Interest Groups (SIGS)
R/C soaring is a very diverse hobby. Aircraft range from few
ounces to tens of pounds; from $200 in the box ready to fly to
thousands of dollars of swooping molded carbon fiber; from a
ballast filled slope rocket screaming 200mph to a gossamer floater
lazing on a the lightest puff of lift. SASS members enjoy every
facet of soaring; SIGS allow birds of a feather get together.
Hand launch gliders are a fast growing and exciting part of the
hobby. Thrown into the air by wingtip like a discus, they can
reach 100mph going up, but are high performance floaters once
Altitude Limited Electric Soaring uses electric powered, propeller driven sailplanes with automatic motor cutoff to launch all planes in a competition to the same height. ALES is a good way to get started in competition and offers plenty of challenge for experienced pilots.
The queen of international soaring competition, F3B gliders
push the limits of soaring technology worldwide.
F3J gliders are similar to large open class gliders, but are
launched by team members towing them into the air.
Anything can fly on a slope with enough wind