Nearby Soaring Locations
Avenal is a great place to fly with a warm atmosphere, powerful thermals and year round soaring. One of the great things about soaring is visiting other soaring sites and gaining experience in new places. Some of the sites I've personally visited and can recommend follow.
The glider FBO at Santa Ynez is called Cloud 9 Glider Rides. The operator offers tows, rides and limited instruction from the Santa Ynez airport. Soaring out of Santa Ynez is great. Flights from Santa Ynez to Mt. Whitney have been made. Flights in wave to 17,999' and even wave out over the ocean down to Ventura and back can be accomplished. Santa Ynez is open year round and offers great mid-winter thermal flying.