West Michigan Soaring Society


The West Michigan Soaring Society is a low key group of RC pilots with a passion for all forms of RC soaring. Whether your interests lie in winch, high start or electric launch, hand launch or aerotow, have never flown, or are an experienced contest flyer, WMSS has a spot for you. Our members come from all walks of life, from young to old, and we all enjoy the challenge of finding lift and soaring. Come join us to fly, learn, or just watch. We are open to anyone with an interest in soaring, and even if you’ve never flown anything before, we can let you safely try your hand at flying. If you find yourself daydreaming in the clouds and marvel at hawks and eagles mastering the rising air currents, come join us at WMSS. Spread your wings and soar!!!

New Years Day flying

Our place will be open for flying New Years Day starting at 11:00. Maybe John will do his 15 minute flight while the rest of us hide out in the shop…
Our address is
9774 Hastings Rd
Clarksville, MI  48815
42° 50.857′, -85° 17.530′

Home phone 616-693-2480 cell 616-558-0007

We have some ideas for friendly competition if actual soaring is out of the question.
Again, just let us know if you’re coming and how many. Feel free to bring family.
So far we have on the list:
Tom Sheets (confirming by phone)
Francois (if granted kitchen pass)
Paul Gess (My Dad – treasurer now for Walter’s RC club in Saranac. We might be able to discuss with him the ideas for competitions during the year.)
Cliff Browneye and his friend Carolyn.

Fall Flying at WMSS

Saturday was a better than expected day for flying. Temps warm, few clouds, modest wind at 5-10 mph (we expected 10 – 15 mph). We started at 10:30 AM and found some ridge lift from the trees early, then the wind calmed down and thermals started popping. They seemed to be moving pretty fast so you had to stick with them downwind. Naturally John Winstanley did well downwind and got a 1/2 hr. flight with his Xantipa. Katie, Larry Jeffery, Cliff and Francois all got in some great flying. I flew my Shadow and the Cross Tail Duck. It was a great day to fly.


Katie with sailplane in the distance.



A Great First RC Glider

This is a great video put together by John Winstanley a WMSS. Thank you John!

Great Flying Last Saturday

Here’s a photo of some of us out at the AAA Sod Farm last Saturday. Ed Whyte was also there but left earlier.

The weather was the best all year with temps in the 70’s, 4 mph winds, lots of sun and monster lift.


Breaking News:

03/03/2017 and patiently waiting for the weather to change. Actually we have had a couple impromptu flying sessions in the past 30 days. The sod farms are wet so we have been staying off of them and finding school yards to fly.

There was the traditional New Years Day fly in at Clarksville member's property. Some pilots found pretty decent lift in spite of the cool weather.

Keep your eyes here for more formal flying information.

Visitors are always welcome.