About LESC

The Lake Elsinore Soaring Club (LESC) is a nonprofit, educational organization dedicated to providing safe, inexpensive soaring to its members and the community. Men and women of all ages and from all walks of life come together here to soar. The club is a chapter of the Soaring Society of America

Southern California provides ideal soaring conditions throughout the year.

LESC has a long and storied history. Originally founded as the Low Expense Soaring Club in the 1980's by Anne Jonsson and George Sedillo, both seasoned 1-26 pilots and flew from Adelanto, CA. We moved to Skylark Field in Lake Elsinore, CA in 1989 and the name was changed to the Lake Elsinore Soaring Club.

The first "official" LESC flight was made on September 30, 1989. President Rick Gulewich, George Sedillo, Curly Annis and Anne Jonsson took our first flights as a club in our only aircraft, SGS 2-33A N65863. The next weekend Loc Pham, Jessie Rios, Mary Perkins, and Kevin Perry all went up to enjoy the skies over Lake Elsinore. They were the original LESC members.

The founding members original goals were as follows:

  1. They so strongly wanted to start a soaring club that maintained a high level of safety, (as many soaring clubs had a bad reputation for ignoring safety, and ruining good equipment). They didn’t want to be an "average club" - they wanted to be better than that. They didn’t want people shaking their heads and rumoring at other airports about the incredible stunts that glider clubs are known to pull. They wanted students to be of the highest caliber pilots. They wanted to be the best!
  2. They wanted to make the most affordable glider site that we could possibly manage. They felt that the sport of soaring had become expensive, and that they could offer membership, instruction and tows at a much better price than our FBO counterparts. They always tried to discount tows and operate as a non-profit organization. They didn’t seek to grow exponentially with equipment, but to offer more, for less.
  3. They wanted to have fun!

Instruction is offered in many areas from basic training (scratch to solo) to more advanced techniques such as ridge and cross-country training. Lessons must be pre-arranged and are scheduled in 1½ hour blocks. The current instruction rate is a flat $4000 for each 1½ hour block of scheduled time.

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