Club Questions

Before you head off to join the first flying club you run across, here are some questions to ask yourself and the prospective club:

  • What flying clubs are within an hour of my home?
  • Where do they operate?
  • Are they independent or dealer affiliated?
  • Are the clubs shareholder or leaseback?
  • How many members belong to the clubs?
  • What type of planes does the club have?
  • What aircraft will be available to you?
  • Who handles maintenance and how often?
  • What is the overall condition of the aircraft?
  • Do I know any of the members? What do they like/dislike about the club?
  • What is the initiation fee?
  • What are the monthly membership dues?
  • What are the hourly rental fees?
  • Do rental fees include fuel and insurance?
  • If I decide to leave the club, may I sell my share? How?
  • What will this club require from me?
  • Are there many new or student pilots among the membership?
  • How long has this club been in operation?
  • Who are the club’s officers?
  • Are memberships available or is there a waiting list?
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If you’re interested in starting your own flying club, get a copy of Advisory Circular 00.25, Forming and Operating a Flying Club, published by the FAA. Computer software packages available are for managing flying clubs.

"Man cannot discover new oceans unless he has the courage to lose sight of the shore."
-- Andre Gide

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