Welcome to Ridge Soaring Glider Port

Ridge Soaring Gliderport (FAA LID: 79N) is an FAA approved airport and public-use glider port located two nautical miles (4 km) southwest of the central business district of Unionville, in Centre County, Pennsylvania, midway between Altoona and Lock Haven in the Bald Eagle Valley and approximately  20 minutes from Penn State University.  This FBO airport is world famous for ridge, thermal and wave soaring. It is privately owned by Knauff & Grove, Inc.Doris Grove and Tom Knauff have successfully operated the glider port and catalog business since 1975.  They have set nine world soaring records and more than 60 national records. They have written the most popular glider flight training manuals, are frequent speakers at soaring events and contributors of articles in Soaring magazine. They founded the youth scholarship program, Petersburg Wave camp, and the Senior Soaring Championships.

Tom’s FAA CFI Revalidation Clinic is recognized as one of the very best, and the FAA awarded him the honor of Flight Instructor of the Year for the Eastern Region. He has been nominated several times for the prestigious Brewer Award given by the NAA to the outstanding Aviation Educator. Tom was National Open Class Champion in 1989 and the recipient of the Robert Kronfeld Trophy for the longest glider flight ever flown in a world soaring championship.

Ridge Soaring Gliderport has many income advantages: flight school, thriving retail & glider sales, hanger rentals, on sight mobile home rentals in additional to the Bunk house which accommodates 15.  As well as providing glider rides and sky tours.

Additional areas of income could be added such as: up to 30 more hangers, go carts, self-storage units, ice cream/drive up dining and more.





We are pleased to provide financial documentation upon request of serious inquirers




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