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, 1998

President Bill Bartell 830-591-1769
Vice President John Goodman 395-9334
Secretary Jeff Turner 940-4050
Treasurer Tony Smolder 942-6519
Director Jim Burch 942-2734
Director Bob Blakemore 483-6482
Director Cliff Hilty 374-5387
Director Kirk Stant 933-1572

Committees

Ship Manager Kirk Stant 933-1572
Contest Manager Tony Smolder 942-6519
Equipment Jeff Turner 940-4050
Legal Advisor Bob von Hellens 954-8015
Membership Arnie Jurn 279-7840
Newsletter Ed Doug Bell 566-3593
Airspace Bob von Hellens 954-8015
Safety Open
Historian Ruth Petry 274-3968

MEETINGS

Tuesday, July 28, 7pm General Membership Meeting Barros Pizza - Coral Gables & 7th Street, Phoenix

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

ASA CALENDAR OF EVENTS

DATE EVENT LOCATION CONTACT

Saturday, July 25 ASA Contest Series Estrella Bill Prokes

Sunday, July 26 ASA Contest Series Estrella Alan Reeter

Thursday, August 13 FAA Safety Seminar Honeywell - Deer Val Jim Burch

Saturday, August 22 ASA Contest Series Turf Tony Smolder

Sunday, August 23 ASA Contest Series Turf Hans Heydrich

Saturday, Sept 5 ASA Contest Series Estrella Casey Lenox

Sunday, Sept 6 ASA Contest Series Estrella Bob Hurni

Monday, Sept 7 ASA Contest Series Estrella Andy Durbin

Saturday, Sept 19 ASA Contest Series El-Tiro John Leibacher

Sunday, Sept 20 ASA Contest Series El-Tiro Mike Parker

November 5-7 Aerobatic Contest Avra Valley Joe Kutschka (TuSC)

Safety Seminar - Traffic Over Lake Pleasant

Mark your calendars for Thursday evening, August 13. The Scottsdale FAA office is sponsoring a safety seminar that will focus on traffic conflicts in the Lake Pleasant area, with an emphasis on glider activity reported by airliners. Mike Weber of the Phoenix TRACON and our own Jim Burch will be making presentations.

The meeting will be held in the Honeywell facility at 19th Avenue and Deer Valley Road from 7:00 to 9:00 PM. This should be a good opportunity for operators on both sides of the performance spectrum to gain a better understanding of the operating envelope and procedures used by the concerned parties. Hope to see you there.

 

Glider Aerobatics Contest This Fall

by Joe Kutschka.

I fly a SZD 59 Acro glider at El Tiro Airport north of Tucson. I am also the secretary for the International Aerobatic Club Chapter 62 in Tucson. I am organizing a glider aerobatic contest to be flown in conjunction with the annual Tequila Cup Aerobatic Contest on Nov. 5-7 1998 at Avra Valley Airport AZ.

We will be holding a sportsman glider category contest as a minimum and could expand it to intermediate, advanced and unlimited if we get enough glider interest. The Tucson Soaring club will be supplying two tow planes. There are usually 40 or more power pilots and usually some of the USA team pilots.

 

1998 Region 9 Contest

Charlie Spratt Contest Summary

(reprinted from the SSA web site)

HOBBS FINISHES EVEN BETTER

I launched the sniffer yesterday at Noon. He got off tow and went to cloud base within 10 minutes to 16,000 ft. All of us were excited and ready to launch when mother nature decided that the wind direction needed to be changed. The winds had been pretty much calm during the morning, but as grid time passed we were into a tailwind situation. I launched the 15 meter class with the most powerful towplanes, but felt that we could not continue the South launch safely. The 15 meter was in the air and their 275 mile task opened a little after 13:00. Now the elephant walk started with the other three classes going down to the South end of the ramp and turning into the wind. Everyone did a great job on getting down and getting on their number. We lost about 40 minutes due to this change, but it was unsafe to continue the launch with the wind increasing.

In the 15 meter Joe Shepherd won the contest by flying this task conservatively. Joe left on task some thirty minutes before anyone else in his class. Alan Reeter won his third contest day by flying the 275 miles at an amazing speed of 85 mph. If Alan had not had blown the first two contest days he would have given Joe a real run for his money. Fernando Silva slipped by John Seaborn to take second overall. John had a missed turnpoint on the last day that really cost him.

In the Standard Class the task was changed in the air as the fleet got into the air later than expected with the Elephant walk. It was a two hundred miler up to Littlefield down to Hamilton, and then home. Dave Mockler locked himself into first overall by winning the day. Dave flew the course at 88 mph. Johnny Byrd held on to second overall, and Ken "Rocketman" Sorenson finished in third. Bob Epp jumped up to fourth overall by blistering the task at 86 mph. The Std. Class was a close race the whole contest and great fun to watch.

