Post Office Box 11214, Phoenix, Arizona 85061

Air Currents

c/o Carol Patterson

8903 W. Salter Drive

Peoria, AZ 85382

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1999 Contest Schedule & News

Ship Manager Notes

New Safety Corner

Board Meeting Minutes

Annual Weather Report

February, 1999

 

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, 1999

President John Goodman 395-9334 Vice President Peter Van Camp 842-2953

Secretary Bob Blakemore 483-6482 Treasurer Cliff Hilty 374-5387

Director Carol Patterson 561-5454 Director Rick Rubscha 878-6750

Director Kirk Stant 933-1572 Director Jason Stephens 545-0965

Director Mike McNulty 994-9658

Committees

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

Equipment Rick Rubscha 878-6750 Legal Advisor Peter Van Camp 842-2953

Membership Arnie Jurn 279-7840 Newsletter Ed Carol Patterson 561-5454

Airspace Mike McNulty 994-9658 Safety Jason Stephens 545-0965

Historian Ruth Petry 274-3968 Social Director Patti Johnson

 

MEETINGS

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

Tuesday, March 2, 7pm Board Meeting Barros Pizza - Coral Gables & 7th Street, Phoenix

BULLETIN BOARD

DONT MISS THIS EVENT!!

1st CONTEST PRACTICE

MARCH 6,1999 AT ESTRELLA

SPRING PARTY

&

ASA AIR SHOW

COME SEE THE NEW SHIPS

GENESIS, LS8 AND THE NEW ASA LARK!

GENERAL MEMBERSHIP MEETING

February 23, 1999 Special Safety Clinic

by Jason Stephens

 

ASA LARK IS COMING SOON!!!

(SEE THE SHIP MANAGERS NOTES)

ASA Statistical Data for January, 1999 Web site: http://www.glider.com/asa/index.html

Current Membership Count 90, Reciprocal Newsletters 10, Air Currents Circulation for March 1999: 100

 

AIR CURRENTS is published monthly but the Arizona Soaring Association to disseminate news, opinion, education and items of interest to members. The subscription rate for non-members is $20/yr. Complimentary copies are mailed to: editors of sister publications on an exchange basis, regular members, advertisers, and non-members who have contributed materials for publication. Articles on any subject pertaining to soaring are welcome. Electronic submissions by Email, modem or IBM compatible floppy disk are preferred. Typed or clearly hand written submissions are also acceptable. Please submit to: Air Currents, c/o Carol Patterson 8903 W. Salter; Peoria, AZ 85283 561-5454. cpatter@dfni.com

 

ADVERTISING POLICY: Non-commercial advertising from ASA members will be printed without charge. Other advertising will be printed, on a space available basis, at the following rates: full page, $10; half page, $5; less than half page, $3.

Contest Series News
Interested in GPS starts? New to contest flying? Want some practice at racing?
Well then plan to come to the ASA contest series practice weekend March 6 & 7 at Estrella!
The following mandatory pilots meetings will take place on March 6th:
9:00 am - MANDATORY "B" class pilots meeting at the picnic tables. For all "B" class pilots or
any pilots planning to fly "B" class. Mike McNulty "M4" will lead the meeting.
10:00 am - MANDATORY "A" class pilots meeting at the picnic tables. For all "A" class pilots
or any pilots planning to fly "A" class. Tony Smolder "TS1" will lead the meeting.
See you at the races!
TS1

 

1999 ASA CALENDAR OF EVENTS

 Date Location CD

  March 6 Estrella (Practice) None (Practice Day)

March 7 Estrella (Practice) None (Practice Day)

March 20 Turf (Practice) None (Practice Day)

March 21 Turf (Practice) None (Practice Day)

