The Adirondack Soaring Association (ASC) will be hosting it's 5th Annual Freedom Wings of America Weekend in October at the Saratoga County Airport (5B2).
As we have done for the past 4 years, we work with the pilots and members of Freedom's Wings of America (FWI) based in Coopersburg, PA. (www.freedomswings.org) at the Saratoga County Airport to provide free sailplane rides to individuals with disabilities from all over the area. Utilizing a specially equipped Grob 103, 2-seat Sailplane as well as our clubs own standard Grob 103 Acro (BP), we'll be providing them 20-40 minute flights in the skies over Saratoga Springs. This year again, we'll have several disabled American Veterans taking flights as well as other individuals with a variety of physical disabilities.
ASC Chief Flight Instructor Tom MacJarrett and Commercial Pilot, Chris "Stewie" Ryan, originally made the connection with FWI and brought this event to ASC club members. This event is focused on giving members of our community a unique opportunity to enjoy this amazing sport or see the area from the skies like we do when we fly. As in the past, ASC members have sponsored each flight and taken on the responsibility to host the pilots from Freedoms Wings as well as provide much needed physical support to safely transfer individuals from their wheelchairs into the sailplanes.
Operations start around 10:00am, with flights starting around 10:30 until 5:00 today (October 10th) and again tomorrow (October 11th). Visit www.freedomswings.org for more information!