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


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 Open
Airspace Bob von Hellens 954-8015
Safety Open
Historian Ruth Petry 274-3968


Tuesday, Sept 22, 7pm General Membership Meeting Barros Pizza - Coral Gables & 7th Street, Phoenix

Tuesday, Oct 22, 7pm General Membership Meeting Barros Pizza - Coral Gables & 7th Street, Phoenix



Saturday, Sept 19 ASA Contest Series El-Tiro Neil McLeod

Sunday, Sept 20 ASA Contest Series El-Tiro Alan Reeter

Saturday, Sept 26 ASA Contest Series Turf Tony Smolder

Sunday, Sept 27 ASA Contest Series Turf Andy Durbin

Saturday, Oct 3 El-Tiro Dash El-Tiro Mike Parker

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

From the Editor

Remember the 1960’s movie "The Endless Summer", where a couple of surfers traveled around the world following the seasons to try to find the "perfect wave"? Well, it seems I have an opportunity to do nearly the same thing in the world of soaring.

As our soaring season winds down here, it is spring in the southern hemisphere. Just the perfect time to catch the start of the soaring season in Australia. So, as of November first, Kathy and I will be taking up residence in Melbourne. After spending a couple of summers "down under", we will return in the spring of 2000 to another great season of soaring in Arizona. Needless to say, I’m looking forward to having two 12 month summers in some of the best soaring country around.

Lest you think that I suddenly became financially independent, the time in Australia is courtesy of Honeywell. I will be working with Ansett Airlines to install a computer system for managing aircraft maintenance activities and documentation.

Although our accommodations in Melbourne will be modest, I’m sure we will have enough room for occasional visits from our ASA friends. After I have an opportunity to check-out the soaring sites, maybe we can schedule an ASA contest weekend there.



Editor Needed

by Doug Bell

This issue of Air Currents will be the last for me as editor since preparation for the move to Australia will consume much of my free time between now and November 1st (see "From The Editor"). Therefore, if you would like publication of Air Currents to continue, a new editor will be needed.


Access to a computer and word processor program.

If you meet these qualifications, contact a board member and volunteer. The job takes a couple of hours each month. Assistance to get the newsletter printed and mailed is available. Access to email is very helpful, but not absolutely essential.

Air Currents has been in continuous, if somewhat erratic, publication for over forty years. Don’t let this fine tradition stop now. Volunteer! You’ll sleep better, fly faster, fly farther and have the undying gratitude of everyone on the grid. Well, something like that anyway.


State Record Keeper Needed

by Doug Bell

Due to my move to Australia (see "From The Editor"), it will be necessary to turn over the record keeping duties to someone else. With an average of only one or two records claims per year, this job is not very demanding. It simply involves checking over the claim, checking it against existing records, filling out one form and sending it to the SSA, updating the records list for qualifying records, and sending out the certificate to the pilot.

For me, it’s been fun to encourage and see others fly record flights. I’ve enjoyed looking over their documentation to see all the what, where, when and how for a record setting flight. Please contact me if you’re interested in taking over this position.


Jewel of the Harquahalas

by Doug Bell

Recently, several ASA pilots and crews had occasion to frequent Salome and vicinity. After a late afternoon retrieve, and facing a long drive back to Phoenix, the subject of dinner came to the forefront. Much to our surprise, and delight, we came across a very nice restaurant where you would least expect it, Wendon. Yep, that’s the same Wendon located a few miles east of Salome.

While previously viewed from the air as the last significant landmark enroute to Salome, from the ground Wendon offers the hospitality of the Brooks Outback Restaurant and Saloon. Contrary to what the name Outback brings to mind, Brooks offers a variety of meals from pizza to steaks with the bulk of the menu listing Italian fare. As best I recall, the meal choices for our group of seven stuck to the Italian side of things including large helpings of lasagna, pizza, fettuccine and a couple of other pasta dishes.

Another feature of Brooks, particularly appealing to the Agua Faria crowd, was a selection of twenty-three domestic and imported beers.

The proprietors are very friendly, outgoing, and quite amenable to hosting a bunch of pilots and crew as they unwound after a long day in the air and on the ground.

The only down side is that you will probably not have an opportunity to visit them, except after a landout. But at least now, there can be a bright spot at the end of a disappointing soaring flight.


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 Glider Scheduling Procedures

1. Scheduling of the G-102 ("AS") is on a first-come, first-served basis for all current ASA pilots on all non-ASA contest days.

2. Schedule the G-102 by calling Turf Soaring School at 439-3621, 9:00 am to 5:00 p.m. Mon-Fri. The Turf desk can check to see if the G-102 is scheduled and enter your name and the time block you wish to fly in. Be sure to provide a phone number you can be reached at.

3. For local (non-XC) flights there is an initial 2 hour limit. If no one else has reserved the G-102 after you by the time you takeoff, you should check back with Turf Ground on 123.3 before your 2 hours are up; if no-one else wants the plane you may continue to fly until another ASA member contacts you and requests to fly the G-102. For this reason, it is important to remain on 123.3 as much as possible when in the local area. Periodic check-ins with Turf Ground are encouraged. If another flight is scheduled after yours, plan on landing at least 5 minutes prior to the end of your time block.

4. Badge (5-hour; Silver Distance, etc.) and contest flights have no time limit. "Fun" cross-country flights can be scheduled for more than 2 hours, but should be scheduled later in the afternoon (from 2:00pm - on is recommended). This allows local flights to be scheduled before the X-C flight. Blanket "9:00 to 5:00" scheduling for non-badge X-C flying is absolutely not allowed and will result in a severe Beer Fine!

5. Pilots should be ready to take off at the beginning of their scheduled time block. There is a 30 minute grace period; after that the plane is no longer reserved and is free to be flown by any ASA pilot on a first-come, first-served basis. If you cannot make your scheduled time, please call Turf and cancel or change the schedule.

6. On ASA contest days, scheduling priority is given to ASA members who will be competing in the G-102. The Grob must be reserved by the pilot wishing to fly in the contest no earlier than one month and no later than one week ( 7 days) prior to the scheduled ASA contest day. If the glider has not been specifically reserved by a contest pilot by one week prior to the contest, it can no longer be reserved for that contest and is available to be scheduled for non-contest flights by any ASA pilot.

7. Every attempt should be made to allow maximum use of the Grob by as many ASA pilots as possible. This includes local flights before or after badge or contest flights on a non-interference basis. Cooperation is the key here!

8. Special scheduling procedures for ASA flying activities such as the Parawan (Utah) XC week will be published as necessary no later than one month prior to the activity.

9. Suggested flying time blocks for the G-102 at Turf are:

Time of Day Type of Flight
9:00 am to 11:00 a.m. Field checks, pattern tows, etc.
11:00 am to 1:00 p.m. Local flying
1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. Local flying, short X-Cs
3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. (or later) Local flying, cross country
Optional: 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. (or later) Cross country, badge flights

Kirk Stant, Ship Manager




ASA Contest Series - Cumulative Standings