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Q: What is a flying club? >>top
A: A flying club is an organization that allows its members to pursue flying activities, usually by providing access to aircraft (more details) on an operational basis. Flying clubs come in many different types and sizes. Some even think a few pilots sharing a plane and expenses is a flying club, but in general that is considered a partnership. Flying clubs are generally larger than a few pilots and one plane, usually dozens of pilots and a few planes (like CCF), sometimes hundreds of pilots and dozens of planes. Some flying clubs are non-equity based (you don’t own the planes) and some are equity based (you owe a share in the planes), like CCF.

Q: How does CCF differ from renting directly from an FBO? >>top
A: There are 2 main differences;
– you own the planes (you care and have a say in what happens to them), in general our planes are better equiped and maintained.
– the fee structure. CCF charges monthly dues to cover fixed expenses, the FBO has their cost buried in the hourly rate. CCF charges hourly rates based on Tach time (Tach RPM based on 75% power), the FBO charges based on Hobbs time. On average, one Hobbs hour equates to 0.85 Tach hour (you fly an hour by your watch, you get billed 0.85 based on the Tach). CCF doesn’t charge Tax, the FBO does. Both CCF and the FBO are currently charging a Fuel Surcharge, but CCF gives credit back if you fill up with cheaper fuel than the current surcharge level.

Q: How do I join CCF? >>top
A: You must purchase an outstanding share from the club or from a current member. A membership application must be submitted to the club and approved by a member of the Board of Directors. See the membership page for more details.

Q: Are there any shares available? At what price? >>top
A: Current availability of outstanding shares is displayed on the membership page, under the heading ‘Memberships for Sale’. You can send an email directly to a selling member and negotiate a price, or you can purchase a share directly from the club at the current Market Price. There is an additional $50 stock transfer fee, payable to the club, at time of transfer.

Q: How long does it take to become a member? >>top
A: It takes on average 3-5 days to process and approve a new member application. The more information you provide to us, the shorter the time frame.

Q: Are there any restrictions or limitations to become a member? >>top
A: Yes, to become a member you must hold at least a Private Pilot certificate or be a Student Pilot with at least 25 hours total time in the proceeding 6 months prior to joining. Since implementing this rule, we have had several members join and complete their Private Pilot training and go on to more ratings.

Q: Are there any restrictions or limitations after becoming a member? >>top
A: All members must follow the Operational Rules. These Rules are agreed apon by majority vote of the current club members or Board of Directors at one of the club’s scheduled meetings.

Q: What kinds of planes does the club have? >>top
A: The club current owns one (1) Piper Archer, one (1) Cessna Skylane – C182 and one (1) Diamond DA-40. See the aircraft page for more details.

Q: Are there any restrictions or limitations to flying any of the planes? >>top
A: Yes, as per the Operational Rules, all pilots require a Logbook endorsement or Checkout form filled out by a CFI, before being permitted to solo or act as PIC caring PAX in club aircraft. The Skylane is considered a High Performance aircraft and therefore requires an additional endorsement, you can receive this endorsement as part of your checkout. The Diamond has a G1000 glass cockpit and has an additional Ground School requirement.

Q: How are the planes scheduled/reserved? >>top
A: The club uses a scheduling website service, www.AircraftClubs.com. Each member is given a unique access id and password.

Q: Are there any restrictions or limitations to scheduling planes? >>top
A: Yes, Student Pilots cannot schedule the Skylane or the Diamond. The maximum number of active reservations a member can have at any given time is six (6). The maximum number of days in advance for a reservation is 180 days. Both maximums can be overridden by a member of the Board of Directors (BOD). There is also a requirement of notice to the Maintenance Officer when reserving an aircraft more than 5 days, this is just to make sure it will be completely up to date on maintenance, not to disallow long reservations. There is also a requirement when planning a trip outside the USA, coordinate with the BOD.

Q: How are the Dues and Operational Charges collected? >>top
A: At the end of each month, the Treasurer collects all Flight Tickets, calculates hourly totals by aircraft, determines monthly dues, flying credits and applicable fees. He then applies any fuel purchase credits or outstanding balance from the previous month and determines each member’s new account balance. This statement is sent out via email distribution list at the beginning of the month and posted on the club’s AircraftClubs scheduling website. Each member is responsible to pay his/her outstanding balance by the end of the that month. If not, the member is not eligible for the next month’s flying credit and may be assessed a late fee.

Q: Your question is not listed? >>top
A: If your question has not been answered above, please contact us, we will be more than happy to talk with you.