1-26 Nationals

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The Hamilton Soaring Club is excited to host the 1-26 Nationals Our club history is important to share. The core group that was the catalyst for the organization had its roots in Odessa ,Texas at Schlemeyer field. Jim Calloway, Wally Scott, Gary Evans, Neil Muxworthy, Sherman Griffith, Steve Parker, and Oats Schwarzenberger recognized the potential for the site and began hosting soaring camps at Hamilton 10 years ago. Jim Calloway was the organization’s founder Hamilton Soaring Club INC is organized as a IRS 5013c with the mission of sharing the love of flight with a focus on the region’s youth. The club has grown from a handful to 65 members strong since its inception in 2016. We consider KMNZ an IDEAL soaring contest site. The airport was the site of the 23th Army Air Force Glider Training Detachment from 1942-1944 training glider pilots in Waco CG4A towed by C47 Skytrains for the D Day invasion. The field has no obstructions, has no nearby airspace conflicts, has low GA traffic volume, and has plenty of room for core contest operations. The immediate airfield area is forgiving and favorable for premature termination of tow emergencies. The surrounding region is rural farmland with multiple options for safe outlandings. The soaring weather for the selected contest dates should be typical Texas Strong and conducive to a successful contest. Here is a brief summary of the contest planning. The KMNZ airport manager, City Manager, and Mayor have given written permission to hold the contest. The airport manager will NOTAM the airport closed for contest staging and launching. Gary Evans will be the Chief Tow Pilot, having experience in this role at Uvalde Worlds. We have 4 towplanes based at KMNZ that are committed for the contest, including a CallAir A9B, 2 Cessna 182, and a Cessna 180. Texas Soaring Association has committed to support the contest with the loan of a Pawnee. We have an adequate field of experienced tow pilots. We have developed a plan for typical south flow as well as the rare north flow operation for the contest. A meeting with Regional ATC at Gray Approach has been accomplished for preliminary briefing on contest plans. Mark Keene will serve as CD. He is experienced contest director and has personally flown from Hamilton multiple times. He has a strong 1-26 background which will be a huge asset for task development. A 1-26 contest specific waypoints and task input committee is currently being created. Tom Pressley will provide official scoring services. Wally Scott will provide weather contest weather briefings. The site was recently surveyed by the Soaring Safety Foundation and the club has a well-established culture of safety. Costello Insurance has been contracted to bind the required liability umbrella insurance. United Ag Turf will provide gators for contest operations. The Hamilton Healthcare System is sponsoring a large tent for contest administration, with plans for crew/ pilot comfort and hydration stations, first aid , as well as additional bathroom facilities. A durable contest emergency operations plan has been coordinated with the director of Emergency Medical Services. Primitive camping is allowed for contest participants and their supporting crews on the airfield if desired in designated areas. There are no RV hookups at the airfield at this time. There are plans for installation of some new limited power access along the line to new hanger construction site. Do not count on it until confirmed. The main hanger has a kitchen with refrigerators, coffee pot, microwave. The main hanger has two public bathrooms and Wi-Fi service. No shower facilities in the clubhouse. There is a cable for glider tie down that will meet the anticipated contest volume. There is a plan to improve current water access for glider ballasting anticipated future regional contest hosting. This will not be a factor for the 1-26 Nationals. The Hamilton Soaring Club plans to offer a concurrent badge camp with emphasis on allowing cross country qualified youth to gain experience with costs limited to glider fees, tows and social event surcharges. Approval of CD, CM required. Team flying is encouraged. If any pilots are interested in coming to prefly before the contest, please contact Paul Stiles to arrange the necessary temporary club membership. 214-542-9145 PaulStilesmsn.com HOUSING OPTIONS 8203When contacting housing options make sure and identify your booking’s association with 1-26 Nationals Contest for preferential reservations and pricing. It is IMPERATIVE to reserve early to secure lodging. DO NOT PROCRASTINATE BOOKING OF HOUSING DO NOT PROCRASTINATE The housing options will dry up if you delay booking. City of Hamilton Fairgrounds RV park full hookups 18 sites 35 night Manager has agreed to block sites for contest dates Contact Faith Massingill 254-644-9849 by text Manager may give contest discount for extended stay use supports the Hamilton County Junior Livestock Association Heritage Place RV Park New RV park planned opening 4/24 28 sites full hookups fire rings Central facility with full kitchen rec area showers toilet Contact Kevin Cude by text owner has agreed to block dates for contest 40 owner plans to offer food – details to be determined Has cabin available for rent as well bed and breakfast nice rural property Ensor RV