|Feb 14, 2014, 08:17 PM|
2014 Cumberland, Maryland Spring Soar for Fun
5th Annual Cumberland Spring Soar for Fun
Date: March 20 - 24, 2014
We have a five day weather window, so we hope for at least one great day. The last four years have given us four to five great days in a row...will our luck hold? You will have to come and see!
* As always, all manner of sailplanes are welcome...DLG to Giant Scale
* We will have tugs to aerotow everything from small foamies to giant scale
* If conditions allow, a winch w/ retriever is available.
* Weather conditions will dictate style of flying, so bring everything...slopers to floaters, foamies to giant scale.
* Landing fee is $10.00/day or $30.00 max. (Why come for just one day when the best deal is for all five).
* The HighPoint Aviation Airfield atop Knobley Mountain three miles south of Cumberland, MD in West Virginia.
* Visit our website at: www.highpoint-aviation.org
Recommended places to stay:
Fairfield Inn and Suites
Comfort Inn & Suites:
Directions to the HighPoint Aviation Airfield:
GPS data for airfield:
Latitude: North 39° 34.872' Longitude: West 78° 48.230'
GPS data for intersection of WV Route 28 and Crestwood Loop:
Latitude: North 39° 34.941' Longitude: West 78° 47.134'
* From I-68 (on the crosstown bridge over Cumberland) take the Industrial Boulevard exit.
* As you enter onto Industrial Boulevard, stay in the right lane because in a short distance you will exit onto Canal Parkway.
* Canal Parkway will take you across the Potomac River into Wiley Ford, WV where it becomes WV Route 28.
*Travel south on WV Route 28 for three miles to the first intersection with Crestwood Loop (Crestwood Loop intersects with WV Route 28 in two places that are about 1/4 mile apart).
* From this point, follow the pointer signs that says "SOAR" The road up to the airfield is an unpaved mountain road with many turns and steep grades, so be prepared. Have all of your cargo secured so it will not get damaged.
Food & Facilities:
* The local CAMS Club will provide a lunch concession each day. Lunch will be served at about 1:00pm.
* Bring what snacks and drinks you will consume the rest of the day and please take your empty wrappers and bottles with you because there is no trash removal service available for the airfield.
* There are port-a-pot facilities on site. Camping is allowed, but there is no 110AC or running water.
* Bring layers of clothing because the temperature can vary widely over the same day. We have seen daytime lows in the 40's and highs in the 80's. Don't forget sunblock and skin lotion, because we don't want you to go home with sun and wind burn after being outside all day.
|Mar 16, 2014, 05:30 PM|
Sunday, March 17, 2014
Four more days until Spring and the beginning of the 2014 flying season.
When we closed the gate at the HighPoint Aviation Airfield at the end of the 47th Annual Cumberland Soar for Fun last November, it marked the end of the 2013 flying season. Today was our first visit to the field since then. Time to deliver the Coleman stove, propane heaters, and the solar charging system storage batteries that spent the winter at my house.
We walked down to the runways to take in the view, and it was as grand as ever! Here is a look around:
Looking North across the field
The main runway runs NE to SW, here is the view to the SW from the center of the runway.
And the view looking the opposite direction, NE
Lots of room for those $6,000+ scale sailplanes and tow planes...and for the Telemaster 40 tow plane and Easy Glider. Every journey begins with a single step, and many have gotten their first aerotow experience with this little foamy. Once hooked, their steps progress toward those big beautiful scale birds...we may not all go as far, but the journey is still an amazing adventure.
Seeing those masterpieces of soaring sculpture fly is awe inspiring and I am thankful to all of those pilots who have come here to fly and to let me witness their performance art...and it is priceless!
|Mar 20, 2014, 07:06 PM|
Our friends from Michigan and Illinois using up the last of the daylight on official day one! Nothing like sitting in a chair for an hour flight...then again, some like to walk down to the bottom of the field to be closer to the slope action.
|Mar 24, 2014, 11:22 AM|
Thanks Jim..........really really enjoyed my visit to one of the best site!
I'll be back with gliders in the future!
Happy to meet everyone and see you all another time.
|Mar 24, 2014, 07:56 PM|
The HighPoint Aviation Airfield near Cumberland, Maryland has a 48 year history with R/C soaring. Many people have had the chance to fly in this unique place. This event had participants from as far away as Alabama, Connecticut, Illinois, Michigan, and North Carolina.
I am always humbled by folks that will drive those distances to come here. Another memorable five days on the mountain.
|Mar 24, 2014, 10:07 PM|
The good. The bad. The ugly. Okay, there was good and bad in each.
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