Slope Soaring

All about slope soaring.

Mission Peak


Thomas Rauber photo

The South Bay Soaring society has the use of a slope site located at Mission Peak in Fremont. SBSS has been granted a permission through a Special Use Agreement with the East Bay Regional Parks District. The slope faces due west and offers spectacular views of the bay area.

SBSS slopers enjoy a beautiful Spring day at Mission Peak - Sean Sharif photo

You'll find all kinds of planes enjoying the awesome lift Mission Peak slope has to offer. You'll find floaters, Thermal Duration, scale and even F3B ships making fast passes across the slope face. For beginners, there is no better way to learn the basics of RC soaring than at a slope site with long duration flights.


The 2 meter Blade makes an excellent all weather slope plane

No matter what kind of flying you enjoy, or experience level, your really missing out on some exciting soaring if you don't give the Mission site a try.


A classic launch shot of Norm's 4 meter Discus at Mission Peak - Sean Sharif Photo


East Bay Regional Parks Rules:

“The South Bay Soaring Society (SBSS) has an agreement with the Park District to use R/C Hill to fly remote-controlled aircraft. No motorized or gas powered aircraft are allowed. AlI remote-controlled pilots launching at R/C Hill must be members of SBSS and must have in their possession a current membership card. No other sites within Mission Peak Regional Preserve are approved for this activity.”

In case of emergency call 911
Park supervisor or designee (510) 544-3246

 

 

 

Los Banos Creek Reservoir


Launcher and helper about to launch a very large Duo Discus on to the breezy slopes of Los Banos - Mark Foster photo

Another great slope site, in regular use by the club, is the Los Banos Creek Reservoir. Located 1.5 hour South East of San Jose, this site over looks a man made reservoir with slopes of 200-300 ft high and plenty of flat, unobstructed landing area. This feature makes this site conducive to large scale planes. This is also the site of our annual slope scale event.


Sean Sharif making a low pass with his Jaguar in the abundant Spring lift of Los Banos - Sean Sharif photo