Air Currents June 2000

News Bulletin Board


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. 

2000 ASA Officers and Directors
President Rick Rubscha 623-878-6750
Vice President Gary Hedges 480-314-9427
Treasurer Mike McNulty 480-473-4480
Secretary Mike Stringfellow 480-595-5450
Director Bob Thompson 602-938-9550
Director Jim Tagliani 602-437-1382
Director Carol Patterson 623-561-5454
Director Jeff Reynolds 602-482-9723
Director Owen Jones 480-951-8724
ASA Committees
Aircraft Manager Jeff Reynolds 602-482-9723
Contest Manager Tony Smolder 602-942-6519
Membership Arnie Jurn 602-279-7840
Social Director Bob Blakemore 480-563-0740
Saftey Director Gary Hedges 480-314-9427
Airspace Advisor Mike McNulty 480-473-4480
Newsletter Editor Carol Patterson 623-561-5454
WebSite Administrator Jim Tagliani 602-437-1382
Legal Advisor Peter VanCamp 623-896-9413 n/a
Historian Ruth Petry 602-274-3968 n/a
Program Directors Bob Thompson 602-938-9550


Tuesday June 27, 7pm General Membership Meeting Barros Pizza - Coral Gables & 7th Street, Phoenix

Tuesday, July 11, 7pm Board Meeting Barros Pizza - Coral Gables & 7th Street, Phoenix

ASA Statistical Data for June 2000 Web site: Current Membership Count 97, Reciprocal Newsletters 10, Air Currents Circulation for June, 2000 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. 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, $ ASA Race Series Calendar

Region 9 West Contest Results Turf Soaring - Peoria, Arizona

Sports Class Cumulative Score  
Rank Points ID Name Glider
1 5840 4 Thomas, Albert LS-6a
2 5830 NC Cripps, Nigel DG-303
3 5494 18 Maclean, Barbara Std Cirrus
4 5211 S4 Wussins, Arnd LS-4a
Standard Class Cumulative Score  
Rank Points ID Name Glider
1 5871 2XX Mockler, David Discus B
2 5650 71 Reeter, Alan LS-8
3 5443 GY Durbin, Andy ASW-19b
4 5403 KC Lenox, Casey LS-8
15 Meter Class Cumulative Score  
Rank Points ID Name Glider
1 5692 E Raisanen, Wally Ventus B
2 5558 6K Heydrich, Hans Ventus B
3 5444 TS1 Smolder, Tony Ventus B
4 5206 CH Hilty, Cliff Ventus B

ASA Race Series Calendar


Date  Location  Contest Director 
April 1  Turf Mike Parker
April 2  Turf Mike McNulty
April 15  Estrella Bob von Hellens
April 16  Estrella Bill Prokes
April 29  Turf Andy Durbin
April 30  Turf Cliff Hilty
May 13  El-Tiro Bill Poore
May 14  El-Tiro John Goodman
May 20  Willcox Hans Heydrich
May 21  Willcox John Leibacher
June 10  Bisbee Casey Lenox
June 11  Bisbee Neil McLeod
August 5  Estrella Mark Hardesty
August 6  Estrella Ralph Bergh
August 19  Turf Kirk Stant
August 20  Turf Ron Mastaler
September 2  Estrella Alan Reeter
September 3  Estrella Rick Rubscha
September 4  Estrella

Safety Corner

I have inserted 2 accident reports from the NTSB at Suggestions are always welcome!

Report 1

NTSB Identification: LAX00LA201 Accident occurred MAY-21-00 at MINDEN, NV Aircraft: ISSOIRE SIREN PIK-30, registration: N30PK 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 May 21, 2000, at 1450 hours Pacific daylight time, an Issoire Siren PIK-30 glider, N30PK, collided with a fence, short of the runway while landing at the Minden-Tahoe airport, Minden Nevada. The experimental glider, owned and operated by the pilot under 14 CFR Part 91, sustained substantial damage. The private glider pilot was fatally injured. Visual meteorological conditions existed for the personal flight and no flight plan was filed. The flight departed the Minden-Tahoe airport at an unknown time. Witnesses reported that the glider came in shallow for landing at the airport, and touched down outside of the airport perimeter fence. The glider became airborne again and flew through fencing that consisted of five strands of barbed wire. The top two strands of barbed wire broke the canopy and struck the pilot. The glider then came to rest after it impacted a post from a second fence.

Report 2

NTSB Identification: IAD00LA051 Accident occurred JUN-02-00 at DANSVILLE, NY Aircraft: Slingsby 41-2, registration: N41SL Injuries: 1 Uninjured.

