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ASCent, the journal of the Alberta Soaring Council

 

ASCent contains stories, reports and news of the Council activities and clubs in Alberta. It is published once a year now at the end of the season.

Some of the original archived files were found to be incomplete, having missing text and photos. All these issues have been reconstructed by scanning in text and rescanning all available photographs (missing photos are marked as such in the space they were to occupy). In this process, many photos were improved upon what appeared in the printed copy of the original issues, and typos were found and corrected.

Some missing photographs were replaced by ones of the same subject out of the same sequence of shots taken at the time.

As a result of a subtle difference between the font used in earlier issues and the later versions, there are some changes in the text line wraps, etc. of reconstructed text, but the text content is essentially unchanged.

Below are the ASCent issues from 1991, when desktop preparation of the magazine began, along with a brief review of their principal contents.


 91/1 (Spring) 20 pp - glider exhibit opens at Aviation Hall of Fame, no notch - no diamond, Innisfail meet is back!, a glider pilot's dream (poem), '91 ASC sporting programs, fly for the "XC 100" trophy, Alberta winners (of 1990 ASC & SAC trophies), 91 AGM report, '90 annual reports, 13 badge questions
 91/2 (Summer) 16 pp - back to back 700s (in Invermere - and the world's worst farmer), waves beyond reach - in Alaska, 13 more badge questions, soaring in the mountains (first XC from Invermere), class 4 medical, executive meeting, odds & ends, the Viking 104 (early use of glass in late 50s), annual maintenance requirements - sailplane owner's responsibilities
 91/3 (Winter) 24 pp - Yahoo cu!! (one of those flights that keep you in the sport), a decent fall camp, on going into the mountains (strategy from three pilots), another first (a local landout at Cold Lake), a short history of the ASC (based on 25 years of executive minutes), Silver Cloud - 7A (going XC as a passenger at a California regionals), club news, executive meeting
 92/1 (Spring) 24 pp - Lost - never with GPS, being ready will get you through the day, ASC 91 annual reports, photo of the Glasfugel concept 'glass' cockpit, summary of exec meeting and 92 AGM, ASC funding - how we get it and how we spend it, Inertial hampsters (funny), club news, new ASC tickets, new 1/2 tow stickers, BC soaring safari plans, ASC video library, '92 provincials, aviation book library, 123.4 soaring frequency, notes from sailplane manager, preliminary survey results on future ASC sailplane, record courses out of Golden, more excerpts from the DoT medical handbook.
 92/2 (Summer) 24 pp - May Meet, BC safari, US Sports class nationals, derigging a Lark (!), Cowley mosquito camp, remember our laughter (Cowley in verse), first outlanding of ESC Puchacz, cumulo-nimbus flight, club news, David Woodcock obit, great cartoon by Hans K├Ânig.
 92/3 (Fall/Winter) 16 pp - Mike Morgan's first season of gliding, wave camp story, bailed out by the bail-out bottle(excellent article), club news, oxygen analysis report, various meeting minutes/notes, '93 Nationals slated for Swift Current
 93/1 (Spring) 24 pp - deja vu (some history), flying for the fun of it (by a CF-5 pilot), so you think you're current?, a mere coincidence (age = glide angle?), 92 annual reports, club news, a simpler ASC trophy form, the best flyer (a crow), misc meeting reports, insurance on trailer accidents, PCK has new engine, what to do with sailplane fund?, Swift Current Nationals planning, Peter "Masak's Scimitar"
