RVHPA is an active community of hang glider and paraglider pilots in Southern Oregon and Northern California. We maintain several amazing flying sites including Woodrat Mountain and The Whaleback. Membership dues help maintain our flying sites into the future. Please become part our club and fly with us!
RVHPA membership is open to all USHPA members and is required for all pilots flying at the Woodrat Mountain flying site and using our insured landing areas in Ruch, Oregon. Learn more about this requirement.
You can join online . When you join online your membership information goes directly into the member database and can be verified on the members page. Your emergency contact information is also loaded directly into a secure page that club officers can access in case of an accident. This is the best way to join as it eliminates the treasurer having to re-copy the information from a paper application and the chance for errors. We will mail a helmet sticker and membership badge to you on request (14 days) but they are not absolutely required since your membership can be easily verified online by smart phone if your membership status is challenged on launch or at one of the LZs .
You can now join RVHPA at the Ruch Country Store, one mile southwest of the Woodrat LZ on Hwy. 238. Sign up at RVHPA kiosk inside and pay for your membership at the store checkout with cash, credit, or debit. You’ll get your required Woodrat Mountain site pass and site guide after paying. This is a fast and easy way to join within minutes of the LZ.
If needed, RVHPA can also accept a membership application and payment by mail. This is the slowest way to get your site pass and membership materials and is generally discouraged.
Every member who joins at the Ruch Store receives a membership packet that includes a plastic RVHPA Woodrat Mountain site pass (membership card) and a site guide booklet. Please attach the site pass to your gear bag, harness, or other location where it can be easily seen while you are at Woodrat. If you purchase your membership online you will need to request these items. Displaying your card and helmet sticker is one way of verifying your membership. However it can also be verified on the members page of this website. The site guide will be very useful for all pilots and includes maps, info, and the site rules. They are available free at the Ruch Store.
RVHPA Membership levels
RVHPA has four levels of membership. You will choose your membership level when you join at the Ruch Country Store or online. Annual memberships are valid for 1 calendar year. However memberships purchased from Sept 1-Dec 31 are good for the following year as well.
Local pilot annual membership $60 Required for all pilots living within 50 miles of Woodrat Mountain launch. Optional for members living up to 75 miles away who would like to support RVHPA and have voting rights. Available for purchase at the Ruch Store or online. Memberships purchased at the Ruch Store are $65 due to the extra time necessary to transcribe member data into the pilot roster and emergency notification database.
Visiting pilot annual membership $30 For pilots living more than 50 miles from launch who do not wish to purchase a local membership. Available for purchase at the Ruch Store or online. Memberships purchased at the Ruch Store are $5 more due to the extra time necessary to transcribe member data into the pilot roster and emergency notification database.
Commercial membership $100 Required for event organizers and tandem instructors charging a fee for tandem instructional flights. Not required if you are not charging a fee for tandems. This membership requires WMIC approval. It is available for purchase online, from a WMIC member, or club officer.
Visiting pilot 7 day or event membership $20 RVHPA also offers a temporary membership valid for 7 consecutive days or during the duration of a special event (i.e. Rat Race, clinics, etc) for non-local pilots. Non-local pilots are pilots who live further than 50 miles from Woodrat Launch. These memberships are available online or at the Ruch Store.