We’re reopening May 16, 2020

We are open Friday, Saturday, Sunday for instruction, rentals and private tows

In response to the government’s COVID-19 guidelines, Soaring Academy is taking all necessary precautions to ensure the well being of our employees and clients.

Here are some of the steps we’re taking:

  • We shall be following CDC recommendations of 6 feet physical distancing from one another.
  • Limiting the number of people inside the office and pilot lounge. Please abide by posted instructions.
  • Face coverings should be worn when indoors on the property.
  • Instructors and Students will communicate directly re best practices during their lesson.
  • Gliders will be wiped down between students.
  • We will be wiping down door knobs and community surfaces frequently.
  • Please bring antibacterial spray or wipes and use them periodically while visiting us.
  • If you or someone in your household is showing signs of illness, including fever or flu-like symptoms, please reschedule your reservation. We will not be enforcing our cancellation policy during this time.

Please bring with you:

  • Mask
  • Hand sanitizer or wipes
  • Water and food
  • Please stay safe and healthy and we look forward to seeing you soon!

Please read our latest post on Scheduling Requirements

We’re still here to answer your questions, so feel free to e-mail us at office@soaringacademy.org

So Soon the Monsoon?

Well, it’s the peak of our season and we’re seeing big developments of cumuli.   So far they’ve only served to mark the best lift, but these next few days may bring more…   Not to worry though, for even if we see an actual thunderstorm here at Crystal it normally only lasts a few minutes and brings in fresher air and some relief from the heat.   So, all in all it looks like a fine week to be outdoors!

Cloud Bases – and the number of SOLOs

Midsummer soaring conditions are prevailing now, in fact it appears our ‘monsoon’ period has arrived early.  Thursday brought the cloudiest day anyone around here can remember in many months, if not years.  (Even so, there was ample evidence of huge gray thermals pushing up into the ceiling…)

In other news, we had three pilots fly their first glider solos this past week:  Thomas Walther, Rob Thomas and Ralph Mulholland.  Congratulations guys!

FEEL the air, and THINK

Make a habit of continually scanning for every kind of information available, and you will find much vital detail you didn’t know to expect.   Some will be welcome and some will not, but discerning and analyzing ‘all available information’ is key to success.   By training yourself to THINK, continuously, incisively, and creatively, you can learn to perform little miracles, sometimes almost on demand!

Most soaring pilots put undue emphasis on their instruments instead of observing the much more useful information that’s everywhere, in the sky and on the ground.   Don’t stare at the vario, it LIES to you!   Yes, audio varios can be useful, but they mask the sound of the air, which itself is splendid information – and is pleasant rather than annoying.   A good soaring pilot will feel the air and visualize mental movies of its flow.