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).
Do you have any issues with gaining access to the aircraft due to the high number of members?
We currently have (6) aircraft. Two are 2008 Diamond DA40-XLS with G1000 avionics, one is a 2004 Diamond DA20-C1 and three are Cessna 172 (1980 N-model, 1981 P-Model, and 2006 172SP).
How many aircraft do you currently have?
We currently have 85 members, of varying ages and experience levels.
How many members do you currently have?
Is the club interested in leaseback airplanes?
If you are interesting in leasing an airplane to the club for use by members, please contact our membership official or any of the officers in the club, which you can do through the contact page of this website.
Yes, training is allowed in all of our airplanes. 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 25-35 hours per month.
How many hours per month are the aircraft flown?
How many Certified Flight Instructors do you have in the club?
We currently have (10) approved CFIs in the club and are always seeking additional instructors.
How much does it cost to rent the aircraft?
Both of the DA40s (N695DS & N829DS) are $190/hour wet - which means gas is included in price. The DA20 (N389DC) rate is $145/hour wet. One Cessna 172s range from $165-$200/hr.
Note: Club members are reimbursed up to the **local prevailing rate** for any fuel they purchase away from ILM.
Do you have 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, who offers great plans at reasonable cost.
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.
What should I do to prepare for my check flight?
How often do I have to fly the aircraft 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 with G1000 avionics, it is highly recommended that you go through an online G1000 training program or app (or Garmin G1000 Simulator) to familiarize yourself with the avionics.
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.
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 $$$). Also, if you pay up front, the fees are prorated, so the cost depends on the actual month you choose to join. If you join between September 1 and December 31, your membership fees will be paid until December 31 of the following year.