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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.
Annual 1-26 Association Election for 2020
October 17, 2019

On-line voting for the 2019 1-26 Annual Election will open October 31, 2019 as described in the Bylaws. As with past Elections, Members are able to either log in to the Members Only section of the web site to cast their ballot, or snail mail the ballot included in the Newsletter.

2020 1-26 Championships and Low Performance contests
September 23, 2019 by Ridge Moreland

Mark your calendars now for next year's annual championships at Sunflower Aerodrome Gliderport (SN76), Yodor, KS. After some extended tweaking and re-adjustments of contest dates, we have now settled on 16-25 June 2020 for the next version of our twin contests for 1-26s and low performance sailplanes. Contest Manager Tony Condon is already assembling an event that likely will exceed this summer's contests at Moriarty, which had 28 sailplanes and 33 pilots participating.

Check out for more info about the airport and its facilities. How about a 7000' x 200' paved runway on a totally private 400 acre gliderport? Yes, there are camping facilities onsite.

Plan ahead! All of you fabulous pilots & crew who brought your low performance sailplanes to Moriarty this May, network with your friends and lobby them to join in next June at a superb soaring locale, where they will be as welcomed and integrated into the event as you were this summer.

Ridge Moreland,
1-26 Association President

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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