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 580-9270
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


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


Tuesday, May 26, 7pm General Membership Meeting Barros Pizza - Coral Gables & 7th Street, Phoenix

Tuesday, June 23, 7pm General Membership Meeting Barros Pizza - Coral Gables & 7th Street, Phoenix



Saturday, May 9 ASA Contest Series El-Tiro Mike McNulty

Sunday, May 10 ASA Contest Series El-Tiro Nilton Renno

Saturday, May 16 Badge / Records Weekend Estrella Doug Bell

Sunday, May 17 Badge / Records Weekend Estrella Doug Bell

Saturday, May 23 ASA Contest Series Turf John Goodman

Sunday, May 24 ASA Contest Series Turf Bill Bartell

Monday, May 25 ASA Contest Series Turf Kirk Stant / Barb M.

Saturday, June 13 ASA Contest Series Willcox Neil McLeod

Sunday, June 14 ASA Contest Series Willcox Ralph Bergh

Saturday, July 25 ASA Contest Series Estrella Bill Prokes

Sunday, July 26 ASA Contest Series Estrella Alan Reeter

Saturday, August 22 ASA Contest Series Turf Tony Smolder

Sunday, August 23 ASA Contest Series Turf Hans Heydrich

Saturday, September 5 ASA Contest Series Estrella Casey Lenox

Sunday, September 6 ASA Contest Series Estrella Bob Hurni

Monday, September 7 ASA Contest Series Estrella Andy Durbin

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

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

El Tiro Cookout

The folks in the Tucson club want to remind all ASAers that there will be a cookout on the Saturday evening of the first contest weekend at El Tiro, May 9. Standard arrangements. Bring something to grill, and a side dish to share. TuSC will provide the coals and drinks. Hopefully there will be some of that great sour cream / bean dip that we’ve enjoyed in previous years along with a few other goodies.


Badge / Record Weekend

by Doug Bell

Don’t forget, that the weekend of May 16 - 17 has been scheduled for Badge and Record flight attempts out of Estrella. Come on out and get that badge leg flown, or set a record or two. Counting all the valid combinations of classes and categories, there are 430 state record categories defined under the current rules. With this many up for grabs, there are plenty to choose from, especially in Sports Class and World Class. Don’t know the difference between a class and a category? Come on out and find out. We’ll have equipment, observers, forms and supplies available to make things easier. There will also be some briefings each morning to review badge / record procedures, documentation, cross-country techniques and other topics of interest.

Listed below are some of the possible flights for various badge legs.

Silver Distance (50 km straight out):

Gila Bend - 50 km

ChuiChu - 52 km

Lake St. Claire Dam - 52 km

Remember that Silver distance can be flown with a remote start and/or remote finish. Those flights listed above assume a remote finish at the turnpoint listed, and a return to Estrella.

Gold Distance / Diamond Goal (300 km)

Silverbell Mine - Little Hills Mine (300 km)

Ryan Airport - Coolidge (300 km)

Gila Compressor - Sasco (304 km)

Diamond Distance (500 km)

Tombstone and return (510 km)

Dateland - LaCholla (501 km)

Ariavaca - Benson (502 km)

Ryan - Tabletop - LaCholla (501 km)

Lake St.Claire - Buckeye - Robles Jct. (501 km)

The flights listed above are just a few of the possibilities. The same flight planning program that generated these tasks will be available. It’s got all the standard ASA turnpoints in it, and more can be added as needed. From those it can generate all the tasks that meet the criteria you specify, plot them, and print out a flight plan. It also has restricted airspace identified so you can see where you might need to deviate from a direct course.

There will be a cookout Saturday evening. Bring something to grill and a dish to share. Beverages and coals furnished by Estrella. See you there.


Club Grob 102 Bites the Dust

On Thursday, April 23, Alpha Sierra suffered a gear up landing on the dirt runway at Turf. It seems the pilot suffered from what has become known as the "Vanderzyl Syndrome". That is, after flying the entire flight with the gear down, the pilot moved to the gear handle to the up position when entering the landing pattern. Damage to the ship was limited to skin abrasions on the belly forward of the landing gear doors.

