LESC has limited resources that must be shared fairly amongst the membership.As such, the Late Return Policy applies to all flights including Cross-Country flights.Should multiple members reservations be affected, the Late Return Policy will be applied to each.


As a reminder, the PIC of any LESC aircraft is liable for the first $500 of damage that may occur to any insured LESC assets associated with the flight.This includes trailers, parachutes, dataloggers, tools or any other club assetts.Itís worth noting that our insurance policy doesnít cover the glider or trailer when itís being trailered, This is typically covered under the ownersí vehicle insurance policy, so the PIC is liable for the full value and needs to verify the coverage limits of the tow vehicleís insurance policy.


1.†† Prior to takeoff, all LESC pilots must meet the following requirements to fly LESC gliders cross-country:


A.The pilot must hold an SSA Bronze badge or better.


B.The pilot as well as any crew members who may drive the chase vehicle or tow the glider must have a copy of their driverís license on file.


C.Itís the pilotís responsibility to ensure the trailer is in road-worthy condition.This includes all tires, electrical, licensing, any required fixtures, hitch and safety chains.


D.Itís the pilotís responsibility to ensure that a crew vehicle suitable for towing the glider and trailer, including insurance, is available.


E.Unless the flight is conducted in accordance with Part 3 of this section, itís the pilotís responsibility to assemble a qualified chase crew with the minimum number of members and tools to safely disassemble the glider to be flown and place it on trailer.


F.The pilot and at least 1 crewmember (if required) must have a logbook endorsement by authorized LESC personnel for the assembly and disassembly of the glider to be flown cross-country.This endorsement requires the actual disassembly, loading, unloading, reassembly of the glider and a positive control check.


G.Itís the pilotís responsibility to coordinate the proper call in procedures and numbers with his crew (if required), LESC Duty Officer and Duty CFIG.If no word has been received from the pilot or crew 30 minutes prior to sundown, a search process will begin.The Duty Officer and Duty CFIG are required to stay at the airport until such time as all flights have safely reported in or appropriate authorities have been notified about the overdue flight.


H.A flight datalogger is required for all cross-country flights.LESC has one available for use on a first come, first served basis (a fee may be charged as determined by club policies).The flight trace may be used to train other club members as well and any badge/record claims.


I.††† A parachute should be worn by the PIC when flying cross-country.LESC has one available for use on a first come, first served basis (a fee may be charged as determined by club policies).


J.†† The pilot will present the completed checklists below to the Duty CFIG for verification.
2.†† Due to
FAA regulations and other concerns, solo student pilots must meet the following additional requirements:


A.     The solo student pilot will create a cross-country profile for the flight with the appropriate go / no-go decision points, airspace, landmarks, significant terrain and alternate landing sites for the forecast conditions along the planned route.


B.     If the flight is to be flown in thermal conditions, the solo student pilot will create a thermal forecast for the route chosen.


C.     The Federal Aviation Regulations 61.93(j)(1-10) requires that solo student pilots have an endorsement from an authorized flight instructor for each specific cross-country flight.This must be an authorized LESC CFIG.The flight must be specified point to point.Deviations from this flight plan are a violation of the CFIGís endorsement and therefore FAR 61.93(i)(1-10).This means no alternate landing options.Since the CFIG is the one on the hook here, itís at each individual CFIGís discretion if they feel the solo student is properly prepared to make the flight and may require more than the minimum requirements listed here. Some instructors may not wish to endorse any solo students for cross-country Ė itís their prerogative.Itís therefore recommended that you check with the CFIG prior to the day you wish to fly.


3.      Flights remaining within final glide of the airports listed below are exempt from the Chase Crew requirement in Part 1 (D through F) of this section :


Table 1







33.6300225N / -117.3017044W

0.0 sm

Perris Valley


33.7608531N / -117.2183689W

10.2 sm

French Valley


33.5741791N / -117.1284732W

10.6 sm



33.7339817N / -117.0225258W

17.6 sm

Corona Municipal


33.8976541N / -117.6024398W

25.0 sm

Banning Municipal


33.9230711N / -116.8505756W

32.9 sm


A.     The flight must remain within final glide plus 1,000í AGL for pattern entry of at least 1 of the airports listed in Table 1 at all times (datalogger traces may be used for verification).This allows for the possibility of an aero-retrieve, or tows are provided locally should the pilot need to land.


