Experiences

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Join members of the Proving Grounds team on Sunday nights (8:30EST) for a friendly tour through various Proving Grounds installations across America organized through a Condor Club soaring competition.


December 1, 2022 map of SSA ‘clubs’ with Proving Grounds installations

The Condor soaring simulator is an incredible tool to help introduce XC soaring and task flying to pilots interested in flying tasks in real gliders. It’s an effective way to gain comfort with a flight computer – setup, task definition, and use in flight.


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Club Instances, USA

Caesar Creek Soaring Club (CCSC) is one of the largest clubs in the county and is located in South-Western Ohio. Our membership has remained around 200 members for the last 30+ years. The club hosts many events which include National and Regional competitions, an annual XC Camp, and Youth Camp.

The club is all volunteer and focuses on training which leads to flying in an XC-friendly environment. 

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Club Instances, Netherlands

The Twentsche Zweefvlieg Club is a club in the eastern part of the Netherlands, located between the cities of Enschede, Hengelo, and Oldenzaal.


Our club has about 80 members, we own and operate a fleet of 8 gliders including 3 two-seaters and 5 single-seaters operating out of the Enschede Twente Airport.

Our goal with Proving Grounds is to introduce more club members into the fun of cross country flying, in an easy and fun way!

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Club Instances, USA

Mid-Georgia Soaring Association (MGSA) is o­ne of the oldest and largest soaring clubs in the southeastern United States.

With approximately 60 members featuring varying degrees of experience from numerous hours of cross country and racing experience to students in primary training.

We are located about 35 miles east of Atlanta in Monroe, GA. We fly most weekends at Monroe-Walton County Airport (D73), weather permitting.

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Experiences

One of the things that gives us the most hope for the future of soaring is the volume of incredible soaring content being created on platforms like YouTube, Instagram, and TikTok. Most of this is being done by incredible young people – passionate about soaring, and savvy with videography and photography!



These media platforms provide an incredible opportunity to showcase the magic, challenge, yet relative ease of gliding and soaring. One of our favourite such young storytellers is Simon van den Eijkel, you might know him as the YouTuber, Flying Simon.



Flying Simon does a fantastic job with soaring storytelling, and we were super excited for him to make a video about the Proving Grounds, from one of the installations in his home country of the Netherlands.



We’re so happy Simon took the time to make this video, and between the mission, the “weapon”, the kits and the scoring showcasing the product, what we love most about Simon’s video is his journey, that of the everyday task pilot.



Flying tasks, armed with an encouraging weather forecast, inviting skies, and abundant optimism requires constant re-evaluation, shifting gears, decision making, awareness, and persistence and that’s clearly on display in Simon’s video showcasing the Proving Grounds, flying the largest task “Ultra” at Zweefvliegclub Deelen.



Thanks Simon! Fly safe, fly deliberately, and keep telling great stories about the world of soaring, and your journey through it!



Find Flying Simon on the internet near you:
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