Our Fleet

MASA operates one of the nicest fleets of gliders and tow planes in the United States. Flight training is done using three two seat gliders, while the club also owns two single seat gliders for the further training of post solo students and the enjoyment of the general membership.
Having an outstanding stable of gliders is only part of M-ASA’s success. You need to have a means to launch the gliders. M-ASA does this using three tow planes. Two Piper PA-25 Pawnees do the majority of the glider launches. A Piper PA-18 rounds out the towing fleet by providing the ability to train tow pilots and maintain proficiency.

Gliders

Schleicher ASK 21

M-ASA operates two ASK 21s manufactured by Alexander Schliecher GmbH & Co in Germany. These gliders were purchased new from the factory in 2017. M-ASA took delivery over Thanksgiving 2017 and promptly put them into operation that weekend. Their docile handling promises to make these a favorite of our students and instructors for many years to come.

Specifications
Seats: 2
Length: 27 ft 5 in
Wingspan: 55 ft 9 in
Height: 5 ft 1 in
Wing area: 193.2 ft2
Wing loading: 6.8 lb/ ft2
Aspect ratio: 16:1
Maximum weight: 1,323 lb
Payload: 470 lb
Stall speed: 33 knots
Minimum Sink: 126 ft/min at 36 knots
Best glide: 34:1 at 49 knots
Documents
N899MA - s/n 21945N899SA - s/n 21946
ASK 21 Flight Manual: N899MA
Spin Training Appendix - N899MA
ASK 21 Flight Manual: N899SA
Spin Training Appendix - N899SA
Common Documents
ASK 21 TCDS
M-ASA ASK 21 Knowledge Test
ASK 21 page at Alexander Schleicher
Becker AR6201 VHF Transciever Operation Manual
Trig TT22 Transponder Manual
ClearNav Vario NavDisplay User Manual

Schweizer SGS 2-33A

The SGS 2-33 has been a very popular primary trainer in the US since its introduction in 1967. Schweizer produced 579 2-33s at their Elmira NY factory between 1967 and 1981. 2-33s can be found at almost every US soaring site. There are currently over 250 2-33s registered in the US. M-ASA’s 2-33 is the 152nd built and was purchased new from the factory in 1969. It was completely refurbished in 2009 and is one of the nicest looking and flying 2-33s we know of. It economically provides a rugged, easy to fly trainer for those electing to fly it.

Specifications
Seats: 2
Length: 25 ft 9 in
Wingspan: 51 ft 0 in
Height: 9 ft 3 in
Wing area: 219.5 ft2
Wing loading: 4.74 lb/ ft2
Aspect ratio: 11.85:1
Maximum weight: 1,040 lb
Payload: 385 lb
Stall speed: 36 mph
Minimum Sink: 187 ft/min at 43 mph
Best glide: 23:1 at 52 mph
Documents
SGS 2-33 Flight Manual
SGS 2-33 TCDS
M-ASA SGS 2-33 Knowledge Test
M-ASA SGS 2-33 Knowledge Test
MicroAir Radio Manual
Borgelt B40 Manual

Grob 102 Club Astir IIIB

The Grob 102 was built by Burkhart Grob Flugzeugbau. M-ASA’s “baby Grob” was manufactured in 1983 and has been owned and operated by M-ASA since 2010. The 102 provides an excellent transition glider for the new soaring pilot moving into a single seat glider.

Specifications
Seats: 1
Length: 22 ft 2 in
Wingspan: 49 ft 3 in
Height: 4 ft 2 in
Wing area: 133 ft2
Wing loading: 6.2 lb/ft2
Aspect ratio: 18.2
Length: 22 ft 2 in
Maximum weight: 836 lb
Payload: 250 lb
Stall speed: 32 knots
Minimum Sink: 122 ft/min at 42 knots
Best glide: 38:1 at 56 knots
Documents
Grob 102 Flight Manual
Grob 102 TCDS
M-ASA Grob 102 Knowledge Test
MicroAir Radio Manual
Ilec SB-9 Variometer Manual
Ilec SC-7 Variometer Manual
Cambridge L-NAV Glide Computer Manual

Pilatus B4-PC11

The B4 is an all metal standard class Glider. It has a 15 meter (49’) wingspan and retractable landing gear. It provides an outstanding platform for those first cross country soaring adventures. M-ASA’s B4 was built in 1974 and has been owned and operated by M-ASA since the early 1980s.

Specifications
Seats: 1
Length: 21 ft 7 in
Wingspan: 49 ft 3 in
Height: 5 ft 2 in
Wing area: 150 ft2
Wing loading: 5.1 lb/ft2
Aspect ratio: 16
Maximum weight: 772 lb
Payload: 252 lb
Stall speed: 33 knots
Minimum Sink: 124 ft/min at 41 knots
Best glide: 35:1 at 46 knots
Documents
Pilatus B4-PC11 Flight Manual
Pilatus B4-PC11 TCDS
M-ASA Pilatus B4 Knowledge Test
MicroAir Radio Manual
Cambridge L-Nav Manual

Tow Planes

Piper PA-25

 

The PA-25 Pawnee was originally designed as an agricultural aircraft produced by Piper Aircraft between 1959 and 1981. It remains a widely used aircraft in agricultural spraying and is also used as a tow plane for launching gliders. M-ASA owns two of these work horses. N7799Z was built in 1966 and N8658L left the factory in1969.

Specifications
Seats: 1
Engine: Lycoming O-540, 235/250 hp
Length: 24 ft 9 in
Wingspan: 36 ft 2 in
Height: 7 ft 2 in
Wing area: 183 ft²
Wing loading: 15.9 lb/ft²
Empty weight: 1,457 lb
Maximum weight: 2,900 lb
Power/Mass: 0.081 hp/lb
Stall speed: 61 mph
Cruise speed: 114 mph
Documents
Piper PA-25 Pawnee C Owner's Handbook
Piper PA-25 Pawnee TCDS
M-ASA PA-25 Knowledge Test

Piper PA-18

The Piper PA-18 Super Cub is the classic two-seat, single-engine airplane of yesteryear. Piper introduced the Super Cub in 1949. The PA-18 traces its lineage back through the J-3 Cub to the Taylor E-2 Cub of the 1930s. In close to 40 years of production, over 9,000 were built before production ended in 1981. M-ASA’s Super Cub was built in Lock Haven Pennsylvania in 1979, and was purchased by the club in 1981. Super Cubs are commonly found bush flying, and towing gliders.

Specifications
Seats: 2
Engine: Lycoming O-320, 150 hp
Length: 22 ft 7 in
Wingspan: 35 ft 2½ in
Height: 6 ft 8½ in
Wing area: 178.5 ft2
Wing loading: 9.8 lb/ft2
Empty weight: 930 lb
Maximum weight: 1,750 lb
Power/Mass: 0.086 hp/lb
Stall speed: 43 mph
Cruise speed: 115 mph
Documents
PA-18 Flight Manual
PA-18 TCDS
M-ASA PA-18 Knowledge Test