The San Antonio Soaring Society is a non-profit club founded to provide soaring opportunities and training in the San Antonio Texas area.  With incredible help from Robert Bruce, owner of the Boerne Stage Airport, and the support of other pilots on the airport - SASSi has grown into a vibrant group with two club gliders, a tow-plane, and a ground-launch winch. 

Our assets are open to all club members, and available to the public for introductory "Discovery" flights.  Scheduling of those assets is done via the club's scheduler at Aircraftclubs.com for members, or by contacting the Boerne Stage Airport front desk 830-981-2345 for interested newcomers. 

The club meets once a month at Boerne Stage Airport, typically the second Saturday at 09:30.  The meeting is open to everyone interested.  And of course, opportunities to fly abound after these meetings!

 

 

The San Antonio Soaring Society inc. nonprofit club provides facilities for individuals to meet who have a common interest in soaring.  This includes glider pilots of all levels, student pilots, families and crews, and interested non-pilots.  One of our purposes is to further their common interest, encourage training, promote flight safety, the general advancement of Soaring in this area, and for social fellowship.

To encourage the maximum participation in soaring SASSi keeps glider rental and aero-tow costs to an absolute minimum.  SASSi is one of the most economical sites to learn and participate in soaring in the country.

SASSi pilots are affiliated with the Soaring Society of America Inc. (SSA) and all SASSi pilots must maintain SSA membership.  SSA dues are $64.00 per year.

All SASSi members must complete the SASSi application form, which must be approved by a member of the SASSi Board of Directors, and pay applicable initiation fees and dues.  While membership is free to all, there is a cost to have flight status with the club and be allowed to rent the gliders.  The initiation fee for Full Flight Status is $200 and the monthly dues are $50/month.  Full flight status members have full access to SASSi resources and services.  Associate flight status members have full access to SASSi resources except for the gliders.  The initiation fee for Associate flight statusis $200 and the monthly dues are $25/month.  While Full Flight Status is encouraged, visiting or transient SSA members can join SASSi as Visitors.  Visiting flight status dues are $50/day.  SASSi Tow-Pilot members are volunteers that pay no initiation fees or dues and get limited use of SASSi gliders in return.

For students just learning to fly SASSi offers an Instructional flight status that has no monthly dues.  Upon obtaining solo Instructional flight status members must become Full or Associate members.

SASSi is available on a weather permitting basis, by appointment.  Walk-ons are OK on weekends, but there are no guarantees for flight time if you have not called in advance to schedule.  Of course you are invited to hang around and get checked out on local procedures, the airfield, and meet other SASSi pilots...just come on down!

The Discover Soaring gift certificate is a great surprise for Christmas, anniversaries, birthdays, and all special occasions. It is especially nice for the already licensed power pilot, as most have a curiosity about soaring and the implications of skill enhancements commonly associated with the sport.  SASSi honors Soaring Adventures of America coupons, and welcomes visitors and fun seekers to take a soaring flight soon.  Books, flight manuals, charts, and other popular materials are on hand.

Currently SASSI offers

  • Pattern Ride $39 (Takeoff, crosswind, downwind, and landing)
  • Demonstration Ride $139 ( 25-40 minutes touring the Hill Country)
  • Acrobatic Ride $175 (20-30 minutes doing loops, wingovers, hard turns, and other maneuvers)
  • Instructional Package $249 ( two pattern and one longer flight, ground briefing, and signed log book)