This Year's
Accomplishments


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Minnesota
Soaring Club



Accomplishments and Fun Flights 
of Minnesota Soaring Pilots
2003


Overview
This page is for announcing the accomplishments and fun flights of local soaring pilots.  Items listed here include: first solos, new ratings, badge flights, record flights, just-for-fun long flights, etc.  It's just fun to see how many great flights are done from Minnesota.

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Accomplishments - 2003
Date Pilot Glider Flying From Description Write-up Flight Log Photo
2003 Season Jim Hard 1-26A Benson's Jim Hard won the Central Division 1-26 Sweepstakes contest for the year 2003. The 1-26 Sweepstakes is a year-long contest to fly the maximum number of cross-country miles. Pilots submit up to 5 flights. After the season is over, a die is cast and the number that comes up represents the number of flights in the year that are to be totalled to determine the winner for the year. Pilots compete against others in their region; Eastern, Central, and Western. In 2003, Jim Hard beat out the 1-26 pilots in such places as Texas and New Mexico.    
Nov 7, '03 Jim Hard 1-26A Benson's 78.23 sm from Benson's Airport to near Modena WI Blue sky day during which the maximum surface temperature was 29F. Flight was just under 3 hours. Roger Payne was crew chief.    
Oct 18, '03 Jeff Voelz   Stanton Private Pilot Glider Jeff has been flying his PA-12 from Anoka to Stanton for glider instruction.  Instructor was Mark Cleare, and Andrew Wood was the examiner.  
Oct 14, '03 Jim Hard 1-26A Benson's 260 sm to Savannah IL municipal airport. Took 5:15, reached 7500', Walt Johnson, Crew Chief.    
Oct 9, '03 Steve Roman   Stanton Private Pilot Glider Steve is a transition pilot who flies for Northwest Airlines.  Instructor was Mark Cleare and examiner was Andrew Wood.    
Sept 30, '03 Jim Hard 1-26A Benson's 246 sm to Monroe WI municipal airport. Took 5:15, reached 7500 MSL. Roger Payne, Crew Chief.    
Sept 15, '03 Jim Hard 1-26A Benson's 187.16sm flight to near Amhurst Jct. WI (east of Stevens Point), 5:30 Originally planned to fly straight east from Benson's but ran into overdevelopment east of Medford WI along with a shift in wind direction from westerly to northwesterly. So headed toward Stevens Point. Kathleen Winters, Crew Chief    
Sept 4, '03 Jim Hard 1-26A Benson's Flight to Stanton Airport to retrieve the Delbert traveling trophy. Very weak conditions. Stayed below 4000 MSL except for the last 10 miles.    
Sept 4, '03 Craig Cowell Blanik L-13 Benson's First Solo - 'A' Badge Craig earned his A badge by completing his first solo, and in fine fashion with a 55 minute flight!    
Aug 31, '03 Paul Campobasso Ka-6E Benson's Silver Distance and altitude flight from Benson's to Boyceville, WI, 47 miles Blessed enough to stay above 5,000' (once outside of Class B airspace) The entire flight. What fun!    
Aug 31, '03 Leon Zeug Ka6E Faribault Triple Crown Flight from Faribault to Stanton to Benson. His competitive juices no doubt stimulated by Chris's flight on the 30th, Leon Zeug flew his K-6e from Faribault over Stanton and on to Bensons to retrieve the Triple Crown Trophy for Faribault. Congratulations to Leon. (Document ion will still need to be verified.) - J.C. Cunningham    
Aug 30, '03 Brian Utley DG 800B Stanton 205 mi O&R at 61.4 mph. Two state records for a MG.   38UC0Q71.IGC  
Aug 30, '03 Kathleen Winters Libelle Benson's 212 mile flight to Clintonville WI in about 4 1/4 hours      
Aug 30, '03 Mike Finegan PIK-20B Benson's 300Km Triangle Bensons-Durand-RiceLake-Bensons for Gold Distance and Diamond Goal Great day with strong lift. Heavy cirrus moving up from the south was beginning to cut off lift by about 4:15-4:30. Thought I would have to land only 3-4 miles short, but found some lift to get home after I had detoured to a landing field. 38UA1JG6.IGC  
Aug 30, '03 Chris Prince Pilatus Benson's Silver Distance - Benson to Forest Lake and land, then Forest Lake to Faribault He was attempting his first silver distance. His first launch was not as successful as he hoped and he landed at the airport in Forest Lake. He was not discouraged though. He got the tow plane to come from Benson and launched again. This time he flew all the way to Faribault! Good job Chris. A great first cross country flight. - J.C. Cunningham    
Aug 9, '03 Jeff Voelz   Stanton 1st Solo Glider      
Aug 9, '03 Michael Martz   Stanton 1st Solo Glider (MSC)      
Aug 9, '03 Leon Zeug Ka6E Stanton 185 km Cats Cradle + LeCenter: Owatonna, Millersburg, Morriston, Northfield, FBL, LeCenter and back Lots of patience and lookout for cycling cumulus clouds for a fun August flight. No paper work required for this one either.    
