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UPDATE: The board needs to make some final decisions about the financing of the remaining balance of $62,000 due. As a club member your consideration of the funding request ketter sent earlier is important and its confidential. Only Scott who will be handling the details of who has given or pledged support will know of your personal decision about the information you send to him. Due the importance of the final payment, we would ask that you send your intentions to Scot Ortman as soon as possible, i.e. within the next two weeks. The original letter and form can be found by following this link

As a club the need to grow and continue our passion for flying and soaring has always presented us with opportunities and challenges. The board and membership have discussed the need to update our fleet the past few years. The Blanik’s are ageing and difficult to do maintenance upon, much the less the AD’s that come along for them. Our A&P for the sailplane fleet, Aaron, has advised us its time to look before they become only worth salvage. After much deliberation and based on the recommendation of a committee, of both board and club members, we have made the decision to update the fleet. The recommendation was made that if we update the fleet that an ASK 21 would meet our criteria and needs. There are over 900 ASK 21’s in service and many of them used in primary flight training today.

What’s occurred to this point? Blanik 303 BA has been sold; the HP was sold last year along with the Taylorcraft this spring. The HP and Taylorcraft were donated to the club by Clarence Walker, one of the founding members of CISS. Late in March 2015 the order was placed with Eastern Sailplanes of Ohio of our order for an ASK 21. That was motivated in part due to the fact the Euro to US dollars exchange rate was at a low we have not seen in years. That favorable exchange rate saves the club money on our purchase. So we have used our funds available for that, $68,000, getting us in the production line. We were fortunate that our order placed in March put us ahead of others here in the US and we can expect an October 2015 delivery!!

This is a great positive step for us, but there is more to do. We expect the final price to be about $130,000, which includes a trailer as well. The trailer will be equipped to transport to Grob as well.

Not unlike the foresight club members had when purchasing the Grob, new in 1983, this represents a chance to inspire more new students and members to fly. As a club, updating our fleet helps to ensure our future, not unlike the purchase of our “ Field of Dreams”. Attracting new members is important to all of us regardless of whether you rent one of the club sailplanes in our fleet or own your own sailplane. Training and club ships are part of our lifeblood ensuring we continue to have instructors, tow pilots, ground crews and our airfield.

So as Board and Club Members we are asking all current members to consider what they are able to commit in funds etc. To complete this purchase. The goal is to avoid additional debt or financing as much as possible. We do appreciate this a personal decision and respect your decision and privacy. Your decisions will remain confidential and Scot as treasurer will be involved in receiving pledges etc.

 

AMA Family Fest and Motorcycle Rally

Aug
11

Be sure to check out the CISS booth at the AMA Family Fest and Motorcycle Rally this Saturday(8/15/15) at the Muncie AMA. This is in celebration of National Model Aviation Day. For more information go to http://nationalmodelaviationday.org/muncie/

 

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Levi Gulley Solos

Jul
21

This past weekend student pilot Levi Gulley had his first solo flight. As usual tradition has it, Levi was properly doused with water following his first succesful flight. Congrats, Levi!


 

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Annual Spring Cleanup Day

Apr
25

Saturday May 2, CISS will be hosting its annual Spring Cleanup Extravaganza along with its first cookout of the 2015 season.  This is your chance to get involved and influence the way that things get “organized" around our facilities take part in the joy that comes with cleaning up and throwing junk away.  Its not all work, work, work though.  We will have regular glider operations that day so you can burnish your flying skills while at the same time contributing to the Club’s cumulative tow-count goal of 1100 tows for the 2015 season.

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Weekend flying

Apr
10

Be sure to come out on Saturday and Sunday this weekend to enjoy the nice weather and get some flying time in. The conditions are looking good!

Also, make sure you visit our FaceBook page, and like us. https://www.facebook.com/IndianaSoaring

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Mid-Week Flying - 4/1/15

Apr
02

April Fool's Day led off the season for mid-week flying. 4 lauches with three gldier pilots, Ron Clarke, Carey Rehmel, and Dave Waymire. Carey had the longest flight in the Grob, and Rob logged a 2 hour flight. Check it out here on OLC. If you are interested in joining the group form mid-week flying, contact Ron to get on the e-mail list.

 

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April Issue of Wingtips

Mar
29

The April issue of Wingtips is now available fpr viewing on the club website. Click here to view. 

 Click here for the back issues page.

 

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Safety meeting and first flying day of the season

Mar
29

Saturday morning marked the annual CISS Pilot Safety Meeting. I99 had a large compliment of club members eager to get the day started. Most notable of the presentations was Ron Clarke presenting information about the club's ASK-21 glider, which is expected to be delivered in the late part of the 2015 season. The afternoon saw 12 glider launches, of which Dave Abbott and Ron Clarke both had 3+ hour flights in their private ships. The longest Grob flight was just shy of one hour and 5,100' MSL with Rich Smith and Dave Waymire. Be sure to come out over the next many Saturday and Sundays to get some flights in. Our goal this year is 1000 tows. With New Years flying(10 tows) and Saturday, we now have 978 tows to go for out 2015 season. 

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John Day - Final Flight

Mar
27

Sad news that John Day lost his battle with cancer on Martch 15th. John was involved with the club over the past several years, helping out with mowing, and other contributions. He was a past member of the board. John Earned his glider rating in 2012. 

http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/indystar/obituary.aspx?pid=174416585

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Board votes to execute purchase of new ASK-21 sailplane

Mar
23

Late last week the CISS board board voted to place a deposit on the purchase of a new ASK-21 sailplane, along with a Cobra trailer. This move will modernize the CISS glider fleet, and allow the next generation of glider students and pilots to be able to enjoy the sport. Look for more information about the purchase decision, and about the ASK-21 sailplane at the upcoming safety meeting. The club expects to take delivery of the new glider in time for the start of the 2016 flying season. For more information about he ASK-21, go here.

 

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