In order to
encourage the exploration and growth
of soaring flight, CCSC makes introductory
flights available to the general public.
If you are considering a visit to the club,
please read the FAQ's below.
Introductory flights are $80 for
a maximum of 1/2 hour, and include a tow
to 2500 feet above the ground. There is also
a “Mile High” introductory flight
for $125 with a tow to 5000 feet and 45 minutes
duration. Only commercially certified pilots
fly introductory flights. You will also receive
a copy of the video "Soaring: Your Sport
for the New Millennium".
There are four types of 2-place sailplanes
available for introductory flights. Sailplanes
are allocated at the discretion of the Crew
ASK 21: Fiberglass
high performance twin. The club owns two
of these gliders.
Gift Certificates Want to give someone a gift they will
always remember? Give them a soaring flight
at CCSC! Just send a note to:
PO Box 918,
Waynesville OH 45068
Whom the gift certificate is for
Whom it's from
The address to mail it to
Enclose a check for
made out to
CCSC for a flight to 3000 feet; or
for a mile high flight. (Prices subject to change without notice)
Upon receiving your note, we will prepare a gift certificate and mail it to the address you give us.
If you are interested in finding out more
about soaring at CCSC, including membership
information, see our Members
Page. For more images of soaring, see
the gallery page.
Brochure Download CCSC's
Brochure (649k PDF), for maps, directions,
club info and some great pictures!
The Soaring Society of America (SSA) offers
a document entitled Soaring
in America (2MB PDF), a detailed introduction
to the sport. To view and/or print the PDF
file, download the FREE Adobe
Acrobat Reader program.
the best chance at a sustained flight and
to make your visit with us as smooth
as possible, here are some things for
you to consider:
Club operations are scheduled for
every weekend and Wednesday year
round, but are subject to weather
Normal operation times are approximately
11 am to 4 PM.
Flights are scheduled on a first
come, first served basis. Reservations
are not accepted. CCSC is a club,
so member and introductory flights
need to be alternated. It is not
always possible to accommodate large
On good flying days, the waiting
list fills up fast, so arrive before
noon to avoid long waits.
The best soaring days are on a
warm sunny day following a cool night
(as occurs after a cold front).
Maximum weight is 240 lbs. We have
pilots over 6' 5", so height
is rarely an issue.
Operations will be at the east
or west end depending on wind direction.
Determine which end operations are
at, then follow the foot path to
the operations area, and ask for
the Crew Chief.
NOTICE: DO NOT cross the active
runway, except at the marked ends!
The tow rope trailing from a tow
plane can be very dangerous.
What is Soaring?
Gliding, sometimes called soaring,
is motorless flight. Gliders use naturally
occurring atmospheric phenomena, called "LIFT",
to gain altitude and stay aloft.
Methods of Launch
A sailplane is either launched by a power
plane, by winch (a wire attached to a powerful
engine which heaves the glider up to 2000ft
into the sky) or by bungy. The bungy is
the oldest and perhaps the most interesting
method of launch. In this method the glider
is perched on the top of a ridge and a
length of rubberized rope is attached to
the towhook. Teams of runners on each side
of the nose tear down the hill catapulting
the glider into the air streaming up the
face of the ridge.
Aerotow launches are a widely used method
of getting the glider airborne. The glider
is pulled aloft by a rope secured by a special
hook to the towplane. The glider pilot can
release the towrope at any height desired.
Winch launching is achieved by attached
a long wire to a powerful engine and then
pulling the glider rapidly down the runway.
The glider can achieve up to 2000 feet in
altitude using this method.
A newer alternative is the self-launching
motorglider which has a fold away engine
that can be used for launch and then folded
back into the glider once in the air. Regardless
of the method of launch, once completed the
actual soaring flight is about to begin.
Sources of Lift
Once aloft you begin looking
for one of three forms of energy. Thermals
are columns of warm, rising air. Ridge lift
is created by wind flowing up the windward
side of a hill. Wave lift is an especially
exciting form of lift. This phenomenon occurs
when strong winds blow perpendicular to a
ridge or mountain. On the lee side of the
ridge or mountain the wind is then deflected
upward often with great force. Wave flights
can reach altitudes well in excess of 30,000
Once in a thermal, the sailplane circles
tightly to stay in the lift until high enough
to strike out in search of the next thermal.
The Caesar Creek Soaring Club is
located in southwestern Ohio between Columbus
and Cincinnati, in beautiful rolling countryside,
set amid the forested Little Miami River
valley and Caesar Creek lake. Rollover the
circle area above for a detailed map.
From I-71 heading North.
Take the WILMINGTON RD exit - exit number 36 ("#7" on
Turn LEFT onto WILMINGTON RD.
stay straight to go onto CORWIN RD ("#47" on the map).
Go through Oregonia
Turn right on Elbon Rd.
The glider club is at the top of the hill on the right.
Caesar Creek Soaring Club 5375 Elbon Rd
Waynesville, OH 45068