The primary obstacles are within the clubhouse and parking lot area. Since this area is adjacent to the LZ, signage is present to separate the two areas and prohibit spectators from entering the LZ. A map has been posted on the outside of the “clubhouse” wall, clearly defining the “no fly” zones. Violations of these no fly zones are not tolerated and can be the basis for the immediate grounding of the pilot involved.

There are power lines running along the ridgeline to the west of the launches.

Both the “no fly” zones and the power lines are shown on the site overview map.

The LZ is close to the base of a steep mountain side which can result in the LZ being in catabatic flow, while the air above is still good for soaring. This can result in a shear layer about 200 feet above the LZ. Pilots must look at the LZ windsock for the direction of final glide, otherwise you may be caught off guard on final.

Despite the glamorous, hillside hugging image of mini-wing flight, the steep face and favorable flight conditions at the Soboba Soaring site have worked to avoid injuries or accidents involving contact with terrain. In the rare instances where a pilot has been observed exercising poor judgement regarding terrain clearance, there has been an immediate grounding of the pilot involved.

Return to Site BriefingLast Updated: April 6, 2017