Park 24 sites hookups 30 night 150 for week 254-386-6812 jeffensoryahoo.com Jeff Ensor is local realtor resource with who may have short term home rental options available for contest. call him for options has several possibilities Davidson Craig Real Estate 254-386-6812 Inn at Circle T 56 rooms high end option contact Clayton Manager agreed to 10 discount for contest on room base rates (Arena Rate) 171 weekdays 198 weekend for base room with suites available 254-386-3209 Adjacent Crossfire Cafe good nicer dinner lunch option Circle T Arena has extensive RV hookups adjacent to arena with focus on service to rodeo arena Cabins Crooked Creek Ranch located near Circle T Arena check Vrbo for details pricing as cabins are variable size Hamilton Inn 16 rooms basic motel closest to airport on 281S Mr Patel contact 254-386-8864 60-70 Western Inn 25 Rooms basic motel on airport side of town 281 S pool 65/75 Rosy contact 254-386-3141 Budget Inn 16 rooms basic motel north edge of town on 281 75 contact Peter 254-386-8959 Hico Hills Inn 16 rooms basic motel 59 19 miles north of KMNZ Midland Hotel Hico restored turn of century hotel boutique option downtown Hico 19 miles north of KMNZ 254-796-4426 FOOD Wenzels Lone Star Meats downtown Hamilton excellent deli famous Pork Butt sandwiches Fridays Greater Tators Wed old German style The Dutchman’s Hidden Valley German style food deli, homemade bread, candies favorites are Wurst Plate, Apfel Kuchen, Griddled Bavarian Ham Sandwich, Ruebens The Grain Drafthouse and Eatery downtown hamilton full service bar, music venue intermittent food lunch and dinner Circle T Crossfire Cafe full service bar adjacent to arena west of downtown on 36 lunch and dinner steaks pasta fish Ricks Bar inside Pecan Creek Outfitters on north side of square beer on tap nice quiet place no food Pecan Creek Outfitters north side of square downtown good place to buy your significant other a gift shopping Jordans Pharmacy has old fashioned ice cream parlor inside The Bistro on 281 toward airport from downtown *Breakfast serves lunch nicer sandwiches, soups Nita and Glens BBQ on 281 S across from Jail classic BBQ open lunch Smoke Shack BBQ good homemade pies if you can sweet talk Doris into making them Woody’s on NW corner of square burgers fries beer classic sodas make sure and tell the owner that the airport is the reason you are here Storm’s *Breakfast classic burgers shakes Farmers Market have meal specials good place for fresh produce Dairy Queen no Texas town is consider viable without one of these Chicken Express newly remodeled Subway Sonic Taco Loco north of downtown across from Jail *Breakfast served Mexican China Wok downtown on square Chinese dine in and takeout El Jardin Mexican downtown on square Giovannis Italian Frieda’s Mexican Country Donuts *Breakfast Brookshires Deli Fried Chicken and Deli options inside grocery store The Horny Toad Bar and Grill downtown Cranfills Gap 16 east on highway 22 The Red Dove Winery tastings by appt Southwest of KMNZ on FM 2005 Barbacelli’s Excellent pizza salads sandwiches. Hico Downtown The Chop House 19 miles north Hico downtown reservations recommended steaks nice bar OmaLeen’s Hico downtown 19 miles north reservations required local source chef specials nice bar The Harvest Comanche 30 miles west reservations required local source chef specials Hamilton is typical of most small towns with variable food service hours. Call before you go. Hamilton airport is located 2.9 miles south of downtown on 281. Turn right onto FM 3302. Airport entrance is first gate on left west bound on FM 3302 and is well marked. Do not attempt to access via the old road by the Alexander Moulding Mill on 281. SOCIAL The Hamilton Soaring Club is a family-centered social organization. We love to eat, talk about flying , fly, talk about flying some more, and repeat. Plan to have a Texas Style BBQ at Schoedel’s Barn post flying on August 3rd. Schoedel’s is on FM 932 just east of the traffic left downwind to Runway 18. Johann Jeske is catering the meal. This man can cook Dinner by the pool at the home of Randy Lee date TBD. Bring your swimsuits. Wagyu beef will be served sourced from Lucky Seven Ranch just west of the airport. These events will be included in the entry fee for contest participants. Crew will be charged a nominal fee. HEALTHCARE Grocery store Brookshire Brothers has deli and pharmacy Downtown City Drug and Jordans pharmacies Hospital 400 N Brown St Hamilton ER open 24 hours Family Health Clinic 254-386-1700 for acute care needs during contest Hamilton was selected by the 1-26 Association site selection committee for the 1-26 National contest. Paul Agnew, president 1-26 Association has done a recent site visit at KMNZ. 561-889-6181 bluejet941gmail.com Hamilton is centrally located in the Heart of Texas. Closest airports with scheduled airline service at Waco Regional KACT 72 miles and Killeen Regional Airport KGRK 78 miles Dallas Fort Worth KDFW is the closest major hub with nationwide and international service 102 miles Austin is a secondary major hub option. 107 miles The Hamilton Soaring Club looks forward to saying HOWDY, showing everyone some Welcome to Texas Hospitality and having a contest that will be long remembered. Hamilton… What A Hometown Should Be Come join us Randy Lee doclee68gmail.com 254-784-0298

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