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Sierra Soaring Club

Inyokern Airport
PO Box 956
Ridgecrest,  CA  93555
Phone: 760-440-5495
Web site:

Club Facilities


Welcome to the Sierra Soaring Club, located in sunny Inyokern, California -- right at the foot of the southern Sierra Nevada mountains.

The club has several classes of membership to serve the needs of the members. Because we are a chapter of the Soaring Society of America, SSA membership is required to receive any club services.

1.Basic -- fly the Blanik ($250 initiation, $50/month dues, no charge for sailplane)

2.Advanced -- fly the Blanik and 1-35 ($500 initiation, $50/month dues, no charge for sailplanes)

3.Power -- fly the Cessna 182 (towing tasks primary) ($500 initiation, $75/month dues, $130/hour wet.

4.Premier -- fly the Blanik, 1-35 and 182 ($750 initiation, $100/month dues, $130/hour wet for the 1-82, no charge for sailplanes)

5.Tow Pilot -- must meet FAA requirements, complete a towing course, 500 hours power minimum -- no charges, no salary. Tow pilots earn one hour of Blanik time for each hour of towing.

6.Private Owner -- No charge but tow fees slightly higher

7.Inactive -- no dues, no vote; reactivate by resuming paying dues

8.Distant (greater than 50 miles away) -- initiation fee, monthly dues only when flying.
Note: Instruction fee is arranged between the student and instructor, but typically $30 for club members; $60 for non-members; tow charges additional to all other fees.

Type of Flying Available

  • Glider
  • VFR

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Club Details

  • Organization Type: Not-for-Profit
  • Average Membership Size:
  • Average number of Aircraft: 3
  • Memberships Currently Available: Yes

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