Duty Roster Notes
More Hangar Stuff
Meet the Member
Make it Hot
Duty Roster Notes
Duty Officers, PLEASE pay attention to the Roster! We've had a couple of people express sudden surprise at being called up after the fact after they didn't show up for duty!! That's why the roster runs for three months in the future, based on the dates you've given Jim Kellett. That's so you can plan ahead, and not let your fellow Club members down when they want to fly. Don't forget, too, that you get a free tow for every day you serve as Duty Officer!!
And, Duty Officers and Assistant Duty Officers: don't forget to fill out the back of the log sheet at the end of every day! Checklists are important for lots of things other than takeoff and landing your gliders!!
Thanks to the initiative and hard work of a small Club team - mostly Shane Neitzey! - the Club now has all but one of its aircraft "under wraps" in a closed hangar!! Yep, the Pawnee, 2-33, K-21, the Club Car, glider trailer and tent are stored safe and secure in the Club's hangar. Shane constructed and hung new hangar doors on the north side, and designed and built a neat - and really weird - dolly to transport, sideways, the 2-33 into the hangar. (NOTE: Be sure you get someone who knows what he/she is doing to show you how to work the 2-33 dolly!!)
More Hangar Stuff
Linda has agreed to rent Jim Kellett two hangars, back to back, just east of the Club's hangar. The current plan is to build doors for this hangar and knock down the walls (like the Club's) and make it available for more gliders. Jim thinks it will be possible to get at least two fully assembled gliders plus a total of four trailers into the space, or one fully assembled one and maybe five or six trailers, but no real measurements have been made yet. (One fully assembled glider will be Jim's Cirrus.) Two trailer spaces are spoken for at this time, but if you're a glider owner or are considering buying one this summer and would like a hangar for it, call Jim at (540) 678-4798 (or e-mail to email@example.com).
Meet the Member
Robert (Bob) Collier
Bob's career has tended to focus on research and development of radio frequency antennae. He was a first Lieutenant at USAF Wright Air Development Center in Dayton, OH in 1953-1955, and then moved to Virginia after he got his doctorate, where he was with Deco Electronics in Leesburg, VA from 1964 to 1970. The next ten years were spent with Antenna Research Associates, in Beltsville, MD before moving on to the BDM Corp. (based in Denver, CO) between 1980 and 1983. It was there, at BDM, that Bob worked for Jack Swigert of Apollo 13 fame! Bob moved back to Columbia, MD with the same company from 1983 through 1986. He wrapped up his technical career with a stint at Allied Signal Technical Services in 1986 before retiring in July, 1995.
Bob learned to fly at Ohio State University in 1957, where he got his Private Pilot (ASEL) - and logged 250hrs. Then he got into real flying with his Private Pilot, Glider at the Capital Area Soaring School (CASS) in Leesburg, VA in 1969. He later added his Commercial (glider) in 1972 and CFI (glider) in 1973, all at CASS when it was then operating out of Warrenton, VA. Bob's well known for his colorful flying - on at least one occasion, he introduced a newcomer to soaring by looping a 2-33! That person went on to become a very enthusiastic glider pilot, but thought for years that such was "normal"!!
He's another of those dedicated 1-26 drivers who has owned one since the dark ages, and has earned his Silver "C" - #1953 and Gold "C" - #1005 in one. He's still working on his Diamond legs. He's also a -26 Association Life Member (#20), and flew in the 1-26 Association's 1st National contest in 1976. He also is the current holder of the 1-26 (Region 4) 100km Triangle Speed Record, which is 38.74mph set on September 24, 1983. Bob's the only pilot ever to replicate Richard C. DuPont 1933 flight from Waynesboro, VA to Frederick, MD, which he did in his 1-26 on September 22, 1991 during one of the DuPont Regattas!
Bob now lives with his wife Tracy in Columbia, MD, but is looking for a new home in the Shenandoah Valley where he can be closer to both his children and the gliderport! (Bob has three children: James 'David' Collier, 'Jennifer' Linne Collier Jeffers, and Richard 'Scott' Collier.)