Aug 1, '03 John Ward Junior Stanton Completed Stanton Short Task for the first time with a handicapped speed 29.16 mph It was not a friendly cross-country day - got a little nervous near Dennison - but good soaring anyway.    
July 14, '03 Richard Weil Pilatus B-4 Benson's Completion of Bronze Badge with a 2+ hour flight. Badge was awarded on July 12. Thermal soaring flight on a fairly good day with a sky full of cumulus.    
July 13, '03 Chris Prince Blanik L-13 Benson's This was a thermal soaring flight from Benson's Airport to Rush City MN and about 5 miles back, a total of a little over 40 miles.Landing was in a hay field south of Rush City after a flight of just a bit more than 2 hours. The flight was Chris's first x-country flight and included his first off-field landing. Retrieve was successfully accomplished with the help of Club members Les Stordalen and Bob Winston. They arrived back at the airport at about 9:30 pm.    
July 11, '03 Paul Esser Blanik L23 Benson's Completed Practical Test at Benson's Airport with examiner Andrew Wood who signed me off for my Private Pilot Glider Certificate. After soloing in 2001, this flight was the opening of a new chapter in soaring for me. A special thanks to my instructor, Les Stordalen, whose confidence in and patience with me proved invaluable.    
June 30, '03 Steve Metz ASW-27 Stanton Out & Return to Charles City (300KM Diamond Goal) for a MN state 15m speed record.    36UC3IO1.IGC  
June 30, '03 Tom Rent Schweizer 1-35c Stanton 264km flight (164 sm). Stanton-Blue Earth-Austin-Dodge Center Needed 1 more hour to make it back to Stanton for a Diamond Goal (314km) but it was not to be. Got seriously slowed up 12 miles east of Blue Earth near Wells on the way to Austin. On course at 1:20pm and landed at 6:22pm as the day died. Need to start earlier, fly faster, and be luckier! Thanks to Steve Metz for crewing.    
June 16, '03 Phil Schmalz Ventus b Stanton 5 hour flight to complete his Silver Badge.      
June 15, '03 Brian Utley DG 800B Stanton 100 km triangle: Stanton, Zumbrota, Medford NE, Stanton
Speed: 72.8 mph
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June 15, '03 Brian Utley DG 800B Stanton 300 km triangle: Stanton, Austin, Blue Earth, Stanton
Distance: 195 miles
Speed: 62.9 mph
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June 15, '03 Phil Schmalz Ventus b Stanton Stanton Short Task flight, Handicapped speed: 53.4 mph      
June 15, '03 Tom Rent Schweizer 1-35c Stanton Stanton Short Task flight, Handicapped speed: 57.04 mph      
June 14, '03 Leon Zeug Ka6E Faribault 218 km Sort of Cats Cradle: FBL to Hastings, Waseca, Owatonna, Sky Harbor, New Prague and FBL No paper work needed for this flight. The sky had lots of lift with some cu's too.    
June 14, '03 Kathleen Winters Libelle Stanton 222 sm to Windom, MN, and Ida Grove, IA Fantastic lift west to Windom, then blue. Thanks to crew Jim Hard.    
