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LESC
Flight Of The Day!
Date: 5/21/2017
Pilot: Loc Pham
Glider: SGS 2-33A, N2488W

Description: What a day!  If you didn't come out, you certaily missed the first GREAT day of the year.  Loc's flight just proves that the Soaring Season has begun.  He was the second flight of the day and stayed up for 3 hours and 45 minutes.  While he made it to 8900' msl, I know of another pilot that was still climbing at 9500' msl and came down only because somebody else was waiting for the glider (had to make a rapid decent to stay on schedule).

What an awesome day and an awesome fight Loc!  Another hour and 15 minutes you would have made the Silver Badge "Big Sit".  Surprised


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
Congratulations to LESC's newly rated Glider Pilot

Jerry Lees, Private Pioot, Glider Join me in congrating LESC's newest Glider Pilot, Jerry Lees.  Jerry worked hard and passed his Private Pilot, Glider Practical Test today.

Next time you see him at the airport, make sure you give him a hardy pat on the back for a job well done!

Remotely Piloted Aircraft

All LESC Pilots, 

Just wanted to pass to everyone that the FAA approved a route for USAF MQ-9 Remotely Piloted Aircraft to transit from March ARB to Camp Pendleton's R2503 airspace. 

When transitioning the MQ-9 will be at 8500'msl headed from March to R2503 and 9500'msl from R2503 back to March.

The MQ-9 will have a chase aircraft.  Please be advised that the FAA Part 91.113 Right of Way Rules do not address Remotely Piloted Aircraft, and that the MQ-9 has no sensors to see or avoid us.

The camera for traffic pattern flight is similar to looking through binoculars, so assume they cannot see you.   

For reference the MQ-9 Reaper is a large (66' wing span, 36' long) turbo prop aircraft (950 horse power) capable of carrying 3800 lbs. of weapons.

Typical departure and patter speeds from 100-120KIAS.


Joel "Beef" Heft