  April 3 Estrella Cliff Hilty

April 4 Estrella Neal Olshan

  April 17 Turf Bob Blakemore

April 18 Turf Bob von Hellens

  May 1 El-Tiro Oliver Spatscheck

May 2 El-Tiro Rick Rubscha

  May 15 Estrella Bill Poore

May 16 Estrella Andy Durbin

  May 29 Willcox Neil McLeod

May 30 Willcox Bill Prokes

May 31 Willcox Kirk Stant

  July 24 Turf Mike Parker

July 25 Turf Ralph Bergh

  August 7 Estrella Barbara MacLean

August 8 Estrella Casey Lenox

  August 21 Turf Mike McNulty

August 22 Turf Hans Heydrich

  September 11 Estrella Tony Smolder

September 12 Estrella Alan Reeter

  September 25 El-Tiro Nilton Renno

September 26 El-Tiro John Leibacher

Other Contest Dates

June 7 - 11 Region 9 - Penrose, Colorado

  June 15 - 24 Standard Class Nationals - Minden, Nevada

  July 6 - 15 15 Meter Nationals - Hobbs, New Mexico

Arizona Soaring Association Board Meeting Minutes: January 5, 1999

 The meeting was held at Barros Pizza, Coral Gables & 7th St. Phoenix, Arizona.

 The meeting was called to order at 7:30 PM, A quorum was present.

 Attending: Bob Blakemore

Cliff Hilty

John Goodman

Bill Poore

Kirk Stant

Jeff Turner

Mike McNulty

Rick Rubscha

Carol Patterson

Peter Van Camp

Also attending: Mike Wyman

The first order of business was to elect the new officers and committee heads for 1999. The results of the election were as follows:

President John Goodman

Vice Pres. Peter Van Camp

Treasurer Cliff Hilty

Secretary Bob Blakemore

Aircraft Mgr. Kirk Stant

Asst. Mgr. Rick Rubscha

Contest Mgr. Tony Smolder

Legal Advisor Peter Van Camp

Membership Arnie Jurn

Newsletter Carol Patterson

Historian Ruth Petry

Equipment Merged with aircraft as Asst. Mgr.

Airspace Mike McNulty

Safety Jason Stephens

Following the election of officers and committee heads President John Goodman called for old business.

Kirk Stant updated the board on the club aircraft and indicated that a formal report would be presented at the general membership meeting. He further indicated that he would present to the board his 1999 budget at the next regularly scheduled board meeting.

There being no further old business President Goodman asked for new business.

Mike Wyman volunteered to coordinate the annual inspection party. The board approved and asked Mr. Wyman to notify the membership as to the date (s) for the annual party.

The 1999 budget review was tabled until the February 1999 board meeting scheduled for February 2, 1999 at Barros Pizza.

Peter Van Camp asked to look over the clubs aircraft insurance policies and to report back to the board at the next regular meeting. Mr. Stant will provide Mr. Van Camp with those polices.

The monthly newsletter deadline was set for the 12th of each month with the mailing on the 15th of each month. Carol Patterson indicated to the board that this would be no problem.

Bill Poore reported to the board that he picked up the Lark on December 15, 1998 from Texas and transported it to Phoenix, Turf Soaring for storage. The board approved reimbursing Mr. Poore $331.00 for expenses incurred on his trip to and from Phoenix. Mr. Poore indicated that he would transport the Lark to Hemet Ca. To Steves Soaring for repairs.

After some discussion the board authorized Mr. Poore to spend up to $3500 for repairs to the Lark at Steves Soaring for and including: canopy repair, airfoil work, nose cone repairs, wing repairs, and other miscellaneous work. Mr. Poore planned on taking the plane to Hemet within a week for these needed repairs. The board will expect a report at its next board meeting.

Next board meeting was scheduled for Tuesday February 2, 1999 at Barros Pizza for 7:00 P.M. local time. Mr. Blakemore will host the meeting.

Meeting adjourned at 9:15 P.M.

Secretary

Bob E. Blakemore

New Safety Corner

I have inserted 3 accident reports from the NTSB at www.nstb.gov. Suggestions are always welcome!

Report 1

NTSB Identification: MIA98LA218. The docket is stored in the (offline) NTSB Imaging System.

Accident occurred AUG-01-98 at PENSACOLA, FL
Aircraft: Schweizer SGS 1-34, registration: N7631
Injuries: 1 Uninjured.