June 14, '03 Dan Johnson Ventus Cm Menomonie, WI Attempted a 300k triangle, Menomonie to Shell Lake to Cambridge to Menomonie, late start, ended up about 25 NM short of home at 6:30 pm, well after the day's last thermal. But it was great fun. The Ventus Cm is a better glider than I am a pilot.    
June 14, '03 Chris Cooper Ventus b Stanton 314.8 km Triangle flight for his Diamond Goad and Gold Distance The flight originated at Stanton with turnpoints at Austin and Blue Earth and culminated with a landing back at Stanton for a distance of 314.8 km and a total flight time of 5 hours and 26 minutes. The flight was made in a Ventus b which Chris co-owns with Dick Andrews and Phil Schmatz.    
June 14, '03 Eric Bluhm HP-18 Benson's Benson's-Mora-Shell Lake-Benson's for Silver Duration, Gold Distance and Diamond Goal Mark Schmidt again flew the same flight (like the Triple Crown Flight) but without documenting it. I caught up to him near Mora, and had a couple nice views of his Standard Cirrus as he circled above me and headed out on task. He finished about 1/2 hour ahead of me.

This flight capped off my first month flying my HP-18 (first flight for me 05-15 at Stanton). I like it-it scoots. :)
   
June 14, '03 Mark Schmidt Standard Cirrus Benson's Benson's-Mora-Shell Lake-Benson's for Silver Duration, Gold Distance and Diamond Goal      
June 14, '03 Phil Schmalz Junior Stanton Stanton Short Task flight, Handicapped speed: 56.93 mph      
June 13, '03 Tom Kuhfeld PW-5 Stanton Stanton Short Task flight, Handicapped speed: 55.78 mph      
June 9, '03 Kathleen Winters Libelle Stanton Stanton to Watertown, SD, 205 sm Same old song. Blue skies preceded by cu's and good lift. Thanks to crew Jim Hard, and Pete Kliegle at Watertown.    
June 1, '03 Chris Prince Pilatus B4 Benson's 5-hour flight for Silver and Gold badges. Sunday, June 1, was a hazy day with overcast cirrus. Chris Prince flew the RWSA Pilatus for 5 1/2 hours, completing the duration legs for the Silver and Gold badges.    
May 26, '03 Kathleen Winters Libelle Stanton 210 s.miles to Whipple,SD (near Sisseton) Blue day. Thanks to crews Jim Hard and the Argo family.    
May 26, '03 Mark Schmidt ? Benson's Benson's to Stanton to Faribault then landed out near Prescott Wisconsin. Flight not documented so it does not qualify as a Triple Crown Flight, but it was a very nice flight.    
May 26, '03 Eric Bluhm HP-18 Benson's Triple Crown Trophy flight from Benson's Airport, to Stanton, to Faribault then back to Stanton where he landed.      
May 26, '03 John Wastvedt LS-6 Stanton Stanton Short Task flight of 34.65 miles at a handicapped speed of 60.13 mph      
May 26, '03 Matt Michaels Woodstock Ames, IA Triangular course of 406 Kilometer (252 statute miles). He flew from Ames Iowa to Creston to Dennison and landed back at Ames Iowa. A truly incredible flight! The Woodstock is a modest home built glider with a glide ratio of 24:1. Matt and his glider were featured in the May issue of Soaring Magazine.  - JC Cunningham
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May 26, '03 Jim Henry DG-100 Faribault From Faribault to Windom and return for a Diamond Goal flight of over 186 miles. This was done on a day where there were no cumulus to mark his lift.  Jim made this flight just a short time ago also but had his battery in his data logger that records the flight fail in flight. So he did it again.    
May 25, '03 Brian Utley DG 800B Stanton 300 km Triangle: Stanton, Taopi Gilgenback, B & D Flyers, Stanton. 191.47 miles, 63.42 mph Absolute Altitude: 10,819' Altitude gain: 7,417'   35PC0Q71.igc  
May 25, '03 Matt Michaels Woodstock Ames, IA Ames Iowa to Northwood Iowa (20 miles SE of Albert Lea MN) and returned to Ames A distance of just over 187 miles for a Diamond goal flight.      