The ship was inspected by a licensed A&P mechanic and deemed to still be airworthy. After being flown at the Estrella contest the weekend following the accident, it was returned to the shop for repairs. Following completion of the repairs, it was returned to Turf on Friday, May 1st. If you would like additional details of this accident, contact any board member.

Maybe the following memory aid might help prevent another such event. Remember that the gear handle operates similar to the control stick. Push forward to go down, pull back to go up. It also wouldn’t hurt to look at the graphic placards at each end of the gear handle travel to confirm the position.



Contest Series News

The cumulative results for the first four days of the 1998 ASA contest series is shown below. Details of daily performances can be found at the end of the newsletter.


Parowan 97 - A Different View (Part 1)

by Jim Vanderzyl

Withdrawal Symptoms: I need a Fix, Bad!

Having spent almost a year in Bahrain (Middle East) under the guise of a military advisor, my withdrawal symptoms from soaring were nearing a critical stage. Glider pictures on the wall, glider photo albums mixed in with F-16 manuals, soaring magazines in the Bahraini pilot’s break room. As time past, I found ways to stay in touch with reality and fill a great void in my life: I would read the Competition results on the ASA home page, E-mail guys like CH, and every so often call some of the old river racers to hear their voice.

I sold the LS-1 after the birth of my daughter; leaving behind Arizona, which had the best combination of thermals and friends, and moved to Bahrain to fly the F-16. I longed to again be at 5,000’ over Salome, late in the day, wondering whether I would make it home in my LS-1. The thoughts of the wonderful "Parowan 96" trip were still vivid in my mind. That year, a more competent glider pilot than myself could have flown a diamond distance (F.A.I. Diamond rules) every single day that week in July and landed back at the stable to enjoy a cool one with the boys (and girls).

The Plan: From Bahrain to the States

One of the best motivating factors that allowed my attitude to stay positive in Bahrain was how I was going to return to the States and spend a week in Parowan during 97! Don’t get me wrong, life in Bahrain has been superb, but on an Island 15 miles wide and 35 miles long, you’ve pretty much done it all in a year. Bahrain is the Pearl of the Middle East with beautiful beaches, beer, plenty of family time, and F-16s. But it’s not America, nor is it Arizona or Utah. The great trek of 97 would start with a paid vacation back to the states, all of course as my wife indicated, planned around the "boys trip to Parowaan". This was tough strategic long range mission planning: Glider currencies had to be updated, tickets arranged, Utah maps made and studied, and of course there was this minor problem of a lack of glider!

(Part 2 will appear in the June issue - ed)



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

One Person "Cobra" Wing Assembly/Rigging System. Brand New (purchased from Eastern Sailplane) $650

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

Cambridge CAV-II Variometer, like new $350

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For Sale: Borgelt B100 Glider Computer

Complete with manuals and all updates

First $2400.00 takes it!

Bill Bartell, (602) 580-9270

For Sale: Std Cirrus '18' B model, Cambridge

Nav, Dittel, 1300 hrs. TT Reduced to $15,000

Steve Johnson (602) 978-9324

ASA Aircraft Operations & Acquisition Proposal

April 28, 1998

Dear ASA Member:

The purpose of this memorandum is to summarize the major conceptual arguments put forward by ASA members, directors, and interested parties over the last many weeks concerning the purchase of an additional (two place) club aircraft. There will be no attempt made here to discuss the liabilities associated with owning and operating aircraft; it is suffice to say that liability is past, present, and future. Further; the board, it’s officers, and the general membership has deemed this risk as acceptable and have under-taken what they collectively feel are the appropriate actions to limit such liability.

In discussing and debating the various proposals it seems that some facts have arisen of which hold wide support and can serve as a basis from which various ideas can be advanced. They simply are:

1-Any acquisition of a two-place ship must be fully capitalized. (No Leverage)

2-At least the first years operating budget must be held in reserve.

