Formed in Vacaville, CA in 1985 the VSA (Valley Soaring Association, a.k.a. the Vacaville Soaring Association) has been fully operational ever since. Our home gliderport was originally Lagoon Valley Soaring, but since 1993, we operate from Williams Soaring Center (WSC), in the Sacramento Valley, California.
The VSA doesn’t have a product to sell and we provide no services. We are simply sharing. We exist because we all enjoy the sport of soaring, also called “flying gliders/ sailplanes”. On a typical day we takeoff from the gliderport about noon and land back home again four or five hours later. We share stories about how far we went, where we visited, and discuss how easy/ or difficult it was on that day.
Many of us own our own ships, but many also rent the state of the art ships that fly. Besides the rentals, we rely on our host (WSC) for getting into the air via a tow from a powered airplane. There are a few gliders that do have have an engine that will get them started on their glider flight, but they are the exception.
For those not familiar with gliders, read some of the flight reports listed in right hand panel – written by/or about pilots who are members of the VSA. We fly to enjoy the challenge of traveling hundreds of miles, and remaining aloft for five or six hours at a time, all this after releasing from a tow into the air which lasts about 15 minutes. Just like eagles and condors, we are able to use the rising air currents to remain aloft virtually all day long. We have several flights that have been well over nine hours, well over 20,000 feet and covering distances well over 500 miles at a time!
Try it yourself
Most of us fly gliders with only a single seat, but if you want to try your hand at it, or are interested in just taking a ride as a passenger, then contact WSC – visit their web site and see the taff of professional instructors and the fleet of very modern gliders. Williams Soaring Center is probably the most modern sailplane center in the United States.
Outlook for Soaring
From its inception the VSA has always been an important part of the infrastructure in the local community of glider pilots, effectively publicizing and promoting the sport of soaring. The outlook for the Sport of Soaring is very strong.
Outlook for VSA
The VSA has served as an effective promotion vehicle for our host gliderport – WSC and we continue to serve as the social network that brings people together at the gliderport. We have well planned events throughout the year such as glider races, BBQ’s, guest speakers and seminars, complete with full audio-visual support. Annual meeting are held and Officers are regularly elected to the VSA Board of Directors.
Outlook for this VSA web site
Our host – Williams Soaring Center (WSC) has continuously improved their web tools and their presence on the internet. Although these VSA web pages have served effectively in the past, this VSA site has become redundant and now has little use as a news vehicle. Communications, flight reports, etc., are all efficiently accomplished via the WSC web site on the interactive forum – visit https://www.williamssoaring.com/news/
Prior to August 2019, this VSA web site had several hundred active web pages, however, we (I, Peter) are taking steps to reduce the number of active ages down to just a few dozen at most, and convert as many of our reports and stories to PDF files as possible. Future content will be as directed by the VSA Board of Directors.
Many new approaches to maintaining a web presence have developed in the past 20 years, and this web site, although adequate, is somewhat obsolete. I will soon be retiring from soaring and I am eager to have a volunteer step forward and move our domain names into the 21st century. The domain names may be presented on the web in any format you choose. If you are interested, or if you know of someone who may be interested (but may be hesitant to step forward without invitation), then please contact Ben Mayes, our Current VSA President and have a chat about who will be moving the domain names of the Valley Soaring Association (valleysoaring.net and valleysoaring.com) into the future. – Peter.
Page last revised: 2/2/2020
Questions/ Concerns/ Suggestions should be addressed to current officers of the VSA
Teddy/Cora: VSA Secretary, email or phone 530-473-5600
Noelle: WSC Owner, email or phone 530-473-5600