Author Archive for Philip Chidekel

Phil Chidekel is a high school sophomore in Southeast Pennsylvania. Flying has been his lifelong dream, and with the help of the excellent people of Brandywine Soaring Association and the support of his parents, Phil is an avid 1-26 driver. Soaring has made flying inexpensive, attainable, challenging, and fun, and he is looking forward to trying bigger flights in the future.

The Schweizer 1-26

The Schweizer 1-26. Everyone has flown them at least once. They are legendary for their lovely handling and their ease to train solo students with, but the 23:1 glide discourages anyone from taking them as a serious sailplane. Or do they? Most people don’t realize that the little potato bombing 1-26 is the best cross-country…