 93/2 (Summer) 20 pp - the "boutique" provincials, "real" landouts (adventures in Ephrata), a very fine weekend (out-and-return record into Sask), contemplating competing (another small step by a newcomer), the Cowley gathering of '93 (wet!), great moments in soaring history (PM's adventures at the Swift Current nats), mountain outlanding! (the Lark accident), Swift Current Nationals wrap-up, club news.
 93/3 (Winter) 8 pp - letter from Moose, Cu Nim & ESC trophy winners for 93, Cowley wave camp non-gathering, Grob is sold, draft proposal for allocation of sailplane fund
 94/1 (Spring) 24 pp - test driving 54 (excellent story of a first out-landing, winter soaring seminar, 93 annual reports, 94 AGM report, Cowley under new management, club news, current Canadian records, 1994 Alberta Team Squad, contest must move from Innisfail this year
 94/2 (Summer) 24 pp - Cu Nim cross-country week, 94 Provincials, the phantom retrieve, the smoke (summer) camp, across the Rocks by Mamini, my excellent adventure (Mercer's 500 in Cold Lake), my 2nd 500 (the 4th attempt by Buzz Burwash), safety corner, club news, things done and to-dos at Cowley .
 94/3 (Winter) 12 pp - letter from Buenos Aires, wave camp 94 (great), exec meeting summary, notes on SAC insurance and Cowley operations, Cold Lake soaring club - 1959, some ESC heros, and some Cu Nim heros, notice of motion for bylaws amendments, Western regional sports contest.
 95/1 (Spring) 20 pp - picking the day (across the rocks from Golden), 94 annual reports, 95 ASC AGM, club news, sporting update, Cu Nim soaring seminar, missed Diamond
 95/2 (Summer) 20 pp - 95 May meet, my lucky day (500 in Austria out of ESC), best flights of 95, US Sports class nationals, Cowley finale, club news, the annotated "high flight" (funny), the kite record project, soaring on Discovery channel, new club at Cranbrook, Cowley campground maintenance, cairn replica project.
 95/3 (Winter) 24 pp - onward and upward (a small fall camp), flight for a Diamond, decompression sickness in high altitude glider flight, club news, the parable of Joe (old RAF verse on the plight of ground crew), letter from Lotusland (Comox), sports politics, no transponder needed at Cowley, "Leaning on the Wind" - book review
 96/1 (Spring) 24 pp - big changes at Cowley (ASC as operator), 95 annual reports, Red Deer soaring seminar, 96 ASC AGM, impressions of the SAC AGM, ASC awards presentation, club news, your spring wake-up call (a bent Blanik), Terry Southwoos SAC instructor of year for 1995, Cold Lake CFI's corner, looking for the perfect rock, Cowley admin, the Young Eagles program, sporting update.
 96/2 (Summer) 20 pp - Cowley summer camp ( bad example?), fall camp addendum (was great), shot down in Aspen valley (Blanik landout north of Centre Peak), doctor's orders (a dangerous passenger flight), airspace grab - Calgary chapter, still at 11,000, another item on the cockpit checkist, did the wind stop blowing?, club news.
 96/3 (Winter) 8 pp - the long long wait (a first wave flight), rewarding our best in 96 (Cu Nim & ESC club trophy winners), meeting notes
 97/1 (Spring) 24 pp - test-flying "Sweetie" (Cu Nim's Blanik), introduction to the winch launch, airspace update, Alberta soaring ladder, ASC AGM, 1996 annual reports, training barometer (graphical test for currency), Alberta team squad for 1997, club news, Red Deer OO course, new ASC plans cost or deliver $$, I thought I was covered - I wasn't (insurance)
 97/2 (Summer) 24 pp - high sky-big lift-great camp, Starbuck to ridgetop (Cowley reflections by a Winnipeg pilot), reflector reflections (passing the hat to get the lead pilot to sniff!, the 3 in 1 shot (all 3 Diamonds in one flight including a Death Valley turnpoint to get the altitude!), the Provincials, a letter from Scotland, club news, SAC instructor course, Alberta soaring ladder, letters.
 97/3 (Winter) 8 pp - exec and planning meeting reports, 97 Cu Nim and ESC club trophy winners, club news.
 98/1 (Spring) 8 pp - soaring seminar a super success, 98 ASC AGM, the sport report.
