Thanks to your support and prodding of several pilots my goal of filling
every region and category was met! There were some very interesting flights
this year. Blake Seese in the Bronze West category caused Kevin to modify
the scoring program by logging 2 valid Sweeps flights in one day. Jeff Daye
took first place in two categories, Silver Central and Silver East. Nearly
every pilot beat his miles from the previous year. I processed 171 flights
from 29 pilots. That was a 26% increase in Sweeps pilots submitting flights.
Way to go folks!
Here now are the 2008 1-26 Association Sweepstakes winners:
#1 Doug Levy
#2 Bob Spielman
#3 Garry Dickson
In the Diamond division, Doug Levy smoked the West setting a new Sweepstakes
record total of 2,163 miles. Go HangMan ! 2x4 and Chukar kept up the pressure
with their usual impressive flights. Chukar had the longest Sweeps flight
of 454 miles early in the year.
#1 Jim Hard
#2 Charles Shaw
#3 Jo Shaw
In the Diamond Central Class, Jim Hard earned the Claybourne Trophy with
his May flight of 354.34 miles. Wow!
Charles and Jo Shaw continued to log impressive flights and battled it
out for the second and third places.
#1 Ron Schwartz
Back East, Ron Schwartz dominated the Diamond Class and kept all others
at bay. If you think he's slacking off, check out his first entry in the
2009 Sweeps. The bar has been set HIGH for 2009!
#1 Joedy Gregory
Joedy had fun in the Owens Valley this year and racked up some good flights
to dominate this division.
#1 Kevin Ford
#2 Andrew Askwith
Kevin Ford again dominated the Gold Central Class when he wasn't modifying
the SOAR interface for the Sweeps ! Andrew moved up from Silver category
and made some impressive flights.
#1 Paul Leal
#2 Gus Johnson
#3 Kevin Anderson
Paul Leal and Gus Johnson battled it out head to head all season. For some
great entertainment load both of their flights from 22 October into SeeYou
and follow them on the ridge. What fun !
#1 Lane Decker
#2 Robert Stone
Lane swept the Silver West Class for the second year in a row with his
flights in the Owens Valley and other places out West ! Rob Stone came up
from Bronze division and showed he could still have fun in the 1-26!
#1 Jeff Daye
#2 Dan Bryan
#3 Tom Barkow
Jeff Daye grabbed first place this year with his flights. Perrenial participant
Dan Bryan tripled his distance from last year to hold on to second place
in a very tight competition. Tom Barkow was close behind in third place.
#1 Jeff Daye
#2 James Angelou
#3 Robert Janney
Jeff placed first here also. I wish I could fly in as many places as he
did. Two newcomers, James Angelou and Robert Janney filled out this division
with their flights. Welcome guys ! Hope to see you again in 2009.
#1 Blake Seese
My good friend Blake did great in the Bronze West division. I hope his
taste of glass this year doesn't keep him from continuing to fly Tweety
for FUN !!!!
#1 John Wallin
John Wallin entered the the Bronze Central division and walked away with
first place. See folks? The fun is there just in entering and logging your
#1 Jason Arnold
Welcome to Jason in the Bronze division with a VERY respectable flight. Keep
them coming !
I am more than satisfied with the Sweeps for 2008. It was a very good
year. I would encourage ALL 1-26 pilots to mentor somebody in the Bronze
category and make them fly and record their flights in 2009. As well as
filling all categories once again let's get First, Second and Third places
filled in the Bronze division. We need to shart the FUN of flying a 1-26.
It's difficult enough to fly cross country in glass. It's amazing in a 1-26!