Scenery for Low and Slow Flying


Ridge Soaring 79N

Posted on June 11, 2014 at 12:20 PM

Ridge Soaring Gliderport (79N) is a public-use glider airport located two nautical miles (4 km) southwest of the central business district of Unionville, in Centre County, Pennsylvania, United States. It is privately owned by Knauff & Grove, Inc. Tom Knauff and Doris grove are among the whos who in American and International soaring community.


Portions of the 1999 movie The Thomas Crown Affair were filmed here.

Co-owner Thomas L. Knauff set five FAI world records, and over 50 NAA national records flying from this airport.

Co-owner Doris Grove set three FAI feminine world records flying from this airport, and was the first woman to fly a glider more than 1000 km.


This FBO airport is world famous for ridge, thermal and wave soaring. It is located on U.S. Route 220 (alternate) 8 miles south of Interstate 80, between Unionville and Julian, at the base of the Bald Eagle Mountain ridge. It is approximately 10 miles from State College and approximately midway between Altoona and Lock Haven in the Bald Eagle Valley. Visitors can look at an entire wall of U.S. National and World records that have been set from this airfield.

Sadly as with so many small airports, Ridge Soaring is in risk of disappearing. for sale for many years, with no takers it may be sold to developers and disappear forever.


In FSX the airport was on the wrong side of the highway and cut into a mountain, I moved it to its proper location and heading, made the runway the correct size and heading, and added all the current buildings.

The scenery is best used with UTX and FS Genisis mesh, and is planned around UTX roads. but it will work with the FSX stock scenery, and ORBX global as well as Global Vector, just some roads will be missing. If you use Utx you will see two creeks on the East side of the airport. if this is a problem you can turn off "small named streams and rivers" in the UTX configuration tool. I added my own stream vectors for people using ORBX Global vector which as of this writing does not support small streams in this area.The stream is a meandering affair with many oxbows, so it really has no effect on the airport, just a visual preference.  If global vectors newest update fixes the issue, I will publish an update later. PS: the photo above shows the scenery using UTX, FS Genisis mesh, with UTX "named small streams and rivers" off.



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