Realizing Your Dream

Learning to fly gliders could be one of the most exciting, challenging and rewarding experiences of your life. You will start flying, with the help of a flight instructor, almost immediately. As you gain skills, knowledge, experience and confidence, more responsibility for your flights will be given to you, until that one special day when your instructor steps out of the aircraft and tells you to take it solo. That first flight alone is truly an unforgettable experience. There is more about learning to fly than just "driving" the aircraft. You will need to learn about aerodynamics, weather, federal aviation flight rules, and flight safety. You will also learn about soaring to high altitudes, and long distances in cross country flights. Eventually you will take written and flight tests of your knowledge and skill to prove you are competent to become a certificated private pilot. Cypress Soaring is equipped to provide you with a wide range of soaring experiences from basic instruction to advanced cross country and high altitude flight. We currently own six sailplanes. Our Krosno KRO-3A and our SGS 2-33 are two-place basic trainers. Our SGS 1-34 and PW5 Smyk are medium performance single-place sailplanes. Our PW6-U is our two-place medium performance sailplane. Our Discus is a high performance sailplane capable of long distance cross-country flights. Even if you are a pilot in powered aircraft wishing to experience the joy of motorless flight, Cypress Soaring could be for you.

What Does It Cost?

There's a common misconception that flying isn't affordable for most of us. But, when you compare the costs of flying with the costs of other comparable activities, you see that flying is no more costly than many activities you may already enjoy, and which you don't consider too expensive. Boating, skiing, scuba diving, sky diving, even golfing might be comparable activities. Of course, no activity, including flying, can be as cheap as sitting at home in front of the TV (although, if you have cable TV with a few extra sports and entertainment channels, you might be paying as much as it costs to fly a sailplane). But sitting in front of the TV watching the world go by just isn't the same as actually living your dreams. When you join Cypress Soaring, Inc., you will pay an initiation fee of $295. This initiation fee includes your first month dues and annual membership in the Soaring Society Of America. You will also pay monthly dues ranging from $55. to $70. Dues vary depending on the number of aircraft you are qualified to fly. Your dues include the use of the aircraft and all flight instruction you receive from Cypress Soaring flight instructors. There's no additional charges for use of aircraft, equipment, or instruction. The only other cost you will incur is the cost of aerotows. These are paid by you directly to the FBO, or provider of the aerotows. Currently, a typical 3,000 foot aerotow costs about $67.00. Altogether, you could expect to spend about $160-$200 a month to fly sailplanes. We invite you to join us.

Cypress Soaring also offers the Junior Membership, designed to make it more affordable for young people to learn to soar.

The Junior Membership is available to full-time students between the ages of 14 and 22. To join Cypress Soaring, a Junior Member pays an initiation fee of $152, almost half the initiation fee of a regular Active Member. This fee includes your first month's dues, student training manual, and membership in the Soaring Society of America. As a member of the Soaring Society of America, you will also receive the monthly magazine, Soaring, and you will be a member of the national organization that represents soaring in the United States and other countries around the world.
As a Junior Member you pay dues of $35 per month. You will receive flight instruction from club instructors, and the use of club equipment and training aircraft, all included in the monthly dues.
For more information, or to download an application in pdf format, just click on the link Junior Member Application.

Call Us

If you would like to find out more about Cypress Soaring, Inc., please call or e-mail Lea Chicoine, at 949-275-4266. We invite you to come out and visit us at a club meeting, or if you would like an introductory glider ride, let us know. If you would like to visit us at the airport or at a monthly meeting click on this link for map directions.

Download An Application Now

You can download an Adobe Acrobat pdf file of the Cypress Soaring Application Form which you can print out, complete and mail to Cypress Soaring NOW.

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Cypress Soaring, Inc., 333 W. Broadway, #200, Long Beach, CA 90802