SE Minnesota's Soaring Spot

Welcome to the Rochester Soaring website

Rochester Soaring is an organization promoting remote controlled soaring in and around southeast Minnesota. We are not an official club, think of us as an affiliation of like minded pilots who enjoy flying planes without power.

The organization was started in 2010 and is open to anyone who shares an interest in soaring. There are no fees or yearly dues required to participate, simply show up and search for thermals with us. There are many styles of soaring and we fly some of them but not all of them. We primarily fly thermal duration, commonly referred to as TD, and slope. We also have a few people beginning to explore DLG and free flight. We fly both classic string launch sailplanes and electric launch sailplanes. The one style of soaring we cannot accommodate is aerotow. The reason for this is that our current flying locations will not permit it due to noise limitations. At some point we might be able to accommodate this using an electric tug but for now we are not doing aerotow. 

We will be holding scheduled events each month starting in the spring and continuing through October, weather permitting. Those events will be posted on the events page of this website as well as on the calendar page. The calendar page will also list events from the Minneapolis RC Soaring Society, MRCSS, and other soaring related events that I am aware of. If you would like to be notified via email of our events please send an email to and ask to placed on the mailing list. We also have a discussion thread on where notices of impromptu soaring gatherings are posted and where we can chat amongst ourselves. Click on the RCGroups link to be redirected to the RCGroups site and then be sure to bookmark the site in your favorite browser.

In addition to the scheduled events, people are welcome to fly whenever they want to at our adopted flying locations. The first and primary location is the Marion Road site. The other standing flying site is the KR-7 Reservoir. The Marion Rd field is flat and grass covered. The KR-7 site is hit or miss depending on the mowing schedule. The parks department has decided to allow the ground cover to grow rather tall inbetween mowings so flying there is iffy. I have checked with the Parks and Rec dept and it is OK for us to fly at these locations but please, no gas/nitro motors. Hi-starts, winches and e-power are fine. That is due to a noise rule within the Parks Dept. Fuel motors are simply too loud. For maps to the field locations check out the flying site page.

This site is a work in progress so be sure to stop back often to see what else is new and what else we have to share with you.


  • 2016 season As some of you know we have been exploring new soaring fields. As of this time we have not made any changes to where the Rochester Soaring events will be ...
    Posted Apr 1, 2016, 9:28 AM by Wayne Norrie
  • Field Update I want to let everyone know what is going on at the flying field on Marion Rd. Recently the gates to the field have been locked preventing drive in access ...
    Posted Aug 10, 2015, 3:00 PM by Wayne Norrie
  • Monthly skills events Hi everyone, last year I talked about holding evening skills building events to go along with our monthly soaring events. The goal of these new events will be to have ...
    Posted Mar 3, 2015, 2:38 PM by Wayne Norrie
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