FLSC Membership Info

Membership Has Its Privileges

Membership is open to anyone genuinely interested in soaring and participating in a cooperative club environment; no previous experience is necessary. Members are expected to participate in Club operations. This may include recording the day’s operations, helping to launch sailplanes, working on Club equipment and facilities, or working as a towpilot or glider flight instructor. 

Unlike many commercial flying schools, you DO NOT pay anything for the instruction you receive. Our instructors volunteer their time as members of the Club and we welcome new members!

SPECIAL Junior/Student Membership

You can start learning to fly as early as 10 (but cannot solo an aircraft until you are 14). Our Junior Program, for those less than 19 years old allows you to earn flying lessons while only paying $10/month membership fee. Acceptance into this program is on a space available basis. We like Junior members to commit to being at the field for at least 4 hours on three Saturdays/month (instruction is normally on Saturday, Sunday through prior arrangement). They are expected to help & learn by performing the activities described earlier.

The Student membership level makes you a full member of the Club for a reduced membership fee. Available to those under 24 years old.

Introductory Flights

For those interested in joining, we have a three-lesson Introductory Membership for just $250. You can fly the plane! This offers three instructional flights so you can become familiar with Club operations and get more flying experience.

Because all FLSC members are expected to work for the club, we are able to keep costs low. To review our bylaws, click here.

Members are required to belong to the Soaring Society of America, which has annual dues (see SSA Membership details below).

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Membership Fees & Dues

Membership ClassMembership DuesRefundable Share AmountDues
“A” Regular$550$200$55 per month
Regular Student$275$100$55 per month
Long Distance$550$200$15 per month
Junior Member$50$5 per month
Temporary Student$275$100$55 per month
Special Tow Pilot$50 per year
Guest Member
Social Member$10$10 per year

Aero Tow Fee

$18.00 per 1,000 feet – Juniors pay flat $12 tow fee until after solo, then at a reduced rate of $5 per 1,000 feet

Practice Rope Break Fee

$5 per occurrence – Not payed by Juniors
*The hookup fee for all tows has been removed*

Aero-Tow Retrieve

$65 per hour (either tow plane)

Winch Launch

$8.50 per launch

Trailer/Tie Down

$30.00 per month (for privately owned aircraft)

Hangar Fee

$50.00 per month (for privately owned aircraft)

SSA Membership

Soaring Society of America membership is billed through the club once a year. Membership rates last updated: January 2019

Full Member$75 per year
Youth Member (21 and younger)$42 per year
Family Member$45 per year

Finger Lakes Soaring Club
3 Forbes St.
Dansville, NY 14437

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