In the Sports Class newcomer Gary Osoba won his third contest day in his Woodstock. Gary barely got around Dick Johnson the difference was 9 points. Gary is a well known hanglider pilot, and a very good competitor. The interesting thing is that Gary’s handicap speed was 91 mph, is raw speed was 52 mph. Chip Garner ended up in third after Al Heath took a missed turnpoint hit. There were 15 pilots in the Sports Class race and they all got home on this day.

The Motorglider Nats. finished up with Dave Volkmann on top. Ed Shilen won the day with a speed on 90 mph over the 2 hr. 45 min PST. Again we had to cut it short due to the late launch. Brian Utley came third, with Eric Greenwell on his heels.

Hobbs really had some wonderful weather for this contest. Seeing 16,000 ft. at Noon is pretty rare, but it happened with consistency this year. Yesterday did dry out with cloud fields shrinking as the day went on. It made no difference as the lift was very strong all over the task area. I heard many pilots comment that this was some of the finest soaring they had ever been in. With the fun meter pegged, and a very slick organization put on by the National Soaring Foundation this was a contest for the history book. Those of you who missed this contest should consider Littlefield in three weeks.

I spoke with Mark Huffstutler this morning and he said at last, they are seeing good clouds over Uvalde. This Nationals looks as if it will be another classic. I am headed for the 15 m Nats in California next week looking forward to some cooler temperatures after the 111 degrees we saw here in Hobbs yesterday. I will do updates for the SSA web site from there.

(A summary of the Region 9 contest results can be found on page 10. If you are curious about 71’s DNC on day 1, a note from Alan stated "On day one, my VP-3 failed as I went through the start gate. I was basically without instruments. I borrowed an old, old Ilac vario for days 2, 3 & 4. I got an L-Nav installed for the last day." -ed)

 

June Board Meeting Minutes

by Jeff Turner

The meeting was held at the home of Bob Blakemore, 8405 E. Via De Encanto, Scottsdale, Arizona.

The meeting was called to order at 7:25 PM, A quorum was present.

Attending: Bob Blakemore

Jim Burch

Cliff Hilty

John Goodman

Bill Poore

Tony Smolder

Kirk Stant

Jeff Turner

OLD BUSINESS

The board meeting minutes from May were accepted as written.

The treasurer presented a detailed checkbook register, with breakouts for each of the three categories; General, Contest, and Aircraft. A brief summary of balances is as follows:

Budget Category

General $ 2,597

Contest $ 2,420

Aircraft $ 15,834

Total Checking Account Balance $ 20,851

 

Kirk Stant presented a report on the activity and financials for the Grob.

Glider Utilization, April through May 98:

Notes:

About 20 hours from May have not yet been reported (May hrs ~ 67)

Four members have paid the annual fee in ‘98 for the Grob

$ 480.00paid for ’97 tiedown fees for AS and BW

Barb Maclean agreed to sell oxygen system for $125

GEAR UP and GEAR DOWN labels now installed in aircraft

An interest bearing cash management account with the National Bank of Arizona Trust Department has been established. The board unanimously voted to place $17,000 from the checking in the cash management account initially. This leaves $3,851 in the checking account.

Recently, John Goodman checked on the new club T-shirts, they are nearly ready. A few minor modifications were made to the image. 10 folding chairs will also have a club emblem applied. These chairs will be sold for $16 each, of which about $5 is profit for the club.

NEW BUSINESS

There has been some confusion lately with regards to scheduling practices for the Grob. The policy still is that no flight can be scheduled more than 30 days in advance. The book at Turf has the contest weekends indicated, but they are not reserved unless someone calls and reserves them specifically. Kirk Stant will write a clarification to be placed in the book at Turf, talk to the scheduler at Turf, and create material for inclusion in the next Air Currents.

$2,700 in checks has been received towards the purchase of a Lark. A quick straw poll of board members indicates that there were an additional $3,200 that members had pledged verbally. In order to ensure that all those that plan to contribute do so by the deadline, another round of phone calls by the board members will be done by about 6/16.

The board voted to purchase an oxygen system for the Grob from Barbara Maclean for $125.

Sally Sisson will be noted as the club CFIG in charge of checkouts for the Grob on the insurance policy.

The next board meeting will be held at Barro’s Pizza on 7/7/98 at 7:00 PM.

The meeting adjourned at 8:45 PM.

 

Classified

For Sale: Parachute - Para-Phernalia, 28 foot "Softie" (28-572), Serial 1175-2 $650

Wing Stand - Anodized Aluminum - like New, folds flat $75

Tony Spangler: Day 236-4450 Eve 839-5322

 

ASA Contest Series - Cumulative Standings

Region 9 Hobbs New Mexico Hobbs Industrial Airport 6/21/98 thru 6/26/98

Standard Class

6/22/98 6/23/98 6/24/98 6/25/98 6/26/98

ASSIGNED TASK ASSIGNED TASK ASSIGNED TASK PILOT SEL TASK ASSIGNED TASK

Dist: 166.82 Dist: 245.37 Dist: 260.15 Min Time: 03:00 Dist: 196.67

Comp Last ---- Day 1 ---- ---- Day 2 ---- ---- Day 3 ---- ---- Day 4 ---- ---- Day 5 ----

