43rd Women’s Soaring Seminar – 24-28 August 2020, Springfield, VT


The New England Soaring Association (NESA) operates out of the Hartness State Airport (KVSF), Springfield, VT. KVSF is less than a 2 hour drive from the Manchester-Boston Regional Airport and 2.5 hours drive from Boston Logan International Airport. While NESA is the primary sponsor, other New England clubs, including the Franconia Soaring Association (FSA) and the Greater Boston Soaring Club (GBSC), are helping out by supplying additional two-place gliders, XC mentor pilots, instructors, tow planes, tow pilots, and presenters for the week.

New England soaring is wonderful. There is varied terrain within reach of Springfield, VT, including a very friendly landable river valley and mountains with ridge and wave lift. The Vermont Green Mountains are to the west and the New Hampshire White Mountains are to the northeast.

To join us at the Seminar: 

 1) Registration will open soon. More information is still being worked out so please visit this site for updates. Registration will be online or you can contact TBD for a printable form.

2) Pay your registration fee using  Paypal if possible.

3) Registration has two levels, you are either Non-flying folks who share Seminar events and meals, or Flying folks. These have two different prices. The same registration fees apply to youth, associate, and full WSPA members.

4) All seminar participants need to be current WSPA members at the time of the Seminar. Dues are $25 per year for full (women) and associate (men) members, and $10 for youth members. You can pay your WSPA dues with your registration.

5) Pilots registering to fly at the Seminar will have temporary membership in NESA, and so need to be SSA members. NESA and participating clubs are SSA clubs, and SSA membership is required club rules. Contact the Soaring Society of America directly if you need a 1-year membership in that society.

6) You are responsible for your own lodging arrangements. Some information is provided below.

Airport. Visit NESA-info for more information about NESA. Detailed airport information can be found at KVSF-info.

All solo flights of NESA club gliders require a club check-out by a permanent NESA club instructor. All instruction at the seminar is free! Flying costs are outlined below. Flying costs are economical because Seminar participants are expected to help out with the flying activities, such as launch, retrieve, recording flight information, washing ships, and such–you will be members, after all.

We are also looking into having Condor Flight Simulator stations available!

Lodging. Camping is available on the airfield.

The closest hotel is The Inn at Wethersfield, a very nice gourmet Vermont inn. When you call to book, let them know that you are attending the WSPA seminar. Other nearby hotels include the Holiday Inn Express, Springfield, VT.  The Fullerton Inn, Chester, VT is an old Vermont Inn which can use a lick of paint, but it is clean and reasonable. It is in the center of Chester, with easy walking distance to several great pubs and restaurants. Hartness House, Springfield, VT is an old Vermont inn that was renovated in part a couple of years ago, It has an interesting history, being originally owned by Governor Hartness, the same person that started the airport.

Costs: Non-flying registration is $TBD; Flying registration is $TBD and includes the temporary NESA club membership fee.

All instruction at the seminar is free. In addition to the seminar registration fee, flying attendees will pay any tow or glider usage fees at club membership rates, payable on the last day of the seminar.  The club tow fees (subject to change) are: Pattern $23, 1.5K $29, 2K $35, 2.5K $41, 3K $47. The glider usage fees depend on the glider and the club. As examples, NESA glider usage for a pattern is $6, while all other flights regardless of duration are $8. GBSC usage rates are $0 for a pattern tow, $10 for all other flights lasting up to an hour, $10/hour in 1/10 hour increments after the first hour, except the ASK-21, if made available, is $25/hour. A privately owned Duo-Discus will not have any usage fee. The exact price layout will be available to registered flying attendees before the seminar starts.

Your individual plans: Bringing your own ship? Want to arrange camping on the field? Special diet concerns? Flying in but unfamiliar with the field? Have special plans or hopes for your Seminar flying? Contact (TBD ahead of time: TBD)

Seminar hostesses are Margaret Roy and Cathy Keller. For questions or suggestions, contact us at Seminar2019@womensoaring.org, or TBD directly at TBD

If you prefer not to pay online, send a personal check or money order payable to WSPA and mail to:

WSPA Seminar
C/O Mary Rust
26630 Garrett Ryan Ct.,
Hemet CA 92544




Registration for 2020 will open soon…


Seminar Benefits

  • Networking Opportunities– Building new relationships and meeting new friends is important to your growth as a pilot. Relationships can help you gain knowledge from having meaningful conversations with them and interactions.
  • Learning Something New – Learning about new and more effective ways to accomplish things and gaining more knowledge about soaring in general.
  • Developing Expertise – Soaring training enables you to gain more expertise and helps you develop new ideas to improve as a pilot.
  • Gaining Inspiration – Meeting new people and learning new things often leads to great feelings of inspiration.
  • Having fun – Attending seminars are usually very fun. It’s a day away from the normal daily routine to improve you skills.  It is fun to connect with like minded women and support each other.

What Happens At Seminar