Membership Types

We offer the following membership types:

Introductory Package Membership

Curious about getting a glider pilot rating? Not sure if flying gliders is right for you? The Willamette Valley Soaring Club has a special introductory package that might help you decide. This package allows a new student to complete five lessons without paying the initiation fees or joining WVSC as a full member. The training package includes:

  • 5 lessons with an FAA Certified Instructor
    • Ground Instruction
    • Flight Instruction
    • Flight Time (including glider rental and tow fees)
  • Log Book
  • Package of Student Materials
  • Introductory Glider Instruction Textbook

The cost of this package is $550, $50 of which can be applied directly to the initiation fee if the student decides to join WVSC and continue training. The package must be completed within 4 months of the first lesson date; the student must be in good health and at least 13 years old. For more information, contact us at

Regular Membership

  • One time Initiation fee $500 ($250 each additional family member)
  • Annual dues $250 ($125 each additional family member). (Dues are per calendar-year, due on January 1st and must be paid prior to any flying.)
  • Instruction fee is $40 per hour
  • Rental fees are between $12 and $30 per hour (depending on the type of aircraft)
  • Tow charges are $17 hookup + $0.90 per 100 feet (a tow to 3000 feet AGL will cost: $44.00)

Every member is expected to assume the duties of the operations officer twice a year.

Family Membership

  • For additional family members
  • Initiation and dues are 1/2 of Regular Membership

Junior Membership

  • For younger members who are not eligible for the Family Membership
  • Age 13 to 26 (if full time student)
  • Pay annual dues of $125 and initiation of $500 (payable in three annual installments of $167)

Ground Crew Membership

  • For individuals or family members wishing to participate on the field in glider launching and retrieval.
  • $25 annual dues

Tow Pilot Membership

  • Initiation $100 plus $200 training deposit (refunded after 100 tows)
  • Annual dues $25

Daily Membership

  • Allows use of your own personal aircraft 
  • For visiting glider pilots who live greater than 100 miles from North Plains
  • $30/day

Visitor Membership

  • For visiting glider pilots who live greater than 100 miles from North Plains
  • Allows use of club aircraft 
  • $60 for a maximum of 1 month
  • $500 deposit

Membership Benefits

  • Affordable Instruction and Soaring Opportunities
  • Safaris (popular destinations include Montague CA, Ephrata WA, and the Alvord Desert, OR.)
  • Large pool of experience (hundreds of combined years of aviation experience, tens of thousands of combined flight hours)
  • Social events (year-end Banquet, Summer BBQ, etc)
  • Monthly Meeting: We meet the first Tuesday of every month from February to November. Our current meeting time and location are: 7pm at Lin's China Jade, 4050 SW Cedar Hills Blvd, Beaverton, OR 97005.
  • Online Services facilitate the sharing of news, stories, pictures, videos, and other data

How to Apply

If you are new to the sport, we recommend first taking a ride, then using our special introductory package. Your instructor will provide you with membership application forms. If you are already a pilot, then you will just need to be checked out. To get a copy of the Membership Application, click this link (Google Drive: Membership Application) or contact us at


* To download the Membership Application, right click on the link above and open it in a new window.  Then use the File option to download it to your computer.