000 feet by noon. Toward Dayton, they're not predicting any cloud, but we're going to get cloud. SkySight, the big thing to look at here is the high cloud cover. South of us, it's pretty much 50%. As we head out toward Richmond, it thins out toward 36 and 21%. Now, bearing in mind that high cloud cover forecasts are terrible ... That's one of the things that they're still struggling to be able to do well. It's one of those kind of things that if it moves in a bit quicker, or if it's a little bit thicker, then it can really shut down flight. If it doesn't, then might be working solid quite a bit later than that. But that's going to be a major, major question today.

Yeah, so day begins at 12:30. If all goes well, we should be at 5,000 feet by the time the gate opens, 6300 feet to the north and west. As noted, the high cloud cover is the big problem today.

I also like to look at a couple soundings. This gives a good picture of what we're looking at. This is Wilmington at 18Z. This is the RAP model. We have a really nice underlying air mass, no wind. Pretty good air in most of the upper profile, but up here, that's basically ... That's the high cloud cover. Now, if we look toward Richmond, it's a whole different ... It's a completely different area. Look, it just goes ... It gets really dry. It's going to be wonderful out there. Just a wonderful, wonderful temperature profile, but it's still pretty close on the high cloud ... at the upper level, so may get cirrus, maybe not. It's ... but definitely questioned. And then, toward the end of the day, toward four o'clock, this is Wilmington again. Again, you see that it gets a little bit drier over here at the lower parts, but still we get quite a bit of moisture up high."

So, it looked like okay, I'm into the wind. I got back here in about 2000 feet. So, I went around the back of the circle and came in at the back of the finish and it was about 1000 feet and then came and landed and it worked out."

Contest Director, Bill Vickland presented the task for the day, "Okay so Richmond and return grid at 12 for sure. We may launch by 12:30 pm. The task time is three hours. If we begin to get weather we'll call attempt B. It'll be two and a half hours. We got lots of options if it really deteriorates. We can even go beyond that but right now that's task A, task B. We'll call task B if we do it. Not likely I don't think cause I just think optimistically. But we'll do a pilot B on the grid.

After the pilot's meeting, I took my ASW 15 "6V" out to the back of the line and after taking the group photo, got a chance to video introduction of Steve Statkus.

Hi, Chuck. I'm Steve Statkus and my glider here is a 1-26-C. I bought it down in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. The guy I bought it from ... I was just looking for parts. I was restoring another 126. He says, "I got all the parts you need. I only want $2000 for them," and I thought that I didn't know what I was buying, so I drove down there with my wife and I thought I was going to get a utility trailer full of 126 parts, but the whole airplane was sitting on the trailer.

When he said he wanted $2000 for it, I couldn't get my billfold out of my pocket quick enough. I drug that thing home and the wings were a little rough, but the fuselage was pretty good. Had good fabric on it and he had restored the fuselage. At the time, I was repairing a glider that flipped over here at Caesar Creek and the wings had damage on the wingtips and the ailerons, so I bought some hardware from K and L to repair the wingtips and I just repaired the ailerons myself. This is really a Franken-plane. The fuselage is 242 and the wings are 293. I guess the real number is somewhere in between there, but I went with 242.

I've been flying this for about five years. When I finished the restoration and I painted it, my experience with 1-26s at the time was a whole bunch of short flights, so I named this thing after Don Quixote's girlfriend, Dulcinea. In the story, she was a prostitute, and I felt like I was paying, so why not do that? Then for the last 1-26 championship we had here about four years ago, I got a kid from the Cincinnati Art Academy who did graffiti work and I wanted him to do a little graffiti work on my wing. I had the wings in my hangar he attacked these things with a spray can in each hand. I'm watching him and I'm thinking, "What have I done?" In about two hours, he had finished it. I don't know whether you can read it, but it says, "1-26s Rule."

Chuck, "Well, that's great, Steve and thanks for being the contest manager here for the 1-26 2018 Championships."

Steve Statkus, "You're welcome. Well, this is more of a family reunion than a glider contest and that's why I like these guys."

Thanks for your interest in the 1-26 Championships and please call or send your comments and photos to Chuck Lohre, 513-260-9025, chuck@lohre.com.




