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September is Election Month

2001 SSA Director Elections

Following are biographies submitted by the candidates for election in Regions 2, 4, 6, 9 and 11. The individual candidates prepared the material. Ballots for the election are inserted in the September issue of SOARING Magazine. If you have any questions about the process or do not receive your magazine please be sure to contact the SSA office.

Region 2 - Dianne Black-Nixon

Dianne Black-Nixon began flying gliders in 1974 and has been a Life Member of SSA for 25 years. She owns and flies a 1-26 and is a Life Member of the 1-26 Association. She holds a Commercial Glider rating.

Dianne was an owner of the Valley Soaring commercial operation for 17 years. During that time more than 40 young people learned to fly at little or no cost. She understands the realities of commercial operations. Dianne has spent many hours in the shop maintaining and repairing sailplanes.

As founding President of the Valley Soaring Club based in Middletown, New York, Dianne continued to provide vision, leadership, and financial support. Youth in Soaring is a cornerstone of the Valley Soaring Club strongly supported by Dianne.

Working as Contest Manager and in the Retrieve office, Dianne has provided a strong support roll. She has crewed for husband Hank Nixon and son Charlie Mampe in numerous Regional and National contests. She recently served as Team Manager for the U.S. Club Class team at Gawler Australia. Through her skills at fund raising and management, the Club Class team resulted in a substantial positive cash flow to the Team Fund.

Outside of soaring, Dianne has worked for Jaguar Cars for 30 years, currently as Manager of Product Compliance. She works on a daily basis with regulatory issues.

In her own words, ûI intend to visit every club within Region 2 at least once a year so I have knowledge of what their main concerns and interests are. And, there will be two-way communication with all members of the Region. Communication is the best way to help the membership grow and to create interest in soaring.

Region 4 - Bob Ball (Bob’s biography will be added soon).

Region 6 - Jack Wyman

Have logged 1750 hours over 25 years, nearly all in Michigan. CFI-G since 1980. Earned 3rd diamond in 1986, all in Ka-6E. Have flown every Region Six north (Ionia) contest since 1979, as well as other northeast regionals and one national contest. Lately started to pursue the 1000 km flight, and have become a spring and fall visitor to The Ridge. Hold all the speed records for Michigan in the Open and 15-meter classes. In 1998 bought my first (and last!) brand new glider, the SZD-56-1 “Dianaâ€, serial number 001.

Very interested in the history of soaring. Helped restore the 1930 Franklin PS-2 that won the top award at the 1995 International Vintage Sailplane Meet on Harris Hill. At IVSM 2000, delivered glider mail in the Franklin as part of the opening ceremonies. Now restoring another early Michigan glider, a 1939 Midwest Intermediate Sailplane,

Succeeded Johann Kuhn and served three years as Michigan’s SSA governor and record keeper. Previously flew with the Napoleon/Kittyhawk club, currently fly with the Adrian Soaring club.

Region 9 - Aland Adams

I have been soaring since 1971, when I soloed at age 14. Since then I have been a working CFIG, cross-country, badge and racing pilot. I have been actively involved in our local soaring club, the Colorado Soaring Association, including stints as a Board member and President, which owns and operates its own gliderport and fleet. I have been a Regional Competition Director and performed other contest duties.

I have enjoyed one term as a Region 9 SSA Director and have been assigned as the Chairman of the SSA Contest Committee for the last year. This has been a significant challenge and I would like to continue in this position for another term.

Region 11 - H. Ray Gimmey

I began soaring in 1964 at Calistoga, California and earned the Gold badge and Diamond altitude in a 1-26. I completed Diamond badge 142 in a SHK. I have had extensive contest experience by flying in excess of 50 Nationals and 9 world championships. I earned an MBA from the University of California at Berkeley and retired from Pacific Bell in 1985.

I am a Past president of PASCO, founder and past president of the Chico Soaring Club and have been both instructor and tow pilot. I have also acted as competition director for several regional competitions.

My primary motivation for running for director is to give back to the sport that has given me so much. I do not have any agenda at this moment, however I do believe the growth of our sport should be increased through encouragement of youth to become glider pilots and SSA members.


Posted: 9/4/2001 By: General News

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