May 25, '03 Leon Zeug Ka-6E Faribault 188 miles on a Diamond Goal Flight from Faribault MN to Windom MN and return. By the way that is the third diamond goal flight for that particular K-6e in the state of MN, all by different pilots.    
May 25, '03 Tom Rent Schweizer 1-35c Stanton 300 km flight.  State record for absolute altitude in the 15m class: 10,600 feet MSL. Landed a few miles short of Stanton at 7:35 PM near Denison but still completed Gold Distance    
May 25, '03 Richard Andrews Ventus b Stanton 500+ km (322..3 mile) triangle flight from Stanton to Charles to Estherville to Stanton Dick flew with the 17m tips on the Ventus 35PC3FJ1.IGC  
May 25, '03 Steve Metz ASW-27 Stanton 500+ km (322..3 mile) triangle flight from Stanton to Charles to Estherville to Stanton   35PC3IO1.IGC  
May 24, '03 Dan Johnson Ventus Cm Menomonie, WI WI altitude record and absolute gain, 10,010 msl after a gain of 8,124 ft, while dawdling around the triangle Menomonie - Amery - Rice Lake - Menomonie.      
May 23, '03 David Fisher ? Stanton A, B Badges      
May 23, '03 Marty Wirth ? Stanton A, B, and C Badges      
May 23, '03 Tom Kuhfeld PW-5 Stanton Straight out to Aldora, IA, 150 miles      
May 23, '03 Paul Ratzlaff Grob 102 Stanton Silver Distance, straight out to Dodge Center      
May 23, '03 Ron McLaughlin Nimbus 2 Stanton Out and return to Austin, MN      
May 23, '03 Jim Henry DG-100 Stanton 300 km triangle to Blue Earth to Austin and back to Stanton.      
May 23, '03 Bob Wander Salto Stanton Out and return to Austin, MN      
May 23, '03 Ben Jeffrey Concept 70 Stanton Out and return to Austin, MN      
May 23, '03 Dick Huber Ka-6E Benson's Delbert Trophy flight from Benson's to Stanton, Also Silver Distance Thermal soaring flight from Benson's to Stanton in one hour and 40 minutes to retrieve the Delbert Trophy for the RWSA, and to complete Silver Distance on first straight-out cross-country flight. Pete Kroll was OO and retrieve crew.    
May 23, '03 Sarah Anderson Libelle Stanton Flight from Stanton to Faribault to Owatonna to Dodge Center to Stanton      
May 23, '03 John Ward Junior Stanton Silver Distance flight from Stanton to Dodge Center and back to Stanton.      
May 23, '03 Richard Andrews & Paul Remde ASK-21 Stanton 129.1 mile triangle speed task at 39.5 mph for a MN 2-seater soaring record for speed around a 200 km course. We flew to Janesville to Hayfield and back to Stanton. What a fun flight!  I was so much fun sharing this wonderful flight with Dick.  Flying cross-country in a 2-seater is fun because you can relax while the other pilot is flying.  This was the easiest cross-country flight I've ever done.  - Paul Remde 35NC0FT1.IGC  
May 23, '03 George Penokie Libelle Stanton Silver duration flight (5 hours) to Faribault, to Owatonna to Dodge Center and back to Stanton This flight completes his Silver Badge.    
May 21, '03 Michael Trutwin Owl Stanton Stanton Short Task flight, Handicapped Speed of: 39.94 mph We got low on the first leg and had to scrap to stay aloft.  After that it was a pretty easy flight.    
May 21, '03 Paul Remde & Richard Andrews ASK-21 Stanton 70.5 mile triangle speed task at 31.6 mph for a MN 2-seater soaring record for speed around a 100 km course.  We flew to Medford to Tuma and back to Stanton. We got low on the first leg and had to scrap to stay aloft.  After that it was a pretty easy flight. 35LC0FT1.igc  
May 21, '03 Peter Kroll Ka-6CR Stanton Made and recorded a Silver Altitude gain. This completes the Silver Badge. This was a thermal soaring flight late in the afternoon on Wednesday May 21 at the MSC-sponsored cross-country camp.    