1-26 Championships 2018
Caesar Creek, OH, 23.05.2018 - 30.05.2018
Day 5, 28.05.2018, Final results
Turn Area Task
71Start SW - 12Dayton WrightBrothers - 37Outlet Mall - 01CCSC
Task length: 31.2mi/110.0mi (68.1mi)
Number of Finishers = 3, Number Achieving Credited Distance on Task = 11, Number Achieving Distance Greater than Minimum for Contest Day = 5, MTT = 2 h, Valid Contest Day
# CN Pilot Start Finish Time Speed Dist. Points Pen.
1. 308 Daniel Sazhin 14:25:13 16:38:10 02:12:57 32.5mph 71.9ml 1000
2. 680 Team: Angelou & Schwartz 14:18:18 16:25:57 02:07:39 32.2mph 68.4ml 997
3. 401 Jimbob Slocum 14:34:48 16:21:15 01:46:27 26.8mph 53.6ml 952
4. 039 Jeff Daye 14:20:13 35.7ml 468
5. 008 Team: Johnson & Leal 14:18:36 34.5ml 452
6. 392 Cathy Williams 14:19:28 25.0ml 327
7. 686 Team: Grellet-Aumont & du Plessis 14:17:21 23.9ml 313
8. 264 Tom Barkow 14:22:48 21.6ml 283
9. 267 Steve Vihlen 14:18:15 19.7ml 259
10. 053 Neal Palmquist 14:18:27 16.6ml 218
11. 216 Curt Lewis 14:37:31 6.4ml 84
12. 057 Cal Tax 14:44:47 0
12. 190 Bob Hurni 14:30:43 0
12. 398 Lawrence Williams 14:28:51 0
12. 482 Wick Wilkinson 14:26:51 0
12. 575 Milt Moos 14:23:50 0
DNF. 242 Team: CCSC 0
DNS. 316 Dan Ernst 0
DNF. 238 Bill Vickland 0

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5-28-18 1-26 Championship, Day 6
Caesar Creek Soaring Club, Waynesville, Ohio, 5375 Elbon Rd., Waynesville, OH 45068

Contest Director, Steve Statkus' report for Day 6, "So day six, and the weather gods have given us a day like yesterday. The challenge is going to be to get away from the field and try to find a place to land out, because that seems to be what we do. So, yesterday was a challenging day. And Daniel was the guy that won the day, so ...

Daniel Sazhin, "Well, I always like to start this off by saying thanks to all the folks that actually let me be here. The first of course is Bill who let me fly his bird, and then followed by the Albatross Aero Club guys, who have been such a tremendous help both in getting the glider over here. So I wanted to especially point out Jonathan Leal, Ron Schwartz and Bobby Templan sp? Who couldn't join us here. Why don't you guys give them a round of applause?

As far as the day, it certainly took a little while to get going, just that moisture early in the day really clamped things down, but once it got going, and especially after enrichment, we were fine and Jim, Bob, and I, and Jeff Daye, we were getting up to 6000 feet, four kts. It was just a whole other world out there, and we cruised along.

Coming back it was just a matter of putting in the tern point and figuring, okay, an hour out, 43 miles out I would be able to make that back and head on home. The only one challenge was that big blue hole. I moseyed in there a little. I saw some did the right thing of climbing up. Maybe it was Jimmy who had another outstanding flight. But I couldn't really connect with it, and I started moseying to the blue hole and I'm like, ‘I can't make it across', and I found a thermal in the blue right over some infrastructure, and that got me across, and the thermal on the other side, just a wonderful day. Worked out very well for me, so thank you very much."

Team Schwartz and Angelou won for the team on Sunday. Here's James Angelou's account, "I really didn't want to have to buy one (The Team Award Mug). You know glider pilots, we're pretty cheap, so I had to give it my all. Definitely, a challenging day yesterday. A lot of fun, a lot of learning. I flew with a bunch of different people, and just a couple little gambles on what I was doing, and ... it worked out. I thought I was going to land out, right as I got into that first circle, I was flying with Phillip and he went for the clouds and I went for the big blue hole. Next thing, I've got like 1600 MSL (field elevation is about 900'), got my field picked out, and ... felt a little bump, and ground away for about 15 or 20 minutes, and then ... just milked that up, and then limped my way back home. And it worked out perfect. It couldn't have worked out any better, so thank you."

