Why do you need to rent an airplane? You may be an experienced pilot, but like many you don't own a plane and, in fact, most certified pilots are not aircraft owners. Perhaps you are looking to earn additional ratings, such as Instrument, Commercial, or Multi-Engine. Or you may need a particular endorsement, such as High-Performance or Complex. If you're a beginning student (as we all were at one time), odds are you will be renting for the duration of your training and beyond. You want a reliable, safe airplane and at a reasonable price.
We have a select, varied fleet of aircraft at Willamette Aviation a collection of airplanes that offers everything from a twin-engine Piper to basic two-seat trainers. Call us at (503) 678-2252 if you have any questions. (Please note that all rates are "wet," i.e. with fuel and oil, and that we do not apply any "fuel surcharges" to your flying time.)
Piper PA-23 Apache
Most pilots will want to fly the Piper Apache in order to earn a multi-engine rating, while others will simply enjoy gaining time and experience in a large, stable airplane. Our PA-23-160 Apache G is a carefully maintained 1960 edition with several improvements over the initial Apaches, including 160-hp powerplants, dorsal-fin stabilizers, and a one-piece, high-performance windscreen. The plane also features dual alternators and vacuum pumps, another improvement over early models, while our multi-engine training program is designed to enhance the safety that's built in to the plane's several upgrades.
Rate: $283 per hour
Cessna 177 Cardinal II RG
Seasoned pilots adore the sleek Cessna 177 Cardinal II RG, with its swept-back profile and cantilever wings. A sure bet to get you over the mountains or to the coast in a hurry, our Cardinal has a brand-new 210-horsepower Lycoming powerplant, constant-speed propeller, retractable gear, and IFR avionics. Ideal for certified pilots who need High Performance and Complex Endorsements, and our primary trainer for pilots seeking a Commercial Certificate.
Rate: $196 per hour
Cessna 172 Skyhawk
The Cessna 172 is the most popular General Aviation airplane in history, and for good reason with room for four, it's an accommodating aircraft that's great to fly with your friends, your family, or just your golf clubs. This also is an ideal airplane for pilots seeking an Instrument Rating, while beginning students who prefer a larger aircraft often train in the trusty 'Hawk.
Rate: $158 per hour (three models available)
Sling LSA (Light Sport Aircraft)
The Sling LSA is a two-seat aircraft that is designed to meet and exceed the FAA's Light Sport Aircraft compliance standards. It's also a straightforward, low-wing airplane that's ideal for primary flight instruction and VFR cruising. It's nimble, with a max-gross weight of just 1,320 lbs. The slide-back bubble canopy offers easy boarding, as well as superb in-flight visibility. Throw in a three-blade propeller, advanced avionics, and stick-and-rudder control, and the Sling might become your favorite airplane before your first hour is in your logbook.
Rate: $149 per hour
Diamond DA20-C1 Eclipse
The Diamond Eclipse always turns heads when it's on the ramp, thanks to its composite airframe, low profile, and smooth 180-degree canopy that offers unobstructed views. In fact, the cockpit feels more like a modern sportscar than the typical Cessna or Piper, but don't be fooled the Eclipse is a training aircraft that's perfect for VFR flying. Combining elements of gliders, taildraggers, and modern tri-gear planes, the Eclipse features broad wings, a T-tail empennage, and a stick-and-rudder layout, and the 125-hp Continental launches the plane just seconds after rotation. If you've been flying Cessnas or Pipers, log some time in the Eclipse and expect to fall in love with flying all over again.
Rate: $132 per hour
Piper PA-28-140 Cherokee
If you're a fan of low wings, we've got the bird for you the Piper Cherokee, the airplane that set the standard for all classic Pipers. However, our 1973 "Cruiser" edition is a bit unusual, because it doesn't have a back-seat, making it perfect for a weekend getaway with approx. 300 additional lbs. of useful load, and the 150 hp. Lycoming engine has power to spare. Few General Aviation airplanes have earned as much loyalty over the years as the iconic Cherokee, which is suitable for Private Pilot training and a lifetime of flying thereafter. VFR only.
Rate: $129 per hour
Those who prefer renting a newer aircraft need look no further than the 2003 Alarus CH-2000. Among the most attractive and versatile new General Aviation airplanes on the market, the Alarus's specifications are as impressive as its tip-up doors and low-wing profile the wide cabin accommodates two with a 116-hp Lycoming on board to power an airframe/powerplant that weighs less than 1,100 lbs, achieving a 750-fpm climb and 99 kts when cruising. It's also IFR-certified with a Garmin 430 on board, making it an ideal trainer for both the Private Certificate and Instrument Rating.
Rate: $129 per hour
Cessna built thousands of their 150s from 1958 to 1975, making it (and its successor, the 152) one of the most common General Aviation training aircraft in existence. Sure, it's a tad snug in the cockpit, but the majority of student pilots earn their Private Pilot Certificates in this platform, which is renowned for its responsive handling and remarkable stability. The most affordable choice for beginning students, the Cessna 150 is a robust trainer you will fondly remember throughout your flying career. Also a cost-friendly choice for short hops with a friend. VFR only.
Rate: $106 per hour
Certified Flight Instructors are available for both flight and ground instruction at $58 per hour. Headsets rent for $25 per flight.