Take a flight with us and experience the Joy Of Soaring!

You can also share the experience with another passenger in our Schweizer 2-32 glider!

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Introductory, orientation flights are offered 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!

LESC Members can fly our 2-32.

The 2-32 is a 17-meter sailplane and was once the world's highest-performance production multi-seater, and has been a prolific record-setter. In the late 1960’s and through the 1970’'s the design held many world and national records for speed over 100, 300 and 500 km courses, as well as a variety of distance, out-and-return and altitude records for both men and women.

Few of these gliders were produced, which makes them quite valuable and not generally available for use by Glider Pilots. However, LESC's Training Program makes this unique glider available to Members who successfully complete the program and qualify to fly this magnificent soaring icon.

Checkout our Youth Program.

Did you know that 14 year old Students Pilots who meet the requirements and have the authorization from an FAA Certificated Flight Instructor, Glider can Solo a Glider? That's right, the FAA recognizes that young people who apply themselves and receive the appropriate training and exhibit the skills and judgment to do so can fly a glider by themselves 2 before they can drive a car alone.

LESC wants to foster this and has created a Youth Program where young pilots can earn while they learn. For each day they work the line, helping other pilots launch, recover and move their gliders on the airport, the student will earn a free lesson and tow.

What's New at LESC
Chris McCowen's First Solo

Today was the day that Chris McCowen strapped on 90S and Broke the Surely Bonds of Earth without the need of a CFIG nagging from the rear cockpit.

First Solo Flights are a special event for any Pilot (you only get one of them) and Chris' family was there to share it with him. Being a CFIG and working with students to help them attain this very special goal is rewarding. It's also as close as I come to having another First Solo, having seen them through the peaks and valleys, working towards this special day.

Join me in congratulating Chris on a job well done. You did the work my Friend!

FAA Wright Brothers Master Pilot Award

Pete Schutte, FAA Wright Brothers Master Pilot Award Congratulations to Pete Schutte on earning the FAA Wright Brothers Master Pilot Award!

For those who aren't familiar, this is awarded to pilots with 50 years of experience after their first solo who haven't had an at-fault accident, a violation or incident. These pilot must also receive three letters of recommendation from pilots who have known them for some time. There are currently just over 5000 distinguished recipients and Pete is now part of that "Roll Of Honor".

A retired Airline Captain, Pete first soloed on January 7, 1968. On top of his duties as an LESC Tow Pilot, he also holds several Pilot Certificates and Authorizations, including Commercial Glider.

Congratulations Pete, you've earned it and it's well deserved!