Frequently Asked Questions
How old is the club?
The club was founded in 1956 and turned 60 years old in 2016. More info about the clubs beginning can be found on the history page.
Where is your home airport?
The Bald Eagle Flying Club makes its home at the Portland International Jetport, KPWM, in Portland, ME. Our planes are on the North Ramp outside of Northeast Air.
How many planes does the club own?
Are any of your planes IFR certified?
Yes, our 1979 Cessna 172N is fully IFR certified.
How easy is it to reserve a plane?
Our current reservation system relies on a Google Calendar that all of the members have access to. It is very easy to edit the calendar and add a reservation for the plane using either a web browser or a phone app.
Where/How often are the club meetings?
Club meetings are monthly on the third Monday of the month and currently take place in the second floor meeting room in the Information Center at the Portland International Jetport. All members are welcomed to attend. The board members meet from 6:00p to 7:00p, and the regular meeting goes from 7:00p until 8:30p.
Who are the board members?
Current board members can be found by going to the Board page.
How are the planes maintained?
Normal preventative maintenance is done by the club members, led by our maintenance officers. Oil changes are done every 50 hours and members are welcomed to volunteer to help with these. We also wash the planes several times a year and members are also asked to help with keeping the planes cleaned and waxed as well.
How much does it cost to fly?
Current rates for 4818D (Cessna) are $90/hr wet, and current rates for 239AM (Alarus) are $75/hr wet.
How much does it cost to join the club?
In order to join the club, there is a one-time initiation fee of $450, and $300 of club stock must be purchased at the same time. The stock is refundable upon leaving the club, but the initiation fee is not refundable. More information may be found here.
Are your planes hangared?
During the summer months (April - November) the planes are kept outside on the North Ramp at KPWM. During the winter months we endeavor to keep them hangared, but this often involves moving the planes to another local airport where hangar rates are more reasonable.
How fast/how far do your planes go?
Our Cessna 172N (4818D) is comfortable at 110 KIAS cruise speed, and our Alarus CH2000 (239AM) is comfortable at 95 KIAS curise speed. Both planes carry about 4.5 hours of fuel, giving 4818D an unrefueled range of approx. 500 NM, and 239AM an unrefueled range of approx. 430 NM. See the destinations page for a better representation of how far you can go in an hour of travel. See the aircraft page for more specifics on each plane.
Who do I talk to about joining the club?
Do I have to know someone in the club in order to join?
Not at all. We welcome anyone who is interested in general aviation to contact us about joining the club. Student pilots are welcome as well.
What is an introductory flight?
An introductory flight is a free, 30-minute flight in one of the club's aircraft where one of our board members will serve as the pilot in command of the aircraft. You may be offered to take the controls during this flight if you wish. For those looking to become student pilots it is a chance to experience a flight in a small general aviation airplane. For current pilots who are looking to join the club it is an opportunity to give the club planes a once-over before joining up.
Who do I talk to about an introductory flight?
Does the club have insurance coverage?
Yes. All of our members are covered under the club's Avemco insurance policy. As a club member you are part-owner of both of the club planes, and you are covered under the club's policy as long as you are flying a club plane.
Can the club help me learn to fly?
Absolutely. The club has several CFIs and we have helped many aspiring pilots obtain their Private Pilot certificate. Our CFIs may be emailed @ firstname.lastname@example.org.
How much does it cost to become a pilot?
This varies from student to student, but an example breakdown of costs may be found on the learning to fly page. On average it is about $7000, but that price can be much higher if you require more hours before you are ready for your checkride.