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Crosswinds Flying Club welcomes new members anytime. If you're a new pilot, an existing pilot, or even a potential student pilot, our club is the place to be.

If you're interested in joining, here are a couple of things you might want to know:

New Member Steps

First, you'll need to printer print and fill out the membership form (opens in Adobe) and provide proof of citizenship. You can either fax the form in or bring it with you to the membership meeting. You can also complete the PIF form that is described in the Existing Member Steps section below. Crosswinds requires new members to attend a board meeting before they are eligible to join. At the board meeting, you'll meet the board members, see our aircraft (if they're not out flying), and get any questions answered.

Existing Member Steps

Crosswinds Members are required to complete a Pilot Information Form (PIF) annually. The form can be printer downloaded and printed here. You can view the instructions and requirements (Flight Rule #25) here. One of the requirements is to include your registration with the Illinois Department of Transportation Division of Aeronautics. You can complete the pilot registration for IDOT here.

Note: You'll need Adobe Reader to view and print the forms above.

money Membership Categories and Rates

We have five (5) Categories of membership. These categories are based on our aircraft types. When you join the club, you select the category and are then eligible (after you pass a check ride with one of our Fight Instructors) to fly the aircraft in your category (plus whatever aircraft is in the previous category). Each category has a different Initiation Fee (see table below).

Monthly dues are calculated on a fixed fee plus 2-hours of time (called basic) on the aircraft in your category. So if you are in Cat 1, then your monthly dues are: $85 (flat-rate dues) + ($55 x 2) = $195. You can use two (2) hours of time you paid in your monthly dues or bank them to a total of 24 hours. The reason we charge the 2-hours, in monthly dues is to promote the use of the planes.

Aircraft Categories along with initiation fee and monthly dues*

Column on far right (in bold) is what you would pay per month.

Aircraft you can fly...
Initiation Fee
Monthly Dues + Basic (2hrs)
PA28-161 - Warrior - N2937R
PA28-181 - Archer - N4149T
PA28-181 - Archer - N8332H
PA28-236 - Dakota - N451X (plus above)
PA28-236 - Dakota - N8122Z (plus above)


PA28R-200 - Arrow - N4641F (plus above)

* As of Dec 2021.

* Dues are subject to change without notification on this site. Please confirm rates with a club officer.

Student pilots have an initiation fee of $250 and are only eligible to fly Category 1 and 1A aircraft.

So, using the table above, if you are joining Crosswinds in Category 1. The cost to join would be the Initiation Fee ($500) + your first month's dues plus basic ($195) = $695. After that, you pay $195 per month for the monthly dues and basic.

After you fly the 2 hours of time you paid as basic in your monthly dues, you can purchase additional time for the aircraft you're eligible to fly in.

Aircraft Rates **

Dry Rate per hour
PA28-161 - Piper Warrior - N2937R
PA28-181 - Piper Archer - N4149T
  PA28-181 - Piper Archer - N8332H $70
PA28-236 - Dakota - N451X
PA28-236 - Dakota - N8122Z
PA28R-200 - Arrow - N4641F

** As of Dec 2021.

** Rates are subject to change without notification on this site. Please confirm rates with a club officer.

Our aircraft rates are calculated as a dry tach hour. This means that members are required to fuel the planes themselves after flying. Many FBOs and clubs charge by Hobbs hours which start when the master switch is turned on or when the engine starts. Tach hours are usually less than Hobbs hours because they don't start running until the engine is started, and the lower the RPMs, the fewer tach hours you use per hour. A tach hour equals a clock hour when the engine is running at 2400rpm. Because you spend a lot of time throttled below 2400rpm, this can be a significant saving (20-30%).

We charge per dry hour because fuel prices vary significantly from day to day and from airport to airport. See our links for information on 100LL fuel prices.