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Flight Of The Day!
Date: 11/12/2014
Pilot: Arnie Frankenberger
Glider: Pilatus B 4

2.5 hrs to 5500 ft on a beautiful day

Take a flight with us and experience the Joy Of Soaring!

You can also share the experience with another passenger in our Schwiezer 2-32 glider!
(prices listed below are for each passenger)

YouTube Video Our introductory orientation flights are for people of all ages who want to experience the Joy of Soaring, to fly without an engine - like a hawk. We often follow them - because they're always in the best lift! You'll be accompanied by one of our FAA Commercially Rated Pilots and you'll be able to spend your time enjoying what every glider pilot lives for!

Basic Orientation Flight: $82.00
Our tow plane will pull your glider 3,000 feet above the airport where you'll spend 20 minutes gliding around the Elsinore Valley. We may even gain 1000 feet altitude in a thermal, before returning for a safe, gentle landing. (Approximately 20-30 minutes.)

The "Cleveland Forest Magic Flight": $130.00
We'll go to 6,500 feet on the San Juan Capistrano side of the Ortega Mountains. With clear weather, we'll see Catalina and San Clemente Islands to the West. Sometimes, we'll be floating far above a magic carpet of coastal clouds. To the East, we have the 10,000 foot plus peaks of Baldy, San Gorgonio and San Jacinto. Should you want to, we'll share the flight controls and show you how to do simple maneuvers by yourself. You can even experience the thrill of feeling "light as a feather". (Approximately 40-45 minutes.)

To make a reservations, select your flight then call (951) 609-4579, or email the Scheduler at address

What's New at LESC
Another CFIG!

Bob Bell flew with Gene Winkler and re-instated his Certificated Flight Instructor, Glider today!  If there's one thing LESC, and the soaring community needs, it's more active flight instructors.

I'll be working with Bob to get him familiar with LESC's curriculum and process so he can get into the rotation and start flying with students.  Stay tuned for more updates...

Thanks Bob for seeing the need and stepping up to make this happen and take on the responsibility of begin a CFIG!

Jerry Lees First Solo Flight

Jerry Lees' First Glider SoloJerry Lees' First Glider SoloJerry Lees will certainly remember Wednesday, September 10, 2014 because he got the opportunity to "Break The Surly Bonds of Earth" in N65863 without the need of any "active ballast" in the rear cockpit. As you can tell from the ear-to-ear grin, Jerry had a great flight without CFIG Mike Havener barking orders from the back seat.

Awesome job Jerry!
Bryce Johanson's Eagle Scout Project Completed!

I want to thank Bryce Johanson for his Eagle Scout Service Project to improve the Lake Elsinore Soaring Club’s public viewing area and bleachers. He recognized the opportunity to exercise his initiative to improve not only LESC’s facilities, but to also take steps to provide a safe, clean and attractive solution that will benefit everyone who visits our airport. 

Being a non-profit, volunteer organization, LESC has had to rely on the skills and motivation of our Members to accomplish anything that needs to be done. The public viewing area and bleachers have been in disrepair for a couple of years now, languishing behind other projects that needed our immediate attention. On behalf of the Lake Elsinore Soaring Club Board of Directors I want to knowledge his leadership and foresight! 

Thank you for recognizing a need that will benefit not only the members of the Lake Elsinore Soaring Club, but also the public in general. An outstand job, well done Young Man!



George Lessard joins the CFIG Staff

George LessardGeorge Lessard has stepped up to help with LESC's Flight Instruction.  For those of you who don't know George, he's the one who restored our 1-26 and he and Ted recovered 88W.  Here's a little more background:


Flight Instructor

George M. Lessard, Ph.D.


University of California, Riverside,   Biochemistry


Born 9/27/1939

Married (twice)

2 daughters Nurse, Teacher

2 stepsons Lt Comm USNR (USAF OSI-transportation Intelligence). ER nurse

5 grandchildren (17-3)

George Lessard

First flight           1946     Napa, CA

Began lessons     1956     El Monte, CA

ASEL                     1962   Napa, CA

First Glider Ride 1964   Fremont, CA

Glider Rating       1971   Hemet, CA

Commercial         1974 Hemet, CA

Instrument           1989 Redlands, CA

CFIG                         1980 Hemet, CA


Airplanes Owned

Beechcraft Musketeer

Cessna 182E

Piper PA-22/20 Pacer


Sailplanes Owned

First Club Sailplane   1-26A   S/N 194   “Yellow Canary”   Hemet, CA

First Personal Sailplane 1-26A S/N 222 Hemet, CA

First 2-place   2-33A N65843

Glasflugel Libelle 201B S/N 229 N1055W   W5

AC-5M Russia Motorglider N305ML S/N 030

Schweizer 1-26B S/N 391 N5743S

Schweizer 1-26D S/N 460 N7795S

Schweizer 1-26A S/N 019 N3855A

Schweizer 1-35C S/N 98 N135CS

Valentin Taifun 17E S/N 1056 N292TE


Sailplanes Rebuilt and/or Flown

Prue Standard

Brieglieb BG12B

Blanik L13, L23

Schweizer 2-22

Schweizer 2-32

Schweizer 1-34

Schweizer 1-35

Grob G-103

Grob G-109

Diamond Katana Extreme


A/B/C Badges

Bronze Badge

Silver Badge     2-33 and 1-26

Gold Badge         1-26

Diamond Badge 1-26 and 201 Libelle

2 diamonds in 1-26

1 Lennie 25,500 California City

Longest 1-26 flight 285 sm


1-26 rebuilt 10

2-33 rebuilt   6

Piper Pacer/Tripacer rebuilt 6

Total rebuild projects 31 including N65343 2-33 New nose, CS from NCA wreck tailcone from N65843, 4 wing splices, full reskinned wing, perfect balance, built on plumb bobs.

Built and operated 2 winches

Over 1000 ground launches


Total qualifying airframe hours 16,000

Total flight time 3400 hours

Total power 2100 hours

Glider 1300  hours

Instruction 260 hours


6 motorcycle trips across US first 1961, latest 2014

5 times to Oshkosh, 1 to Sun and Fun, visited all US and most European flight museums

4 cross US flights (Saratoga, 182, Pacer, Taifun)

Incorporated Academic Soaring Club, Inc. a 501c3, 509 a2 educational foundation


Taught 53 years

Taught 16,000 students

Taught in US, Mexico, India

Taught H.S.. College, University

Welcome Back, Scott Geil, CFIG

Scott GeilFor those of you who have been around a few years, you probably remember Scott Geil who was a CFIG for LESC several years ago.  Well, Scott’s back in town and I gave him a Field Check, walked him through our instruction process and now he’s on the schedule to instruct this Wednesday.  Students, come on out and fly with Scott and everybody please welcome him back to LESC! 

Another freshly minted Private Pilot, Glider!

Can you believe it?  Arnie Frankenberger joined LESC March 5, 2014.

A little more than a month later, he soloed on  April 9.

Now, just a little over 3 months after starting his lessons, Arnie passed the Private Pilot, Glider Practical Test!

I'm sure you'll join me in conratulating him an a job very well done!