Daniel Sazhin gave the weather report, "Let me start by saying this is a thankless job today because the weather is gonna be so incredibly fickle, it can literally go one way or the other. It's very hard to say. With that in mind, we can get to 6000 feet or we might not get off the grid. I take full responsibility if we get to 6000 feet, I take no responsibility if we don't get off the grid.

All right. The summary, the short of it. It's gonna be fickle, maybe good or not. The high cloud cover from the south, like what we had yesterday, was definitely gonna be an issue. That being said, the very high level winds are still southwest. The low level winds are east. Despite the fact that all that muckiness is to our southeast, that's not gonna be just moving in. We're on the fringe of that. Heating is the really, really, really big question.

Basically, if we get above 86 degrees, I mean you're just gonna go bang. We're gonna have a wonderful day, wonderful thermals, everything. If it's less than that, it's just gonna be not working at all. It's literally that tight. One degree more, gangbusters. One degree less, not so much.

Best we can say right now, the best guess is it's gonna be like yesterday. 3500, 4000 feet early. 5000 feet over the course of the day. Basically, if it kicks off it'll be good. If it doesn't kick off, it's not gonna be so good. There might be areas where it does kick off and places where it doesn't, like the holes we had yesterday. I know I'm telling you this, but it's really like this today.

The wind is 10 knots from the east. Again, we're lucky to be in Ohio because this is our deal again. The basically terrible air down to the south of us ... We're right over on the eastern, right over here. We're just on the proper side of this. But the little small changes and all that make a very big impact on us. That's most notably the high cloud cover.

This is the NAM, so yellow and red is good, and we're over here. It's showing about 40 feet a minute. As far as the thermals, this is the impact that I have, cloud cover in the whole area. Unlike yesterday, there's no chance of getting over here, so we're seeing about 4500 feet AGL.

As far as the TAFS, this is Bloomington and this is Dayton, and it's showing very good. Those guys are optimistic. They're calling at noon, for fewer than 5000. That's the cumulus that we were thinking that we might get, but broken at 25000. That's that high cloud cover, that's going to be a problem for us today. It's the same thing at Dayton. 1:00, fewer than 5000. If you believe those guys, we're getting to 6000 feet early today. I'm not quite so optimistic, but that's what's going on.

As far as Sky-Sight, I'll preface this by saying that I think it's overly optimistic, but I think it's interesting to understand why it's generating this output, too. It's calling for, a very early starting day, and late ending day ... They're calling 5500 feet by 1:30 pm, 6000 feet up to the northeast. Calling for high cloud cover and lasting through 6:00 pm. I think this is overly optimistic, because of the haze and the moisture around here, but with the trigger temperature around 85 degrees. The reason that it's calling for this, and I'll show the picture, is that we get an extra couple degrees, it's just wonderful, but it just shows what a big difference a couple degrees makes today.

As far as I see it, I think it's gonna start a half hour later, end a half hour earlier, and be about 1000 feet lower on all those counts."

Contest Director, Bill Vickland gave the task, "Five miles for Dayton, and 15 miles for Outlet. The start is 71 Southwest. Okay? So based on the optimistic road reports, all through the past hour we're going to make it a two and a half hour event. We'll send the sniffer up when we feel it's ready and we have the option to either drop it back to task B at two hours, or task C at an hour and a half. "

After we gridded, I had some time to interview some of the contestants.

190 Bob Hurni had these observations from the grid, "This is my fifth day, and it's been pretty interesting. I've not lived up to my personal expectations, In fact I landed about 10 miles from the airport yesterday on my way out. So ... but I did break triple digits on the score. 100 points even. So that was ... I guess that's a positive thing." And Ernie is your crew, "How has it been going for you?" Ernie Hurni said, "Doing fine, it's been hot. I'm Robert's younger brother."

"Hi, I'm Pierre-Alban Greliet-Aumont, from New York. I am flying 686. I am having a great time here at Caesar Creek Soaring Club. Thanks again for organizing a great contest. I encourage everybody who's into gliding to fly these beautiful 1-26. It's been humbling, and it's a great experience."

