Cascade Soaring Society offers flight instruction for it's club members. Instruction is provided on a voluntary basis by club members who are FAA certified flight instructors. This is a fantastic membership benefit and a great reason to consider joining our club!
Planning your path forward
Almost anyone with reasonable learning and physical capabilities can become a glider pilot...but it takes time and hard work, especially for beginners. Because we fly mainly on weekends there is a natural limit to the frequency of instruction we can provide. In order to accelerate your progress, we recommend augmenting your club-provided instruction with visits to a commercial soaring center, some of which are listed below:
Big Sky Soaring - Located in Paradise Valley, MT just north of Yellowstone NP - absolutely great place to fly high country and long distance in thermals often reaching beyond 18k! Plus it's a great place to get your checkride - private pilot to CFIG, including training & certification for winch launches.
Williams Soaring Center - Located just north of Sacramento, CA. Williams is a great soaring site and has excellent modern equipment.
Arizona Soaring - Located in Estrella, AZ, south of Phoenix. Estrella is the largest teaching center in the US. In addition to their very active primary program, they also have a well known aerobatic program taught in Grob 103's. Estrella is a great place to get an early jump on the soaring season.
Private Pilot Glider rating
Becoming a certified private pilot in gliders requires that you pass an FAA "knowledge test: (a 2 1/2 hour multiple choice test) followed by a "practical test" consisting of an oral examination and flight test given by a FAA-approved examiner. Power pilots transitioning to gliders must pass oral and flight exams; no written test is required.