Bermuda High Soaring trip

In the February depths of a damp gray New York, 12 hardy members of the Harris Hill Soaring Club of Elmira NY, loaded trucks and trailers with gear and glider to follow the sun to Bermuda High Soaring for some intensive mid-winter instruction.    The effort paid significant dividends to those who made the trip and a combined 150 flights.  The following milestones reached by club members and much exercise of flight muscle memory by all.   Read more…

Opening day of the flying season!

Our public flying season starts this Saturday, April 2nd! We will fly glider rides Saturdays and Sundays from 10am – 5pm (weather permitting). It’s a great way to see Chemung County from the air and experience the joys of flying like a bird. This video will give you an idea of what to expect on a glider ride.

Harris Hill Ground School

It’s time to get that FAA written exam out of the way before the flying season starts! We will hold our annual Ground School on Saturdays from 10:00 AM -12:00 PM, starting on Feb 5 and going until March 26.  The schedule of topics is below.  The school will be held at the flight center and also via zoom. All of our instructors are FAA-certified flight instructors. Everyone is invited whether you are a member of Read more…

Get ready for Snowbird!

Snowbird, our precision flying and landing contest, is coming up on Nov. 26-27. Celebrate the soaring season and enjoy some fun and camaraderie before winter sets in! Pilots’ meeting at 10:00am each morning, with the awards banquet at 6:00pm on the 27th at the National Soaring Museum. You might be full of turkey but you can still fly like a snowbird! Here’s some inspiration from last year!

Roy McMaster and Sarah Arnold inducted into the Soaring Hall of Fame

by Geoffrey Knauth Robin and I attended a banquet and induction ceremony into the Soaring Hall of Fame honoring two great pilots, Roy McMaster and Sarah Arnold. We were in the company of some previous honorees, and in general we were surrounded by amazing glider pilots. Some of them are also professional pilots, flying airliners all over the world for decades. Much of this would have been familiar to my rowing friends. These were people Read more…