Cascade Soaring Society is a glider club operating out of Pangborn airport in Wenatchee, WA from March thru November.
|Site: CSS is located at one of the most
spectacular soaring sites in the western United States.
The favorable geography, excellent weather, and wide open
areas give a glider pilot just the right conditions to
explore the excitement of the soaring sport to its
fullest extent, soaring in thermals, on the ridge, and in
The airport is at 1,250 feet elevation just east of the
Cascade range which rises to 10, 500 feet. The mountains
scrub the Pacific air of most of its humidity, providing
for superb thermal-forming conditions in Eastern
Washington with cloud bases frequently above 10,000 feet.
The airport is surrounded on three sides by ridges rising
2,000 feet above the field. There are numerous safe
outlanding areas, especially to the east, where a
treeless plateau with plowed fields averaging 2,500 feet
in elevation stretches for over one hundred miles.
Running north and south is the majestic Columbia River,
cutting a half-mile deep basalt canyon. From the
southwest to northwest, the Cascade mountains offer
thrills to any challenge-seeking mountain soaring
People: CSS is one of the oldest glider clubs in Washington state. About a decade after W.W.II it relocated from Puget Sound to Fancher Field in Wenatchee, and then eventually to Pangborn Memorial Airport. Currently the club has twenty six full and four student members. Among them are four instructors, five towpilots, the airport manager, and a number of experienced cross-country pilots donating their time and expertise to the club.
Fleet: The club's fleet consists of one Cessna 150/150 towplane, two-place gliders Blanik L-13 and Lark IS-28B2, and single-place gliders L33 Solo and LS-3A. There are trailers for each of the gliders.
Facilities: The club owns a hangar which includes a pilots' lounge with kitchen, a workshop and a restroom with shower.
Club mailing address: One Pangborn Drive, East Wenatchee, WA 98802. Tel: (509) 884-2494.
Click here for the >> Club Brochure
How do you find us? From East Wenatchee follow Grant Road for 3 miles to Pangborn Airport, turn right at the Fedex sign, go straight for 0.5 mile, continue on the same road (which then angles to the left) for 0.2 mile, turn right into the parking lot with glider trailers. Click here for the map.
Telephone at the glider hangar at the airport
Contact with pilots by radio:
Our club's results in 2011
Daily Score Cross-Country Online Contest
- Blanik America (Nationwide glider distributor, based in Wenatchee)
- Washington State Soaring Association (formerly the Boeing Club)
- Evergreen Soaring
- Puget Sound Soaring Association
- Seattle Glider Council
- Spokane Soaring Society
- Willamette Valley Soaring Club
- Pemberton Soaring Centre Ltd.
- Vancouver Soaring Association
Wenatchee Pangborn Airport - the airport from where we fly: (official airport information about airline flight schedules, ground transportation, hotels, weather, contacts, community links, and frequently asked questions).
Soaring Society of America official website. We are there as well!
Vítek's Aerial Treks
The Awesome Mt. Rainier Wave
Contact one of the club's instructors to find out about the next available ground school.
Last updated: Friday, September 09, 2011