Welcome

The Caesar Creek Soaring Club (CCSC) is one of the largest and oldest soaring clubs in the United States. As the largest Club east of the Mississippi, we offer the best soaring in Ohio. The purpose of CCSC is to encourage the sport and art of soaring; to host the Region Six South contest and other soaring events; and to encourage people of all ages to learn to soar.

The club currently has about 200 members.  It provides flight instruction, club sailplanes for members use, and introductory flights for the general public. The members of Caesar Creek Soaring Club invite you to join us in the experience of pure flight.

CCSC owns eight sailplanes and three tow planes (see Our Fleet page). CCSC is also home to more than 35 privately owned gliders. Members volunteer their time one day a month as instructors, tow pilots and ground handlers for flying on weekends and Wednesdays all year round. As a result CCSC has some of the lowest flight costs in the country.

The club has many cook outs and social events in our clubhouse facility for after-flying events. Camping sites are also available on the field.

If you would like to know more about soaring, why not take an Introductory Flight!

CONGRATULATIONS TO CHRISTIAN MAURER … FIRST SOLO

Christian Maurer enjoys the traditional cooling off ceremony, assisted by his dad, Norbet Maurer, and one of his instructors, Bill Gabbard.

 

Saturday, June 13, the weather forecasts indicated possible thunderstorms but none materialized and soaring conditions were not bad. In fact, conditions were just right for Christian Maurer to carry on the family tradition of first glider solo flight at age 14. Christian is the third generation of Maurer’s to fly at CCSC.  His grandfather, Otto, started flying gliders as a young boy in Germany in the 1930’s, also helping in their construction. In the 1950’s he was involved with the design and construction of the first composite sailplane the “Hidalgo”.  Otto was not involved in flying sailplanes from late 1950’s to 1970’s, but when his son, Manfred, showed interest both joined the The Soaring Society of Dayton (now known as Caesar Creek Soaring Club). Manfred soloed when he was 14 and about 5 years later his younger brother, Norbet, completed his solo, also at age 14. Otto was an instructor at CCSC for many years before he passed away. Manfred and Norb are still active at CCSC, both serving as tow pilots on the First Sunday Crew. Both have served in many leadership positions over the past four decades. Now Norb’s son, Christian, has continued the tradition, completing his first solo flight only 1 week after turning 14 with Norb flying the tow plane. More than that, Christian flew his solo flight in N36135, the very same aircraft his dad used 35 years earlier when he was 14. Congratulations Christian!

Christian Maurer surrounded by his dad and tow pilot, Norb Maurer, and instructors Rich Carraway (right) and Bill Gabbard (kneeling).

CLOUDSTREET – SOARING THE AMERICAN WEST

SSA is sponsoring a high-definition movie showing the beauty and drama of a flying adventure in the American West. Here is a teaser: https://vimeo.com/88283001. It is scheduled to air on Monday, June 15, 2015, on KET (Kentucky Educational TV) at 10:00 pm and on Wednesday, July 15, 2015, at 10:00 pm on Cincinnati and Dayton PBS stations, ThinkTV 14.1 & 14.5. Watch it and then come to CCSC and experience an Introductory Flight.

VIDEO CREATED DURING YOUTH CAMP

At Youth Camp 2014 Kevin Wolf, Brian Stoops and many others joined forces to create a couple of videos. Here is one for your viewing enjoyment. Kevin released another Youth Camp Video in which he has recorded a great week of fun and learning and did an excellent job incorporating many of the camp participants and activities. The enthusiasm and excitement are captured well. Watch it: https://vimeo.com/105810456