ASA November 1997 Newsletter

ARIZONA SOARING ASSOCIATION

The Arizona Soaring Association is a chapter of the Soaring Society of America. It is a non-profit corporation in the State of Arizona for the purpose of fostering the sport and science of soaring and educating the public on motorless flight in Arizona.

Officers and Directors, 1997

President Bill Bartell 580-9270 Vice President John Goodman 395-9334

Secretary Jeff Turner 786-0235 Treasurer Hans Heydrich 971-7875

Director Jim Burch 942-2734 Director Sally Sisson (520) 537-5438

Director Tony Smolder 942-6519 Director Kirk Stant 933-1572

Committees

Ship Manager Kirk Stant 933-1572 Contest Manager Tony Smolder 942-6519

Equipment Jeff Turner 786-0235 Legal Advisor Bob vonHellens 954-8015

Membership Arnie Jurn 279-7840 Newsletter Editor Doug Bell 561-0136

Airspace Bob vonHellens 954-8015 Safety Open

Historian Ruth Petry 274-3968

MEETINGS

Tuesday, November 25 General Membership Meeting Barros Pizza - Coral Gables & 7th Street, Phoenix

Saturday, December 6 Christmas Party Bob and Susan von Hellens

Tuesday, January 27 General Membership Meeting Barros Pizza - Coral Gables & 7th Street, Phoenix

ASA CALENDAR OF EVENTS

DATE EVENT LOCATION CONTACT

ASA will provide the main dish.

Guests are requested to bring a side dish or dessert according to last name:

A - I : Dessert

J - Z : Side Dish or Salad

Donations: This year there will be an opportunity to make a contribution to the Make-A-Wish Foundation. Make-A-Wish works with terminally ill children to provide them with a special event of their choice. Please bring a sealed envelope with a check or cash. All donations will be forwarded directly to Make-A-Wish Foundation in the name of the Arizona Soaring Association.

Please RSVP to Bob or Susan at 954-6706 or 954-8015

Thirtieth Annual Awards Banquet Report

by Doug Bell

ASA members celebrated another year of club activities at the 30th Annual Awards Banquet on October 25, at Gainey Ranch Golf Club in Scottsdale. There was a good turnout for this event, including a number of members from the southern contingent of the membership.

At the conclusion of dinner, Vice-President John Goodman presented the general membership awards to the following recipients:

Man of the Year Bill Bartell

Woman of the Year Barbara Maclean

Turf Award Jim Burch

Estrella Award Bill Prokes

Lead C Kirk Stant

Following the presentation of these awards, Tony Smolder presented the awards associated with the ASA contest series.

A Class Awards

First Place Mike Parker Ventus B 9776

Second Place Neil McLeod Ventus B 9675

Third Place Hans Heydrich ASW-19B 9361

B Class Awards

First Place Nilton Renno PIK-20B 9556

Second Place Bill Prokes Std Cirrus 9239

Third Place Mike McNulty SGS 1-23 9224

In addition to the place awards listed above, there were two special awards presented.

Although the award for most improved pilot has been presented in previous years, this year the board of directors established a perpetual award for the most improved pilot. This award has been named it in honor of Ken Olson in recognition of his continual willingness to help pilots, both novice and experienced, improve their flying skills and pursue cross-country soaring. This year the Ken Olson Award for Most Improved Pilot was awarded to Ralph Burg.

The other special award was presented to John Goodman for consistent high performance in the B Class. John completed the task on each of the nine days he competed, had an average score of 955 points and won four days outright. Although he was lacking one more competition day to make a run for first place, he still managed to finish fourth with only nine tasks.

 

1997 Contest Series Summary

by Tony Smolder

What an awesome and extremely successful contest series we had in 1997. Record turnouts and moderate to good weather made for a record season in every category. We competed on 18 of the 19 scheduled contest days and had over 50% task completions in both classes on 12 of the 18 days. There were no days (ZERO) when at least one pilot failed to complete one of the tasks - OK on the second contest day the entire "A" class did land out, but "B" class saw a few finishers. Vice versa the entire "B" class landed out, or aborted the task, on May 24th when the "A" class stuck it out for 70% of their task completions.

Probably the highlight of the year was the contest weekend of May 3rd and 4th at Turf, when 23 pilots gridded on the runway and went through the start gate on both days. On this weekend alone 43 of the 46 flights were speed finishes. Only one land-out by CH on the last day when clouds moved over the final leg and grounded him at Rancho Loma Vista. On this weekend alone we flew more miles in two days (7,272), than either Region 3 or Region 5 South contests did their entire week, and had more pilots competing (23) than either Region 1 or Region 5 South contests. That really says something for not only our great weather but also the sheer number of contest pilots in our area.

For one last comparison I can’t but help to compare our contest series with the Standard Class Nationals. If you take half of our contest days (9) and compare the mileage flown with the entire 10 scheduled days of the Standard Class Nationals, the ASA blew their doors off! The ASA’s average number of 20 pilots flew 21,977 miles (half the total of 18 days) compared with the Standard Class Nationals total of 15,650 miles among their 30 competitors. And none of us had to take vacation to do it!

