Congratulations Cindy!

Cindy Daigle completed her first glider solo last weekend and after returning from a vacation to Alaska is ping to also complete her airplane commercial rating in the next few weeks.  Next step – flight instructor!

I was hoping to post a picture of her here, but my photography skills leave much to be desired.

Congratulations are also in order to Russell Sullivan who re-soloed after being away from aviation for 20-some years!

Soaring Videos!

Thanks to our amazing videographer and photographer, Jim Harrison, we have a couple of videos out on youtube.  The best is yet to come as he’s still editing one flight with some great lift and awesome clouds.  Check it out!


New SSC record set!

Cindy Daigle and Bill Swartz found some great thermals on Saturday, June 4.  They found some interesting clouds and set the current record for the Sanford Soaring Club for both altitude (5100ft max after a 3000ft release) and time aloft (65 minutes).

TWO more solos!

Wow.  Saturday, May 28 was a blisteringly hot day but two club members managed to solo anyway.  Bill Cotter had actually flown gliders years ago so it wasn’t his first glider solo but after a 24 year hiatus we think it counts. James Stickney then soloed right after Bill and even managed to stay aloft a little while, although he didn’t quite make the “2-hour challenge” John set out for him.  Congratulations Bill and James!

Rob Montgomery First Glider Solo!

Today started with a bleak forecast but brought just a high overcast and smooth air, making for a perfect “training” day.  Club chief safety officer Rob Montgomery took advantage of the conditions to finish his pre-solo requirements and then his first glider solo.  And then his second, third, fourth and fifth in short order.

Congratulations Rob!

GREAT first soaring day of 2016

Opening day of 2016 brought awesome weather and a good turnout of volunteers and glider students and pilots.

For a new club still figuring some things out, I think the day went amazingly well.  In an unusual turn of events, Brud and James (the first 2 fliers of the day) actually found some decent thermals and stayed aloft quite a while while the later afternoon pilots (Cindy and prospective member Bill C) made it back to the ground much faster.

Except for a minor incident with a lawn chair, all people and equipment made it through the day unscathed.  Great kickoff to the 2016 season and great start for the new club!


Paint is drying!

Yes, the second wing is painted.  No fancy stripes or anything, but compared to the patchwork quilt of paint colors (and bare aluminum) that it was, boring and bland is awesome!  And next winter maybe we’ll find our way to putting on some colorful stripes while we touch up the fuselage too.


The Fleet

The Club currently owns one Schweizer SGS 2-33, a great 2-place training glider.  It is available for use at no charge to club members, on a first come, first fly basis.  All you pay is for tow fees.

Club members with their own gliders are also entitled to tow privileges.  Please note, however, that having your own glider does not remove the requirement to satisfy an annual checkout by a CFI in a glider, and an annual field operations safety review.  Any member may also at any time be denied tow privileges if there is a legitimate safety concern.  In such a case, the Club officers will work with the individual to rectify any concerns and restore such privileges as expediently as possible.


SGS 2-33 manual





Transition Training Seminar for Powered Pilots – April 16

Southern Maine Aviation will be hosting a morning seminar on Saturday, April 16th.

Details still being finalized, but the seminar will discuss glider operations in general, what it takes to earn a glider rating, specifics about the club and membership… and most importantly, will cover the technical details about soaring from the perspective of a powered pilot.  Basically everything you need to know to get started on earning your wings!

For more information, call Southern Maine at 207-324-8919.

Sanford Soaring – Opening this Spring!

February 4, 2016 – The Sanford Seacoast Regional Airport is getting a new operator, and this one’s a little different. Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet, pellentesque varius leo hac, nec enim vivamus mi nam, a arcu mauris inceptos odio. Quam et metus mi nam eget, id massa mattis, adipiscing amet aliquam, enim nec amet in aliquet erat est. Vestibulum varius mi ac quis, erat vestibulum a feugiat lacus in, laoreet ultricies viverra ullamcorper laoreet ultricies. Amet adipiscing mus in justo, arcu urna turpis sed nibh, luctus amet inceptos purus libero. Sit molestie viverra, wisi gravida mauris.

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