The author flies his Dave’s Aircraft Works Schweizer 1-26 at White Crest
Beach in Cape Cod overlooking the Atlantic Ocean. The 1-26 has been a
“must-have” traveling sailplane for 20 years.
The author is
pictured on a
walking trail on
Deer Island in
with a Magnum
Models Duster. This
One Design racer
is another highly
Dream trip: Fly 10
Slope Soaring sites
in the East
by Dave Garwood
Here is an itinerary for a two-week trip to fly at 10 Slope Soaring sites between the Atlantic Ocean and the geographic center of the contiguous US. I have flown
at nine of them, and I’d love to go to any of them again. Let’s
start at the ocean.
White Crest Beach, Wellfleet, Massachusetts
It’s located on the ocean side of Cape Cod, with east winds
between 5 and 40 mph that produce dream Slope Soaring
conditions. You might have to yield to hang gliders. It features
a paved road, parking at the top, and plenty of places to eat
Deer Island, Boston, Massachusetts
Located in Boston Harbor and flyable in north and
southwest wind, Deer Island is a delightful location that
presents modest hills with views of Boston and Winthrop.
Once an island but now a peninsula, you can drive there, but
go early in the day because the parking lot is small.
Mount Greylock, North Adams, Massachusetts
With a southeast wind, the view doesn’t get much
better than this. Lift is basically unlimited at the top of
Massachusetts’ highest peak when the wind direction is right.
Mount Greylock has a state park with a paved road to the top
and a restaurant that is open seasonally. Take a side trip and
hike on the Appalachian Trail.
Petersburg Pass, Petersburg, New York
Located within spitting distance of the Massachusetts and
New York border on Route 2, the northwest-facing bowl, at
1,000 feet above the valley floor, generates epic lift. Bring long-wing sailplanes for visibility because this site encourages flying
high and far out.
Sterling Bluffs, Lake Ontario, Sterling, New York
Pilots like flying with water out in front of them because
smooth, undisturbed air blows up the slope. This site has a
huge grassy landing area and is suitable for maiden flights
of new sailplanes. A northwest wind at 10 to 30 mph works
great here. There is a park at the end of McIntyre Road. Walk
approximately a quarter mile to get to the bluffs.
The author flies a Dream-Flight Libelle
Discus-Launch Glider at Lake Erie during
the North Coast Glider Games, held each
year in May, in Perry Park OH. This glider
excels in light lift.
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