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Web Site Issues
February 22 2017 by Mike Havener

Well, it seems the latest unannounced updated our web host made has caused some problems for the web site. I appears as though they changed the version of PHP. Unfortunately, since PHP isnít a very portable language version to version changes can have some fairly significant effects to functionality provided to end users. For years now Iíve been trying to upgrade the web site away from PHP for this very reason (Iím no fan of PHP and want to migrate to a modern platform). However, here we are and now Iíve got to figure things out.

Until I can get this sorted out, Iím afraid that folks wonít be able to submit Sweepstakes Flights.

Sorry for the problemsÖ

2016 1-26 Sweepstakes Results
January 6, 2017 by Jay McDaniel

The weather in 2016 seemed to take its toll on the overall number of flights but there were more flights this year than last year. 170 flights were logged by 27 pilots this year as opposed to 153 flights by 29 pilots in 2015. So I guess it was a similar year. Of course the highlight of the entire season was Daniel Sazhin's amazing 1000K flight back in May. From the detailed planning through the amazing execution it will stand as a landmark 1-26 flight for many, many years. Another awesome job, Dan!

I think 2016 was an average Sweepstakes year. Weather may have been a factor but sometimes I think that's just an excuse. Daniel Sazhin's 100k was certainly epic. As I have said many times, I implore each of you avid 1-26 pilots to take a newbie under your wings and get him/her headed towards cross-country flight. The minimum distance for a Sweeps flight is Silver Distance. It is a great step in the education of a glider pilot towards longer cross country flights and it's so simple to log your Sweeps flight after entering your OLC flight! To all who did participate this past year, Great flying! (more)

Sheriff Jay
Sweepstakes Manager

2016 H. Marshall Claybourn Memorial Trophy
January 6, 2017 by Ron Schwartz

Hey everyone, hats off to Doug Levy. He has captured the 2016 H. Marshall Claybourn Trophy. This his eighth win since his first back in 2001.

The July 3rd flight originated just over the mountains to the west of Inyokern Airport in California and ended 8:09 hours and 295.10 miles later just northeast of the Eureka, NV Airport.

The runner-up flights this year were Doug's 260 miler out of Warner Springs, a 252 by Jeff Neff (a Gold Division pilot in the Sweepstakes) from Inyokern and Garry Dickson's 234 that started in Lone Pine.

Nice going Doug and congratulations to all who gave it a try.

Ron Schwartz,
1-26 Association Record Keeper

Click here to download the IGC flight data or click the image below to view the flight using Google Earth.

1-26 Association Annual Election Results for the year 2017
December 26, 2016

The results of the 1-26 Association Annual Election Results for the year 2017 are in:

President:Dan Ernst
Sec./Treas.:Wayne Walker
V.P. East:Gus Johnson
V.P. Central:Ridge Moreland
V.P. West:Gary Swift

The Bylaws changes were approved.

The direction of the Association was decided by only 16 Members who cast 14 online and 2 mail-in ballots as shown below:

President Sec./Tres. V.P. East V.P. Central V.P. West Bylaws Amendment
14 - Dan Ernst
2 - none
14 - Wayne Walker
2 - none
7 - Gus Johnson
1 - Ridge Moreland (write-in)
4 - none

3 - Gary Swift
16 - Approve

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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