|Posted by EAA Chapter 1611 on December 8, 2017 at 10:40 AM|
This is probably the #1 reason most non-active pilots have for not flying. It's just too dang expensive. If you own an aircraft, you've got the hangar or tie-down cost, and on going maintenance costs. And the insurance. And the annual. If you rent, those costs can add up pretty quickly if you fly regularly. It's no different if you are a student pilot. Those hourly rental costs really add up. For some folks it is a simple matter of affordability.
But where there is a will, there is a way.
One way is flying clubs. It is a way to share costs among a group of pilots and potentially student pilots. If they are organized properly, they can work really well and keep costs very reasonable. Chapter member Rachel C. is part of a group that owns a 1946 Aeronca Champ, and they keep the monthly costs extremely low. It has worked out well for them.
EAA now encourages and helps chapter members to establish separate non-profit organizations as flying clubs. They have a few resources to help you get started.
EAA's Flying Club Manual
To help and provide guidance, EAA has developed a flying club manual to address the unique requirements of EAA members who are on the path to establishing a flying club.