harris hill soaring corporation

Public Glider Rides

Open Weekends 10am-5pm

We are open weekends only (10am-5:30pm) beginning April 5, 2014.


  1. 607-734-0641 - airport (Why don’t you answer the phone?!)

  2. 607-742-4213 - Office (9-5 weekdays)


ADDRESS: 57 Soaring Hill Dr. Elmira, NY 14903

More information on rides can be found here.

View a video of the Harris Hill flight experience at Mark Twain Country.com

Flight Training

Weather permitting, flight training is takes place every Wed. evening April through October - from 5pm until dusk.  Interested in learning how to fly by joining HHSC?  Come out and ask us!


* Mandatory Safety Meeting * All Members must attend one of the following:

  1. - March 22nd, NSM community room social hour 6pm, meeting 7pm

  2. -April 19, 2014, Flight Center, social hour 6pm, meeting 7pm


HHSC Goes to the Worlds!

HHSC members Karin Schlosser and Heinz Weissenbuehler Junior will represent the United States in the 20 meter 2 seater category at the 2014 World Gliding Championships this year!
Click to donate to the US Soaring Teamhttp://www.ssa.org/USTeam?show=blog&id=2124

Heinz started flying gliders at the age of 14 as a Junior on Harris Hill, Elmira, NY. Since then, he has accumulated more than 4000 hours in gliders and has flown many contests, including 21 Nationals. In 2008 he represented the US in the Open Class during the 30th FAI World Championship in Luesse, Germany. Heinz works as a 767 pilot for American Airlines, and lives, flies and instructs on Harris Hill where he has been a member of the Harris Hill Soaring Corporation (HHSC) for 38 years. In an earlier life, he flew the most amazing Open Class glider ever (U-2), and is currently entrusted with caring for and flying Dick Butler's Eta Biter. In Finland, Heinz will be flying in the 20 meter class competition with his wife Karin Schlösser, also a glider and power pilot. Both come from backgrounds where aviation is a family affair. Karin started flying in the Netherlands as a teenager, then put her flying on hold while she lived and practiced law in New York City for 18 years. Heinz and Karin met on Harris Hill, where they now both live and fly.

While at Harris Hill visit the National Soaring Museum

Harris Hill shares its site and history with the National Soaring Museum, a world class museum dedicated to the preservation of motorless flight and the home of the Soaring Hall of Fame.  Many of the members of HHSC work or volunteer at the NSM.  HHSC and the NSM cooperate on many events including hosting the International Vintage Sailplane Meet.



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