Join the Steamboat Springs Soaring Association
Just imagine the possibilities: Soaring high above Mt. Werner, you hook into the cloud street and cruise up and down the range, flying into Wyoming and down south, past Kremmling, Silverthorne and back again. Our soaring association will enable local pilots to do this routinely for minimal costs.
Steamboat Springs Soaring Association is a Colorado registered non-profit based in the Yampa Valley. The public will benefit through aviation related education and opportunities. Pilots will explore the development of successful techniques and meteorological information that combine to sustain motor-less flight across Northwest Colorado and beyond. We will publish articles advancing the utilization of our equipment and environment. We envision the use of the Soaring Eagle airstrip and Hayden Airport as the main venues for operations.
SSSA will begin operations with two excellent single-place gliders and a tow winch. The winch assures a solid and economical foundation for our club, but we will work to also provide aero tow capacity. Aero tow improves our initial ability to explore the soaring strengths of our area along with that of each airstrip we use.
Once we establish aero tow practices locally, other soaring clubs will likely bring their own tow planes and sailplanes to our area, often for multi-day soaring "camps". These camps are common across the U.S. as pilots seek out new and better soaring. Steamboat Springs offers a rare combination of world class soaring along with high quality amenities for soaring families to enjoy. We have interest in Steamboat camps from our nearby friends at the Soaring Society of Boulder, and from clubs as far away as South Carolina.
SSSA is also looking to purchase a high performance 2-seater for tandem flights. These trainers provide an ideal platform for pilot students to obtain the necessary experience to eventually pilot their own single seat glider. Currently trainers are in very short supply in the U.S. and expensive. We will reach out to our contacts list to facilitate that purchasing decision. Please signup to include your goals in our decision. Your membership or interest in participating in the club will get us there.
What's does our association offer?
SSSA will own two excellent Grob 102 single-seater sailplanes. The generous folks at Permian Soaring Association in Odessa, TX, are contributing these ships and other valuable assets to our association. Thank you Permian Soaring Association!
With these club ships our members holding glider ratings will soon be on their way to exploring the excellent soaring already proven in our area.
SSSA has arranged for the purchase of Craig Freeman's tow winch, previously used extensively by Permian Soaring Association. It will provide an economical means for getting our ships aloft. Operator training, tie down fees, annual inspection fees, maintenance, engine overhaul expenses are significantly reduced or outright eliminated in a winch operation.
Ray Selbe has generously offered our club access to his beautiful 4,200 ft Eagle Soaring grass strip located 4 miles West of Steamboat Springs. This field will be excellent for winch operations and more. Thanks Ray!
We have an operating plan submitted to Hayden which is currently being reviewed by the FAA. Hayden's runway is ideally situated and oriented to the prevailing NW winds offering a generous 10,000 ft runway. A new 4,000 ft (or shorter) grass strip adjacent to the main runway is an option in that operating plan. Re-grading of the grass area would be required for its use and could be a significant cost. Thank you Routt County for considering us!
We have a one member working toward his CFIG instructors license. Other CFIGs have offered to come up and teach as well. These capable fellows enable the club to provide you with guidance, training, annual refreshers, and generally be there as needed to help you learn the joy of soaring flight.
SSSA will spend the next months reaching out to potential student pilots to establish our best trajectory for getting them in a club trainer. With the successful acquisition of a trainer many new soaring careers will be on their way right here in the Yampa Valley. Until that trainer purchase we will facilitate student instruction through the Soaring Society of Boulder, where 3 of our members trained for and received their own glider ratings.
Also with our purchase of a trainer we will offer mentoring of the skills of cross-country flight, known as flying XC. Among our members we already have a substantial level of XC experience and success, with reports of superb XC potential of this region.