The Orlando Buzzards are members of the Florida Soaring Society (FSS) and supports the principles and goals of the League of Silent Flight (LSF). FSS is a statewide organization with a current membership of four participating soaring clubs who sponsor weekend contests throughout the year. Participation in the FSS contest lets interested pilots compete for trophies/medallions at each contest and for year end trophy awards. Contesting is an excellent way to improve soaring skills rapidly.
Most of the sport flying activity is at the club home field on Saturday and Sunday between 10 am and 3 pm, however members are entitled to field access at any time the field is open.
We now maintain two flying fields in Christmas FL, one 15 acre field with a grass runway for electric airplanes and another 25 acres for sailplanes. The main entrance is near 22181 E Colonial Dr, the sailplane field is on the left, the electric airplane field is thru the second gate, around the pond to the north. (GPS: 28°32’9.75″N 81° 2’24.69″W)
Our other field for the last couple of decades has been a 12 acre site located just off of Old Lockwood Road in Oviedo. The land is owned and has been generously made available for our use by the Seminole State College. Recently we have been undergoing some changes re access to the field and members and visitors are currently restricted to accessing the field only while the Seminole State College is open. Those hours are generally Monday thru Saturday 8am -6pm except on college closure days (holidays, spring break, winter break etc) basically as long as security is on campus. The field maintenance is funded by the society through dues and contest proceeds. Access is via the Seminole State College “back” entrance off Old Lockwood Road, Oviedo with more detailed instructions on this page. Two metal storage sheds are located on the northeast corner of the property. They are owned by the club and used to store equipment for contests and sport flying. All equipment is property of the club and maintained by its members.
Club meetings are usually held monthly on the first Saturday of the month at the Christmas field. Guests are welcome to attend the meetings. From time to time, the date and/or time of a club meeting may be changed. Information about the next meeting is available on the events calendar.
The Buzzards host at least two FSS contests each year as well as the premier Tangerine Soaring Championship. The club also hosts 3 or 4 ALES contests(Altitude Limited Electric Sailplane) Details of each of these events and their dates can be found on the Contest Schedule. These contests raise much of the money the club requires for equipment and maintenance.