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 currently owns two Grob 102 single-seater sailplanes, perfect for club operation. These ships are designed to be your first single seat glider - easy to fly and land. Roberto and Steve put SSSA's N147SS into service June 15 and are very pleased with its gentle handling characteristics and spacious cockpit. The folks at Permian Soaring Association in Odessa, TX, contributed these ships and a tow winch to our club. Thank you Permian Soaring Association!
Delighted to have the first Grob in service, we expect the second to arrive early July. Currently three club members have their own ships, so the club is already at a vibrant level of active pilots. Take a look up and you'll see us flying over Copper Ridge and Storm Peak. Come join the fun!
In late July, heartened by the return of reasonably priced trainers to the marketplace, several SSSA members started planning how a group could purchase a trainer and lease it to the club. We need help with this effort, which could introduce many more people to the sport of soaring.
Supporting the SSSA
With operations set to begin in mid-May, the full range of equipment for a smooth operation are not yet in our budget. Loans of a few items would be greatly appreciated, and outright donations are tax deductible:
- A small vehicle or ATV for winch line payout and glider staging otherwise known as a "shag" vehicle.
- A trailer for equipment, tools, and a work bench. An old camper trailer will work too. This will serve as our airfield office.
- 1 parachute
Recent and upcoming news...
Some pics of gliders winching
this Saturday at Selbe Field, courtesy of Leigh Zimmerman.
Soaring from Selbe Field
On June 21 club members put Ray Selbe Field into service, with some launches and a lot of tinkering. We did a lot of short flight reps over the next few days training members as winch operators, with end of day flights over Mt. Werner and Buffalo Pass. But everyone was thinking about where we always planned to go - cloud base at 18,000 ft. Over the 4th of July holidays club members had our best flights, spending several hours between 12- 18,000 ft MSL.
We are winching from our home at Selbe Field and loving our progress! Its been a long time coming.
Second club ship in service soon
N143SS will be in service July 21 in Moriarty and shortly thereafter at Selby Field.
Steamboat Springs soaring is at hand
With the generous help and winching guidance of Frank Whitely over 5 long days in May and June, our club finally has the training in place to begin flying out of Selby Field in the Yampa Valley. Frank is the Region 9 Director for the Soaring Society of America, and a very busy fellow. Thanks Frank!
We spent this last camp focusing on pilot launching practice and winch operation reps. The result is we are ready and bringing the the club equipment home. Selbe Field should be initially setup and operational on or around June 21. Other club members continue to train into the necessary skills at Owl canon and Boulder.
The transition into winching has been an adventure, as flying always will be, and we are pleased to come away from our training convinced the winch is the most solid and safe foundation for our club. Craig Freeman built a beautiful winch and we are lucky to have it at Selby Field.
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