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Nestled at the base of the Kittatinny Mountain Ridge next to the
Deleware Water Gap National Recreation Area,
Yards Creek Soaring is a perfect vacation destination.
If you are a pilot with your own sailplane you will find plenty of parking for
your trailer at our facility and great flying all year long because we can fly
not just thermals and wave, but also the ridge when the winds are out of the
northwest or southeast.
For the non-flying members of your family, and for pilots that want
to do more than just fly on vacation there are many other outdoor activities
near the airport.
You can hike part of the Appalachian Trail or some of the other smaller trails
in the area.
Rafting and canoe trips on the Deleware River are always
fun on a summer day. For those that prefer to ride The Double D Ranch offers
horseback tours of the area. The Land of Make Believe Family Amusement & Water
Park is just 6 short miles (by air) from the airport.
Our area also has plenty to offer those that prefer winter vacations. There
are 7 ski resorts within a short drive of the airport. We fly all winter
as long as the weather permits, so you can ski and soar all on the same
vacation! We will not fly during an active winter storm, but snow on the
ground does not stop our gliders or tow plane!
For those that love winter fun there are several ski resorts right in our
Soaring Vacation Frequently Asked Questions
- I am a power pilot, can I get my glider rating on my 2 week vacation?
While in theory 2 weeks is enough time to get in the required flights and learn
the needed skills in practice the weather may work against you. We also find
that flying in a variety of conditions in different seasons produces a more
skilled sailplane pilot, but if you want to fly everyday for two weeks we will
fly every day that conditions permit. You might earn your glider wings!
- I have never flown before, can I get my glider pilot certificate in 2 weeks?
While you can become very skilled flying all day everyday for 2 weeks there is
also a lot of "book study" that is required to pass the written exam for a
pilot's license. This required study and our desire to make sure we only
graduate skilled safe pilots means that we can not take you from zero to
licensed pilot in two weeks. You can make a good start on earning your
glider pilot wings on your vacation and we can put you in touch with a qualified
soaring flight school to complete your training back in your home area.
- Where can I stay in the area while flying out of 1N7?
For the outdoors type there is camping nearby at several private campgrounds.
If you prefer not to "rough it" there are several motels, hotels and
Bed & Breakfast Inns a short drive from the airport.
- I do not have time for a long vacation. What do I do?
A day at Yards Creek Soaring is a
perfect mini getaway.