With several nomination this year we have awarded the 2005 per ardua to ...
Mr. Robert Spielman
Great flying is all about attitude and spirit. The per ardua is presented this
year to a pilot that encompasses both great attitude, a positive sharing spirit
and solid aviation accomplishments in the 1-26 Association. His volunteer
efforts have enhanced the 1-26 community and helped new pilots with the sport,
as well as his individual achievements in the 1-26.
Bob Spielman's contributions to the 1-26 community include:
An active history of 1-26 camaraderie and encouragement to others. Bob's
enthusiasm and encouragement extends from flying 1-26s for fun and earning
badges to promoting cross-country flying. He has dedicated an enormous amount
of his time providing buddy flying and encouraging other pilots to fly
Always out flying the 1-26. Bob has hundreds of hours in the 1-26 and he enjoys
flying the glider. In addition to local and cross-country flying, he has
pioneered wave distance and altitude flights. During 2005, Bob flew 9 wave
flights which included flights up to 8 hours and he accumulated over 2500 km
during these flights.
His extensive accomplishments in piloting a 1-26 glider #555 include:
8.3 hours duration
439 statute miles or 702KM
A flight to 30,000 in a 1-26.
Bob is a superb pilot and mentor. Still he enjoys flying the 1-26 for fun.
Thanks to Bob Spielman for his contribution to the 1-26 community and his
pioneering flights in wave conditions.