Southern California Soaring Academy, Glider Flight School, The Best Soaring Site in Los Angeles County

Southern California Soaring Academy, Glider Flight School, The best soaring site in Los Angeles County

The best soaring site in Los Angeles County

Fri. Sat. Sun. Mon.    9am-5pm    Book a ride: 866.945.0240

ABOUT US

 

Southern California Soaring Academy, inc. is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization based at Crystalaire Airport in the high desert of Los Angeles county.

Southern California Soaring Academy, Chris briefs the crew at the start of the day
Chris briefs the crew at the start of the day

Mission

We provide all levels of instruction, give commercial glider rides, and provide glider aero-towing and storage.

For our country's many wounded service-members our goal is to provide them with an enabling and empowering soaring experience that unlocks potential, restores self confidence and provides a meaningful metaphor to sustain them on their long flight towards wholeness.

Southern California Soaring Academy's launch crew
Ground Crew gets ready to tow glider to launch area

Through our Soaring-STEM Program, expose a student population to aeronautical concepts and opportunities and prepare them with the goal of filling local aviation and aerospace jobs.

Our mission is to:

  • Provide the best quality service and instruction available anywhere
  • Make the experience of soaring flight available to all people, irrespective of their physical abilities
  • Be a Center of Excellence for all phases of soaring activity in Southern California
  • Develop strong partnerships with Uniformed Service Hospitals, VA Medical Centers and other organizations that treat, support and rehabilitate wounded service members
  • Preserve and improve our soaring site for future generations

Southern California Soaring Academy, Ground Crew gets glider ready for launch
Ground Crew gets glider ready for launch

 

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Our Staff

Board of Directors

  • Ronald S. Gregg, Founding Board Member
  • George E. Moss, Founding Board Member
  • Christopher A. Bennett
  • Stephen L. De La Cruz
  • Robert A. Van Valer
  • Julie C. Bennett

Board of Advisors

  • Christopher P. Mannion, Veterans Program
  • Kathleen Fredette, Soaring STEM Program
  • Mark Fredette, Soaring STEM Program
  • Robert J. Evans, Attorney at Law

 

Management

Chris Bennett, General Manager

Chris Bennett
General Manager
 

Jule Bennett's photo

Julie Bennett
Director,
Non Profit Development

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Line Crew, Office & Interns

Southern California Soaring Academy, The Line Crew gets to have some soaring time
The Line Crew gets to have some soaring time

 Chris King

Chris King
Lead Line Crew

Alexis Williams

Alexis Williams
Line Crew & Office

 

Miguel Pichardo

Miguel Pichardo
Line Crew

Nick Williams

Nick Williams
Line Crew & Office

Max Nippell

Max Nippell
Line Crew

Jeremy Kimmer

Jeremy Kimmer
Line Crew

Cameron Evans, Line Crew

Cameron Evans
Line Crew

Miguel Vega Paz

Miguel Vega Paz
Line Crew

Line Crew 1

Interns & Line Crew
 
 

Line Crew 2

Interns & Line Crew
 
 

 

 

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Instructors

George's photo

George Govednik
Instructor

Dale Masters

Dale Masters
Instructor

Martin's photo

Martin Martorana
Instructor

Adrian Weisz

Adrian Weisz
Instructor

Jim's photo

Jim Lewis
Instructor

Frank Gomez

Frank Gomez
Instructor

George Tamayo

George Tamayo
Instructor

Stewart Ayotte

Stewart Ayotte
Instructor

Gary Forister, CFIG

Gary Forister
Instructor

Michael Marshall

Michael Marshall
Instructor

 

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Tow Pilots

Steve's photo

Steve De La Cruz
Chief Tow Pilot

Ryan Antoon

Ryan Antoon
Tow Pilot

Mike Pederson

Mike Pederson
Tow Pilot

Bob's photo

Bob Oberto
Tow Pilot

Paul Smith

Paul Smith
Tow Pilot

Jeff Jewell

Jeff Jewell
Tow Pilot

Inigo Markle-Allen

Inigo Markle-Allen
Tow Pilot

Bela Kalapos

Bela Kalapos
Tow Pilot

Ken Melton

Ken Melton
Tow Pilot

Joe Curtis

Joe Curtis
Tow Pilot

Brian Thomson

Brian Thomson
Tow Pilot

Mike Malis

Mike Malis
Tow Pilot

Scott Dupuis

Scott Dupuis
Tow Pilot

Casey Sanders

Casey Sanders
Tow Pilot

Patrick Thierren

Patrick Thierren
Tow Pilot

George Govednik, Tow Pilot

George Govednik
Tow Pilot

Scott Malherbe

Scott Malherbe
Tow Pilot

Roland Wahlroos-Ritter

Roland Wahlroos-Ritter
Tow Pilot

David Werner

David Werner
Tow Pilot

Dov Margalit, Tow Pilot

Dov Margalit
Tow Pilot

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Facilities

In addition to our office, we have a covered picnic area, and a lounge with instructor's office.

Southern California Soaring Academy Facilities & volunteers plan the day

SCSA's volunteers - planning the wounded troop flying days activities


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WE ARE OPEN:
Friday, Saturday, Sunday, & Monday 9am-5am.

You can call during office hours: 866.945.0240

 

Email our office: Office@SoaringAcademy.org

 

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