Hi, I'm Gus Johnson. I'm crewing for Jonathan Leal today. We are having fun at the contest. I had a very short, close land out yesterday, which was kind of a bummer. But we're still in the race, having fun. Got to meet some nice people over there, about 10 miles from the airport. Had a grandkid sitting in the plane getting pictures taken by all the neighbors. Today looks like it could be a good day." Jonathan Leal said, "Thank you, yes. We'll give her a try."

My name's Dan Ernst. Flying 316. Had a great time here. It's a beautiful facility, been feed really well, entertainment's been outstanding, everybody's been very friendly and helpful, and I'd like to come back here to Caesar Creek Soaring Club and fly again." Kristin Farry, "I'm filling in as crew. Wonderful place and we're just having a great time. I do wish I had my ship here, but in failing that, just hanging out with some wonderful people is enough."

"My name is Ridge Moreland. Ridge, that's an actual middle name. I'm not a hill, I'm a Ridge. I live mostly in central Florida, north of Orlando. Looking to get out of there soon. Moving out to New Mexico. I'm here this week to pitch in as a high paid gopher, to help anybody else out, needs to move an airplane, go get water, whatever like that. For this next year, for the 1-26 Champs, which we will be back to Moriarty, New Mexico, I'll be the contest manager for that. I've already been working on assembling and building the contest for next year. I've already been doing that for six months, so now we have 12 months left to get it done from here. Meeting people, talking to people here, asking people 'What do they like?' and ‘What would they like to see diff maybe for next year?,' but just also making new friends. There are people here I've never met before, not that I know that many people. I get to learn every time I come to an event just to pitch in and help out. Happy to be here."

"My name's Larry Williams and I'm a local pilot. This is my very first contest and I am all alone at last place." Chuck Lohre, "Oh now, Larry. I'm in last place." Larry, "I plan to make up for that today. 398 is my ship number and I'm a 100 points below the guy that's second to the last, so he and I are going to duke it out this afternoon. Chuck, "First one, well you're doing well. You're in one piece. Your ship's in one piece, right? Larry, "That's right, that's right. Hell yeah." Chuck, "So tell me about some of your landings?" Larry, "I had two out landings. One in a field with a less than cordial farmer's wife and my second one, was in a family's front yard and they were just wonderful. It was like I was a long lost son. We had a great time, both times. No damage to me or their airplane or anything else, so I was happy for that. Yeah, I claimed that I was coming to this contest to learn things and have fun, but, and it wasn't to win. I didn't think I'd be dead last, but like I say I'm going to make up for it today." Chuck, "You're a winner here. Just being in the 126 championships." Larry, "You're right and the people here couldn't be nicer. All the competitors help each other. We all, if we don't know each other when we get here, we know each other when we leave. I just can't say enough good things about 1-26 people.' Chuck, "Thanks a lot Larry. Good luck." Larry, "Thank you."

And that wraps up the report for this evening. And I've found the theme for my article in SOARING magazine; it's the special nature of the 1-26 world. Friendly, caring, sharing. Professional, experts, great pilots. Self made aircraft, American made. It might have been 70 years ago but design is design, and the 1-26's design is our American made legacy. Here are a group of individuals that have come together to share the legacy and help others get into the sport. I learned that there are Model T racing clubs! I hope the article can get picked up in some other publications. It's something I can do to promote the sport. Now, what 1-26s are available?

Thanks for your interest in the 1-26 Championships and please call or send your comments and photos to Chuck Lohre, 513-260-9025, chuck@lohre.com.




5-29-18 1-26 Championship, Day 7
Caesar Creek Soaring Club, Waynesville, Ohio, 5375 Elbon Rd., Waynesville, OH 45068

Day 7, Aviators Pushing the Envelope

We tried today. Every button was pushed. Every analysis was considered. We fell short but it was a beautiful day that ended with us sitting on the field until 8:45 pm sharing stories about flying. It's the sunset on the 2018 1-26 Championships.

Steve Statkus opened the pilots' meeting, "Alright, well it's day six of our competition and what we normally do here is talk about yesterday's winners and let's start with the Team winner. Alright. Schwartz and Angelo team winners five. Tell us how you did it."