So until next year, keep your wings waxed, batteries charged, and get ready for another fabulous contest season in 1998.

Note: For those who really like the stats I’ve included a few from the past 7 years. Also see the Preliminary 1998 Contest Schedule in this issue.

September General Membership Meeting

by Jeff Turner

The meeting was held at Barros Pizza, Coral Gables & 7th Street, Phoenix, Arizona on September 23, 1997

The meeting was called to order at 7:15 PM.

There were 8 members present, including 5 board members.

The Treasurer gave a brief report of the current finances of the organization, which is summarized as follows: Current balance in checking account: $872. We anticipate a $1000 shortfall in December as a result of the final $2000 payment for the Grob 102.

The club 1-34 is still up for sale, we have had no serious offers yet.

Both the ASA club bylaws and the aircraft bylaws are being reviewed and brought up to date.

The annual ASA banquet will be held on October 25th at Gainey Ranch. The cost is expected to be similar to last year (approx. $35/person). The program will include a video of the world soaring championships. Award recipients will be selected at the next board meeting.

The Von Helens’ will be asked if they would be once again willing to host the Christmas party (they have graciously accepted).

A suggestion was made to sell ASA T-shirts to the public in conjunction with contests and other functions. The idea was received with some enthusiasm. The "There must be soaring contest today" shirt is viewed as the favorite to start with. An ad for this will also be placed on the club’s web page.

Once again the question of how to get more use from our aircraft has been asked. As a result of the ensuing discussion it was discovered that our club handouts have not been stocked at either Turf or Estrella for some time. The handout displays will be restocked.

After much Pizza, Buffalo Wings, and Beer was consumed he meeting adjourned at 8:15 PM.

September Board Meeting Minutes

by Jeff Turner

Arizona Soaring Association Board Meeting Minutes: September 29, 1997

The meeting was held at John Goodman’s home 1535 E. Mission Lane, Phoenix, Arizona.

The meeting began at 7:25 PM.

Attending: Bill Bartell (President)

John Goodman (Vice President)

Hans Heydrich (Treasurer)

Jeff Turner (Secretary)

Jim Burch (Board Member)

Tony Smolder (Board Member)

Kirk Stant (Aircraft Manager)

The Treasurer gave a report of the current finances of the organization, which is summarized as follows:

Checking Account Activity

-$113 Reimburse Patti Johnson for flowers at Ken Olson’s funeral

-$30 RESCO Solutions (Web page)

$700 Current Balance (approximate)

The treasurer reports that the checking account register balance has approximately $150 to $200 more funds than the bank statements indicate is there. He has been unable reconcile the difference. It appears that some time ago a previous treasurer made an adjustment to the balance which was in error. He will go to the bank and enlist their help in reconciling the account balance. The bank statement which is currently mailed to the ASA post office box will now be mailed directly to the treasurer. This will require that the address is changed yearly when the club officers are changed but should result in more timely financial reporting.

The contest manager gave a report of the finances in the contest account as follows:

Contest Series Account Activity

$1663 Current Balance

+$180 Willcox Tow Payments

-$200 Anticipated ASA series award expenses

$1643 Anticipated year-end balance

The aircraft manager gave a report of the finances in the aircraft account as follows:

Combined Aircraft Account Activity

$74 Current Balance

+$640 Outstanding income from 3rd quarter billings

$714 Anticipated near-term balance

The aircraft are experiencing moderate to low usage. The expenses are exceeding income. Kirk will notify the members through the newsletter that the aircraft are available more often than is apparent when checking the schedule. It is apparent that we have a rate/cost problem with the G102. At the current rates no reserves are being built to cover future expenses such as refinishing, etc. The account does not have enough money to cover the final $2000 payment for the G102. John Goodman will contact Bob Blakemore to explore what options we have. There have been 2 recent inquiries for the 1-34, one appears promising. The ad for the 1-34 in Soaring magazine has lapsed. The asking price will be revised to $16,900 or best offer and resubmitted by Kirk.

Award recipients to be announced at the upcoming awards banquet were selected.

Banquet announcements are already in the mail, according to Doug Bell. The banquet will be held on October 25th at Gainey Ranch. The cost will be $35 per person. Bill Bartell and Tony Smolder will emcee the evening’s program.

The position of safety officer will not be filled at this time. It is felt that there a number of club positions that have been filled in name only and are not actively being pursued. These offices are not provided for in the club bylaws. A review of the various offices and positions will be done concurrent with revising the clubs bylaws. Jim Burch provided each board member with the latest revision of the club bylaws for review. Board members will review and compile comments for the next board meeting. There will most likely be a move to amend the bylaws to bring them up to date. Amending the bylaws requires a vote of the general membership thus finalizing this task may not occur in the current year.

The club aircraft bylaws were also distributed to the board members. Board members will review and compile comments for the next board meeting.

Barbara McLean has created a checklist for getting checked out to fly either club plane. These were distributed to each board member. Board members will review and compile comments for the next board meeting.

