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Flight Of The Day!
Date: 3/15/2015
Pilot: Alan Coffield
Glider: Pilatus, B4

Alan flew his Pilatus to the towers, out to Santiago Peak, then to Mt. San Jacento and back to the towers before landing back at Skylark after flying for 4 Hours and 20 Minutes from a 3000' tow.

Nice flight Alan!

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
Ralph Strahm is now a rated Gider Pilot!

Ralph Strahm and Gene WinklerI'm celebrating 40 years as a private power pilot.  Four years ago I started my glider training and had accumulated a total of 110 solo flights in combination of winch, auto tow, and aero tow launches.  My instructors have been Dave Bowden, Richard Ensign, and Mike Havener at LESC.  Of course, Gene Winkler was the DPE on January 24, 2015.

Congratulations to LESC's newly rated Glider Pilot, Gary Heroneme

Join me in congratulating Gary Heroneme in his quest to become a rated Glider Pilot!

Gary has worked hard to achieve his goal and has achieved a life long goal.  Awesome job Gary!

Happy New Year?

This photo is from the glider port at 11am, today (12-31-14). There were impressive wave clouds over the Ortegas an hour later.

Happy New Year?


Scout Troop 2000 Group Flights 11/23/2014

Please convey to all from LESC who helped with the effort, the thanks of Troop 2000 for the magnificent day of soaring Sunday.  Our scouts came home brimming with enthusiasm about non-powered flight and memories of their experiences.  We may also have a few new LESC members as some of the scouts and parents expressed interest in continuing to learn about gliders.  I know of at least one dad who is interested in exploring the extension of his power ticket to include sailplanes.

Please thank everyone for their kindness and generosity.  All of our scouts felt like honored guests.  I hope the volunteers were able to get enough food.  When around scouts you have to grab quickly to make sure the ravenous horde doesn’t beat you to the dinner table. 

For the most part I felt the operation was very efficient and safe.  Please let me know what changes might improve a similar event in the future.

Thanks again for all of your hard work.  It was truly a day our scouts will remember.

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!

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!