Benefits of Club Membership
If you've stumbled upon this page, you're probably wondering why you would want to join the club; what's in it for you. There must be a benefit here, right? Read below for some of the best reasons that club membership might be for you.
You get to own an airplane
And not just one airplane, but three! Every club member buys a share into the club, and that share makes them part-owner of any aircraft that the club owns. For many of us, this is the closest we will ever come to owning an aircraft on our own. Let's face it, between purchase cost, maintenance cost, hanger and tie-down feels, overhauls, etc.... airplanes are expensive. Many people never get to experience airplane ownership or the joy of having a set of keys to an aircraft; through club membership, you can.
Familiarity with the planes you fly
For those of us who have had experience with renting a plane, you know the minor frustration of getting into an airplane that you've never even sat in before and trying to make a flight. As part-owners of the clubs three aircraft, you have the chance to fly the same plane whenever it is available. This builds familiarity and comfort with the aircraft. You learn how it flys, how it feels, what it likes and doesn't like, and there is something to be said for that. We also strive to keep similar aircraft types within the club as alike as possible. Both of our Cessna 172s, for instance, have the same Lycoming O-360 180HP upgrade, and both will soon have the same avionics packages as well as the club moves into the world of ADS-B.
Insurance in general is expensive, and aviation liability insurance is no different. As a club member, you are covered as a pilot for one million dollars of liability and full hull coverage as a named insured under the club's insurance policy with Avemco. This coverage begins automatically once you are checked out in our planes by one of the club's instructors. The coverage is only good if you are flying one of the club's planes; if you rent another aircraft, you will need your own coverage for that flight.
Aircraft usage fees for our aircraft are very competitive compared to normal aircraft rental fees, and are a big benefit to our members. Our Cessna 172N, N4818D and our Cessna 172P, N99265, are both $95/hr for our members, and our Alarus CH2000, N239AM is $75/hr. A 5% discount is available for purchasing $300 worth of time up-front, and a 10% discount is available for purchasing $600 worth of time up-front. All usage fees are "wet" and include fuel, and time is measured by tach time which is more "pilot friendly" than hobbs-time.
Use the plane whenever you want, for as long as you want (within reason)
As part owner of the airplane, you can use the airplane whenever you want, and for as long as you want - within reason of course; you only pay for your time when the engine is turning - tach time. If you want to take the plane for a day trip or even a weekend, go ahead! It's your plane! Take the wife on a weekend trip to Martha's Vineyard, or take the whole family for a day trip to Vermont.