Pos Nbr Name Aircraft Day Pts Pos Pts Day Pts Pos Pts Day Pts Pos Pts Day Pts Pos Pts Day Pts Pos Pts

1 2XX Mockler Discus A 5 872 5 872 1 1000 3 1872 3 297 2 2169 2 944 1 3113 1 1000 1 4113

2 30 Byrd Discus A 2 962 2 962 5 911 2 1873 3 297 1 2170 4 898 2 3068 4 967 2 4035

3 PJ Sorenson ASW 24 8 779 8 779 3 927 6 1706 2 308 5 2014 1 1000 3 3014 5 934 3 3948

4 OE Epp ASW24 B 7 842 7 842 3 927 4 1769 8 276 4 2045 5 878 4 2923 2 994 4 3917

5 CP Ponte Discus B 3 925 3 925 2 966 1 1891 12 193 3 2084 10 744 5 2828 7 844 5 3672

6 5U Giltner Discus 1 1000 1 1000 12 402 7 1402 3 297 8 1699 9 797 8 2496 3 971 6 3467

7 22 Emons ASW 24 4 893 4 893 10 860 5 1753 11 200 6 1953 11 719 6 2672 12 698 7 3370

8 JL Hickey Discus B 9 466 9 466 11 760 9 1226 1 477 7 1703 8 820 7 2523 9 815 8 3338

9 1X von Hellens Discus D 11 342 11 342 7 882 10 1224 8 276 10 1500 6 854 10 2354 6 861 9 3215

10 9F Feager ASW 24 6 851 6 851 13 341 11 1192 3 297 11 1489 3 899 9 2388 10 799 10 3187

11 5A Hollenberg Discus 12 313 12 313 9 877 12 1190 13 144 13 1334 7 848 12 2182 11 791 11 2973

12 6S Odehnal LS 4 10 392 10 392 6 909 8 1301 10 231 9 1532 12 711 11 2243 13 676 12 2919

13 IT Mockler LS-8a 13 186 13 186 8 878 13 1064 3 297 12 1361 13 419 13 1780 8 819 13 2599

 

15 Meter Class

6/22/98 6/23/98 6/24/98 6/25/98 6/26/98

ASSIGNED TASK ASSIGNED TASK PILOT SEL TASK ASSIGNED TASK ASSIGNED TASK

Dist: 213.60 Dist: 253.41 Min Time: 03:00 Dist: 242.40 Dist: 275.74

Comp Last ---- Day 1 ---- ---- Day 2 ---- ---- Day 3 ---- ---- Day 4 ---- ---- Day 5 ----

Pos Nbr Name Aircraft Day Pts Pos Pts Day Pts Pos Pts Day Pts Pos Pts Day Pts Pos Pts Day Pts Pos Pts

1 SP Shepherd ASW 27 1 862 1 862 1 1000 1 1862 6 961 1 2823 2 943 1 3766 4 937 1 4703

2 FS Silva ASW 27 4 683 4 683 3 944 4 1627 3 989 2 2616 5 881 3 3497 2 969 2 4466

3 A8 Seaborn Ventus 2B 2 761 2 761 4 929 2 1690 7 920 3 2610 3 928 2 3538 7 873 3 4411

4 MD Bourland Ventus CM 3 711 3 711 2 968 3 1679 9 906 4 2585 11 849 4 3434 3 955 4 4389

5 01 Goddard Ls-3A 5 682 5 682 11 809 5 1491 11 832 5 2323 10 852 5 3175 12 796 5 3971

6 KF Mockler ASW20 B 7 439 7 439 12 787 7 1226 4 988 6 2214 6 876 6 3090 9 851 6 3941

7 71 Reeter LS 6 DNC 0 14 0 9 818 13 818 1 1000 11 1818 1 1000 8 2818 1 1000 7 3818

8 BV Martin ASW20 8 291 8 291 8 833 8 1124 2 992 7 2116 7 873 7 2989 11 817 8 3806

9 TSI Smolder Ventu B 13 146 13 146 7 866 10 1012 10 854 9 1866 9 855 9 2721 5 911 9 3632

10 6K Heydrich Ventus B 6 573 6 573 6 884 6 1457 14 418 8 1875 12 811 10 2686 6 898 10 3584

11 MA Adams LS-6 c 11 171 11 171 13 751 12 922 8 917 10 1839 13 785 11 2624 8 868 11 3492

12 2X Leonard ASW20 9 217 9 217 5 896 9 1113 13 538 13 1651 14 769 13 2420 10 843 12 3263

13 ZA Clarke LS 6 A 11 171 11 171 10 816 11 987 12 734 12 1721 8 857 12 2578 13 648 13 3226

14 ZS Leonard Zuni II 9 217 9 217 14 317 14 534 5 962 14 1496 4 886 14 2382 14 377 14 2759