Dak obtains CFI-G rating!


Dak Davis (on the right in the photo), all of 20 years old and a member of the Greater Houston Soaring Association in Walls Texas, is now an FAA Certified Flight Instructor - Glider! He passed his CFI-G practical test today with Designated Pilot Examiner Gregg Squires (left) at Fault Line Flyers in Bertram, Texas. Dak now holds a commercial glider rating, an advanced ground instructor rating and a CFI-G rating. Congratulations to Dak on this huge accomplishment.

This brings Greater Houston Soaring Association's instructor corps to 11 instructors!


Patrick Heer (R) soloed for the first time on Saturday with CFI-G Michael Hunter providing the instruction and sign-off. Looking on was Patrick’s father, Philippe, and also his grandfather. Congratulations Patrick!


Michael achieves Instructor rating


BERTRAM, TX - Fleeing a bad weather forecast near Houston, Greater Houston Soaring Association member Michael Hunter (R) drove to Fault Line Flyers to take his CFI-G test with Designated Pilot Examiner, and Fault Line Flyer member Gregg Squires (L) on Saturday, September 1, 2018. We're very excited to report that after a lot of hard work, and flying in an unfamiliar glider, Michael has passed his exam and has joined Greater Houston Soaring Association's pool of expert instructors. Congratulations, Michael!

Great spring day at GHSA!



A great spring day at GHSA's Petmecky Field! We had 15 flights today courtesy of the tows from Adam. John and Brad received instruction from Uwe and then Brad then had a solo flight.

Later, the weather improved and we even had some lift so Uwe in Oscar Alpha and Michael Hunter and I (Todd) in 5ST were up over an hour. Dak had a 2+ hour flight in the Ka-6CR (9P). These three gliders were in the same thermal a few times. Does that count as a gaggle? Thanks to all our volunteers who made today possible!

Come on out and check out what soaring is all about.

Chris Barnikow solos

Chris Barnikow soloed right before sunset in one of GHSA's Blanik L-23s on Sunday. Congratulating Chris is instructor Mike Brooks after being doused by David Coggins. Way to go Chris!

We had an amazing weekend with 40+ flights over both Saturday and Sunday with good lift to 4500+ feet. We had several flights over one hour: Brad (Blanik), Dean (Grob 102), Todd (Blanik, with friends), Mike H (KQ/DG-200), Uwe (Ventus), Jason (Ka-6).

Trevor Mitchell also has his first three tows as a new tow pilot for GHSA on Sunday. Good job Trevor!

[Photo by Michael Hunter]


David Coggins will represent US at World Gliding Championships 2018

GHSA's very own David Coggins has been selected to represent the United States in the World Gliding Championships 2018 in the open class. This is a very prestigious and select honor as only two pilots are selected to represent the United States at the WGC in the Open Class.  David will take his JS1 to the Pribram airfield in the Czech Republic in July to compete.

 David pilots his JS1 glider.

David pilots his JS1 glider.

New Private Pilot

Jason Bridger successfully completed his check ride with Gregg Squires and received his Private Pilot license - Glider - on June 10. Congratulations, Jason!

 DPE, Gregg Squires (L), and Jason Bridger (R) after Jason's successful check ride.

DPE, Gregg Squires (L), and Jason Bridger (R) after Jason's successful check ride.