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

On June 2, 2000, at 1422 Eastern Daylight Time, a Slingsby 41-2, a glider, N41SL, was substantially damaged when it collided with a chain link fence on final approach to Runway 32 at the Dansville Airport (DSV), Dansville, New York. The certificated private pilot/co-owner was not injured. No flight plan was filed for the local flight conducted under 14 CFR Part 91. The glider had departed DSV about 1400. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed. In a telephone interview, the pilot said: "It was pilot error, period. This was my second time flying the glider after being checked out by a flight instructor. I entered the downwind of the traffic pattern at 1,000 feet, which was 200 feet high. I tried to lose the extra altitude by using the air brake. I was not descending and decided to extend my downwind. I made the turn to final and was 'bucking' a 10-15 knot headwind. I thought I had closed the air brakes on final, but people on the ground after I landed said the brakes were still deployed. The entire approach felt and looked different than what I am used to. I was trying to clear the airport's perimeter fence to land on the 4,000 foot grass runway, but the skid caught it and the glider nosed over." A Federal Aviation Administration inspector performed an on-scene examination. According to the inspector, the glider collided with a 4 foot high chain link fence. The glider sustained substantial damage to the fuselage and bow. No damage was noted to the wings or tail. The pilot also stated that he was used to flying a Schweizer-126 that has a lower glide ratio than the Slingsby, which has a glide ratio of 30:1. He reported a total of 62 hours in gliders; 1.3 in make and model.

Letter to Editor

Subject: ASA Oxygen From: Andy Durbin

This morning, Thursday June 15th, I spent an hour driving to Turf to refill my oxygen bottle in preparation for the Standard Class Nationals. I was unable to accomplish this since the oxygen trailer lock had been changed. I called the member who had given me the number. He advised me that the number had been changed since it had been given to 2 unauthorized persons. I was unable to obtain the number and there was no one at Turf who could supply oxygen. I left with an empty bottle.

ASA has maintained an oxygen supply for members for many years. It has been available for the over 15 years that I have been in the association. Over the years the means of administering the supply has changed a few times. For at least 10 years the oxygen was kept in the Estrella hangar. The oxygen was available to all members at no charge and without access restrictions. Later the oxygen was moved to Turf on the basis that more potential users flew from that site. At Turf a number of ways of controlling access to the oxygen were tried. At one time it was in a locked room but members could obtain access by requesting the key from the Turf desk.

The present situation is that a very small number of members have access to the oxygen trailer combination. A member that requires oxygen has to pay the annual fee and then make an arrangement with a trustee to meet at the trailer. The trustee will then provide oxygen.

To say that this situation is inconvenient would be an understatement. I have no objection to paying a fee for oxygen. I have no objection to oxygen access being restricted to members with demonstrated competence. I strongly object to being denied access to a club resource that I am fully competent to handle. I take particular exception to the fact that the combination was changed to deny me access, but that I was not informed of that fact. I request that the ASA review the policy on oxygen access. I request that the policy be changed to allow access to all members who demonstrate competence to properly handle the oxygen system. Any board member on this distribution please consider this a formal request to make this an agenda item at the next board meeting. Please also notify me of the location, date and time of that meeting.

Newsletter editor please publish this is next Air Currents.

Andy Durbin

In Memoriam for Fran Petry

The soaring community has a long and wonderful history here in Arizona. We are not alone but are connected by love and hope. Recently we lost a long time member. Some of the newer members may not recall Fran Petry but I'm sure there are readers who do. Fran died May 12, 2000. She and Pete were very active in the club for many years. Pete was a past president who died 7 years ago. Even after Pete's death, Fran remained an ardent supporter of the club. She will be remembered fondly for many contributions including hosting the annual Bar-B-Q many years in a row. I remember helping set up and clean up for over 100 people at their home more times than I can count. We will miss Mom. She loved supporting the pilots, hanging around the airports and assisting with contests. Although she would admit she wasn't crazy about Pete landing out. Who remembers the Apple Valley adventure? Wasn't it her motor home that held the daily bridge schedule? Both of them would have been happy if you all smiled thinking of them. Submitted in sadness by Janet Fagan (daughter).

Janet Fagan * * Risk Management * 602-495-4792 - Direct * 602-250-0105 - Pager

For Sale

For Sale: Standard Cirrus B "AV" Cambridge M-nav Winter Mechanical vario Radair 360 Dual batteries Oxygen Factory ballast tanks Upholstered cockpit Pushrod seals Security 150 chute Eberle Trailer Wing stands Camera and mount Vehicle water tank with electric pump Manufactured 1972 1220 hours

$14,500 or best offer Jeff Turner (480) 940-4050 eves

Ad for LAK-12: "LAK-12, 1995, SN-6191, 200 hours. Includes trailer, UV/Tinted canopy, Jaxida covers, Borgelt B-40 vario and Cambridge mechanical vario, Schroth safety harness, vertical compass, and ELT. May be seen at Moriarty until June or at Turf Soaring after June. $20,000 or best serious offer. (480) 816-0071 or email ''."

Arizona Soaring Association Board Minutes: May 2, 2000

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

Attending: Rick Rubscha Bob Thompson Mike McNulty Mike Stringfellow Jim Tagliani Carol Patterson Guests: Bob Blakemore Peter Van Camp Jeff Reynolds Kirk Stant

President Rick Rubscha called the meeting to order at 7:10 p.m.

