Welcome to the New England Soaring Association. Founded in 1951, it is reported to be the oldest continuously operating soaring club in the United States.
NESA currently operates three gliders; a Schweizer 2-33, 1-26, and 1-34. Many members also own their own. Most activity takes place on weekends; however, the club does occasionally operate during the week.
Club operations take place out of Hartness State Airport (KVSF) in Springfield, Vermont.
Schweizer 2-33 – The workhorse of primary glider training in the U.S. and Canada, the 2-33 is a rugged aircraft that is both fun and forgiving. Specifications: Crew: 2, Max Speed: 98mph, Maximum Glide Ratio: 23 @ 52mph, Sink Rate: 168 ft/min.
Schweizer 1-26 – With similar flight characteristics to the 2-33, students transition to the single place Schweizer 1-26 after soloing. Specifications: Crew: 1, Max Speed: 114mph, Maximum Glide Ratio: 23 @ 53 mph, Sink Rate: 174 ft/min.