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Southern California Soaring Academy

32810 165th St. East, Llano, CA 93544
661-944-1090
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Ranked #1 of 1 Attractions in Llano
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Tours
Owner description: Southern California Soaring Academy is the premier provider of exhilarating glider rides in Los Angeles. We are surrounded by outstanding soaring... more » Owner description: Southern California Soaring Academy is the premier provider of exhilarating glider rides in Los Angeles. We are surrounded by outstanding soaring conditions and stunning scenery. Visit us in scenic Antelope Valley, just over 1 hour driving time from downtown L.A., where nearly every day is flyable. Come for a ride and bring a friend. It’s an adventure of a lifetime, something you will be talking about for years to come. Open Fri-Sat-Sun-Mon, 9 AM to Sunset. Call or e-mail for reservations. « less
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Peachtree City, Georgia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2014

The staff were all very nice and easy to deal with. It's a great place to learn how to soar, though I was only in the state for the summer, so I was there just twice. I do wish I had stuck with the same instructor both times, which I don't remember having the option. In my case it wasn't... More

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Malibu, California
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2014

If I could give this business a negative one, I would. I would go out there to go soaring and have a fun day, but no matter what I did, everything I did was wrong. The airport manager has a little man complex, and he would set things up with an instructor behind your back. I didn't keep track of... More

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Julie B, Manager at Southern California Soaring Academy, responded to this review

To all future renters and readers, The Soaring Academy strives to maintain a high level of operational safety. We expect our rental pilots to follow the FAA Regulations and our Airfield Operating Procedures. When this does not occur, we first try to resolve safety issues by working with the pilot. When this effort is met with a combative attitude as... More

Tsukuba, Japan
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 2, 2014

This is it! Hard to imagine a better place for riding in, learning to fly, or flying gliders. Southern California Soaring Academy (SCSA) is located a reasonable drive from LA, in the high desert just a few miles from the San Gabriel mountain range. SCSA offers all kinds of glider flying--desert thermals, ridge and mountain soaring. Safety is the top... More

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Limerick, Ireland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 31, 2014

did this with 2 work colleagues of mine that had a day free in SoCal. Couldn't meet nicer people and the flight was absolutely amazing. The pilot - Dale was a total pro and delighted in giving people max enjoyment. Each of the three flights were completely different as conditions were changing. The following link is a short video that... More

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Los Angeles, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 13, 2014

I was given an introductory glider ride as a birthday present. Though the drive to the facility from Santa Monica is long and tedious, it was well worth the trip. Everyone associated with the organization is very nice and knowledgeable and my instructor Dale is an expert glider pilot. My original nervousness soon gave way to exhilaration and my 45-60... More

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Los Angeles, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 9, 2014

We took local Boy Scout troop out for a day of soaring and it was great!!! Julie was very accommodating when our numbers changed. Our pilots Dale & Martin were very professional and fun for both adults and & scouts. One mom was a little nervous but came home totally exhilarated. I'd been looking forward to it for years. So... More

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Pullman, Washington
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 23, 2014

I'm a glider pilot from Washington state, but occasionally I travel to southern California. I always make sure I have time for a visit to Crystalaire, and book a long flight in one of their excellent DG 1000s dual seat gliders. Since I'm a rated glider pilot, they let me fly the glider the whole time, but I fly with... More

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Beverly Hills, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 20, 2014

If you wish to have an Amazing and Beautiful way to enjoy any afternoon, visit the Soaring Academy and ride in a sailplane, soaring over the majestic Southern California mountain range! Steve T

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 15, 2014 via mobile

I wanted a romantic surprise for valentines day. I have knowb about this place for years but finally decided to make it happen. I got a 40 min. couples ride in a glider. What a blast. Our pilot, Dale, was lots of fun. He has over 34 years experience and it showed! It was much more exciting and fun than... More

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Santa Clarita, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 1, 2014 via mobile

Decided on a whim to do something fun and exciting. I got the thrill of a lifetime. Nothing beats the feel of soaring quietly through the air like a bird over the San Gabrielle mountains. What a view, what an adventure and I couldn't imagine a better group of people to do it with than the pilots and crew of... More

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