3-The financial operating plan must at least meet the criteria in use for the operation of the Grob 102.

4-No capital assessment of existing members is acceptable.

The fourth point bears some examination. Many models that the board has looked at or heard testimony on are ones in which the club was formed for the exclusive purpose of purchasing, operating, and maintaining aircraft. These situations are dissimilar to ASA in that they were established for "specific purposes" by and for members who understood at the outset what their financial responsibilities were or could be. As Mr. Burch has pointed out ours is multi-purpose organization with split interests in contest flying, aircraft operations, and general membership. Assessment of the general membership under these circumstances is ill advised and lacks support among the board and it’s members.

Although the board’s powers are broad its ability to raise capital, make purchases, and meet the needs of a multi-interest organization are limited by the points made above. These facts have given way to a number of proposals which fall into two general categories: Exit "aircraft operations;" focusing instead on education, youth, contest, social activities, and badge flying; or: Continue "aircraft operations;" as an essential and vital part of membership activities for both present and future members.

In recent weeks the general membership has voiced it’s support for continuing "aircraft operations" in their belief that the aircraft represent an "affordable" way to fly. Each member holds strong views with regard to the type and mix of aircraft but no one expressed a desire other than to continue to operate the club aircraft.

Affordability of course is a relative term. In this case the board has determined that "affordability" is relative to a commercial operation. Whether aircraft utilization will support this proposition is debatable; but the commercial rates represent a benchmark against which the board can consider its financial plan of operations. The actual operating experience will over time on it’s own merit determine "affordability’. The short term challenge for the board is to ensure that the appropriate safeguards are in place while the experience card plays out.


In as much as exiting "aircraft operations" lacks the support of the membership the board is therefore challenged to construct an operating and financial plan for it’s aircraft operations. The operating plan must consider the members goals while not threatening the clubs financial stability. The following items seem best to summarize what those issues are:

    1. Type and number of aircraft to be operated.
    2. Financial operating plan. ($$per hour, annual vs. hourly, etc.)
    3. Financial safeguards. (One year operating expenses…)
    4. Impact on operations from pre-selling.
    5. Fall back plans with definitive time tables.

To be sure these items are not exhaustive but represent what the board has collectively voiced as important considerations for continued "aircraft operations". Over the past many weeks and months it has become clear through active public debate that the membership, for now; is interested in moving on with it’s aircraft operations and more particularly the purchase of a two-place aircraft. The articles of incorporation in defining the corporations purposes has given the board the confidence to advance to it’s membership the following proposal.

The Offering Proposal

The offering period will begin on Tuesday, April 28, 1998 and end on Tuesday, June 23, 1998. The details of the offering are as follows:

A-The offering period will remain open until the ending date as stated above or until $10,000 has been raised. In the event that the offering period expires and the dollar objective has not been reached all checks will be returned to the buyer. No checks will be cashed until the dollar goal has been reached.

B-The club is selling a flight in a two place glider for $35 per flight or three (3) flights for $100.

C-The owner of these flight certificates will have two (2) years to exercise the flight coupons.

D-The flight coupons are transferrable to another ASA member; youth scholarship fund, or organization that the ASA recognizes and supports.

E-The flight coupon is per flight with no maximum or minimum time limit; usage is optional.

F-There is no limit to the number of flight coupons that a member in good standing can purchase.

Those members who are interested in participating should make their check payable to ASA and mail to Tony Smolder 17223 N. 31st Drive Phoenix AZ 85023. Please feel free to contact any board member with questions.

The board feels that the dollar objective will be sufficient, along with existing funds, to purchase a high performance two place glider. In the event that this offering is unsuccessful the board will then revisit other options that it has previously considered with regard to the type and mix of aircraft. It is the board’s desire to try this initial first step in order to ensure that all options with regard to club aircraft are thoroughly tested before any actions are taken.

Sincerely and Respectfully yours;

The 1998 ASA Board