We Soar

The Cascade Soaring Society is a non-profit club where members soar and learn from each other.  We fly out of Pangborn Field in East Wenatchee, Washington from March through October, mainly on weekends.   

We Have Sailplanes

We have three club-owned gliders in our fleet: 
  • Lark IS-28B2 two-place touring glider
  • LET L-33 Solo single-place transition glider
  • Rolladen-Schneider LS3 high performance glider
Our “tug” is a Cessna 150/150 with a 150 hp engine. Also, several of our members store and fly their own gliders with us.

We Enjoy World-Class Soaring

The Columbia Basin near our headquarters is well known to glider pilots for “having it all” Frequent westerly winds produce ridge lift near the airport. That ridge lift sustains training flights and permits transitions into thermals and mountain waves. Dust devils often mark thermals on the ridge, visible as we launch from the runway. 

Those dust devils and cumulus clouds spread the over rolling hills to our east. Particularly in the spring, mountain waves appear, at times easily accessible from the ridge. For some of us, the most thrilling cross-country soaring is to the west, over the craggy peaks, winding valleys, and emerald lakes of the Cascades. On especially good lift days, when the cloud base is 12,000 ft, and the lift is booming, we stay up for hours.