Schwartz, "Alright, well yesterday started off with me being the sniffer. I don't know if that was good or bad to tell you the truth, because at the end of two hours we hadn't started the task yet, and I was getting tired. Getting tired of it. Getting down low, getting back up, and I really didn't think it was gonna be a contest day. I thought, ‘No, they're too far. The big blue holes over here to release, and then the guys who like to go to the backside, they're never gonna make it across." And then I had all sorts of reasons why I wanted to come back and have a beer. But the competition committee had other ideas, and away we went a little bit after two, and I thought I'd probably wait 10, 15 minutes after start so I could get some markers out there. That's what I really wanted.

But I found at the start I was just about 200 feet below cloud base and really close to the edge of the circle. So I can't say no to that. So off I went towards Dayton. At that point I was still not confident about the day at all, and I figured I just nick it, and start out toward the outlet center. As I got up that way, the better clouds seemed to favor westerly of the turn point, so I aimed over that way, and by the time I got abeam of Dayton Wright Brothers AP I was probably two, three miles to the west of it and still one more cloud to go, so I went a little bit deeper.

And about that time the clouds off towards the outlet were forming up very nicely. And I wasn't having any trouble at all and I got a little bit more confident, and started pushing out towards a loose streak of clouds off towards Green County AP. And got there with no trouble. But at that point, it'd got a little bit low. It got down not all that low. I think it was a little bit less than 2000 above the ground. And finally connected over the town and I said I'm gonna take it, no matter what it is, and take my time. Well I turned in about a three knotter, so that didn't hurt at all, six grand, and the clouds kept forming out towards the outlet. Not directly towards it, but I got out towards Jamestown Lake, and about that time the second leg was about to be over because the clock was winding down now. I was high. I was looking back this way at the cirrus coming up and there was hardly any clouds between me and the direct shot of Caesar Creek, but there was a nice little bunch of activity coming to the northern side of my line. So I said, "You know, I'm just gonna work this last cloud as high as I can. I was 25 miles away from Caesar Creek, not quite cloud base, and I did not have to turn. So it was a 25 mile glide back home. Not a bad way to do the third leg. And yeah, I was very happy. Turned in just seven minutes over time, so that worked out pretty well too. I landed, I knew I had the best flight of the day. I just knew it.

Next, Daniel Sazhin gave his account of his winning day Solo, "Well, the day really consisted of two tasks. The first task was to get out of the start sector, and the second task was everything you did beyond it. And I want to talk about those as two separate things, largely because I think the first part is probably more interesting to a lot of folks, or a lot more relevant. And in general, there's a reason they call it the start gate, because it's a race, there's a lot of interesting things going on tactically and strategically, and the last two days have been a real challenge, to really to be able to get on a horse, which has been a real shame from a tasking perspective because once you got away, essentially, it's a whole different world.

Now yesterday, rather for both days, one of the things that really helped was to think of it, that the task, the game, the sporting challenge begins the moment you're off a tow. And this is something that does not often happen like in Moriarty or in Texas, you get a thermal, you're up to 6000 feet and then you figure out where you're gonna go. But both days, it's been really, really important to position yourself exactly where you need to be. And yesterday, that was pretty much in the back end of the sector, so what happened was, that lake, I forget what it's called, essentially downwind of the lake, it pretty much washed out. Just like in the forecast, the small differences in temperature made a very big difference, but that area was a little bit wetter, and that cold air coming in off the lake, just basically shut everything off.

But right over I-71, pretty much in that area, it was really cooking very nicely. A couple of us were there, but I was alone in the back end of the sector, worked my way up to 5000 feet, and then once the gate opened, I scooted over just a little bit, hit a four knot thermal up to 6000 feet. And that got me right across all the mucky-ness. And that really, really made the difference, in basically just being able. The thing that helped with that game was to say, ‘Okay well, where's the lift gonna be?' And where's it gonna be good? It happened to be in the back, and that's where it worked out.

Now, from 6000 feet, making it across the blue hole was no trouble one bit, and that just got me straight across to Dayton, at the edge of the sector. And right over there, there was a nice, beautiful street that headed all the way from there up to the Outlet Mall. And that was when the Blairetown, NJ, ACA, sort of thing of flying up streets and wind really plays out very nicely because it was just consistent, three knot lift, from four to 5000 feet, sometimes 6000 feet, MSO. We just plotted along into the wind, and that worked out very nicely, up until I was in the Outlet Mall circle, where I had to decide, ‘Do I turn around and come back a little early? Or do I try to go for one more thermal, one more cloud, and make time?'

