SSA in Pennsylvania

The Soaring Society of America (SSA, is a non-profit organization whose purpose is to foster and promote all phases of soaring (gliding) in the US. There are approximately 12,000 members, 500 of those in Pennsylvania. Many are professional pilots or hold power ratings.

The SSA actively works with all levels of government and with other aviation-related organizations to cooperatively and safely share US airports and airspace.

Pennsylvania is the home for many club and commercial glider operations: Ridge Soaring (Julian), Fairfield, Beltzville (Lehighton), Kutztown, Morgantown, Van Sant (Erwinna), Hilltown, New Garden (Toughkenamon), Brokenstraw (Pittsfield), Grove City, and Bandel (Eighty Four). Additionally, Mifflin County and Fairfield Airports annually host regional/national soaring competitions during the second half of May.

Many world and national record flights have originated from Pennsylvania. Champion and record holding pilots including Karl Striedieck, Tom Knauff, Mark Keene, and Tom Beltz call Pennsylvania home.

Below is a list of SSA representatives for Pennsylvania. Please feel free to contact any of them with comments, questions, concerns, or to arrange a visit to one of our operations. We welcome the opportunity to share with you our beautiful and exciting sport!

Director Region 2 (Southern NY, NJ, Eastern PA)

Dianne Black-Nixon
42 Lenape Trl
Packanack Lake
Wayne, NJ 07470
973-696-8823 (h)
973-696-7122 (fax)
Pennsylvania Governor - Region 2 (Eastern PA)

Janine Acee
100 Harvest Run Rd North
State College, PA 16801
814-234-0236 (h)
814-238-3280 (w)
Director Region 2 (Southern NY, NJ, Eastern PA)

Louis (Chip) Fitzpatrick
205 Heatherfield Dr.
Souderton, PA 18964
215-723-3729 (h)
Pennsylvania Governor - Region 3 (Western PA)

John Godfrey
7506 Trevarion Ave
Pittsburgh, PA 15218
412-247-7506 (h)
Director Region 3 (Northern NY, Western PA)

Tim Welles
P.0. Box 448
Horseheads, NY 14845
607-739-3140 (h)
607-739-3140 (fax)
SSA Headquarters

P.O. Box 2100
Hobbs, NM 88241-2100
Phone: 505-392-1177
Fax: 505-392-8154