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Frequently Asked Questions

We have yet to experience or record any complaints about scheduling and/or availability of aircraft. Based on the recommendation from a number of current flying clubs, 8-12 members per airplane is a good pilot-to-plane ratio. This number will fluctuate based on the number of hours the plane is flown, how many active members the club has, and if there are any supporting members (source: EAA).

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Do you have any issues with gaining access to the aircraft due to the high number of members?

We currently have (8) aircraft. Two 2008 Diamond DA40-XLS with G1000 avionics, one 2004 Diamond DA20-C1, two Cessna 172's (1980 N-model, 1981 P-Model), one 1977 Cessna 182Q,  one 1987 Piper Dakota, and one 1966 Piper Cherokee 6.  

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How many aircraft do you currently have?

We currently have 90 members, of varying ages and experience levels. 

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How many members do you currently have?
Is the club interested in leaseback airplanes?

If you are interested in leasing an airplane to the club for use by members, please contact our club officers, which you can do via the contact page of this website.  

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Yes, training is allowed in most of our airplanes, excluding the Cherokee 6. Both primary training (private pilot) and advanced training (i.e. instrument/commercial rating) are allowed. Our Cadet Membership level is offered to student pilots working on their Private Pilot.

Is student pilot training allowed?

On average, our aircraft fly between 30-40 hours per month.

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How many hours per month are the aircraft flown?
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How many Certified Flight Instructors do you have in the club?

We currently have (9) approved CFIs in the club and are always seeking additional instructors.

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How much does it cost to rent the aircraft?

See the "Aircraft" tab for current rates.  All our aircraft rates are wet, which means gas is included in price. 

Note: Club members are reimbursed up to the **local prevailing rate** for any fuel they purchase away from ILM.

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Do you need to have rental insurace?

YES. You are required to have $50,000 liability and $20,000 damage coverage as a minimum. A good starting point for insurance would be AOPA or Avemco who offer great plans at reasonable cost.

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Are overnight trips with the airplanes allowed?

The club has traditionally been lenient on overnight stays, but if members begin to complain about availability, the board has the option of enforcing club policy limiting/restricting multiple-day trips.

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What should I do to prepare for my check out flight?
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How often do I have to fly to remain current?

All pilots must be checked out by the club CFI before venturing out on their own. To prepare, if you don't have experience flying with a glass cockpit, it is highly recommended that you go through an online training program or app (or Garmin G1000 Simulator) to familiarize yourself with the avionics.  We have several helpful materials  on our "Resources" page that cover all of our various advanced avionics, available to members only.  

To remain current in the club, you must fly at least once every 90 days. If you let 90 days lapse without flying, you must fly with the club CFI to get signed off on currency/proficiency. 

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How much does it cost to join the club?

Please refer to the "Pricing" tab for a brief summary of club fees and dues. The Join Fee and Monthly Dues are determined by the level of membership you choose (Instructor, Cadet or Captain) and whether you choose to pay your dues monthly or annually (paying dues up front saves you $$$). 

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