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Power Pilots and ASA
What Does Gliding / Soaring and the ASA have to offer to power pilots ?

GLIDING and SOARING are often used interchangeably, although soaring generally indicates a flight that extends farther away from a starting point, far enough that some sort of lift will be required to complete the flight. Depending on the geography and weather, that lift may come from rising air currents called thermals, or mechanical lift such as wind pushing along a ridge, or wave lift.
choice_sm.jpg Knowledge of soaring may well save your (and others’) life some day. Just ask Sully. A member of the Soaring Society of America, and current with non-powered soaring flight, Sully was able to respond safely to losing both jet engines to a flock of geese and glide his powerless airliner to a safe landing in the Hudson River, saving all aboard.
Gliders open up a whole new experience for pilots used only to having power at the touch of the controls. With glide rations averaging 40:1, and ranging all the way up to 70:1 for the very most competitive models, soaring can allow a pilot to cover long distances with no need for an engine. Doing so provides such a thrill !!! Flights covering several hundreds of miles are very common in Arizona and the southwest. Fly to Durango, Colorado in a day, and fly back the next.

choice_sm.jpg GLIDING IS SILENT FLIGHT. Gliding / soaring provides a quiet, pleasant form of flight. There is no need for a headset to cover your ears and reduce the noise of the engine.

COST SAVINGS. Imagine a day of flying that takes you from Phoenix to the Grand Canyon and back, or Phoenix to Salome, to Seligman, to Williams and back to Phoenix for a total outlay of about $50 (cost of tow up from the gliderport) or $8 if being pulled aloft via ground winch at Prescott Valley, instead of $$$ for fuel for your plane’s engine running all day.

NO MEDICAL NEEDED FOR SOARING PILOTS / GLIDER RATING. Can you no longer qualify for a medical? Fly a glider !

choice_sm.jpg PERSONAL CHALLENGES. Learning to find the various forms of lifting air that allow you to gain altitude and soar over long distances can provide a challenge to glider pilots. Making the right decisions that allow you to find this lift is also helped by numerous sensitive soaring instruments that indicate how far you can fly from the altitude you are at, and how fast you are climbing or descending.

CAMARADERIE AND SOCIALIZING. At the end of a good soaring day, glider pilots most often relax and socialize…. kick back with a cool one and reminisce of the days’ fun, beauty, and challenges.


You can check out soaring at these airports and clubs in Arizona:
Turf Soaring
Estrella Sailport
Tucson Soaring Club
Prescott Soaring Association

The ARIZONA SOARING ASSOCIATION represents the sport of soaring / gliding in Arizona, with members, residing all over the state.

ASA membership is open to all those interested in any facet of soaring.

ASA Membership meetings
ASA General Membership Meetings are scheduled on the fourth Tuesday of each month. Topics discussed include activity reports and special interest programs. Through guest speakers, films, slide presentatio ns, and panel discussions, we explore not only our own multi-faceted sport, but also its niche within the general aviation community. The general public is welcome to attend. Whether novice or experienced pilot, programs on basic and advanced training, safety, cross country, and competition might pique your interest in a new soaring goal. Programs on other areas of sport aviation have included hot air ballooning, home built aircraft, hang gliding, aerobatics and parachuting.

For further details
Please contact Arnie Jurn, ASA Membership Secretary, at 602-524-4725. 
For a membership application form click here,
or write to:

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Phoenix, AZ 85014
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