Our Members – Flying is What Unites Us
On behalf of our members, thank you for considering membership in our flying club!
Chuckanut’s members make up a wide variety of individuals with diverse backgrounds and flying histories. Our members include businesspeople, students, airline pilots, school teachers, mechanics, engineers and many other fields. The camaraderie and value of club membership is second only to the joy of flight. This passion unites us all.
Why a Flying Club: There are many reasons why a membership with the Chuckanut Flying Club makes sense for so many people. Whether you’re just starting out as a student pilot, or you have many hours and stories to tell, we’ve found these benefits apply to all:
Well Maintained, Well Equipped, Clean, Hangared, Safe Aircraft: The Club has both an overall Safety Officer, who concentrates on maintaining our pilots’ proficiency and safety, and both aircraft have a a dedicated Maintenance Officer who, in conjunction with carefully screened aircraft service centers, maintain our aircraft to commercial standards. We’re not required to do this, but we’ve found it to be beneficial in the long run.
Ease of Scheduling and Consistency of Aircraft: The club’s aircraft are scheduled online via Schedule Master, an internet-based scheduling system, and it’s easy to access and use, even from your smart phone.
Shared, All Inclusive Costs: Your minimum monthly exposure is for club dues ($120). Worst case scenario, if you don’t fly for a month, you owe just the dues. If you owned an aircraft, you would still be paying the $600-$2500 and up every month to own a piston engine single. Not to mention the fiscal impact on personal or business finances of tying up cash and equity in a big ticket asset that (like most fun things) continues to need care, feeding and attention.
Rates, Dues, and Initiation Fees
There are two costs associated with club membership: Monthly Dues and Hourly Rates for aircraft use.
Hourly Rates: Piper Warrior II: $120/tach hr wet(includes a $10/hr fuel charge), Cessna Skylane 182: $145/tach hr wet(includes a $15/hr fuel charge)
These are costs incurred directly from operating the aircraft, based on Tach Time. Please note, these rates INCLUDE the following:
- Fuel Costs – Home field AND while traveling
- Aircraft Rental – Based on hourly rates the plane is flown
- Regular FAA Recommended Maintenance Inspections based on hours the aircraft are flown
- Engine Overhaul and Airframe Maintenance Reserves
- No Overnight/Minimum Trip Charges
Monthly Dues: $120 per month, due the 1st of every month
These pay for fixed Aircraft & Administrative Costs (taxes, fees, etc.), that must be paid regardless of how much the aircraft are flown. Other items included such as:
- Annual Maintenance Inspections on the Aircraft
- Hangar Rentals for each Club Aircraft
- Your Portion of Insurance on the Aircraft
Joining Fee for Piper Warrior II only : $1,000.00
Currently the one-time joining fee for the Chuckanut Flying Club rental of the Piper Warrior II is $1,000.00. This is due upon application for membership, NOT as a requisite for an Introductory Flight or Lesson.
Joining Fee for both Piper Warrior II and Cessna Skylane 182 : $1,500.00 Currently the one-time joining fee for the Chuckanut Flying Club rental of the Piper Warrior II and the Cessna Skylane 182 is $1,500.00 Pilots wishing to start with the Piper Warrior II and transition to the High Performance 182 at a future date will be assessed the additional $500 at that time.
If you are interested in joining or talking to a club officer to learn more, reach us via the Contact Page.
If you’re ready, complete and turn in a Membership Application.
To learn more about the process of joining the club take a look at our Onboarding Checklist.