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Flight Of The Day!
Date: 9/13/2017
Pilot: Richard Woodall
Glider: Krosno

Description: Commercial Pilot, Glider Practical Test!

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.)

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

What's New at LESC
Flight Of The Day!
Date: 07/01/2018
Pilot: Dan Watje
Glider: SGS 2-33A, N5790S

Dan did great today in only his 4th training flight ever.  There was good lift over the recent brun area and after some coaching on how to find and work thermals, Dan kept us up for an hour and 25 minutes.  

LESC's Newest Licensed Glider Pilot

Congratulations to Jason Schiffner on adding Commercial Glider to his Pilots license! 

Todd Thornton Completes his Bronze Badge

Congratulations to Todd Thornton for wrapping up his Bronze Badge today with the required accuracy landings.

Awesome job Todd!

Better Than Expected

I wasn’t expecting much when I looked out the window this morning at the overcast.  The mediocre (at best) soaring forecast didn’t give me much enthusiasm that we would be doing much more than extended sled rides today.

Boy, was I wrong!  The very first flight on the day saw significant bumps on tow and then 600-800 fpm lift to the low 4900' cloud base but it was very consistent all up and down the ridge.  We managed an almost 1 hour long flight, right out of the shoot and I thought that this might not be such a humble day after all.

After that, every flight that went up stayed up.  Lift was very strong and consistent to the now 6000’ cloud base and in fact, we had to take steps from going into the clouds as the lift was still cranking.  It’s such a sad feeling to be flying along with full spoilers and slip to get out from under the clouds.

In the end, the soaring was FAR better than forecast and in fact Tow Pilot Charlie Laird was getting bored sitting on the ground waiting for gliders to land.  Don’t let the weather guessers mediocre forecast keep you at home – you might miss some AWESOME soaring.

Weekend Forecast Update

Well the forecast I gave was apparently accurate enough.  Good turnout today and I know several people topped 10K MSL including Dirk (10,500 MSL) while giving a first time ride in the Krosno (launched around 12:30?), and yours truely in my Pilatus (also 10.5K, launch at 1:35).  Neither of us tried to top things out.  My friend Bill Sodequist topped 12K earlier in his hang glider by the towers before heading XC.  It was a bit breezy and some high clouds came in, but neither seemed to temper the lift.  I should probably quit now while I am batting 100% on predictions, but I think tomorrow (Sunday) will be as good or even better than today.  Wednesday is looking nice too but not as big as this weekend.  Come on out and get some.

Be aware that with the new SOP's and runway rules, launching your glider may take longer than usual, so plan ahead and maybe come out a little earlier, or expect some delays.  If everyone on the flight line is prepared and helps each other out, things will run more smoothly or more quickly.  I will stick my neck out and try to give a heads ups for more potentially promising days, from time to time, but there will be plenty of awesome days ahead, that I won't be watching for, so get out and fly either way.  Some of my most enjoyable or memorable flights have been on what should have been marginal or average days.

See you in the air, Alan

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