Air Currents May 2000


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 Skip Atwell 480-473-1337
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 Steve Oldham 623-214-7424
Director Gary Hedges 480-314-9427
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
Steve Oldham


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

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

ASA Statistical Data for May 2000 Web site: Current Membership Count 97, Reciprocal Newsletters 10, Air Currents Circulation for May, 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.

Safety Corner

I have inserted 1accident report from the NTSB at Suggestions are always welcome!

Report 1 NTSB Identification: SEA00LA077 Accident occurred APR-22-00 at HOOD RIVER, OR Aircraft: PZL Bielsko JANTAR-2A-SZD 42-1, registration: N272AS Injuries: 1 Uninjured. 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 April 22, 2000, approximately 1600 Pacific daylight time, a PZL Jantar 42-1 glider, N272AS, groundlooped during a landing on the grass runway at Hood River Airport, Hood River, Oregon. The pilot, who was the sole occupant, was not injured, but the aircraft, which was owned and operated by the pilot, sustained substantial damage. The CFR Part 91 personal pleasure flight, which departed the same runway about three hours and forty-five minutes earlier, was being operated in visual meteorological conditions. No flight plan had been filed, and there was no report of an ELT activation. According to the pilot, during his first attempt at a takeoff from the grass strip on the day of the accident, the wing of the 20.5 meter glider started to become entangled in the long grass, so he released from the tow plane and aborted the takeoff. After inspecting the main landing gear for any damage that might have resulted from the sideloads created by the wing entanglement, the pilot made an uneventful takeoff and soared around the Mt. Hood area. Although during retraction and extension, the gear mechanism seemed stiffer than normal, the pilot had no trouble getting the gear down and locked for landing. Upon return to the airport, the pilot elected to land on the same grass runway from which he departed. Just as the main gear touched down, the aircraft's wing again became entangled in the long grass, resulting in the aircraft turning sideways and sliding along the runway surface. As the aircraft slide down the runway, the main gear collapsed to the side and the fuselage separated just aft of the wing trailing edge.

One - Liners from the Turf

I asked for quick one-liners about the beginning of the contest series. So we could get a taste of their experiences!

18 - Barb Maclean My first race day of the season I knew I was flying the course slow but decided to bag it when my GPS estimated my time of arrival at the second turnpoint as "sometime tomorrow."

S4 - Arnd Wussing Just one sentence? S4 - On Saturday I managed to turn a great XC flight into a fiasco by compounding errors - first I turned Salome and then Forepaugh-Cooper's Ranch and then made it to Cordes, under aiport level and landed out on the narrow road leading up to Bumble Bee/Crown King. -Arnd.

S4 - Kirk Stant First AFRR contest day; I'm waiting for Arnd and S4 to finish. It's getting late, and Turf gets the call: "S4 has landed out, here are the GPS coordinates, come get me". After hooking up the trailer, I plot the coordinates, only to realize that there is, to the best of my knowledge, absolutely NO place to land anywhere near that spot! N34-15.030, W112-10.170, to be specific. Turns out, it is the ONLY possible place to land (barely, and sorry GZ not for you), and no damage is done. At this rate, this is going to be one hell of a season... Kirk

Racing in the ASA Contests

By Barbara Maclean - 18

This is for the pilots who are flying cross-country, want to get better at it, and are not racing. Everybody else can click the x now, good practice for switching channels when you hear my voice. This is also not for pilots that are happy flying around the airport and are insulted when "cross-country" is spoken. (It must be difficult thermalling steeply with that big chip on your shoulder.)

I urge all you guys that want to get better at cross-country but aren't participating in theASA races to come race. If you think you're not good enough to race, you're mistaken. Think of the races as just an assigned cross-country task, which is basically what they are. Racing in the ASA races will increase the enjoyment of your recreational cross-country flights much quicker than just flying the same cross-country flights over and over. I know from where I speak. I started flying in the ASA races the first season I started flying cross-country. I had done maybe four or five cross-country flights when I first took the G102 to Estrella to race.

