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  • 51st Annual Cumberland, MD Fall Soar for Fun ~ November 1-5, 2017

    ***click here to register***

    Date: Official AMA sanctioned event is Saturday-Sunday, November 4-5, 2017

    ***but the airfield will be open for flying Wednesday, November 1 - Monday, November 6, 2017***


    Flying Style:

    Winch and bungee launching were the standard when this event began, but, as radio control systems improved and aerotowing became reliable, aerotowing giant scale sailplanes become the new normal.. That said, all manner of sailplanes are welcome and weather conditions will dictate flying style. So bring everything...slopers to floaters, foamies to giant scale. Conditions can vary widely over the span of several days.

    Landing fee:

    $20.00/day or $50.00 max. (Why come for just 1-3 days when the best deal is four or more)

    Location:

    HighPoint Aviation Airfield atop Knobley Mountain three miles south of Cumberland, MD in West Virginia.




    Directions to the HighPoint Aviation Airfield:

    GPS data for airfield: Latitude: North 39° 34.872' Longitude: West 78° 48.230'

    ***Please note updated directions***
    • In Cumberland, Exit from I-68 onto Industrial Boulevard (eastbound)
    • From Industrial Boulevard, exit right onto Canal Parkway
    • Canal Parkway becomes West Virginia Route 28 after crossing the Potomac River Bridge.
    • Continue on WV Route 28 about 2.5 miles to Route 28 Auto Sales (on right).
    • Turn right onto Heavener Road at Route 28 Auto Sales.
    • From this point it is 1.8 miles to the airfield on top of Knobley Mountain.
    • Continue on this paved road 0.2 miles to the top of the hill.
    • Turn left onto the unpaved road (Street sign says Thicket, but wooden sign on tree says Ridge Road. Apple Maps identifies this road as Old Ridgeley Road and Google Maps identifies it as Ridge Road).
    • Continue 0.3 miles around the ridge until you cross under the power lines.
    • Turn left onto Sunny Side Drive.
    • Continue a short distance (0.1 miles) to the divide in this road.
    • Go to the right at the divide. Neither Apple Maps nor Google Maps show the road beyond this point, but it is visible on the satellite view. Continue on this gravel road for 1.2 miles to the airfield on top of Knobley Mountain.

    • Hairpin turn has been widened.




    Food & Facilities on the Field:

    * A light lunch will be offered for purchase each day at about 1:00pm

    * Bring what snacks and drinks you will consume the rest of the day and please take your empty wrappers and bottles with you because there is no trash removal service available for the airfield.

    * There are toilet facilities on site, but no showers or sinks.

    * Camping is allowed if you are self-sufficient. There are not hookups for power or water.

    * Bring layers of clothing because the temperature can vary widely over the same day and don't forget sunblock and skin lotion because sun and wind burn are common otherwise.

    Recommended places to stay:

    Fairfield Inn & Suites in Cumberland, MD

    This facility is closest to the field (about 5 miles away) and has nice quality rooms, but their parking lot is tight. It is in walking distance of many family oriented historic sites, shops, and restaurants.

    http://www.marriott.com/hotels/trave...es-cumberland/

    Ramada Inn Downtown in Cumberland, MD

    This facility is also close to the field (about 5 miles away) and has recently been updated, plus, their parking lot is fairly large. It is also in walking distance of many family oriented historic sites, shops, and restaurants.

    http://www.hotelsone.com/cumberland-...yAAEgKBuPD_BwE

    Sleep Inn & Suites near Cumberland, MD

    This facility just recently opened and is the newest of the local hotels and motels, It is located just east of Cumberland along I-68 and is about 7 miles from the field. Rooms are very nice and prices are reasonable.

    https://www.choicehotels.com/marylan...umberland%20md

    Comfort Inn & Suites in LaVale, MD:

    This facility is about twelve miles from the field, has very nice rooms, and a large parking lot. It is in easy driving distance of many restaurants, large box stores like WalMart, Lowes, Harbor Freight, and Martin's Market.

    http://www.comfortinn.com/hotel-lavale-maryland-MD145

    Holiday Inn Express in LaVale, MD:

    This facility just opened in the late fall of 2015. It is just a short distance down the road from the Comfort Inn and is likewise about twelve miles from the field.

    http://www.hiexpress.com/hotels/gb/e...&icdv=99504425

    Braddock Best Western in LaVale, MD

    This is an older facility that has been a favorite for those attending the Fall Soar for Fun for many years ago. It was considered the "headquarters" for the CASA group. It has been well maintained over time and offers rooms with parking at the door as well as more budget friendly rates.

    https://www.reservation-desk.com/hot...A&gclsrc=aw.ds


    Evening Dining with Local Flavor:

    While there are the typical chain restaurants in the LaVale area; Bob Evans (301-729-0160), Cracker Barrel (301-729-0649), Denny's (301-729-6600), Applebee's (301-729-4189), and Ruby Tuesday (301-729-8738). You may want to check out some of the local favorites:

    Ristorante Ottaviani 25 N Centre Street, Cumberland, MD 301-722-0052 ~fine dining Italian cuisine (reservations recommended)

    Puccini Restaurant 12901 Ali Ghan Road, (east of town off I-68) Cumberland, MD 301-777-7822 ~historic setting, wood fired pizza specialty plus steak & seafood (reservations recommended)

    Fratelli Restaurant & Bar 359 National Highway, LaVale, MD 301-722-1777 ~ Steak, seafood, and pasta specialties. Can accommodate larger groups with advanced notice. (reservations recommended)

    D'Atri's Restaurant 18 National Highway, LaVale, MD 301-722-0052 ~great breakfast, specialty is steak hoagie for lunch, and Italian dishes for dinner. Very reasonable prices, walk in dining, but can have long wait at peak times for lunch and dinner.