 98/2 (Summer/Fall) 20 pp - Cowley in 1998, the challenge of learning (a case of mind over matter), Wasserkuppe revisited, Alberta soaring contest, the first adventures of GEV (HP-18), hard thoughts on an accident at ESC, club news, do your spring inspection in the winter, soaring simulator, 33 knots up!, remember the Gemini?, de-certifying gliders, Willi Muller obit, the effect of paper weight on X-C, exec meeting summary, Treasurer's update.
 1999 season 24 pp - Cowley - the view from England, the "eh-team" rules winning the Region 8, 802.6 km (great run at Invermere), summer Cowley (not summer weather), I wanted to be an instructor.. , soaring the summer away (teenager in Germany), club news, ASC events to date, ASDCs website, instructor endorsements paid by ASC, Michael Cook obit, treasurer's highlights
 2000 season 24 pp - summer Cowley, reconnaissance at its best (3/4 scale Storch flies slowly from ESC), the pit and the pile (personal refliections of Cowley from Winnipeg), it's a contest!, upper winds (fall camp), the Invermere soaring scene, club news, making tax donations to ASC, Cowley finances, ASC trophy definitions, Chester Zwarych obit, 2000 AGM minutes.
 2001 season 24 pp - letters from two Air Cadets, Alberta pilot achievements in 2001, ASC spring seminar (at Red Deer), windy! (the summer camp), decisions - decisions (Provincials story), the Zephyr lives, fall camp, club news, making tax donations to to ASC, turtle on runway, upcoming ASC meetings, 2001 AGM minutes.
 2002 season 24 pp - letters, the "winter" Cowley summer camp, on the road with the provincial contest, good flights at ESC, (shear) wave flight at Chipman, what do they know about fun!, the best in 30 years (fall camp), climbing a cold front, Alberta pilot achievements in 2002, club news, 2002 AGM minutes, the instructor appreciation flight (cartoon and verse).
 2003 season 24 pp - a note from John [Mulder], letter, the "fire" camp, a Blanik record flight [history], fall Cowley, Kara's adventure, incident at ESC (low termination of tow), the dirty downwind dash (how not to do it), Alberta pilot achievements in 2003, club news (Parcell cartoon), photos page, 2003 AGM minutes.
 2004 season 24 pp - a note from John, historic bush plane visits Cu Nim, dual training not an option (early training with 1-19 at Cu Nim), a very Cb summer, we have a winner! (provincials), Indian Summer wave, old methods & new perspectives (the Cu Nim flight line ops), club news, pilot achievements in 2004, Kerry Bissell new ESC life member, 2004 AGM minutes.
 2005 season 20 pp - a note from John, Alberta's last 2-33 has gone, A Nationals thanks, landing out Jam Jar, the flight I'd rather forget, Cowley 2005, ESC questions its insurance costs (with cartoon), club news, pilot achievements in 2005, 2005 AGM minutes.
 2006 season 24 pp - Letters (the glider experience, great happenings at Chipman), a note from John, the Bergfalke rebuild, a Cowley anthology, the heiligenschein and the glory, 2006 fall Cowley, the Alberta cross-country season, club news, delivered at last (retirement presentation to Tony), a towpilot comments on tow ticket instructions (humour), pilot achievements in 2006, 2006 AGM minutes.
 2007 season 28 pp - a note from John, a leisurely afternoon flight, Cowley in 2007, how to buy a Genesis 2, ESC 50 years old, Western soaring competition, first landout (friendly farmer?), goin' down the road, pilot achievements in 2007, safety, something from Australia (humour), club news, unusual wave over Edmonton, 2007 ASC AGM minutes, panning meeting notes.
 2008 season 24 pp - Walter Mueller's Cowley to Stettler flight, Cowley 2008 memories and reports, Tony braves the heat of Ephrata, Discovery Channel shoots 'Air Dogs' at Cowley, the Western Canada Contest finally tries out North Battleford, Hank Hees tries out competition, Team Mulder's excellent adventures, Cross country in a two-place glider, 2008 Alberta club reports, 2008 Achievements, ASC AGM minutes for 2008