I had a very nice run, never got low, but when I went for that one cloud, then I dropped right out of the band. I just kept going, and going into the wind, getting lower and lower, and finally down 2000 feet above the ground, I hit something weak and turned around. And I pretty much never, I didn't get back into the band, pretty much for another 10, 12 miles, bumping along down low, trying to find my climb. But right at the edge of the sector, and I'm sitting at one knot, I look out ahead and I see a little cue just forming, and I'm like, ‘Just be patient! Don't leave this one knot. Stay here.'

And I'm watching it just develop a little more, and I'm like, ‘I'm at 3000 feet, okay, I just gotta go, I gotta try this thing.' If this one doesn't work, the other clouds are not looking as good, and I'm like, ‘Oh man. I really hope this one works.' I'm just going along, going along, and bang! Two and a half, solid. And I'm like, ‘Thank you! Thank you so much!' And that one climb and a little bit more under the clouds, and that got me the final block home. Dead air, just smooth, smooth glide back home. It was a very fun day, it was a very tactical and strategic and very interesting. I enjoyed it a lot. So, thank you.

Daniel Sazhin gave the weather report, "Here's the Summary. It's going to be very fickle. The high cloud cover from the south; as you can tell, is the problem. The high level winds are now southeast. So, this cosmic battle of air masses, we're now starting to lose. Heating is obviously is the big question. We still have that nice air mass we've had for the past two days is still clinging on, down low. It was up to 25,000 feet recently; now, it's down to 15. It's just sort of hanging on for dear life.

So, if we do get enough heating; somehow, during the day then we can still get decent thermals. If it does trigger, we'll get up to three to four thousand feet, up to possibly five thousand feet over the course of day. The winds down low are southeast at 10 knots up high they're 20 knots. Are we lucky to be on Ohio anymore?

The charts are really cool. This is 12:00 Zulu. We are in Ohio, right around here, this is the morning. Now, this wonderful high pressure system up here is just starting to give out. I mean, it's just at its dying breath here. I mean this is 18:00 Zulu, and it's just like hanging in there. The water, the rain is just marching in. That's basically late tonight and tomorrow. There's a possibility, that hopefully, this high pressure system will still hang on just for a little while longer. Here's the NAM, not too bad. Connectively, it might actually still kick off. We're about over here shows about 3,500 feet AGL, 4500 feet MSL. So, that's at two o'clock.

The TAFs, those guys aren't really helping us all that much. Because, they refuse to tell us 18:00 Zulu. They don't want to forecast that stuff. They're calling high stuff possibly scattered 5,000. That they're broken at 15 that's going to be the overriding factor, today. Low level winds are southeast at 10 which will be great down there.

As far as Skysight, I think it's overly optimistic but nonetheless Skysight is basing this on if we get the heat in. A couple degrees more, this is what we get. That's the big question. If Skysight is to be believed it shows day's starting to cook up by 12:30 4,500 by 1:30 5,500 up to the northwest. High cloud cover being an issue, the day's shutting down at 4:00 or 4:30. As the day goes on, at the very end, we might even start getting some precipitation.

This is largely why I am saying, hey, if it does kick off then we might even work out. So, this is the cumulus cloud base this is Lebanon, Caesar Creek Soaring Club, this is one o'clock showing 48. Then at three o'clock, we're possibly up to five and then at four o'clock it's starting to fall apart. As far as rain, at four o'clock that's not significant. As the day goes on, we're starting to get this stuff, and we're looking at the high cloud cover essentially all day we're getting all this stuff. So, that's that.

To finish up, we'll look at the soundings this is 2:00 pm. Not quite as optimistic as Skysight. Here you can see that the stronger lower level south east by about 20 knots varied weather mass. If a trigger, this is a trigger temperature of 82 degrees; so, if we get that, then we are going to start getting activity. As it gets on toward three or four o'clock, it does firm up a little bit. As far as the air mass is concerned; then, we may be able to get up to about 4,500 feet ASL. That's about five.

