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THE MOHAWK SOARING CLUB, INC.
The Sport of Soaring
Welcome to the Mohawk Soaring Club and the sport of soaring! Utilizing only the natural
energy of the sun and wind, man can soar high above the mountains and lakes, combining
aspects of adventure, awareness, beauty and serenity. You will discover that soaring never
grows stale - that no two flights are ever the same. The endless variety of weather
conditions and the ever changing clouds and atmosphere make each flight a totally new
Welcome to the Mohawk Soaring Club
The Mohawk Soaring Club has been providing training and sport flying since 1952. Flying
from April through November, MSC offers prospective and experienced soaring pilots a
pleasant atmosphere in which to enjoy soaring with the camaraderie of other pilots. For
the student, MSC offers free instruction by FAA-certified instructors, and the learning
experiences that come with being involved with other pilots. For experienced pilots, MSC
offers flight in modern 2-place and single-place gliders at costs substantially below
those of private ownership or flying with a commercial operator.
The Club is an active group with all members required to contribute some time for
operation of the Club, including flight line operation and routine maintenance. The Club
issues a newsletter, RELEASE, and holds regular membership meetings. The Club also has an
Annual Awards Dinner, and encourages participation in outings to other area soaring sites.
Schedule of Operations
The Mohawk Soaring Club has scheduled operations from April through November on weekends.
Unofficial weekday operations are conducted on a unscheduled basis. Operations normally
commence at 10 am and often continue to sundown. Be sure to check the soaring hotline at
(518) 783-1018 which will provide details about weekend operations, including
cancellations and delays. A detailed schedule including base manager assignments, tow
pilot and instructor availability can be viewed by clicking here.
The Club's Fleet
The Club fleet consists of the following:
two Schweizer 2-33A two-place sailplanes,
one IAR Brasov IS-28B2 Lark two-place sailplane, and
one Schweizer 1-26C single-place sailplane (serial #10)
one Piper Pawnee towplane
Launching is achieved both by aerotow and by winch-launching. Aerotow is operated out of
the Harriman-West Airport on the Williamstown/North Adams border in western Massachusetts.
The Club also operates a winch. Winch launching is typically conducted once or twice a
year, for one-week periods, at Delp field, a private airport in Coxsackie, NY. MSC is one
of only a few clubs in the country still offering winch training.
Dues and Fees
ONE-TIME INITIATION FEE:
$250 - All new members are required to pay this nonrefundable initiation fee
which is used to cover the Club's Capital expenses and needs. It may be paid in 4
quarterly payments of $62.50.
$360 - Annual dues of $360 ($30/month) are paid by all members to cover the
Club's fixed operating costs. Dues also pay for the Club's affiliation with the Soaring
Society of America (SAA), and all members of the Club receive the SSA's monthly magazine, SOARING. The Club's Treasurer
typically bills members on a quarterly basis. For additional family members in the same
household, and Club members who only fly privately-owned gliders, dues are 50% off or
$100 -- In order to fly solo or as pilot-in-command of a Club-owned ship, a
refundable Club share of $100 must be purchased.
For the newcomer, a limited membership is $50 and entitles a non-member to one
soaring flight and 30 days of limited membership. During this 30 days, the limited member
can soar again at normal member rates:
Club members flying club ships are charged for each
flight as follows:
Pattern Flight (1,200 ft. AGL) = $10
Tow to 2,000 ft AGL = $22
Each additional 500 ft: Add $1
Winch Launch = $5
For more information
If you would like more information about the Club, membership, or soaring in general, you
may contact the president, who will be happy to assist you.
Justus Taylor, President - firstname.lastname@example.org
Also, phone the soaring hotline to hear up to date information about day-to-day soaring
Directions to the Harriman & West Airport,
North Adams, MA
The airport is located on route 2, 6/10 of a mile east of the Williamstown/North
Adams line in the northwest corner of the state of Massachusetts. Click here
for a map showing the airport's location.