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2017 1-26 Eagle Rendezvous
March 18, 2017 by Bob Hurni

Each year there is gathering of 1-26 Eagles (pilots and crews) at a little known soaring oasis in Aguila, Arizona. Aguila lies between two small mountain ranges which, unusually, parallel the prevailing southwestern wind flow—the Harquahala Mountains to the south and the Harquavars to the north. Finding this oasis is a matter of driving US Route 60 east from Quartzite or west from Wickenburg to the town of Aguila. Then take Eagle Eye Road south to the entrance of Sampley Field on the right—about two miles. Then follow your nose to the runway and tiedown area. If you come to the entrance of Valley of the Eagles, you have gone a bit too far.

The 1-26 Eagle gathering is always the first weekend after Mother’s Day. This year that means May 18-21. Arizona Eagles and 29 Palms Eagles arrive a bit early and start flying on Thursday while awaiting the arrival of the Warner Springs Eagles. Early arrivals should bring lunch or be able to survive on convenience store fare as there are no restaurants in Aguila and it is 22 miles to the Safeway in Wickenburg. There are many restaurants in Wickenburg—the Dude Ranch Capital of Arizona.

The event is casual, but safety and bragging rights meetings are held every morning. Mentoring is encouraged and flying with some of the best 1-26 Eagles in the west adds to the attraction along with an area containing more landing strips per capital than any other that I know.

May, historically, is the driest month in Arizona and the nights can get quite chilly. This is a great formula for the first soaring outing of the season. The weather also makes camping an option at the field. The recommended motel is the Best Western in Wickenburg.

Contact me at to get on the reservation list. The fee for attendance will continue to be at least one T-shirt per pilot ($15) so let me know the sizes and the number of T-shirts you would like. All tows are by cash or check, no credit cards.

Thanks to everyone who attended last year's event , unofficially thirteen, and we look forward to seeing you again.

Bob Hurni (190)

Wright Memorial Day Classic
March 5, 2017 by Steve Statkus

CCSC will support a Wright Memorial Day Classic in 2017, May 26-29 and asked me to make it happen. This sounds like a 1-26 Regional to me and I'm asking you guys to help me spread the word. Here's the basic ground rules: $50 entry fee, $50 tow to 3K. No charge camping fee on the field. We'll have bbq every afternoon, pay as you go and we'll do the same for breakfast (pancakes) and lunch with sandwich fixins. Saturday night will be our annual catered dinner at $20/person everyone invited.

We'll have trophies and it ought to be a good tune up for the champs. For the 1-26'es we'll run the contest, set the tasks and do the scoring. I expect we'll have some glass birds flying tasks also and there will be some fun events on the field over the weekend like spot landing and bomb drops.

It will be a good low key fun fly event and I hope we can make this an annual 1-26 event. Let's make this happen.

GET BACK TO ME!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Steve Statkus

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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