So, basically the big question today is do we get 82 degrees? If we do; then, there is a possibility of a rather challenging day where we are going to be having 20 knot winds. With a short task, where we'll be tempting close and might be able to get a day in. Or, if we don't get the heat in; then, we just aren't going to be able to get off the ground. After the last two days, the getting off the ground part is much more questionable today but given the fact that the air mass will support conductive activity. If we do get the heating, we're going to give it a go. We're going to try. We're going to grid. We're going to see what happens, and if it goes, we'll go. If doesn't, we'll cancel the day once the possibility of a day is lapsed."

Bill Vickland gave the task report, "We have such a promising weather forecast there. We've designed two tasks, today. Spread these around. Okay. Past day, start southeast, three mile circle. Lebanon, one mile circle. Cowen Lake. Two mile circle, return home.

Things to think about, here. A two knot climb, is sufficient, just barely, sufficient for you to return to the place that you started your climb. Now we do have 20 knot wind up there, so ... choose wisely. Lebanon a hard surface runway is closed today. They do have a grass strip.

Okay, let me brief you a little bit on launch criteria. Historically, Charlie Sprat who was sort of a model of the design of the 1-26 philosophy anyway in terms of launching. His criteria was when the sniffer can reach thirty five hundred above the ground and sustain, we would launch. I've deviated that here because we've been a little closer together, a little more reliable and that sort of thing and we're not so concerned about landing out. So I've deviated by allowing us to three thousand above the ground. So the criteria today has been my philosophy before but when the sniffer can reach three thousand and sustain, will launch. The probability of that may be none."

It's the last day of possible flying on May 29th, and it's time for the Spiffy Awards. So Larry Williams' ship, 398, is being looked over by the 1-26 President, WickWilkinson. They're looking for all sorts of detail pieces about the ships that make it stand out. Everybody starts with a 100 score. This 1-26 is in really good shape. It has beautiful Schweizer wing tip wheels, and a beautiful wooden skid here. Beautiful. You reconditioned this, Larry? Larry Williams, "Very little. Mostly the canopies and the cockpit. That's where I spent most of my time. The exterior, when I bought it, was in really nice shape, and I didn't feel the need to strip it all down and redo it." Yeah. It's gorgeous. "It was a school ship up in Canada, so the interior was beat up, and the canopies were all crappy and wavy." Well, it really looks great. "Thank you."

The Spiffy Award went to the Vihlen Family's 1-26 267. Congratulations!

I got a chance to introduce a very important contestant. "I'm Tyler Dockum. I'm 21 years old from Oxford, Ohio. I started flying gliders out here in 2009, and went to Youth Camp a couple years. Recently just graduated from the Air Force Academy, about a week ago. So, I'm out here in my first contest. Steve's crazy enough to let me fly his glider. If the weather kicks off today you might see me flying. Headed to pilot training with the Air Force in November." And you're a glider flight instructor at the Air Force Academy? "That's right. Actually, I was a soaring instructor pilot out there with the 94th flying training squadron. Just got my CFI about a month ago." And what's it like to teach the cadets? This is sometimes the cadets' first flight when they go flying with you. "Yeah, that's the awesome thing about it. You take somebody with no flights, they take about 14 flights and then they solo. So, it's pretty crazy to see somebody with no experience learn so quickly out there. So, it's pretty awesome." Great. Well, good luck today, Tyler.

And one last contestant interview will put chills in your spine. "I'm Dick Eckles, and I flew Steve Statkus's 1-26 on Friday. Was a real fiasco. I didn't even get to the start gate. Ended up in a bean field in the middle of the bean field. Didn't even land close to the road." Well, tell us about one of your more successful 126 flights, Dick. "Once upon a time I flew the west ridge of the Little Miami for about 45 minutes. Max altitude was about, maybe 1,000 feet. Minimum was about 800 feet." So you're the guy that did that. I've heard about did that event. "Yeah, I did that." What was the wind speed? "Oh, wind was really pretty good. It was pushing 30 knots." So the elevation change there is only 400 feet at best. "Yeah. I just get the air drop down from the west side of the river into the valley, and then came up the east side, and that was enough lift to keep me up." For 45 minutes you flew. "For 45 minutes, right." Well, congratulations. You just decided to make a right hand turn through the tree gap and then come in and land. "Yeah, finally I got tired of that and just came in and landed." Congratulations.

Thanks for your interest in the 1-26 Championships and please call or send your comments and photos to Chuck Lohre, 513-260-9025, chuck@lohre.com.