Treasurer McNulty reported that the current account had $8,580 currently, with positive cash flows from the club aircraft and the ASA contest series. He said that there some expenses to ground equipment, including refurbishing the oxygen trailer. Region 9 was showing expenses, mainly due to the buying of tee shirts. The board agreed to a refund of a balance of $480 for an aircraft membership that would be unused.

The newsletter editor asked that details of the monthly eagle and turkey awards be sent as soon as they were available.

Web Site administrator Tagliani said that Tony had been posting contest results, although there had been some difficulties in getting them uploaded., as he didn't have direct access to The Air Currents newsletters were now mostly available on line, although he had forgotten to upload April's edition. The membership roster has also been updated, but there are still some display problems with some of the fields. These will be worked on in the coming month.

The board discussed problems of board membership, as Skip Atwell had moved out of state and Steve Oldham had become inactive through pressure of business. It was agreed to bring up the question of new board members at the next month's general membership meeting.

Bob Blakemore reported that the registrations for the upcoming Region 9 West contest were disappointing. Originally, it had been hoped that 40 contestants would attend, but currently only 21 were signed up. He said that Roy was also disappointed, as he had taken trouble to make extra planes and tow pilots available. With the existing commitments associated with the contest, which included two evening meals and the final awards banquet, he projected a financial loss of about $1,500 on the event. An extensive discussion then followed on how to meet the contest obligations and minimize the losses to the club. Various members offered to donate goods and services for the contest.

Aircraft manager Reynolds reported that the brake on AS had been resurfaced and was now operating very well. The weight and balance of the Lark were still pending.

The meeting was adjourned at 8:15 p.m. Secretary Mike Stringfellow

Hilty Humor

Subject: Dumb Scroll Down joke

A Russian scientist and a Czechoslovakian scientist had spent their lives studying the grizzly bear. Each year they petitioned their respective governments to allow them to go to Yellowstone to study the bears. Finally their request was granted, and they immediately flew to NY and on West to Yellowstone. They reported to the ranger station and were told that it was the grizzly mating season and it was too dangerous to go out and study the animals. They pleaded that this was their only chance, and finally the ranger relented. The Russian and the Czech were given portable phones and told to report in every day. For several days they called in, and then nothing was heard from the two scientists. The rangers mounted a search party and found the camp completely ravaged, with no sign of the missing men. They followed the trail of a male and a female bear. They found the female and decided they must kill the animal to find out if she had eaten the scientists because they feared an international incident. They killed the female animal and opened the stom ach to find the remains of the Russian. One ranger turned to the other and said, "You know what this means, don't you?" The other ranger responded, "Of course: Scroll down please. It's going to be painful > > > > > > > the Czech is in the male."

Subject: Bright Student

A first grade teacher explains to her class that she is a liberal Democrat. She asks her students to raise their hands if they are liberal Democrats too. Not really knowing what a liberal Democrat was, but wanting to be like their teacher, their hands explode into the air like fleshy fireworks. There was, however, one exception. A girl named Lucy has not gone along with the crowd. The teacher asks her why she has decided to be different. "Because I'm not a liberal Democrat." Then, asks the teacher, what are you? "Why I'm a proud conservative Republican," boasts the little girl. The teacher a little perturbed, her face slightly red, asked Lucy why she is a conservative Republican. "Well, I was brought up to trust in myself instead of relying on an intrusive government to care for me and do all of my thinking. My Dad and Mom are conser vative Republicans, and I am a conservative Republican too." The teacher now angry, loudly said, "that's no reason." "What if your Mom was a moron, and your dad was a moron. What would you be then?" A pause, and a smile. "Then," says Lucy, "I'd be a liberal Democrat."

Subject: Men vs Women

Smart man + smart woman = romance Dumb man + dumb woman = pregnancy Smart man + dumb woman = affair Dumb man + smart woman = marriage Smart boss + smart employee = profits Smart boss + dumb employee = production Dumb boss + smart employee = promotion Dumb boss + dumb employee = overtime

A man will pay $2.00 for a $1.00 item he needs. A woman will pay $1.00 for a $2.00 item that she does not need. A woman worries about the future until she gets a husband. A man never worries about the future until he gets a wife. A successful man is one who makes more money than his wife can spend. A successful woman is one who can find such a man. To be happy with a man, you must love him a little and understand him a lot. To be happy with a woman you must love her a lot and not try to understand her at all. Men wake up as good-looking as they went to bed. Women somehow deteriorate overnight. A woman marries a man expecting he will change, but he doesn't. A man marries a woman expecting she won't change, but she does. Married men live longer than single men, but married men are more willing to die. Any married man should forget his mistakes. There is no use in two people remembering the same thing. A woman has the last word in any argument. Anything a man says after that is the beginning of a new argument.

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"