Winter 2013 Issue of Vintage Soaring Association “Bungee Cord”

Stop by the VSA booth at the SSA Convention in Reno!

Stop by the VSA booth at the SSA Convention in Reno!

We are delighted to inform Café readers that the Winter, 2013 issue of Bungee Cord, a quarterly publication of the Vintage Sailplane Association (VSA), has been published.

We invite attendees at the upcoming SSA Convention in Reno, who are interested in vintage or classic sailplanes, to stop at the VSA booth in the exhibit hall and meet us and talk shop. We will have on display a quilt, designed and made by Dody Wyman for the VSA's 40th anniversary. The quilt will be raffled in June, so stop by the VSA booth and register for a chance to win the quilt.

At 9:00 AM on Friday, February 28th, Simine will give a talk on "40 Years of the VSA" in the Reno-Sparks Convention Center, Room A3. Also on Friday, the VSA will host a luncheon at 12:00 in the Atlantis Resort-Emerald D. If you attend the convention and are a vintage/classic sailplane enthusiast, don't miss these events!

Two sailplanes will also be on display in the exhibit hall: an uncovered (or 'naked') completely assembled TG-4A, and a half-size radio-controlled TG-2 model with a 26 foot wingspan.

VSA Bungee Cord: 2013 v39 no4 Winter BC_Cover

Here's a list of articles featured in the current issue of Bungee Cord:

  • L u n c h T a l k  by Jim Short
  • The Schweizer SGS 1-23 Project of 2011, to commemorate the 50th anniversary of Paul F. Bikle’s world record altitude flight by Cam Martin
  • 8th Wichita Vintage/Classic Regatta by Matt Gonitzke
  • A Brand-New BG-6  by Ross Briegleb
  • Grunau Baby Restoration  by Robert “Boom” Powell
  • Winter Flight Instruments  by Simine and Jim Short
  • A Rotisserie for Gliders  by Neal Pfeiffer
  • SH1 Austria Restoration by Matt Gonitzke
  • Design History and Philosophy at Schweizer Aircraft Corporation. Part 1: The First Decade: Learning to Fly.  by Ernest Schweizer (unpublished manuscript submitted by Kyle Schweizer

Joining the Vintage Sailplane Association

If you're interested in vintage or classic sailplanes and haven't joined the VSA, please consider doing so. It's very easy; go to the VSA membership page and join using PayPal or a credit card. If you prefer to pay with a check, just download the membership application and send the completed application with your check to the treasurer. VSA membership includes a subscription to the Bungee Cord. Please note that when you join just after an issue has been published, it will be another 3 months before you receive your first issue.

VSA dues are also used to support the VSA awards which encourage and reward the restoration of vintage gliders.