May 30, 2020

2020 Soaring Season Has Started!

After a belated start due to COVID-19, we are now open (with restrictions) for the 2020 soaring season. 

We plan to fly Saturday and Sunday using the appointment system…which was successful last weekend.  The Saturday and Sunday sessions at 9:00 am and 1:00 pm

There are some rules we must adhere to:

  1.  We can accommodate 8 members per session…licensed pilots, instructors, and students.

  2.  You must bring your Spring Safety Review and Flight Currency Sheet.  New members can complete at the field.

  3.  You must have an appointment.  To confirm and appointment text or email to the president reserve your slot.

  4.  Be on time.  The 9:00 am group will stage the gliders and the 1:00 pm group will stay and put away the gliders.

  5.  You must wear a mask, have hand sanitizer, and practice social distancing.

October 05, 2019

4th Annual Oktoberfest Party & Michigan Glider Pilots Reunion

Sandhill Soaring Club’s 4th Annual Oktoberfest Party & Michigan Glider Pilots Reunion on Saturday, October, 5, 2019!


Please spread the word among anyone you know who was or still is involved in gliding anywhere in Michigan. It goes without saying, friends and family are certainly welcome too!

Guest Pilots Welcome… bring your glider and take a tow.


This year’s Oktoberfest party will be a potluck dinner featuring live entertainment (folk singer Jen Sygit) followed by a bonfire that will go way past sunset! 


The Club is providing hamburgers and brats… and Friends of Sandhill Soaring Club have generously donated a keg of Oktoberfest Beer for everyone’s after-flying pleasure.


Your attendance will make this party a success – please bring a side dish such as: German Potato Salad; Beer Cheese Dip & Pretzel Bites; Spatzle; Pigs-in-a-blanket; Sauerkraut; Cabbage or Coleslaw; Fruit Salad; Apple Strudel; Pumpkn Pie, etc.

For more info, and to RSVP, please call Chris Schrader.

January 15, 2019

SSC General Membership Meeting and Election

The Sandhill Soaring Club’s annual meeting and election of 2019 Board of Directors will be held on Tuesday, January 15th, 2019 in the Ann Arbor Airport administration building meeting room.  SSC Members, Please attend this important meeting, or if you cannot make it in person, give your signed Proxy to someone whom you know will be attending.    You may also fax your sighed Proxy to (248) 230 4168 or email it to any of the current members of the Board of Directors or ‘’.  Remember that a quorum of greater than 50% of the members entitled to vote are required to be present in person or by proxy in order to conduct the election of the new Board of Directors and enact changes to the Club’s bylaws.  Please try your best to be there to participate.

Guests are always welcome.

Date: 15 Jan 2019

Location: Ann Arbor Airport

Time: 7:30pm

October 20, 2018

3rd Annual Oktoberfest

UPDATE: Octoberfest has been postponed to October 20th.

Dear Sandhill Soaring Club Members:


You're cordially invited to attend the 3rd Annual Oktoberfest on Saturday, October 20 @ 3:00 PM and help us celebrate the arrival of the club's newest edition to our fleet, a DG-505 ELAN Orion (N505DS), otherwise known as "Delta Sierra."


This year's Oktoberfest Party will be a pot-luck style event, so please bring a side dish with you to the party. The club will provide Brats and Hamburgers but everything else is fair game. 

PLEASE.... RSVP by REPLYING BACK DIRECTLY to this email with the following: (1) Your Name; (2) the number of guests in your party; and (3) what side-dish or dessert you intend to bring. If we can help coordinate the effort to bring side-dishes so we don't get too much overlap, we will do so. We want to avoid having everyone bring the same items. 

Test Driving the DG-505 @ Oktoberfest!

Members are highly encouraged to fly the new DG-505 with an approved flight-instructor at Oktoberfest... and by all means, please kick the tires and take her out for a spin! Certainly, the pun was intended here but, in the near future, the Board intends to permit members to take dual aerobatic flight instruction, upset and spin training with approved flight instructors. We think this is an exciting development, and look forward to this type of flight instruction being offered at Sandhill Soaring Club, in addition to dual cross-country flight instruction and mentoring. Note: Members will not be permitted to just freely go fly aerobatics in the glider; a "Blackbox" will be installed in the glider for the purposes of monitoring all aerobatic flight. Likewise, for the safety of everyone procedures will be put in place to track such activity.   (More Photos)

In any event, aircraft checkouts will begin officially when the Chief Flight Instructor has had a chance to formalize the DG-505's checkout regimen. This will happen soon but rules specific to this glider are likely to be adopted in an effort to ensure proficiency among pilots who fly the DG as well as its safe keeping and requisite care. On that note, PLEASE treat this ship as if it was your own Ferrari, which you had saved for a very long time, not as a beater you rent from an FBO. Having said that, this ship is meant to be flown - hours at a time no less. Now's the time to double-down on your training and experience all that modern sailplanes have to offer. For those of you who fear high-performance, you will be relieved the ship handles nicely and in its 18-meter configuration will be a dream to fly compared to 94G. There is no comparison between the two. To put it simply, the DG's handling will leave you pleasantly surprised and longing for your next flight in it again.


Lastly, the Club wants to welcome friends and family members of John Walker who will be in attendance with us at Oktoberfest. PLEASE, feel free to invite any friends or family members of your own who may be interested in joining us at 'Beautiful Richmond Airfield' to celebrate this wonderful day. Moreover, the addition of the DG to our fleet can and should be used as a tool for recruitment. Attached, you will find both a flyer announcing the Oktoberfest Party and some recent photographs taken during the glider's inspection. 

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