Clubs & Sites

A category for Soaring Clubs and Sites around the world. Add something about your favorite soaring place.

The 2014 Snowbird Contest

Ah, Thanksgiving!  Food, family, football….and flying?  While most of the soaring activity in the northern climates of the U.S. takes a winter hiatus, Harris Hill Soaring Corporation (HHSC) held its 72nd annual Snowbird contest on the Friday and Saturday (Nov. 28/29) after Thanksgiving.  (History of Snowbird is here) Snowbird is not like most contests.  First…

Lights out! Spot on! The flying musicians from Stoelln!

Note: The entire interview in German can be found HERE! The following interview has been roughly translated into English to preserve the meaning of the artists. A little thing, which first started off as a little joke on Stoelln airfield (Brandenburg/Germany) has finally evolved into a truly serious hype throughout the German-speaking soaring community. What I am talking about is not some…

Grandpa Wolf’s spot-sledding contest

The early sunsets and the brown leafs are painting a fail-safe picture: Autumn is coming and the number of reaming soaring days is limited. But even though, or maybe just because of that a number of pilots is gathering especially in that time of the year to celebrate and compete in a very special and…

Probably A Stupid Idea!

Monday evening, 6pm. It’s August and central Germany is experiencing rain and cold temperatures for around a week already. I guess autumn is coming early this year. I just returned from my summer vacation in Savoy/France the Sunday before (I’ve been hiking) and my dirty laundry is piling up in front of me. Actually I wanted to…

GTA Race at Monroe, GA

Report for the GTA race at Monroe, GA August 23-24 A Class Cumulative Score Rank Points ID Name                  Glider 1      1999   FS Silva, Fernando ASW-27 2      1933   BZ Mittell, John      ASW-27 3      1759   H6 Ruf, Chris         303 Mosquito 4        965   FP Pin, Francois    ASW-27 5        915   DL Linnekin, Dennis ASW-27 B Class Cumulative Score 24-Aug-14 23-Aug-14 Rank Points…

Tullahoma, Tenn GTA Race – Day 3

I’m writing this from the comfort of my home office back in Columbus, Ohio.  I got home about 3am Ohio time this morning, after an uneventful drive back from the Tullahoma.  We got in a 3rd day on Sunday – a 2hr TAT.  Conditions were variable – OK to very good to the north of…

Tullahoma, Tenn GTA Race

I’m sitting in my Micro-Castle here at the Tullahoma GTA (Georgia-Tennessee-Alabama) race site, on Saturday July 5, waiting for my brain to wake up and smell the coffee.  Tullahoma regional airport (KTHA) is a great soaring site, with lots of ramp space for assembling gliders, huge runways with at least two separate grass runways, and a…

Perry (Wagener, SC) Airstrip Review, Part III

In our last episode, we saw the melding of the Spartanburg and Perry airport/airstrip waypoints, the correction of old photo era turnpoint offsets, and other minor corrections.  The result was a pretty complete and robust Perry waypoint database, which was then published in its various file formats as ‘Perry2014a’ on John Leibacher’s wonderful Worldwide Soaring…

Minden, Nevada Airport Review

Last September, I did a full review of all the Minden, NV waypoints, as my (now) normal preparation for flying at a new site. When it was done I had identified more than 20 airports/airstrips that I deemed ‘problematic’ in one sense or another (nonexistant, too narrow for 18m, brush growing on or near the…