MSS COVID Policy
All persons coming to the field are asked to adhere to the policies so please read before coming and bring your own face mask/covering if desired.
September 2020 Board Meeting - Scheduled for September 12, the meeting is cancelled to be rescheduled for a later date.
Day Memberships/Glider Rides - Memphis Soaring offers day memberships that include a demonstration flight for those considering a membership. The cost is $100 and a credit of $30 will be applied if membership is later entered into.
New Glider Coming to Memphis Soaring - Our new glider is finally at the airport. It is an ASK-21B, the newest version of a tried and true German glider that has been in production since 1979. Its mission at Memphis Soaring is to be available to our private rated members, to train transition pilots (those members who have a power rating when joining) and to do Day Membership flights for those considering membership with us. It is our first new glider in about 20 years.
At the Port in Charleston, ready to head for Memphis.
Passing through West Memphis, Arkansas.
Final assembly details being tended to.
Just before the first flight.
Checklist and final prep before first flight from Lawrence Field, Home of Memphis Soaring.
Another member getting a checkout in the new ASK-21B.
Thanks to former MSS member Herve Mouterde for posting the
The above video comes from the YouTube channel for the Soaring Society of America.
2017 compilation video!
The address to the SSA channel is: https://www.youtube.com/c/SoaringSocietyofAmerica
Welcome to the Memphis Soaring web site. Whether you are new to aviation, looking to add a glider rating or are perhaps returning to flying after a prolonged absence we are glad you are here.
MSS is a 501(c)(7) corporation, organized under the laws of the State of Tennessee as an organization to promote the art, science and sport of motorless flight. Membership is required to utilize any club aircraft or facilities. A one day membership is available for individuals who are interested in the sport. The cost is $75.00 and includes one flight in one of our two place gliders. See Membership, above, for details on all types of memberships. See our Training page for information and answers to questions surrounding instruction and ratings.
If you've not been exposed to soaring or a club of this type you might wonder what we are and do. The Chairman of the Soaring Society of America, Ken Sorenson, wrote the following in the December 2018 issue of Soaring magazine. Ken lays out the varied reasons one joins and enjoys being in a soaring club:
Why would you want to take up soaring? Are you nuts – flying an airplane that doesn’t even have an engine?
Why? For many of us it’s not just about the soaring. It’s much more. And for some, it’s not really about soaring at all.
About the soaring… Some of us are attracted by the joy and beauty of silent flight – soaring with the birds (the skies near Houston are filled with migrating birds as I write this) and gracefully maneuvering a sailplane within the invisible air currents that most people never get to experience. Some of us enjoy the spectacular view from a sailplane’s cockpit – there is little to obstruct your view of the sky above and the scenery below. Some of us enjoy the thrills – the sensations of speed and turbulence while flying along a mountain ridge, the g-forces felt in a steeply banked turn while thermaling, the strange sensation of climbing in level flight while in the eerily smooth lift of a mountain lee wave. Speaking of thrills, some enjoy sailplane aerobatics – the physical sensations of being upside down, or pointed straight down (momentarily), and the challenge of managing the sailplane’s energy in order to perform precise and unusual maneuvers. Some enjoy the satisfaction and decision making related to flying sailplanes cross-country - which route to take, which clouds to chase, which thermals to climb in, how high to climb, when to use the ridge lift, how fast to fly between thermals.
Not about the soaring… Some of us enjoy the friendships and the social aspects of the soaring community, and the flying is just a bonus – many of us have developed soaring friends all over the US and around the world. Some are no long actively flying but enjoy being involved in aviation-related activities, or perhaps they like fixing things – there’s always something that needs fixing, under the watchful eye and training of the certified mechanic of course. Some bring their children (or grandchildren) into the sport even if they are not pilots themselves, having recognized that the soaring community provides a GREAT environment for children to grow up in - “kids” are (mostly) treated as adults and have the opportunity to interact with and be subject to instruction from adults other than their parents and school teachers.
Sort of about the soaring… Some like to teach – they become FAA-certified flight instructors (or flight simulation instructors – no certification required) in order to experience the satisfaction of teaching some very special skills to sharp youngsters whose minds are like sponges, or less-youngsters whose might require some more creative teaching skills. Some like to fly the towplanes that provide aerotows – they are “power pilots” looking for a mission beyond the proverbial $100 hamburger sometimes used as an excuse to exercise their flying skills.
Why soar? When a friend asks, or the youngster flying model airplanes, or the parents of the youngster, or the bored power pilot … Talk it up.
Oh yeah, and….It’s FUN!
Thanks to Ken for the use of his comments. Be sure and visit the SSA site at www.ssa.org for a variety of information and resources on soaring.