Flyable wind direction S (190)

Launch MSL

  • 1280 ft (600 AGL)

Glide to LZ

  • Primary 7.5 : 1

  • Secondary 15 : 1

Location  Bethel PA

Launch type

  • FL steep slope grass, small hike-in

  • even with double surface glider, launch only if soarable

Rating Requirements

  • H3 double surface only

  • no PG

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Post-flight reports


What a blast today at 501 Bethel
Yes we flew; Alan B.and I..
Pretty much strait in about 15 mph on launch, with a little switching back and forth and a little gusty with thermals rolling in.
Launched an went up immediately.
Flew over 1.5 hours. Stayed up found lift lines and got over 750 ft over launch.
A little rough at first then smoothed out and was nice. Glider flies better now with the adjustment to quote Bill Waters "power steering" Landed just before sun down.
Enjoying my favorite IPA at home now.
Miss you all
Will H


Interesting day at 501 it was crossing from the SE most of the time. Then straight in cycles would come in for a few minutes. I launched at 5:00 PM into a straight in and building cycle. Got 200' over quickly in ridge lift, caught a thermal that took me up to 2000' over launch. After that it turned SE again and I went out and landed 24 minutes. Later at 7:00 when I went to pick up my wind streamer it was blowing mostly straight in at 8-12 MPH. Looked like ridge soaring would have been easy.

Allan B


Once again 501 is soarable on a weekend and where are the pilots? It was cloudy with only light ridge lift with some weak thermals. I got 45 minutes before it looked like rain was moving in so I landed. Could have dodged the rain for awhile longer.

Allan B.


Once again 501 delivers. Wind was a bit strong but not too turbulent. I launched around 7:00 and flew for an hour in mostly ridge lift. GPS tracking indicated SSW from 13 to 19 MPH

Allan B.


Yesterday at 501 was a hot one!  Sticky as if maple syrup was drizzled on us during glider setup.
Jim C. went first at around 5:15.  The air was a bit rough so Romano waited a bit and probably launched around 6:15?  Aron  launched around 6:45
Jim and Romano got up pretty high say 1000 over??
Aron was around 600 over bobbing back and forth between 500 and 600 over for most of the flight.
There were even a few raindrops as Aron made the long run over the sea of trees to the lz for the first time.
The landing situation got really interesting as Romano was just a few seconds ahead of Aron getting set up for final approach.  Horses in the field added a little more panic.
Both down safely Aron realized the VG was still full-on having been nervous about making the lz and really blew the landing checklist!  Can't belive we didn't get any horse pucky on us since there were piles everywhere.
Bacil, Bob B. and Julie were the support crew - a big thanks to you!  Also thanks Doug, Joe & Karen for the phone call and info about flying 501.
Another neat part of the evening was that we met several Appalachian Trail through hikers who were delighted to pop into the launch clearing off the trail to see us set up and fly.
Aron stopped and said hello to Judy at the horse farm and say what a joy it was to fly there and to thank her for letting us land there.
Let's fly soon!


Will and I got to soar 501 Saturday 24 July.  I launched at 4:00 and flew for 1 hour 45 minutes. The thermals were not very good, only got to 1400' over launch. However the ridge lift was very solid. I flew down to route 645 a couple of times and up past the knob to the left of 501. We both had good launches and landings. Here is my track: https://ayvri.com/scene/0jgrreyeko/ckrj74ikl00011w69njg9zyn1

Allan B