On August 1, 1998, about 1315 central daylight time, a Schweizer SGS 1-34 glider, N7631, registered to Coastal Soaring Association Inc, operated as a 14 CFR Part 91 personal flight, crashed while on approach for a forced landing at Coastal Airport, Pensacola, Florida. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed, and no flight plan was filed. The aircraft was substantially damaged, and the pilot sustained no injuries. The flight originated from the same airport about 10 minutes before the accident.

Full narrative below

MIA98LA218

On August 1, 1998, about 1315 central daylight time, a Schweizer SGS 1-34 glider, N7631, registered to Coastal Soaring Association Inc, operated as a 14 CFR Part 91 personal flight, crashed while on approach for a forced landing at Coastal Airport, Pensacola, Florida. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed, and no flight plan was filed. The aircraft was substantially damaged, and the pilot sustained no injuries. The flight originated from the same airport about 10 minutes before the accident.

The pilot stated that when he was about 100 feet off the ground, the canopy suddenly opened. He had no indication that it would become unlatched. The canopy remained attached to the glider, hanging on the left side of the fuselage. The pilot kept climbing to 200 feet, released the towing latch, and performed a 180 degree turn to the left to return to the airport for landing. When he was approaching the runway, he realized that his sink rate was very high. While pulling up on the stick to try to clear a wooded area before the runway, the right wingtip brushed the top of a tree. The airplane stalled and crash into the ground about 300 feet before the runway. According to the pilot, the canopy's latching mechanism did not reveal any malfunctions during preflight or postcrash examination. END.

Report 2

NTSB Identification: FTW98LA262. The docket is stored in the (offline) NTSB Imaging System.

Accident occurred JUN-11-98 at GREEN RIVER, UT
Aircraft: Rolladen-Schneider LS-6A, registration: N511M
Injuries: 1 Serious.

On June 11, 1998, at 1215 mountain daylight time, a Rolladen-Schneider LS-6 glider, N511M, was substantially damaged after impacting terrain during landing at Green River Municipal Airport, Green River, Utah. The private pilot, the sole occupant onboard, was seriously injured. The glider was being operated by the owner under Title 14 CFR Part 91. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed for the local personal flight which had originated approximately 3 minutes before the accident. No flight plan was filed.

Full narrative below

FTW98LA262

On June 11, 1998, at 1215 mountain daylight time, a Rolladen-Schneider LS-6 glider, N511M, was substantially damaged after impacting terrain during landing at Green River Municipal Airport, Green River, Utah. The private pilot, the sole occupant onboard, was seriously injured. The glider was being operated by the owner under Title 14 CFR Part 91. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed for the local personal flight which had originated approximately 3 minutes before the accident. No flight plan was filed.

According to the co-owner of the glider, the pilot was given an auto-tow launch from runway 13 (5,600 feet X 60 feet, elevation 4225 feet) and he believed that the pilot released at approximately 700 feet agl. The co-owner observed the glider circling southwest of the runway, losing altitude. The pilot stated that he encountered "heavy sink almost immediately after tow release." The co-owner further observed the glider fly over runway 13, but "was too high to land straight ahead." The pilot further reported that "he turned left to return to the runway and the glider began to rotate left."

The pilot told the Investigator-In-Charge (IIC) that he "got the right rudder in and the rotation stopped within 90 degrees." The co-owner stated that "an apparent wind gust from above or behind caused the glider to nose down." The pilot stated that "just as the rotation stopped, the left wing tip impacted the ground." The glider came to rest facing approximately 220 degrees. The left wing and the tail section were substantially damaged. The canopy, flight deck, and instrument panel were destroyed. END.

Report 3

NTSB Identification: LAX98LA221. The docket is stored in the (offline) NTSB Imaging System.

Accident occurred JUL-05-98 at LLANO, CA
Aircraft: Rolladen-Schneider LS-6, registration: N6686
Injuries: 1 Serious.

On July 5, 1998, at 1335 hours Pacific daylight time, a Rolladen-Schneider LS-6 glider, N6686, collided with the ground during the takeoff initial climb at the Crystal Gliderport in Llano, California. The glider was destroyed and the pilot/owner, the sole occupant, suffered serious injuries. The local area personal flight was originating at the time of the accident and no flight plan was filed. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed.