    Grand China Buffet Next to Ruby Tuesday and McDonald's in LaVale. Large selection, reasonable prices, quick in & out service. Mix of Chinese and American items plus sushi bar.

    Henny's Grill & Bar 1290 National Highway, LaVale, MD 301-729-1746 ~ Steak, seafood, pasta. Have been able to accommodate larger groups on short notice (reservations recommended)

    Asian Garden 1235 National Highway, LaVale, MD 301-729-8577 ~quality Chinese & Thai cuisine. walk in and carryout service.

    Giuseppe's Italian Restaurant & Bar 11 Bowery Street, Frostburg, MD 301-689-2220 ~ a favorite place of the University crowd (reservations recommended)

    Linda's Old Furnace Restaurant Route 28 Furnace Acres, Ridgeley, WV 304-738-7000 ~ just south of the field along Route 28. We frequently call in lunch requests and they have it ready for carryout when we get there. Our favorite is their turkey club sandwich. Also a good breakfast spot on the way to the field. Very basic place, but reasonable prices and good food.

    Hope this all helps, we look forward to seeing everyone again and some great flying!
    Last edited by JimD; 09-27-2017, 03:53 PM.
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  • #2
    Aside from Rick Kutchman, CD for the event, and myself...Scot S gets the award for being the first person to register online! Thanks Scot, looking forward to having back at Cumberland...we all missed you in July!
    A Site for Soar Eyes

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    • #3
      I never beat Len an Steve! Cool. Looking forward to the overdose of soul food!! With dessert!

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      • #4
        I can delete the registration !!!! and be the first!!!!
        Team Horizon Hobby

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        • JimD
          JimD commented
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          Well...technically, Rick K was the first to register, Scot second, and you third...:-( I haven't officially registered yet for my own event! Yikes!!!!

          ...Oops, just checked and JimA was after Scot.

      • #5
        Registered
        YIPEEEEEEEEEEEEE
        Team Horizon Hobby

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        • #6
          Just registered, I will try and be the first at the next event, until Len changes it

          Jeremy and Ben
          SCCAAA TT TN

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          • #7
            The event starts on Wednesday, November 1st...that means that the day before (October 31st) is Holloween. Just trying to figure out whether it will be a trick or treat?
            A Site for Soar Eyes

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            • Swiss1
              Swiss1 commented
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              Always a "TREAT" being in Cumberland!

          • #8
            Can we develop a function for automatic registration? third time that I file this form this year for the same place



            Stéphane
            Horizon Hobby Team Member

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            • lenb
              lenb commented
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              I'll work on that. haha

            • Steve P
              Steve P commented
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              That's a high class problem for sure. I'll be working in NYC that weekend so I won't have the hassle of the form. Phew. ;-).

          • #9
            Okay, here is the list so far:

            JimA
            LenB
            JimD
            DaveH
            JeremyH
            SteveK
            RickK
            CarlL
            MattL
            TomP
            StephaneR
            ConioS
            ScotS
            Last edited by JimD; 10-01-2017, 12:02 PM. Reason: Updated List
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            • #10
              Originally posted by French1 View Post
              Can we develop a function for automatic registration? third time that I file this form this year for the same place


              My iPad auto fills in all details.......
              TEAM GORGEOUS

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              • JimD
                JimD commented
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                Tom, I think someone is a little cranky because they haven't been flying enough!

            • #11
              Originally posted by JimD View Post
              Okay, here is the list so far:

              JimA
              LenB
              JimD
              DaveH
              JeremyH
              SteveK
              RickK
              CarlL
              MattL
              TomP
              StephaneR
              ConioS
              ScotS
              Man!! I'm doing nothing and dropping like a rock on this list!!....

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              • #12
                It is an alphabetic thing

                Steve K

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                • #13
                  Registrants as of October 8, 2018:

                  JimA
                  LenB
                  GeorgeB
                  JimD
                  TerryD
                  DaveH
                  JeremyH
                  SteveK
                  RickK
                  CarlL
                  MattL
                  TomP
                  StephaneR
                  ConioS
                  ScotS
                  FrankZ

                  (Scot, luckily Frank added his name so you moved up one! lol)
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                  • #14
                    Once again, Janet with the help of Katie has organized a block of discounted rooms at the Fairfield Inn Cumberland , you can reserve a room by calling Katie directly @ 301 876 6037 and mention The Cumberland Aerotow. Remember it is customary to bring a 6 pack of your local Brew for Katie as a show of appreciation, just leave it at the front desk! Len that does not mean a 6 pack of Bud

                    SCCAAA TT TN
                    Last edited by Swiss1; 10-10-2017, 03:58 PM.

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                    • #15
                      Thanks Jeremy for setting up the rooms. I’m book but still need to make a few minor repairs before the trip.

                      Jim: I’ll be there Wednesday through Friday. I need to miss the weekend due to family commitments.

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                      • JimD
                        JimD commented
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                        There will likely be others there on Wednesday as well, so plan on doing some flying!
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