Welcome to SoaringCafe.com, the world’s first and foremost site for information, news, feature articles and events revolving specifically around and for the soaring community. Featuring the latest and most up-to-date information possible, SoaringCafe.com brings you a wealth of content that will help you keep abreast of world events, happenings, product reviews and interesting stories from soaring enthusiasts and practitioners around the globe. Plus, you can find the latest in technological advances in soaring equipment and planes that can help you become better informed when making decisions regarding your personal soaring activities. And for those just wanting to learn more about the sport, our in-depth feature articles will serve to inform and inspire you to possibly starting your own quest in becoming a soaring enthusiast!
About Bill Elliott, Our Publishing Editor
SoaringCafe.com is the result of hard work and dedication from two world-class soaring experts – Bill Elliott (WE) and Rand Baldwin (NN) – both of whom reside in Huntsville, Alabama. Bill is a two-time U.S. 18m national champion with extensive racing and cross-country soaring experience. He represented the U.S. in the 18 meter class at the 2010 and 2012 FAI World Gliding Championships Bill earned his airplane rating in 1981, but was looking for new challenges by 1989 when the lure of motorless flight induced him to join the Huntsville Soaring Club. After soloing in a Blanik L – 13, Bill began soaring cross country in the club 1-26, then bought a Duster followed by an HP-18 a few years later. It was with that HP-18 that he won the Region 5 South Sports Class Championship in 1995, his first championship.
About Rand Baldwin, Our Editor
Fascinated by soaring since early childhood, Rand learned to fly sailplanes while in graduate school (at Harvard’s Center for Astrophysics), and earned his private glider rating at Yankee Soaring in Plymouth, Massachusetts. He joined the M.I.T. Soaring Association in 1974, where he completed his Silver Badge and became a flight instructor. After moving to Huntsville in 1977, Rand flew and instructed on weekends at Eagleville Sailplanes south of Nashville, Tennessee. In 1985, he and a handful of other soaring enthusiasts organized the Huntsville Soaring Club at Moontown Airport. He has served as its president, newsletter editor, operations chief, and chief flight instructor. From the late 1980’s through the mid-90’s, Rand served as SSA Governor for Alabama and is now Alabama’s state recordkeeper.