Full narrative below

LAX98LA221

On July 5, 1998, at 1335 hours Pacific daylight time, a Rolladen-Schneider LS-6 glider, N6686, collided with the ground during the takeoff initial climb at the Crystal Gliderport in Llano, California. The glider was destroyed and the pilot/owner, the sole occupant, suffered serious injuries. The local area personal flight was originating at the time of the accident and no flight plan was filed. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed.

The airport owner observed the accident sequence and reported that on the initial takeoff roll, the right aileron and right wing were oscillating. He further reported that as the glider pilot rotated to about 10 feet agl, both wings appeared to be oscillating violently. Approximately 400 to 500 feet agl, the glider pilot released from the tow plane and went into a right spiral and impacted the ground. The airport owner opined that the glider pilot may not have released sooner because he may have attributed the oscillations to turbulence.

The airport owner reported that he examined the glider after the accident. He stated that the glider is equipped with quick disconnect fittings on the control system located in the wing center section that allow it to be disconnected and reconnected as the wings are removed or installed. The right aileron fitting was found disconnected.

The pilot reassembled the glider on the morning of the accident flight and witnesses did not see him perform a control continuity check prior to takeoff. The pilot does not remember the accident or the events leading up to it. END.

Hows the Weather

by Jim Tagliani


I have weather data from turf for the last 15 months.
I sorted the data from each month and came up with
an Excel ver5.0 /95 Workbook that has Wind and
Temperature worksheets. Some of the temperature
data is lost. The wind is recorded as maximum mph
for each month. I hope this will help you with the
newsletter. Yesterday I installed a computerized rain
gauge which was donated to Turf. It records rain
by hundredths on an inch!
Seeyaa,
JT1

 

Time

Temp

Wind MPH

Direction

11/22/97

8:35a

61

37

NNE

12/8/97

3:11p

62

35

W

1/14/98

7:10a

46

29

N

2/09/98

2:10p

52

31

NW

3/25/98

6:00p

80

41

SW

4/15/98

1:30p

59

39

SW

5/14/98

2:00p

77

35

SSW

6/16/98

2:00p

94

37

SSW

7/19/98

8:10p

92

47

NNE

8/13/98

4:45p

99

50

NNE

9/01/98

4:20a

82

48

NNE

10/5/98

8:40a

68

44

N

11/28/98

9:30p

58

28

SE

12/10/98

10:00a

53

48

NNE

 

 

 

 

 

Classifieds - For Sale, Wanted & Freebies

Please help the editor on anything that we could list here!

 

Any input would be welcome at cpatter@dfni.com!!!!!!

Ship Managers Notes

1. The Lark will be here soon! ASA is still offering the $400 for two years deal until the Lark shows up at Turf ready to fly. Anyone interested in this impossible to beat deal (two years flying for only $400) contact any ASA board member for details.

2. The 1999 cross-country, badge, and racing season is about to begin. Everyone planning or interested in flying AS in any of these activities is invited to a hands-on Grob 102 Disassembly and Assembly Seminar at Turf Soaring School (Pleasant Valley Airport) on Saturday, 27 February, starting at 10:30 am. A reminder: This training is mandatory if you plan on taking AS cross-country and have not yet been shown how to disassemble, trailer, and reassemble it.

3. Some reminders about scheduling AS: Contests, Badge flights, and Cross Countries take precedence (in that order) and should be scheduled with Turf desk no earlier than 30 days prior to the flight. Contest days must be scheduled no earlier than 30 days before or later than 7 days before the contest. Finally, please keep local flights down to 2 hours if someone else wants to fly. For more details, see the scheduling information in the ASA Aircraft Operations Book at Turf.

4. We are having the interior of AS re-upholstered; this will require that the glider be grounded for several days. I will attempt to set this up so that the work is done during the week so that weekend flying is not affected. The plan is for this to be done prior to the first practice contest weekend (6-7 March) so until the work is completed, be sure to call Turf to see if AS is available before going out to fly during the week.

