ACA is proud to be flying from an excellent location for cross country flying. We train and encourage cross country flying at all different levels, from the local area until deep into the Appalachian mountains. We have a variety of tasks and challenges for any level of pilot. Are you getting bored of flying local over the airport? Not at ACA! Come and try one of these:
- Blairstown DIY task
This is the “5 lake star task” in the local area for the aspiring pilot starting to branch out. This 50km task is great to be flown in one of our 1-26 gliders close to the airport and is good practice for the 50km straight out silver distance flight.
- Boomerang Contest
Aero Club Albatross (ACA) has been challenged by Valley Soaring Club (VSC) to compete with them in a “Boomerang” X-country soaring contest. ACA has accepted their challenge and promised not to beat them too badly.
Valley Soaring is located at Randall Airport just outside Middletown, New York. It is about 44 SM North East of Blairstown, as the glider flies. And parallel to Route 84. So don’t land on the highway.
The trophy is the Boomerang, pictured above. To claim the trophy a pilot must fly from his/her home airport to the other airport, where the trophy is, and land. The trophy is now taken home with the pilot who claimed it. You will be given a FREE 3000′ agl tow to send you on your way if you want to try and fly home again. Or you can call for a ground retrieve to get home.
A scoring scheme has been set up to keep track of the Boomerang and to declare a winning club at the end of the season. ACA will also create a plaque, which will be to be kept in the Jersey Ridge Soaring office at the Blairstown Airport, so that the names of the pilots who claim the boomerang will be recorded in the annals of ACA history.
This is a relatively easy (Silver Badge) flight and is meant to help build the confidence of new X-country pilots. However any pilot in any type glider may compete. There are 2 airports, a ridge, and countless fields between Blairstown and Middletown. New pilots should talk with instructors and seasoned X-country pilots to learn how plot the course and determine final glides. On any given day that you can get to 5000′ feet you can do this flight.
- Governor’s Cup
The Governor’s Cup is a popular all season long soaring contest between gliding clubs in the NJ-NY-PA (Region 2). The concept for the Governor’s Cup was put forth by Bobby Templin(1K) of Aero Club Albatross. Bob realized that it would be fun to compete against others from eastern Region II without the need to organize formal contests every weekend. He also realized that it can get dull racing against the same two or three people from the local club. Instead, he figured pilots should be able to launch from their regular homefield and compete on a level playing field with others from the area.
The Governor’s Cup South is a closed-course race around the following six airports in eastern Pennsylvania and western New Jersey:
- Beltzville Airport
- Blairstown Airport
- Kutztown Airport
- Pottstown Municipal Airport (Morgantown Airport Optional OR New Garden Airport Optional)
- Philadelphia Glider Council
- Van Sant Airport (Somerset Airport Optional)
The Governor’s Cup North is a closed-course race around northern New Jersey and southern New York including:
- Blairstown Airport
- Hackettstown Airport
- Middletown Airport
- Piolis Airport
- Wurtsboro Airport
Pilots may fly the course in any direction launching from any of the above sites, or any other airport in the area. They are scored on their three best flights of the Contest Season. Flights may be flown any day within the Contest Season, in any glider. Please click here for turnpoints, registration and more info.
The OLC, Online Contest, is an informal and friendly internet competition where glider pilots upload their GPS data files and are automatically scored based on factors such as distance and achieved speed. More than 10,000 pilots worldwide participate in the OLC and the numbers are growing every year. The OLC is an excellent chance for pilots to improve their skills. By analyzing and comparing flight statistics on OLC, or by downloading the flights logs for a more detailed PC analysis, pilots can see the specifics of why another pilot was able to fly further and faster – a great learning tool. ACA is regularly a high scoring club in the OLC underlining our excellent location and soaring conditions.
1000km triangle flight flown from Blairstown.