The Christmas party will be held on December 6th at the Von Hellens’ home. Tentative plans are for the meat dish and refreshments to provided by the club while attendees are asked to bring a side dish to pass. A notice will be placed in Air Currents.

Ideas for a new rate structure for the club’s aircraft are solicited in light of our current financial situation.

Oliver Spattscheck (of TuSC) has reserved the G102 for the week following Memorial Day. This is in response to our "Arizona Soaring Getaway" offer advertised on the club web site. He inquired if the aircraft could be based in Tucson during the week. The board does not wish to have the glider based away from the field. He will be informed that all flights must originate from Turf. However, cross country flight is encouraged. Retrieval and crewing arrangements are the responsibility of the pilot.

The next board meeting will be held on October 20th, once again at John Goodman’s house.

The meeting adjourned at 9:25 PM.

Classified

For Sale: Std Cirrus '18' B model, Cambridge C-Nav, Dittel, 1300 hrs. TT Reduced to $19,500. Steve Johnson (602)-978-9324

For Sale: Cobra Trailer 1995 Fiberglass molded top set up for Ventus 2 but adjustable to most planes. New sells for $12,000. Asking $9000. Trailer is in excellent condition. Used very little. May be seen at Turf. Contact Cliff Hilty email hilty@aztec.asu.edu or phone 602-374-5387.

ASA Contest Series - 7 Year Summary

1991

1992

1993

1994

1995

1996

1997

# of Contest Days Scheduled

15

13

14

16

15

15

19

# of Contest Days

14

11

13

12

13

14

18

# of Pilots in "A" Class

12

9

12

11

15

13

17

Yearly Increase or (Decrease)

(3)

3

(1)

4

(2)

4

# of Pilots in "B" Class

18

8

18

19

18

19

20

Yearly Increase or (Decrease)

(10)

10

1

(1)

1

1

Total # of Pilots

30

17

30

30

33

32

37

Yearly Increase or (Decrease)

(13)

13

0

3

(1)

5

Yearly % Increase or Decrease

-43%

76%

0%

10%

-3%

16%

# of Task Completions in "A" Class

45

38

67

33

74

76

117

# of Task Completions in "B" Class

52

24

52

30

31

59

104

# of Land-outs or DNC's in "A" Class

11

9

27

33

33

35

50

# of Land-outs or DNC's in "B" Class

13

17

35

64

59

51

48

Total # of Contest Flights in "A" Class

56

47

94

66

107

111

167

Yearly Increase or (Decrease)

(9)

47

(28)

41

4

56

Total # of Contest Flights in "B" Class

65

41

87

94

90

110

152

Yearly Increase or (Decrease)

(24)

46

7

(4)

20

42

Total # of Contest Flights

121

88

181

160

197

221

319

Yearly Increase or (Decrease)

(33)

93

(21)

37

24

98

Yearly % Increase or Decrease

-27%

106%

-12%

23%

12%

44%

% of Task Completions in "A" Class

80%

81%

71%

50%

69%

68%

70%

% of Task Completions in "B" Class

80%

59%

60%

32%

34%

54%

68%

Longest Task Completed in "A" Class (miles)

253

200

248

233

222

264

259

Longest Task Completed in "B" Class (miles)

174

168

185

163

178

208

199

Best Speed in "A" Class (mph)

80

74

79

88

83

95

93

Best Speed in "B" Class (mph)

67

59

65

61

61

72

68

Total Distance Flown in "A" Class (miles)

9,125

6,778

13,464

8,621

14,825

18,506

27,343

Yearly Increase or (Decrease)

(2,347)

6,686

(4,843)

6,204

3,681

8,837

Total Distance Flown in "B" Class (miles)

6,765

3,875

9,096

6,014

6,256

9,801

16,612

Yearly Increase or (Decrease)

(2,890)

5,221

(3,082)

242

3,545

6,811

Total Contest Distance Flown (miles)

15,890

10,653

22,560

14,635

21,081

28,307

43,955

Yearly Increase or (Decrease)

(5,237)

11,907

(7,925)

6,446

7,226

15,648

Yearly % Increase or Decrease

-33%

112%

-35%

44%

34%

55%

 

ASA Contest Series

1998 Contest Schedule (Preliminary)

Date Location CD

March 14 Turf (Practice) None - Practice

March 15 Turf (Practice) None - Practice

March 28 Estrella (Practice) None - Practice

March 29 Estrella (Practice) None - Practice

April 11 Turf

April 12 Turf

April 25 Estrella

April 26 Estrella

May 9 El-Tiro

May 10 El-Tiro

May 23 Turf

May 24 Turf

May 25 Turf

June 13 Willcox

June 14 Willcox

July 25 Estrella

July 26 Estrella

August 22 Turf Tony Smolder

August 23 Turf

September 19 Estrella

September 20 Estrella

September 26 El-Tiro

September 27 El-Tiro

Other Contest Dates

July 6 - 10 Region 9 - Hobbs, NM

July 7 - 16 15 Meter Nationals - Montague, CA

August 4 - 13 Standard & Open Class Nationals - Uvalde, TX

September 6 -12 AFRR Road Trip (Parowan, or other site TBD)

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