How it works

Costs and Rules

Understanding what you get and what you pay:

 

  • Membership fee: $250/mo
  • Hourly operating fees as low as $34/hr (dry)
    • When you check out the airplane to take your flight the fuel tanks will be full.  When you check the aircraft back in after use, you are required to fill the fuel tanks up to the tabs for the next person(full).
  • Operating hours are purchased in buckets of 10, 20, and 40 hrs
    • Cherokee, Basic Membership: 10 hrs ($65.62/hr), 20 hrs  ($64.06/hr), or 40 hrs ($62.50/hr)
    • Cherokee, Frequent Flyer Membership: 10 hrs ($42.50/hr), 20 hrs  ($38.25/hr), or 40 hrs ($34/hr)
    • Cessna 172, Basic Membership: 10 hrs ($90.62/hr), 20 hrs  ($89.06/hr), or 40 hrs ($87.50/hr)
    • Cessna 172, Frequent Flyer Membership: 10 hrs ($80/hr), 20 hrs  ($71/hr), or 40 hrs ($59/hr)
    • Comanche, Basic Membership: 10 hrs ($84/hr), 20 hrs ($82/hr), or 40 hrs ($80/hr)
    • Comanche, Frequent Flyer Membership: 10 hrs ($62.50/hr), 20 hrs ($56.25/hr), or 40 hrs ($50/hr)
    • You can fill up your account with up to 40 hours flight time.  Hours used are based HOBBS time meaning you will not be billed for hours the aircraft is not in use.  Your hours never expire as long as you pay your monthly membership fee and are in good standing with the club.
  • There are Club Member CFIs who offer discounted instruction rates as low as $50/hr to members of the club.  There are also non-member CFI’s who are approved to teach in Club aircraft and are around $75/hr for instruction.
  • Scheduling time in the aircraft is called making a “reservation”.  It’s done through the Club’s scheduling system and done online.  You can make reservations anywhere you have an internet connection and can log in.  You are limited to four reservations at a time and cannot make a fifth reservation until you fly one, or cancel one.
  • Keeping the aircraft overnight will incur an overnight fee of $50.  If you cannot return the aircraft when scheduled due to weather then the overnight fee and all hourly operating fees for that unforeseen time will be waived.  You have to let the club office know via phone or email for the fees to be waived.  PLEASE DO NOT FLY IN BAD WEATHER to save money!  It won’t save you money, just give us a call and we will waive all charges associated with a no-go decision.
  • Each member in good standing will be issued a key to the aircraft (and hangar if applicable) upon approval to operate that aircraft.  Please lock the aircraft whenever you are away from it and always tie the aircraft down appropriately.
  • There are no maintenance fees or annual dues for members.  It’s all covered in the above fees.  We have provided some example sums for you below to help you understand your costs in this aircraft.
    • Though there are no regular or ongoing maintenance fees, members are responsible to cover the maintenance cost for specific items they cause or are involved with, such as flatting a tire.

It’s an absolute joy to have your own airplane.  It brings with it a freedom and satisfaction unparalleled by most other things in life.  Use common sense, be compliant with all applicable FARs and be safe!  The better we take care of these wonderful machines the more we can all enjoy them for years to come.

A FAA WINGS basic, Private Pilot would pay:

 

EXAMPLE 1:

40 hrs x $34/hr + $250 for first month = $1610 at start and then $250/mo each month after until 40 hours are flown off.

EXAMPLE 2:

10 hrs x $42.50/hr + $250 for the first month = $675 at the start and then $250/mo each month until after 10 hours are flown off.

 

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