Gliding Over The Blue Ridge : 6.7.10

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Photos By Tommy Stafford : ©2010 www.nelsoncountylife.com : Ben Johnson with Shenandoah Valley Soaring waits for his tow to begin Sunday afternoon in Roseland, Virginia. Click any photo to enlarge.
Photos By Tommy Stafford : ©2010 www.nelsoncountylife.com : Ben Johnson with Shenandoah Valley Soaring waits for his tow to begin Sunday afternoon in Roseland, Virginia. Click any photo to enlarge.

Roseland
Nelson County, Virginia

Other than being hot, it was a perfect weekend for the members of The Shenandoah Valley Soaring Club to take to the skies over Nelson. SVS is an aircraft glider club. They held a get together in a big field owned by one of their member’s family, Hal Loken. Hal is also a glider pilot.

12 year old, Justin Stgura, of Stuarts Draft listens as Graham Pitsenberger, President of SVS, discusses instruments in one of the gliders.
12 year old, Justin Stgura, of Stuarts Draft listens as Graham Pitsenberger, President of SVS, discusses instruments in one of the gliders.

SVS has over 50 members and is based at Eagles Nest Airport in Waynesboro, VA. This past weekend members got the chance to have a little fun off of the airport by landing in Roseland at Hal’s place!.

Hal Loken sits in his glider waiting on a tow while chatting it up with a friend.
Hal Loken sits in his glider waiting on a tow while chatting it up with a friend.
Graham gets ready to secure the tow line to Ben's glider just before takeoff.
Graham gets ready to secure the tow line to Ben
A final check of the tow hook before takeoff.
A final check of the tow hook before takeoff.
The Piper Pawnee tow plane gets ready to take up the slack and head for the skies.
The Piper Pawnee tow plane gets ready to take up the slack and head for the skies.
And they're rolling!
And they're rolling!
Liftoff!
Liftoff!
Heading to the skies over Nelson!
Heading to the skies over Nelson!

Shenandoah Valley Soaring on the web: http://www.svsoar.org/

4 COMMENTS

  1. I was lucky enough to see them circling in the air over my house and I was truly envious.

  2. I was one of the SVS member pilots who was privileged to soar over such a beautiful landscape! We hope we can return again before winter to enjoy the beauty of the area from the sky.

  3. What a fabulous day overall. Soaring effortlessly and silently over and among the Blue Ridge Mountains was a real treat, and the hospitality shown to all of us by Hal and Sarah was very much appreciated.

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