Annual 1-26 Eagle Rendezvouswill be held during the 7-day period from April 7 through April 13 at Sampley
Airport (28AZ) in Aguila, Arizona.
The camp will open on April 7.
Participants may arrive at anytime during the week. If you would like to arrive
earlier or stay later, the commercial towing operation will be available to
you. Camp participants will be a required to obtain a short briefing on local
traffic patterns and traffic frequencies prior to flight. The nearest
Class B airspace is 50 nm miles away, so that is not a big deal. There is the
Bagdad MOA very near, which will require awareness of activity from Luke
AFB--mostly F-16s. We will contact Luke to warn them of the increased
afternoon glider activity in the area for that week.
As with last year and
at Goal Strike for the previous many, many years, the event is an
opportunity to gain experience with cross-country flying, accomplish
individual goals, and to fly with other 1-26 pilots in a
non-pressure environment. In each of the two previous events OLC
flights ranging to over 200 miles have been recorded while returning
to the field in time for evening social events. Whether you fly for
6-hours or two hours, there is a chance to experience many different
soaring environments within gliding to distance to a safe landing
Current membership in the 1-26 Association.
Liability insurance may be checked.
Special Note: If you bring an aircraft that is not a
1-26, you will be requested to yield your launch position to any 1-26
participation: A nominal fee
may be collected to defray some of the expenses of the event organizer, Bob
Hurni. Those expenses include costs of providing oxygen, ground support, and
supplies. In 2006 each pilots donated $10 toward these expenses.
tows: Less than you are used to paying unless you are in
a very low cost club.
Please bring a checkbook for
tows, as credit card processing will not be available.
will be available. Please arrive with full oxygen, if possible to help reduce
the overall expenses for the event. The available oxygen will be provided by
the Arizona Soaring Association.
Turnpoints may be downloaded
These turnpoints cover most of the Arizona
soaring areas. For straight out distance flights beyond the borders, you may add
additional turnpoints. This list is especially helpful in that it points out
definite landing sites. Check the Arizona Soaring Association website:
for additional information
including turnpoint updates.
For persons looking
to fly Silver Distance tasks or Diamond Goal Tasks, this area is especially
friendly. The Harquahalla
agriculture and many, many landing sites. From Wickenburg to Salome there are
several remote start/finish opportunities that would allow Silver Distance
tasks to be completed almost within sight of home base. There will be
opportunity for orographic thermal flying along the
on many of these tasks, which means good altitude. For straight out tasks a
good opportunity is to the northeast toward Prescott
and then either east to along Interstate 40 or northeast toward the Four Corners area. Alternatively, flights can be made to
the southeast toward Tucson with destinations
like Deming, NM along Interstate 10. The southeasterly
direction offers very good possibilities for Out and Return attempts also. Expect
soaring conditions of up to 15,000 feet MSL even in early April, although
10,000 to 12,000 feet is more likely. At 8,000 feet over the valley you will
still be at 6,000 feet AGL, so cross-country soaring will still be good.
, Aguila (928) 685-2272: This is the closest facility
(less than 2 miles) with decent rooms. There are only a couple of
non-smoking rooms available, 11 units in all. Many participants stayed here and
have been quite satisfied, considering the cost and convenience. Rates, which
include tax, as quoted below were for 2006. I recommend getting reservations as
early as possible if you plan to stay at the Burro Jim. Be aware that Eunice,
the owner, is no “Spring Chicken” and when I talked to her, I did have some
Single: $35 or maybe it was $40
Single (5-7 days): $175
Weekly Double (5-7 days): $225
Wickenburg Options (2006 rates)
Capri Motel, Wickenburg (928) 684-7232 - 22 miles
King Size Bed:
AmericInn of Wickenburg (928) 684-5461 - About 26 miles
850 East Wickenburg Way
, Wickenburg, AZ 85390
is: Louie Smith
current rates here seem to be about $70 per night. They are in the process of
installing all new beds, so there is some upgrading in process. I believe it is
a good option. As with most of the hotels here I would not try to get a
commitment too early. May 1 is the end of tourist season and for many of them
the rates will become pretty flexible at that time. Shopping and bargaining
could result in a reduced rate.
Super 8 Motel
of Wickenburg (928) 684-0808 - About 24
North Tegner, Wickenburg, AZ 85390
40 rooms, Continental Breakfast, Cable TV, Guest
Laundry, Suites Available.
were $67.39 + tax for 2 beds.
$58.39 + tax for 1 bed, 1 persons.
$68.89 + tax for 1 bed, 2 persons
is recommended by locals. It is almost new and it is clean. Several pilots
stayed here in 2006 and were extremely pleased with the facility and the
convenient access to shopping and restaurants in Wickenberg.
Best Western Rancho
Grande (928) 684-5445 - About 23
293 East Wickenburg Way
, Wickenburg, AZ 85390
Older interesting hotel.
Downtown. Restaurants, bars, shopping, museums within a block. McDonalds just a short walk across the bridge. Could get no
quotes for that time of year, but the local color may make it very attractive.
If the Burro Jim becomes history, this could be the fun place to be. www.bwranchogrande.com.
Inn (928) 684-7099 - About 25 miles
N. Tegner, Wickenburg, AZ 85390
Newest and Finest” although I think the Super 8 is newer. Much
more upscale. Quotes in the $85-$90 dollars per night range. Very nice. Refrigerators, Satellite TV, Pool, Spa, Private
Patios, Continental Breakfast, In Room Coffee, No pets.
Westerner Motel (928) 684-2493 - About 22 miles
, Wickenburg, AZ
have not checked this out, but the airport manager at the Wickenburg
seemed to think it was OK. Swimming pool. Cable TV. Location is pretty good as it is on the west side
of town—closer to Aguila. A Chamber of Commerce member.
For 2007 only
Robson’s Mining World (
) is only 6 miles from the field. It is a “Dude” ranch sort of facility with a
mining museum, restaurant, and hotel/bed and breakfast accommodations. For most
of us it is pricey, but for those looking for a special experience it is
attractive. It is open seasonally from October 1 through April 30, so it is a
real possibility for the 2007 Rendezvous.Contact address and telephone numbers are: PO Box 3465 • Wickenburg, Arizona
---- Tel: 928.685.2609
• Fax: 928.685.4164
Additional information can be found under
Treasures at: http://www.arizonahighways.com/
There is plenty of
room on the field for camping and RV parking. There are no hookups but power
may be available. Please notify me or Harry Smith of any special needs.
2 to 3 restaurants in Aguila, all with decent food. Lot's of restaurants in Wickenburg, ranging from fast
food to continental. Any price range you want.
art museum in Wickenburg along with art galleries and antiques.
My favorite is a marble cutting shop on the east
side of town. There is also the Nature Conservancy’s Hassayampa River Preserve
for those looking for special birds, etc. There will probably be special
activities both weekends in Wickenburg. Vulture Mine is a historic
gold mine. Tours are available. Also, trips to Yarnell, Congress, or even
Prescott cover a lot of Arizona
history. In 2005 we had only one totally non-flying day as clouds and light
rain moved in.
Bob Hurni, Rendezvous
516 East Meadow Lane
, AZ 85022
Harry Smith, Owner and Operator
707-2003 or (928) 707-2002 or (623) 584-0043