Albuquerque Soaring Club


Renard R. Rozzoni III Final Glide
On July 10th we lost an outstanding long term member of our Moriarty airport and soaring community. LTC Renard R. Rozzoni III (3R), or just “Renny” as he was known to everyone, died on impact in his Schempp-Hirth Ventus-3FES electric motor glider. I could say that Renny was my friend and hangar mate but that would be an understatement as well as perhaps misleading. Renny was a friend to perhaps everyone he met and offered all flavors of entertaining and educated discussion and advice on the ......continued...
posted on: Jul 15, 2018

Bail Out, Bail Out, Bail Out! - July 21 Safety Training Session
Starting at 0930 on Saturday July 21st Larry Richardson will be leading an UPDATED safety training session that will focus on the selection, use and accessories associated with parachutes. Before deciding if you would like to attend, you might ask yourself-

Is this still relevant and do I care? Utah News Video

Do I need prior instruction and/or Capewells to collapse a parachute? D ......continued...
posted on: Jun 29, 2018

ASC Taco Fiesta
The Albuquerque Soaring Club invites you to come celebrate the start of the soaring season at Connie's hangar (right across from the club house) on Saturday, July 7, 2018 @ 6:00 pm.

For $15.00 per person there will be a serve yourself taco bar with all the fixings, beer, wine, and best of all great fellowship.

As always we request a RSVP so we know how much food to buy. Send RSVP to
posted on: Jun 19, 2018

ASC Gala
Please join us for our annual Gala event on Saturday, May 26, 2018 at 6:00 p.m. Please review the below details related to location and entrees. Please let us know how many in your party will be attending, select your entree(s) and RSVP no later than Wednesday, May 23rd to

Parking will be available at the High Noon Restaurant & Saloon and hotel lot across the street.

Location: High Noon Restaurant & Saloon, 425 San Felipe Street Northwest, Albuquerque, NM 87 ......continued...
posted on: May 21, 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

Gala Committee
Those that have volunteered and are starting to shape our Gala and that of next year are Wendy Carson, Steve Merlan, Tom Tichy and Trentan Cammack. Mitch Hudson and JD Huss are also helping with the awards. Please thank them for their help and offer any assistance if you can as they get started.
posted on: Mar 29, 2018

ASC Member Survey
We put together a short, anonymous ASC Member Survey because we need your inputs. Please fill the survey out as soon as possible so that we are making the changes that best serve the current and future membership.

The link is below and in the email sent earlier.

Su Nuevo Prez Geoff Aiken (MQ)
posted on: Feb 20, 2018

January 2018 Letter from the President
I first would like to say hello as your new club president. I look forward to working on great things together and getting to know those of you that I have not met yet. Hello!

For more than a decade the club has benefited from the year round hard work of Bob Hudson as our president and intense, dedicated support from a select few. The transition of Bob to Geoff will be a significant one. While I have much experience leading programs and teams, I am incapable of providing that level of effort. ......continued...
posted on: Jan 25, 2018

2018 Board Members
President Geoff Aiken (first term)
Vice President Mary Hawkins (second term)
Secretary Connie Buenafe (first term)
Treasurer Tim Hawkins (second term)
Director at Large Bob Hudson (first term)
Director at Large Jim Cumiford (second term)

The members voted to ammend the bylaws to introduce term limits for the board. No member is allowed to serve in a given position for more than two consecutive years. Members who have served for two years may be elected to a different board position, or ......continued...
posted on: Jan 25, 2018

Albuquerque Soaring Club Fiesta, 10 June 2017 @ 6:00pm
The Albuquerque Soaring Club invites you to come celebrate the start of the soaring season at Connie's hangar (right across from the club house) on Saturday, June 10 @ 6:00 pm.

For $15.00 per person there will be a serve yourself taco bar with all the fixings and plenty of great fellowship.

Please RSVP by Wednesday, June 7 to either Bob Hudson or Connie Buenafe.
posted on: May 16, 2017

Moriaty OLC Camp
Wow, what a week. The Moriarty OLC Camp has come and gone and it was a great success. Campers logged 92 flights for a total of 24867 points and 24183 km. That’s an average of 270 points and 262 km per flight. Average speed was 81 km/hr. The Air Force Academy racked up 28 flights for 7739 points over 7212 km at an average speed of 77 km/hr. Michael Graves had the longest camp flight scoring 584 points for a flight of 759 km at 102 km/hr. Steve Hill had the highest scoring flight with 666 ......continued...
posted on: Jun 14, 2016

ASC Hosts UNM ROTC Cadets
Part of the Albuquerque Soaring Club’s mission statement is to promote soaring. In an effort to introduce the sport to young people, Bob Hudson and Connie Buenafe invited cadets from the Air Force ROTC Detachment 510 at UNM out to Moriarty for a tour and an orientation flight in the 2-33. As a result, on Saturday, April 23rd the ASC hosted seven cadets. For more on this story, see the May edition of Towlines
posted on: May 27, 2016

ASC in the news
FLY NEW MEXICO!, a publication of the New Mexico Department of Transportation Aviation Division, recently devoted a significant portion of its Winter 2016 issue to the recipient of the ASC 2015 Science Fair Prize. Jared K. Moyers, a seventh grader from Albuquerque, was awarded a free glider ride for his aeronautics-related project "It’ Not a Plane, Not a Car, and Not a Boat, It’s a Hovercraft".
posted on: Mar 2, 2016

Cloudstreet: Soaring the American West
After years of development, the soaring documentary, CloudStreet: Soaring the American West was released this summer. The film premiered on May 20th at the New Mexico Museum of Natural History. Many of the scenes in the film were shot in and around Moriarty. ASC club members Bill Hill and Mark Mocho were two of the four pilots prominently featured in this film. For more information, or to order dvds, visit the Cloudstreet web pag ......continued...
posted on: Mar 2, 2016

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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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