5. Due to insurance and ASA requirements, everyone is reminded that NO modifications (permanent or temporary) to the cockpit, instruments, or airframe of ASA gliders is allowed without prior approval of the ASA board of directors and the ASA Ship Manager. If you have something that you feel should be installed or replaced in AS that will benefit all ASA pilots, please contact the ASA Ship Manager.

6. Anyone with experience in glider electrics who would be willing to help in replacing the Grob-102s battery with something smaller (and safer), please contact me. I have a battery that I will donate to the club if it will work (I used it in our old 1-34) but I need assistance in changing the wiring to accept it. While on the subject of batteries, please put the Grobs battery on the charger (located in the Turf classroom) at the end of the day. This will ensure that the next pilot doesnt end up without a radio or fancy varios out in the middle of nowhere (i.e. low over Salome).

7. I will be taking AS to Estrella for the practice contest on Saturday, March 6. Anyone interested in joining the AS race team and racing in the ASA contest series this season and who would like to fly in the practice race at Estrella on March 7 (Sunday), give me a call. If you have never raced before, and have the minimum requirements (basically, your Silver badge flights or equivalent), and are interested in this aspect of Soaring, come out to Estrella (or Turf on March 20/21) and check it out. In 1998 there were five pilots in Team AS, and we finished third in B class. (This year weve changed M4s handicap to .82 so we have a chance to win)

8. I have included a table showing 1998 AS flying activity by month and by pilot. Impressive!

Kirk Stant

Ship Manager

(602) 935-7216 days

As the Prop Turns!!!!!

Okay, everybody, this is where all the dirt goes. Such as: Who should you not let near your glider with an electric drill in his steady, medically certified hands? No holds barred, diss anyone you want. Send your slurs and scurrilous tales to the Editor of this rag (cpatter@dfni.com for those of you with really short memories) and we guarantee it may be printed.

 Your Kids Art Work Goes Here.

 

 1998 Grob-102 AS Utilization

Pilot

Jan

Feb

Mar

Apr

May

Jun

Jul

Aug

Sep

Oct

Nov

Dec

Hrs.

Flts.

Atwell

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

2.1

0.4

2.5

4

Bell

0

1.2

2.7

5.7

7

9

11.1

2

0

0

0

0

38.7

14

Bloomfield

0

0

0

0

0

10.2

0

0

0

0

0.3

0

10.5

6

Boardman

0

0

0

21.9

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

21.9

4

Brock

0

0

0

0

0

0

15.2

3.2

0

0

0

0

18.4

7

Brown

0

0

0

0

3.5

0

0

2.7

0

0

0

0

6.2

3

Goodman

0

0

1.3

2

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

3.3

3

Hall

0

0

0

0

0

4.2

0

0

0

0

0

0

4.2

2

Hillebrand

0

0

4.5

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

4.5

3

Hilty

0

0

0

1.7

2.2

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

3.9

2

Hummel

0

0

0

0

0.6

4

6.8

5.4

3.3

0

0

0

20.1

9

Husted

0

0

0

0

0

3.4

0

0

1.1

0

0

0

4.5

3

Lee

1.3

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

1.3

2

Maclean

0

0

0

12.2

11.5

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

23.7

13

Mitchell

0

0

0

0.9

4.5

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

5.4

8

Mounsey

0

0

0

0

0

0

2.5

2.7

5.5

2

0

0

12.7

4

Muir

0

0

0

0

1.5

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

1.5

2

Pfleger

0

0

0

0

0

1.5

7.5

2.5

3

0

0.3

0

14.8

9

Rea

0

0

1

1.2

0

14.1

7.8

5

4.4

3.8

0

0

37.3

19

Scarff

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0.8

0

0.8

2

Sisson

0

0

0

0

0

2.5

7.7

1.2

0

0

0

0

11.4

7

Smolder

1.5

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0.2

0

1.7

2

Spatscheck

0

0

0

0

24

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

24

6

Stant

0.9

0.4

6.1

9.1

21.8

14.5

2

4.6

12.1

6.1

0

0

77.6

38

Stout

0

0

4.1

10.1

11.8

8.8

4.4

13.1

0

0