There are innumerable benefits to racing the ASA series but I'll just list a few. First of all, you get to fly with all levels of pilots. You can express yourself and your concerns to pilots of your experience level without fear of them not knowing how to relate to you (which can happen with the guys that haven't been beginners (at anything) for many years). You also get to fly with these same experienced guys that compete regularly on a national level and are more than willing to share their expertise and knowledge with you. Because a CD will be picking the task, you'll have to fly a task that may be out of your comfort level. I know that when I'm left to my own devices, I tend to pick flights that are familiar to me and that offer the least challenge but I've received far more satisfaction from completing assigned tasks that I never in a million years would have picked for myself (there's an evil side to Bob Von Hellens). Because the races are at different airports around the state, you get to fly in new environments. All processes that go into making a successful flight are challenged when you fly from an unfamiliar airport. You really get to put your flight planning skills to use, including map reading, and there is great satisfaction in realizing that you do know what you're doing. Your flying skills get better. I know that some of my very best thermalling occurred 800' over a field in Nogales. There seemed to be a bit more motivation to get it right than when I'm 800' over Circle City.

Don't prohibit yourself from racing because you're thinking you can't win anyway. I have news for you, nobody expects you to win. Learning to race is about accomplishing a set goal. I am not setting myself up as a benchmark, but I only have my experience to share with you. The first two years of racing, for me, were only about completing the course. I think it wasn't until the second season (I'm now just starting my fourth) that I started checking my times around course because by that point, I had done some of the courses before. It wasn't until my third season that I actually started acquiring a bit of a racing mentality. By this time, if the day was decent, I was confident I could make it around course and now I could actually think about cleaning up my flying to improve my times. You can push a little harder because there is always someone that will be able to pick you up. I've never heard a pilot complain about having to pick up another pilot that landed out. Never.

I hope to see more pilots participating in the races than ever before. If I can help you or answer any questions about starting out, please don't hesitate to e-mail me or call (480)813-7668.


Record Weekend in Arizona

By Tony Smolder

The summer soaring weather finally arrived in Arizona on Thursday May 18th. The first to take advantage was S4 "Arnd Wussing" who on Friday flew a declared 494 KM task (he miscalculated for a 500K attempt) under beautiful cloudstreets with 12K bases. With the arrival of the weekend the temperatures and cloud bases increased! Saturday was very good with the ASA flying a 235 mile task at speeds in the low 80's. Several climbs were recorded of over 10 knots, with some averages reported of 13+ knots. 71 "Alan Reeter" took the weekend off from racing and set a new national standard class record around a 300KM speed triangle of 91.3 mph. Cloud bases were around 16,500'. Sunday was hotter, dryer, and with a few less cu's. Climb rates were in the 7 to 10 knot range to 17,800'. ASA flew a 247 mile task with speeds in the mid 80's. One pilot reported a final glide of almost 100 miles, around the last two turnpoints! 71 again set another standard class record, this time only a state record of 86.9 mph, which was a little faster than the national record, but not enough to qualify. IC "Mike Parker" also flew a 500KM speed triangle in his Stemme S10 at over 78 mph. Today looked good with a few less clouds, but bases looked to be pushing into the Class A airspace. If you would like to get into this great flying it's not too late to hook up the trailer and come on down for Region 9 West, which begins this next weekend. We have space available!

Tony Smolder TS1

Letter to Editor

From John Leibacher May 10, 2000

Dear John,

As you may or may not have heard, the Kansas Soaring Association is sponsoring a Region 10 Contest at Sunflower Aerodrome this summer. The contest will be held from August 21-25 (Monday through Friday). Practice day will be Sunday, August 20. Entry fee will be $150, plus tows (likely to be $25 each). For further information, visit the website or contact Bernie Mohr at the address listed on the flyer. We are currently planning to run Standard, 15 meter and Sports, but if enough show up for other classes, we will add them.

Enclosed are some flyers for you to put up and maybe even put in the club newsletter. Please help us get the word out about our contest. We had a "oops" with SSA which caused a big delay in getting us on the calendar of events, so we need the help of our friends and fellow contestants. We should finally appear in the June issue of SOARING, hopefully as a sanctioned contest.

We have shifted from our normal time of year for running contests. In the past, we believed that the last two weeks of July or the first two weeks of August provided the best soaring we could expect. If you have been to either of our last two contests, you will agree that during that time, it has been quite hot and quite stable. Times have changed and so has the best part of the soaring season. A review of my logbook shows that for the past 10 years, I have had consistently good flights during the last two weeks of August, with many 300 KM flights, and even flights to over 12,000 ft! I cannot promise this kind of weather this summer, but we have just gone through a week of good soarable weather on 4 of 5 days, which has also been typical for this time of year for the past 5-6 years. I think we have a better than 50-50 chance of having good weather for the entire contest, with one or maybe two truly spectacular days.

Thanks for helping us get the word out about our contest. Hope to see you at Sunflower in August!


Steve LeonardCompetition Director Region 10 Contest, 2000 Sunflower Gliderport

Hilty Humor

Subject: Would you be able to pass the 8th grade in 1895?

