Albuquerque Soaring Club


Weather Balloon Launch!
It's exciting, it's fun and it is balloon season! The National Weather Service has agreed to host us starting at 430PM on Thursday October 10th for a tour. This tour will feature a balloon launch and an overview of how we get the foundation for our soaring weather forecasts. They will also cover new satellite feeds and tools for us glider pilots. You may also hear some people and see some phrases that get repeated on METARs, TAFs and your TV channels. This was a lot of fun last year. The event i ......continued...
posted on: Oct 1, 2019

07/13 Parachute Session - 0900 Clubhouse
Our new 1-26 has been checked out and flown, 10Z is making tows and we have an exciting safety session for you on parachutes that just might save your life. Please join us at 0900 in the clubhouse on Saturday to learn more and hear about our plans for instruction going forward.
posted on: Jul 12, 2019

07/06 Ground Ops for You!
If you missed the pancakes, don’t despair. We have another exciting event for you this Saturday starting at 0900 in the club house. Connie Buenafe will be leading our ground ops training and kicking off this Summer’s Saturday Safety Sessions. We will be standing down Ground Ops and need you to attend for this informative hour session followed by Q&A. If you cannot make it, we will send you some less fun slides. Please do not miss! The following week will be on parachutes and survival. These ......continued...
posted on: Jul 1, 2019

Saturday Morning Pancakes!
This is just a reminder to join your fellow members for pancakes at the clubhouse tomorrow morning (06/29) starting at 0930. Do we have a new aircraft? Is there a new propeller on 10Z? Do we have some exciting Saturday sessions planned for you? Come check things out for yourself. This will be our second general membership meeting of the year. Maybe even vote on stuff!
posted on: Jun 28, 2019

2019 ASC Gala on February 16th Featuring Maj. Gen. Brian Bishop EDIT
Join us at the Courtyard Marriott Albuquerque for drinks starting at 6PM followed by dinner at 7PM. We will update you on the status of the club and present awards with nostalgic pictures. We had SR-71 pilot and author, Col. Rich Graham booked as our gala speaker. Unfortunately, Col. Graham had emergency eye surgery this week. He will be on motion restrictions for several weeks and can't make the event. Bob and Laurie put the word out to the airshow community and we now have another A-list sp ......continued...
posted on: Feb 5, 2019

Gary Rubus Gone West
Today our fellow club member Gary Rubus died. Rubus was an incredible man and a great club member that brought much thought and insight into everything from planning his flights to standardizing search and rescue operations. I am having a hard time imagining coming to the flight line without him already there on a good day. This hero's achievements in the USAF, his career with critical space travel components and sailplanes are nothing short of legendary. We will miss him very much.

Gary Rubu ......continued...
posted on: Jan 31, 2019

2019 ASC Board Members
The elections for our 2019 ASC Board Members were held at the December 1, 2018 General Membership Meeting. Here is your new club board-

President – Geoff Aiken
Vice President – Wick Wilkinson
Secretary – Connie Buenafe
Treasurer – Eric Bick
Director at Large 1 – Bill Hill
Director at Large 2 – Jim Cumiford

posted on: Jan 15, 2019

SSA CFI-G Scholarships available
The SSA is pleased to announce a new scholarship program for CFI-Gs. This program was kick-started by an initial generous donation from John Weber and others. The goal is to generate more CFI-Gs at clubs, which will then help foster club growth.

The basic elements of the program:
· SSA will offer 13 scholarships for $1500 each to be used to offset applicant’s expenses in becoming a CFI-G.
· The scholarship can be applied toward an initial CFI-G certificate, or an add-on ......continued...
posted on: Nov 1, 2018

2018 OLC Results - Moriarty Soaring Wins Gold League!
Congratulations to our pilots for taking back first place in the Gold League after losing last year to Boulder! There were some tough weeks with our weather (wind, rain...smoke) as usual but our fast pilots (helped by those willing to travel) put us in first place right off the bat and held that position for the entire season. Boulder slotted in second mid-season while TSA and the rest of the 17 clubs were swapping positions throughout.

To put our team's speed into perspective- My fastest fli ......continued...
posted on: Sep 25, 2018

Live Aircraft Tracking - September 22 Safety Training Session
We are very excited about the work that Mark Hawkins and Mike Abernathy have done so that we can track flights in our valley. They will be discussing the current tracking system and the future starting at 0930 in our clubhouse at Moriarty this Saturday. This has major implications for our ground and flight operations.

We will see you on Saturday and safe flying out there!
Prez Geoff Aiken (MQ)

Please also RSVP to Mary for Oktoberfest on the 6th! This social event will be $20 at the door ......continued...
posted on: Sep 18, 2018

Survey Results
Here are the main takeaways-
1. We have gained our members by word of mouth/friends and rides.
2. You really want us to invest club resources for recruiting new members and offer primary training.
3. You want us to look at modernizing equipment/the fleet.
4. There is support for a reduction in Ops November through April.

The majority of our membership has spoken and our board is listening (and has already taken some action). We have placed the survey results in the members section along w ......continued...
posted on: Mar 29, 2018

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George Taylor's Memorial Service
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Upcoming events:
Oct 29: General Membership Meeting 530PM
Nov 12: ASC Board Meeting 6:30PM
Nov 16: 2019 Turkeyfest Alamogordo
Dec 10: ASC Board Meeting 6:30PM


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The Spirit OK
1-26 OK
Real Ugly OK
Grob 103 OK
10Z OK

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The Albuquerque Soaring Club (ASC), established in 1960 in Albuquerque, New Mexico, is currently headquartered at the Moriarty Municipal Airport located in Moriarty, New Mexico. Moriarty is located in the heart of the Estancia Valley, 35 miles east of Albuquerque. The club has approximately 80 active members, has two Piper Pawnee tow planes, four club gliders including a Schweizer 2-33A, a Grob 103, a Schweizer 1-26E, and a Libelle 201. Club members also own approximately 40 private ships ranging from 1-26s to a Duo-Discus.

Moriarty boasts some of the finest year round soaring conditions in the United States, including 15 knot thermals to 22,000 ft, mountain wave to 34,000 ft, and orographic lift off the Manzano, Sandia, Ortiz, and Sangre de Cristo mountain ranges. Many flights in excess of 300 miles are recorded each year.

ASC has hosted two SSA Conventions in 1991 and 2000, the 1996 National Standard Class Championships, the 1995, 2005 & 2009 1-26 Association National Championships and two Region 9 Championships. The ASC also heavily supported two Region 9 Super Regionals held in 2011 and 2012. At the 1995 1-26 Championships, the highest contest speed ever recorded, 65 mph, over the longest task ever called, 138 mi., was set. Many pilots have achieved all of their soaring diamonds out of Moriarty, including three pilot who earned all three diamonds in 1-26s.

Moriarty airport is also home to the United States Southwest Soaring Museum, and has a commercial glider operation, Sundance Aviation.

The principal mission of the Albuquerque Soaring Club is to:

  • Promote the sport of soaring
  • Provide the facilities necessary to allow Albuquerque area glider rated pilots the opportunity to soar
  • Provide safe and reasonably priced equipment to it's members
  • Provide ongoing training and education to it's members
  • Provide for the growth of the ASC by recruiting and training new members
  • Promote fellowship through club sponsored social events
  • Be a "good neighbor" to the town of Moriarty and its residents

ASC 50 Year History (presented at the Feb 2010 by Renny Rozzoni)


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