 2009 season 24 pp - Leo Deschamps shares the joy of buying a "new glider", John Mulder reports on SAC 2009 activities, Cowley 2009 memories from Ryszard Gatkiewicz, Steve Hogg, Roy Eichendorf and Al Poldaas, Fall Cowley 'Snow-out', Walter Mueller gets his Diamond Goal at 88, Alberta Air Shows yield results for clubs, Freedoms Wings begins with success at Cu Nim, Tony Burton recalls Canadian record flight marathon, Alberta Club news, Pilot achievements, and 2009 ASC AGM minutes
 2010 season 24 pp - John Mulder reports on SAC 2010 activities, Summer Cowley - flights and thoughts from Phil Stade, Conrad Lamoureux recounts his student to licence in 4 months adventure, Pablo Wainstein and friends hike Centre Peak and document how to get there for others, Fall Cowley - a big improvement over 2009 - 20 degrees warmer, Al Hoar records 30.4 knot climb rate, Cold Lake Soaring Club tries again, 90 year old Walter Mueller celebrates with a flight, Bernie Mudri and Melissa Robdrup - The Southern Alberta Gliding Association starts up in the Lethbridge area, Trevor Finney reports on the Western Instructor Course held at ESC, Alberta Club News, Pilot achievements, 2010 ASC AGM minutes
 2009 season 24 pp - Leo Deschamps shares the joy of buying a "new glider", John Mulder reports on SAC 2009 activities, Cowley 2009 memories from Ryszard Gatkiewicz, Steve Hogg, Roy Eichendorf and Al Poldaas, Fall Cowley 'Snow-out', Walter Mueller gets his Diamond Goal at 88, Alberta Air Shows yield results for clubs, Freedoms Wings begins with success at Cu Nim, Tony Burton recalls Canadian record flight marathon, Alberta Club news, Pilot achievements, and 2009 ASC AGM minutes
 2010 season 24 pp - John Mulder reports on SAC 2010 activities, Summer Cowley - flights and thoughts from Phil Stade, Conrad Lamoureux recounts his student to licence in 4 months adventure, Pablo Wainstein and friends hike Centre Peak and document how to get there for others, Fall Cowley - a big improvement over 2009 - 20 degrees warmer, Al Hoar records 30.4 knot climb rate, Cold Lake Soaring Club tries again, 90 year old Walter Mueller celebrates with a flight, Bernie Mudri and Melissa Robdrup - The Southern Alberta Gliding Association starts up in the Lethbridge area, Trevor Finney reports on the Western Instructor Course held at ESC, Alberta Club News, Pilot achievements, 2010 ASC AGM minutes
 2011 season 24 pp - SAC notes from John Mulder, ASC notes from Phil Stade, Erin Doerffer recounts a wave flight and considers hypoxia issues, Cowley Camp reports from several perspectives, Wilf Plester's first big cross country flight in CU, Tony Burton shares his 2011 Ephrata contest, Dwayne Doll introduces us to ASW20, the Nationals Report - John Mulder, Walter Mueller - 567km, 7.7 hr flight report - in his 91 year!, 1st Annual Junior Soaring Camp - Scott Holmes reports, Club reports, Alberta Pilot Achievements for 2011, 2011 ASC AGM minutes, Agenda for ASC 2012 AGM
 2012 season 24 pp - SAC notes from John Mulder, ASC notes from Phil Stade, Eugene Zalenko, Shulamit Kuttner and Brendan Mogan describe flights at Summer Cowley Camp, John Mulder describes flying at Ephrata, Tegen Dunnill Jones attends her first Cowley Camp and flies to 28,000' on her first wave flight. Carol Mulder tries for her 300km Diamond Goal flight again. Bruce Friesen reports on a wet ESC flying season, Chics Take Flight report for 2012 by Shulamit Kuttner, Kerry Stevenson finds inspiration in a young woman's response to a gliding flight, GPSS reports on a great weekend of flying activites in Beaverlodge, Alberta Clubs provide their reports for 2012, Walter Mueller reminisces and responds to receiving a plaque recognizing his contributions to soaring in Canada, Alberta Pilot Achievements in 2012 
 2013 season
 2014 season 24 pp -
 2015 season 24 pp -