In 1885 the 8th grade was considered upper level education. Many children quit school as soon as they could master the basic fundamentals of the 3 R's (readin ritin rithmetic - aka reading, writing and arithmetic) Most, never went past the 3rd or 4th grade. That's all you needed for the farm and most city jobs. Child labor laws were not in existence yet. Additionally today's education, has much more focus on technology and sociology than the grammar and geography of old. It's a different world with different requirements and capabilities needed to succeed. Now, the big question----Could YOU have passed the 8th grade in 1895?? Probably Not...Take a Look: This is the eighth-grade final exam from 1895 from Salina, KS. It was taken from the original document on file at the Smoky Valley Genealogical Society and Library in Salina, KS and reprinted by the Salina Journal.


GRAMMAR (Time, one hour)

1. Give nine rules for the use of Capital Letters.

2. Name the Parts of Speech and define those that have no modifications.

3. Define Verse, Stanza and Paragraph.

4. What are the Principal Parts of a verb? Give Principal Parts of do, lie, lay and run.

5. Define Case, Illustrate each Case.

6. What is Punctuation? Give rules for principal marks of Punctuation.

7. - 10. Write a composition of about 150 words and show therein that you understand the practical use of the rules of grammar.

ARITHMETIC (Time, 1.25 hours)

1. Name and define the Fundamental Rules of Arithmetic.

2. A wagon box is 2 ft. deep, 10 feet long, and 3 ft. wide. How many bushels of wheat will it hold?

3. If a load of wheat weighs 3942 lbs., what is it worth at 50 cents Per bushel, deducting 1050 lbs. for tare?

4. District No. 33 has a valuation of $35,000. What is the necessary levy to carry on a school seven months at $50 per month, and have $104 for incidentals?

5. Find cost of 6720 lbs. coal at $6.00 per ton.

6. Find the interest of $512.60 for 8 months and 18 days at 7 percent.

7. What is the cost of 40 boards, 12 inches wide and 16 ft. long at $20 per m?

8. Find bank discount on $300 for 90 days (no grace) at 10 percent.

9. What is the cost of a square farm at $15 per acre, the distance around which is 640 rods?

10. Write a Bank Check, a Promissory Note, and a Receipt.

U.S. HISTORY (Time, 45 minutes)

1. Give the epochs into which U.S. History is divided.

2. Give an account of the discovery of America by Columbus.

3. Relate the causes and results of the Revolutionary War.

4. Show the territorial growth of the United States.

5. Tell what you can of the history of Kansas.

6. Describe three of the most prominent battles of the Rebellion.

7. Who were the following: Morse, Whitney, Fulton, Bell, Lincoln, Penn, and Howe?

8. Name events connected with the following dates: 1607, 1620, 1800, 1849, and 1865?

ORTHOGRAPHY (Time, one hour)

1. What is meant by the following: Alphabet, phonetic orthography, etymology, syllabication?

2. What are elementary sounds? How classified?

3. What are the following, and give examples of each: Trigraph, subvocals, diphthong, cognate letters, linguals?

4. Give four substitutes for caret 'u'.

5. Give two rules for spelling words with final 'e'. Name two exceptions under each rule.

6. Give two uses of silent letters in spelling. Illustrate each.

7. Define the following prefixes and use in connection with a word: Bi, dis, mis, pre, semi, post, non, inter, mono, super.

8. Mark diacritically and divide into syllables the following, and name the sign that indicates the sound: Card, ball, mercy, sir, odd, cell, rise, blood, fare, last.

9. Use the following correctly in sentences, Cite, site, sight, fane, fain, feign, vane, vain, vein, raze, raise, rays.

10. Write 10 words frequently mispronounced and indicate pronunciation by use of diacritical marks and by syllabication.

GEOGRAPHY (Time, one hour)

1. What is climate? Upon what does climate depend?

2. How do you account for the extremes of climate in Kansas?

3. Of what use are rivers? Of what use is the ocean?

4. Describe the mountains of North America

5. Name and describe the following: Monrovia, Odessa, Denver, Manitoba, Hecla, Yukon, St. Helena, Juan Fernandez, Aspinwall and Orinoco.

6. Name and locate the principal trade centers of the U.S.

7. Name all the republics of Europe and give capital of each.

8. Why is the Atlantic Coast colder than the Pacific in the same latitude?

9. Describe the process by which the water of the ocean returns to the sources of rivers.

10. Describe the movements of the earth. Give inclination of the earth.

*** -- 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"

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