May 20, '03 Ben Jeffrey Concept 70 Stanton Straight-out flight to Osage, IA      
May 20, '03 Richard Andrews & Chris Cooper ASK-21 Stanton 231.3 miles straight distance flight to a goal at Washington Muni in Southern IA.  They set 2 MN 2-seater soaring records. Marilyn Meline was the generous crew. 35KC0FT1.igc  
May 20, '03 Steve Metz ASW-27 Stanton Straight-out flight to Pella, IA, 350 km As the assigned SCUM (Soaring Crew Union Member) for the flight, I have been elevated to "Your Excellency" status after arriving within 3 minutes of tough-down and handing the pilot an ice cold Killian's Red.    
May 20, '03 Kathleen Winters Libelle Stanton Straight-out flight to Aldora, IA, 150 miles Landed early because of deteriorating conditions ahead.  Tom Kuhfeld helped with the retrieve.    
May 17, '03 Eric Bluhm HP-18 Milbank, SD First Cross-Country flight. Milbank SD to Wheaton MN. 67km During the SD Soaring Safari, Eric made his first cross-country flight and achieved Silver Distance for which he is applying to SSA. His "new" HP-18 was the glider used. Dick Huber was his Official Observer. The flight started rather late in the day since earlier in the day Eric volunteered to check out a new tow pilot so all glider pilots could fly that day.    
May 17, '03 John Wastvedt LS-6 Stanton Stanton Short Task flight of 34.65 miles at a handicapped speed of 71.84 mph      
May 16, '03 John Wastvedt LS-6 Stanton Stanton Short Task flight of 34.65 miles at a handicapped speed of 63.97 mph      
May 16, '03 Jim Henry DG-100 Faribault Faribault to Millbank, SD, 188 miles Millbank is the site of the Soaring Safari this weekend organized by Bill Menkevich.  The flight took about 3.5 hours. Jim said he could have done it quicker but that when he knew he had the destination made he waited for his crew to catch up. Jim then flew 20 miles beyond the airport at Millbank and then back to Millbank, making his entire flight about 228 miles.    
May 7, '03 Stephen Nesser Ka-8 Stanton Delbert flight from Stanton to Benson's Flew to Benson airport and claimed the Delbert Trophy for the MSC.    
May 3, '03 Ben Jeffrey Concept 70 Stanton Stanton Short Task flight of 34.65 miles at a handicapped speed of 51.47 mph      
May 3, '03 Steve Adkins 1-35c Stanton Stanton Short Task flight of 34.65 miles at a handicapped speed of 39.87 mph Wind was from the east with no Cu's marking the lift. The height window was between 3500' and 4000' AGL with lift improving late in the day. Just short of Northfield, a boomer took me to 6000' AGL. I was able to finish the course against a strong head wind using negative flaps all the way hitting Randolph at 2000' and Stanton at 1000'. This was a "Willey" Friday operation with Red Haines as my loyal crew and tow pilot.    
April 26, '03 S. Steve Adkins 1-35c Stanton Altitude gain of 4700 feet to complete Silver Badge #6385 Barograph was calibrated after the flight with rapid response by Trinkwalder. Red Haines was the Official Observer and Kent Johnson was the tow pilot. This was the third successful altitude gain ... but it really helps if you actually submit the completed form. Previously completed distance in the Ka-8 and duration in the Ka-7.    
April 26, '03 John Wastvedt LS-6 Stanton Stanton Short Task flight of 34.65 miles at a handicapped speed of 59.81 mph      
Apr. 23, '03 Tom Kuhfeld PW-5 Stanton Stanton Short Task flight of 34.65 miles at a handicapped speed of 53.8 mph      
Apr. 23, '03 Tom Rent Schweizer 1-35c Stanton Stanton Short Task flight of 34.65 miles at a handicapped speed of 49.43 mph      
Feb. 20, '03 JC Cunningham Grob 102 Club III Mile High Gliding, Boulder, CO Last leg of Gold Badge. It also qualified for the second leg (altitude) for Diamond and a 1 Lennie pin.
 
The flight was made from Boulder CO airport in a Grob 102 Club III rented from Mile High Gliding. My low point was 12,100 feet MSL and my high point was 28,600 feet MSL. The flight took 2-1/2 hours in weak wave. Oh, yes, it was very cold.    

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