Watch The Airshow Bird Restoration
Has your club ever struggled to find that perfect bird for static display! I can attest that the SSA has. As a volunteer at one of our airshow events this year I can relate to the stress of being the caretaker of a borrowed ship.
The solution of course is for the SSA to own a static display ship. And what better ship than the recently grounded L13's. As a sucker for a project I took it upon myself to make a proposal to the SSA for the creation of our own airshow bird. With a receptive response I began approaching owners of L13's but it seems most owners are still hoping for a solution to the airworthiness issue. Not to be deterred I decided to purchase a L13 and donate it to the SSA. Along with the donation, my aircraft maintenence shop will contribute the labor to restore, paint and logo the aircraft and trailer.
As you can see from the above picture there is a lot of work to be done. Please keep checking back for regular updates. If you would like to contribute to this worthwhile project please send a check to the SSA made payable to the Eagle Fund.
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I took two club members with me to retrieve the airshow bird. Where I had seen possibilities, one of my travel companions saw the same. The other travel companion was astonished that I had purchased the bird. All the more reason to do a good job! The trailer had been modified to the point that we didn't think the wings and fuselage would fit comfortably. Therefore we made two trips. Luckily the bird was only 1.5 hours away, how fortunate. This ship has good logs that tell a tale of a hard working training ship. Desert country based for its entire life there is no corrosion. However, a dozen years ago the ship had an unfortunate meeting with some scrub trees and has been passed around and worked on since that time. The first thing that strikes you is the homemade canopy. Although functional and retro looking, it is a little out of place on the Blanik. Additionally all the control rod bearings are either frozen up or missing in some cases. If any of you guys have a canopy or bearings that you would like to donate we sure need them. If you would just like to make a cash donation please send a check to the SSA staff and earmark it for the Eagle Fund. Thanks for your help. Stay tuned for more updates.
Sponsor A Member
This year select someone you know - a club member, a new glider pilot or a student pilot - and sponsor them into the SSA for one year. Offer them an SSA membership and help them discover the world of soaring.
The impact of this simple act of giving cannot be over-stated. It says you care about the person and believe strongly in the SSA. While person-to-person sponsorship is most effective, you may sponsor a membership in your name, for a recipient to be determined by the SSA. You may also sponsor a membership anonymously.
While the concept is simple, the potential of this program is staggering. If each SSA member sponsored just one other person into the organization, our membership would double.
Your gift will make a difference in a pilot’s career!
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One More To Soar Winner Delivery
The 1-26 Grand Prize for membership recruitment was awarded to Peter Guy of the Texas Soaring Association, in Midlothian.
Serial number 215 had languished a bit in Wisconsin after being donated by the Voltz family to SSA for use as a recruitment tool. Peter wants the glider to be used by his entire Texas club.
This September, Director Ron McLaughlin transported the stylish classic design to the central location of the Board of Director's meeting in Wichita, Kansas. At the close of the business meeting, it was time to seek some fresh air, to get some real work done. The glider was to be swapped onto the TSA trailer, which had traveled north with Chairman-elect Phil Umphres.
1-26 owner of many years, retiring-Chair Dianne Black-Nixon announced upon adjournment, that the transfer job should only require ten minutes.
So, we beg the question. Just how many Directors does it take to change a trailer?
Seemingly, eight. Chip Garner, Ken Sorenson, Geoff Weck, Ron McLaughlin, Sterling Starr, Phil Umphres, Dave Pixton, photographer Cindy Brickner, with supervision from the Soaring Safety Foundation provided by Rich Carlson.
And the additional help meant that the Finish Time Interval of ten minutes was predictably exceeded! -- C. Brickner