2023 Communications Survey Results & Town Hall Recording

On January 25th, 2024 the Franconia Soaring Foundation (FSF) hosted a town hall with members of the community. Max shared the results of the 2023 communications survey and Tom provided an overview of foundation history and future plans. You can find the recording, presentation, and survey data below. Recording The video is temporarily unavailable. Presentation …

Training and Operations Center (TOC) Progress: Roof Trusses Up Next, Aiming for Spring Ribbon Cutting

Great progress is being made as the Training and Operations Center takes shape. Roof trusses are next and we are still tracking for a Spring ribbon cutting. Stay tuned for more updates as we continue to build for the future. We can’t wait to welcome you to our new center soon! In the meantime, help the …

Franconia Soaring Foundation Joins Key Discussion on Supporting Outdoor Economy with USDA and New Hampshire Delegation

The Franconia Soaring Foundation was recently invited to participate in a Town Hall discussion with USDA’s Deputy Secretary, the VT/NH State Director for USDA Rural Development, and the New Hampshire Congressional Delegation.  The meeting was hosted by Whaleback Mountain Ski Resort which recently received a USDA/NBRC partnership grant similar to what the FSF received in …

Groundbreaking Announcement

The Franconia Soaring Foundation (FSF) recently broke ground on a new Training and Operations Center facility located at the Franconia Airport. The modern facility replaces the aged flight shack that faithfully supported flight operations for nearly 50 years, and features the modern conveniences the spartan shack lacked. The 6,100 square foot, two-level structure initially will …

Sky-High Achievements: Ken Baker & David DesFosses Soar Through Glider Checkrides and CFI-G Certification with Franconia Soaring Association

Congratulations to Ken Baker upon successfully completing his Glider Private Pilot checkride! Federal Aviation Administration Designated Pilot Examiner Daryl Smith (L) is shown here congratulating Ken (R) following his flight examination. A big shout out to David DesFosses for successfully completing his Glider Commercial Pilot checkride! David (R) really showed his moxie for Federal Aviation …

Breaking Ground and Building Futures: Our New Training and Ops Center Takes Flight

We’re thrilled to share some exciting progress on our new Training and Operations Center at the airport! The old building has been demolished, and the footings for our new center have been poured. This marks a significant milestone in our journey towards providing enhanced services and educational opportunities for our community. Stay tuned for more …

Franconia Soaring Foundation Announces Release Of A Request For Information

The Franconia Soaring Foundation recently announced plans to construct an Operations Center and multi-use facility on the south end of the Franconia Airport located at 1251 Easton Road, Franconia, NH  03580. Construction is planned to commence in 2022, with the exact date to be selected during contract negotiations. The initiative commenced with the release of …

Franconia Soaring Foundation Establishes Finance And Fundraising Committee

During its December 7, 2020 Board of Directors meeting, the Foundation Board formally established a Finance and Fundraising Committee, which will replace the former Fundraising Committee. The decision to take this evolutionary step was based on the intimate interdependence between realistic and executable annual budgets and fundraising goals and objectives. President Tom Ganse highlighted that …

Franconia Soaring Foundation Establishes Education Committee

During its August 3, 2020 Board of Directors meeting, the Foundation Board formally established an Education to develop and oversee implementation of future initiatives to accomplish elements of the Foundation’s mission, specifically those of promoting, teaching, and sharing the art, science, and safety of soaring through introductory rides, ground, and flight instruction. The decision to …

Franconia Soaring Foundation Annual Meeting

The Franconia Soaring Foundation held its Annual Meeting April 20, 2020. The meeting was held virtually due to travel restrictions and social distance requirements imposed during the Coronavirus-19 pandemic. Peter Eiche was re-elected to another three-year term as Treasurer and Joe Kwasnik was elected to serve a three-year term in the Director One position.