"In 1979, my wife gave me a demonstration ride at Warrenton Soaring Center for a birthday present. My first ride was with Linda Meacher and no one was ever hooked quicker than me. I went back and took another ride with Jim Kellett and that really did it. I signed up, joined the SSA, and started flying in the summer of 1980."
"I loved WSC and had many really good days and times there. For a couple of years, I shared Cecil Arnold's 1-26 with a couple of pilots who never had time to fly. It was a good time for me because I could walk out of my Georgetown office in the middle of the week and almost always have the 1-26. I loved that little plane and still miss it. Hell, I miss Cecil, his plane and the Field. I work with another artist in Warrenton, and sometimes drive by the field. I just hope a row of townhouses never goes up on 15/33!"
"I always had an affinity for the 1-26 - not like experts Bill Vickland and Bob Collier - but just as a low time weekend "Duffer". I miss having one available just to tool around in- even the 1-36 is too sophisticated for me. I visited Cecil's old plane at Waynesboro. I got the feeling it remembered me - especially the hickey I put in it's skid. Every time I start talking like this, my wife hides the checkbook."
Because of miscellaneous problems, not the least of which was moving his business to a newly designed home office, Phil had to take 18 months off from flying. The firm has now been restructured, down scaled and simplified in order to make business fun again (it didn't work). He now handles only Joe Parrish's AV-ED PP Course as a proficiency exercise and hope to get a BFR soon and become active again by early summer."
To Mike Fournier MDFOURNIER@aol.com, in Herndon, VA. His home phone is (703) 437-6880, and his work phone is (703) 661-5266. Mike is a towpilot, and is also an aircraft mechanic.
And, to Richard Linenberger, who lives in Potomac, MD. His email address is firstname.lastname@example.org His home phone is (301) 977-9099, and his work phone is (202) 606-3022.
Please add these two new members to your personal list.
(It's hard to be nostalgic when you can't remember what happened!)
Ten Years Ago (SOARING Magazine, July 1986): "The year's winner of the [Lincoln] award [for popular writing about soaring] is cinematographer Christopher Woods.... Woods, whose photographs have appeared frequently ins SOARING, won the Lincoln Steubenware piece and stipend for his script of the film "The Quiet Challenge". The film, one of many shown to NSM visitors, depicts the drama and adventure of the 1985 Barron Hilton competition for foreign soaring pilots held at the Hilton ranch in Nevada."
Twenty Years Ago (SOARING Magazine, July 1976): "'My hands ache, my knees hurt, and my ulcer is acting up', complained Karl Striedieck over the phone, 'but I feel good all over - I just made one grand!' [ed.: A 1,015 mile out and return in an ASW-17 from his field near State College] ... It was May 19th...at SSA headquarters when Karl's call cam in from Lock Haven Airport in Pennsylvania. He had been on the ground only a half hour after a 13.5 hour flight and there was no mistaking the excitement in his voice.
Thirty Years ago (SOARING Magazine, July 1966): "Arthur Zimmermann, US representative for Bolkow sailplanes, is pleased to announce that the first Phoebus to be delivered to the US is presently sitting in his backyard in Oak Ridge, NJ. He reports the ship to be fully as attractive as anticipated and beautifully finished. The first assembly of the new glider took place under the wing of a Seaboard Airlines DC-8 Jetliner at Kennedy International Airport. This was not due to Arthur's eagerness to assemble the ship immediately, but because the New York Port Authority wanted pictures for its magazine."
Want to Make it Hot for Someone?
The Club needs its own charcoal grill at the field for weekend cookouts. We thought we could use on the hill that belongs to the airport, but it has proven to be quite a mess and not satisfactory. In the past, members have brought, at considerable difficulty, their own grills out for use during "special events". With our own grill in the hangar, that won't be necessary, AND we can do more impromptu picnics! If you have a grill you'd like to donate, please call Piet Barber at (703) 327-2514 (or email at email@example.com) and bring it down!