June/July 1999 Air Currents


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


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 374-5387


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

Tuesday, July 6, 7pm Board Meeting Barros Pizza - Coral Gables & 7th Street, Phoenix


It was a sight to behold for 7 ASA pilots Saturday June 19, 1999

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

Current Membership Count 92, Reciprocal Newsletters 10, Air Currents Circulation for June 1999: 102

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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: May 4, 1999

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

The meeting was called to order at 7:32 PM, A quorum was present.

Attending: Bob Blakemore

Cliff Hilty

John Goodman

Kirk Stant

Rick Rubscha

Jason Stephens

Mike McNulty

President John Goodman asked that the minutes of the April board meeting be submitted and approved. There being no amendments the minutes were approved as read.

President Goodman then proceeded with the committee reports. Cliff Hilty gave the treasurers report, which showed a checking account balance of $3,000 and a savings account balance of $12,500. The board then approved the expenditures since the last reporting period totaling $640.07. Income and receipts for the period net of expenses were $1,501.18.

Kirk Stant presented to the board the aircraft operating reports for the period ending May 4, 1999. The Grob 102 had logged 41.7 hours in 30 flights for the period generating income of $518.00. Kirk indicated that the aircraft utilization and revenue numbers were on budget for the period covered. Kirk then discussed with the board the canopy situation on the Lark. After some discussion the board agreed with Kirkís recommendation that a temporary fix be made now and that additional work be deferred until fall.

Mike McNulty updated the board on the airspace issue following the Peoria Council meeting. He advised the board that the City has deferred the plans to develop an airport/business airpark at or near the Turf site pending further analysis. He will keep the board advised as he gets further information.

Their being no further committee reports President Goodman then asked for new business. The first item was to determine an annual fee for the use of the Clubís oxygen bottles at Turf. After some discussion it was decided that the annual fee would be $20.00. Cliff Hilty will publish and distribute procedures for filling and maintaining the oxygen bottles.

The next item of business was to discuss the general membership meetings. The board concluded that it would over the next several months have presentations by club members on cross-country flying. The first presentation will be by Tony Smolder, which will demonstrate the decisions that pilots make independently of one another using the Cambridge software. Mike McNulty will have Bill Bartell post this information on the ASA web page.

The next item of business was to discuss the aircraft managerís position. Kirk gave the board a job description showing the duties and responsibilities for this position. After some discussion it was agreed that the list presented covered the various duties. It was further concluded that notification (by the newsletter) would be given to all members asking that qualified volunteers indicate their interest to the board. This position is considered essential for the safe and orderly operation of the club aircraft and consequently special consideration would be given to the "aircraft manager" regarding the use of the club aircraft. The board deferred further discussion until itís next regular meeting.

Their being no further business the meeting concluded at 9:30 PM.

Bob Blakemore


I have inserted 2 accident reports from the NTSB at www.nstb.gov. Suggestions are always welcome!

Report 1

NTSB Identification: LAX99LA215

Accident occurred JUN-13-99 at MINDEN, NV
Aircraft: AB SPORTINE AVIACIJA GENESIS 2, registration: N240BG
Injuries: 1 Fatal.

This is preliminary information, subject to change, and may contain errors. Any errors in this report will be corrected when the final report has been completed.

On June 13, 1999, at 1320 hours Pacific daylight time, a AB Sportine Aviacija Genesis 2, N240BG, collided with terrain following an uncontrolled descent immediately after takeoff at Minden, Nevada. The commercial glider pilot, the sole occupant and owner/operator of the aircraft, sustained fatal injuries. The glider was destroyed in the impact sequence. The purpose of the flight was to practice for an upcoming glider competition. The personal flight was being conducted under CFR Part 91 of the Federal Aviation Regulations when the accident occurred. A flight plan was not filed for the local flight and visual meteorological conditions prevailed. According to witnesses, as the glider began the takeoff roll, the horizontal stabilizer fell off the aircraft as soon as it began to roll. One eyewitness said he immediately called the pilot of the towing aircraft and told him to release the towrope. Approximately 100 feet agl, the tow pilot reportedly released the towrope and the glider dove toward the ground and came to rest inverted. A Federal Aviation Administration inspector from the Reno, Nevada, Flight Standards District Office, responded to the site and examined the glider. The removable pin that secures the horizontal stabilizer to the structure was found on the runway near the glider began the takeoff roll.

Report 2

NTSB Identification: NYC99LA102

Accident occurred MAY-01-99 at NEW MILFORD, CT
Aircraft: Glaser-Dirks DG-400, registration: N400FJ
Injuries: 1 Minor.

This is preliminary information, subject to change, and may contain errors. Any errors in this report will be corrected when the final report has been completed.