B.     If a land out occurs at one of the designated airports and an LESC tow plane is dispatched for an aero-retrieve, the pilot will be charged a fee (as specified in the tow fee schedule) per hour tach time round trip, from the time the tow plane departs Skylark Airport until it returns.Aero-retrieves will be conducted based on resource availability.The tow planeís primary purpose is to provide service at Skylark Airport, aero-retrieves are secondary.As such, aero-retrieves arenít guaranteed on a timely basis, or at all.So the pilot may need to make arrangements to spend the night, pay any tiedown and associated fees and may still need to arrange for a retrieve crew should daylight or other resource limitations not permit an aero-retrieve.


C.     If the flight was initiated under this part and the pilot lands at a location not specified in Table1 where an aero-retrieve or local tow service isnít possible, the pilot may be grounded from flying any LESC gliders until such a time as they have completed remedial Cross-Country Training.



Personal Equipment Checklist

q      Plotter.

q      Current Aeronautical Chart(s) of task area, marked appropriately.

q      Pen, pencil, grease pencil, eraser.

q      Calculator (E6B, whizwheelÖ).

q      Flashlight with extra batteries or magnetic flashlight.

q      Sunglasses.

q      Gloves.

q      Hat.

q      Stout shoes.

q      Clothing appropriate for seasonal / expected conditions.

q      Food (fruit, power bars, granola, etc).

q      Water (minimum 2 bottles - 1 for in flight, 1 for post flight).

q      Cash and credit card(s).

q      Cell phone and handheld radio with emergency / check-in phone numbers.

q      Sunblock.

q      Government issued photo ID.

q      Soaring weather forecast and general weather forecast.

q      Cross-Country profile.

q      Logbook endorsement for the assembly and disassembly of the glider to be flown.

q      Firsthand knowledge of landing sites Ė photos (including obstacles), landing approach / procedures.


Glider Item Checklist

q      Glider minimum equipment checklist (as specified in Type Certificate Data Sheet or Flight Manual).

q      Battery fully charged (if equipped).

q      Audio vario functionality verified (if equipped).

q      VHF radio in working order (fully charged battery if separate from A/C power source).

q      Pilot relief system functionality verified (or good supply of urine bags).

q      Barograph / datalogger functionality verified (if appropriate).

q      First aid kit.

q      Space blanket.

q      Tiedown kit.

q      Weak link (if applicable).

q      Landing Certificate (if appropriate).


Retrieve Vehicle Checklist

q      Spare ignition and trunk keys.

q      Vehicle documents and insurance.

q      Tool kit.

q      Flashlight.

q      VHF radio functionality verified.

q      Cell phone and emergency / check-in phone numbers.

q      Map(s) of task area, marked appropriately.

q      Spare tire, lug wrench and jack.

q      Correct size tow ball.

q      Water and refreshments.

q      Chase crew thoroughly briefed with at least 1 crewmember having a logbook endorsement for the assembly and disassembly of the glider to be flown.


Trailer Checklist

q      General condition (tires, fittings etc.).

q      Electrical system functionality verified.

q      Spare tire and lug wrench.

q      Any and all required keys.

q      Current license.

q      Glider fittings, fixtures and restraints.

q      Tow rope (for ground handling).

q      Extra tiedown rope



LESC has limited resources that must be shared fairly amongst the membership.Itís the responsibility of any pilot who reserves a glider to return it to the airport prior to the next scheduled time slot.Itís not the responsibility of the next scheduled pilot to ďcall downĒ the previous pilot, or to check in with the flight to let the pilot know they have arrived.


The Late Return Policy applies to all LESC glider flights , solo, dual and rides included and isnít limited to cross-country flights.


If an adjacent time slot is available and the pilot wishes to extend their flight into that time slot, they need to enter their name in the slot so that other members know that the glider isnít available.If this isnít done, the Late Return Policy will be enforced should the pilot reurn late andanother member wants to fly the glider, even if their reservation was made after the first pilot had already departed.


  1. Should a pilot return to the airport more than 5 minutes into another pilotís scheduled time slot, they will be required to buy a 3000í tow for each member whoís reservation is effected.


  1. Should an affected reservation also include instruction, the pilot will also be required to pay any and all associated instruction fees.