On May 1, 1999, about 1503 Eastern Daylight Time, a Glaser-Dirks DG-400, N400FJ, was destroyed when it impacted terrain after an in-flight breakup, while in cruise flight near New Milford, Connecticut. The certificated commercial pilot received minor injuries. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed and no flight plan was filed for the local flight conducted under 14 CFR Part 91. In a written statement, the pilot stated that the powered glider was assembled with a one man rig and no problems were encountered. A preflight check was conducted by the pilot, which included that the spar pin handles were secured and that the natural wing frequency was within limitations. The frequency was determined by bouncing the left wing tip up and down and observing 132 cycles per minute with a tuning fork. The frequency was normal for the 17 meter configuration. The glider was self launched from Mountain Meadow Airport, Burlington, Connecticut, about 1330. With the engine stowed, moderate turbulence was encountered at 3,000 feet MSL, and the pilot climbed to 6,500 feet. Flying straight and level, at an indicated airspeed of 60 knots, the pilot heard a "sharp bang" that sounded like the glider had struck an object. Both wings on the glider were observed to be undamaged, and the pilot turned the glider 360 degrees to look for any other traffic in the area. As the glider rolled out of the turn, heading west, at 60 knots, a "loud bang" was heard and the gear warning alarm began to sound. The pilot looked out to the right side of the glider and observed no abnormalities, he then looked out the left side, and observed the left wing displaced 20 degrees up from it's normal position. The glider began to descend and control inputs by the pilot were unresponsive. In the decent, as the glider's speed began to increase, the pilot, donning a parachute, elected to egress from the glider as it was nearing a vertical attitude. During the drift down, the pilot noticed several items fluttering to the ground, including a flap and aileron. The pilot landed on top of a tree, then swung himself to the trunk of the tree and remained there until rescue personnel arrived. Parts of the glider were found scattered over a wide area. The right wing was found in a vertical position, with the wing root spar buried in soft soil among large hardwood trees. The cockpit was found about 500 yards to the north of the right wing. The empennage and engine came to rest in a grass field about 100 yards to the north of the cockpit. The left wing, and it's control surfaces, were not recovered. Continuity was established on all existing flight controls. An airport located 13 miles to the south, reported, clear skies, winds from 120 degrees at 8 knots, gusts to 16 knots.


Subject: FLY NAVY!
Date: Fri, 30 Apr

The following letter, alleged to have been written by a fifth grader, was published in The Rappahannock Chapter (The Retired Officers Assoc.) newsletter.

"I want to be a Naval Aviator when I grow up because it's fun and easy to do.

Naval Aviators don't need much school. They just have to learn numbers so they can read instruments. I guess they should be able to read maps so they can find their way if they were lost.

Naval Aviators should be brave so they won't be scared if it's foggy and they can't se, or if a wing or motor falls off they should stay calm so they'll know what to do.

Naval Aviators have to have good eyes so they can see through clouds and they can't be afraid of lightning or thunder because they are closer to them then we are.

"The salary Naval Aviators make is another thing I like. They make more money than they can spend. This is because most people think airplane flying is dangerous, except Naval Aviators don't because they know how easy it is.

There isn't much I don't like, except girls like Naval Aviators and all the stewardesses want to marry them, so they always have to chase them away so they won't bother them.

I hope I don't get airsick because, if I do, I couldn't be a Naval Aviator and would have to go to work.

Cliff Hilty (CH) Ventus B
If we are all just dust in the wind, then I want to be at the top of a
"Huge Dust Devil"

Subject: TOP SECRET!

Submitted by RJ Bills

You've all heard of the Air Force's ultra-high-security,
super-secret base in Nevada, known simply as "Area 51?"

Well, late one afternoon, the Air Force folks out at Area 51
were very surprised to see a Cessna landing at their "secret" base. They immediately impounded the aircraft and hauled the pilot into an interrogation room.

The pilot's story was that he took off from Vegas, got lost,
and spotted the Base just as he was about to run out of fuel. The Air Force started a full FBI background check on the pilot and held him overnight during the investigation.

By the next day, they were finally convinced that the pilot
really was lost and wasn't a spy. They gassed up his airplane, gave him a terrifying "you-did-not-see-a-base" briefing, complete with threats of spending the rest of his life in prison, told him Vegas was that-a-way on such-and-such a heading, and sent him on his way.

The next day, to the total disbelief of the Air Force, the
same Cessna showed up again. Once again, the MP's surrounded the plane...only this time there were two people in the plane.

The same pilot jumped out and said, "Do anything you want to me, but my wife is in the plane and you have to tell her where I was last night!"

Cliff Hilty (CH) Ventus B
If we are all just dust in the wind, then I want to be at the top of a
"Huge Dust Devil"


These pilots are here for you!!!!!

Tony Smolder TS1 942-6519
Alan Reeter 71 520 797-0345
John Leibacher 2E 520 299-8727
Arnd Wussing S4
Kirk Stant S4 935-7216
Mike Parker IC

Bill Prokes ME2 967-6029
Hans Heydrich 6K 971-7875
Bob Von Hellens 1X 954-8015
Casey Lenox KC 494-8210
Barbara MacLean 18 813-7668
John Goodman PT 864-1000
Cliff Hilty CH 374-5387