Mar 23 2006
Aviadisto posted a few days back about a great low-cost flying club that he had came across, with rates as low as $47/Hr for 150’s - and that’s wet rates!
This figure sure made me realize exactly what a well organized club can do to lower the cost of flying.
Really - Even after the USD to CDN exchange rate, that’s just a little under $55/Hour, which is exactly half of what I’m paying right now for every hour in a 152. $55 per hour is sure alot more palatable!
Unfortunately, to the best of my knowledge there are no immediately local flying clubs in my area. There used to be an Oshawa Flying Club that was quite a large organization out of my home airport (My father belonged to it for many years) but it went bankrupt quite a few years back, leaving the airport with only it’s flight training facilities to provide rentals.
Yes, the fleet between Canadian Flight Academy (Where I trained) and Durham Flight Center (the other training facility at CYOO) is decent enough, but the costs are still high compared to what I’m sure a club could offer.
And it’s understandable to some extent - these commercial operations like CFA and DFC are held to commercial standards, and as such the maintenance is alot more thorough. Additionally, they have overhead.
I’m not spitefull about paying for all of that, but I would also not be upset about paying less for alternatives.
I called DFC a few days ago to inquire about their fleet, rates, and checkout. The first problem was that all of their two seaters are 150’s (instead of 152’s), which have a maximum gross weight of 1600 Lbs, as opposed to the 1670 pounds of the 152’s.
For me, that’s a major restriction right there - with myself and another sizable guy in the cockpit, we need that 70 pounds in order to make a 2 seater realistic while staying within W&B.
So, scratch one.
Their fleet of 172’s is decent, and the rates are good, but not different enough that I’m going to rush over there to checkout, and then have to deal with the hassles of trying to maintain currency at two different FBO’s.
So, it’s time for me to checkout on either CFA’s 172’s, or the Cherokee. I’m torn on what to do in that regard - the Cherokee is nice, but there’s also only one, and it’s obviously very popular. Additionally, the low wing design isn’t great for the typical gawking sightseers that I take flying with me.
The 172’s are nicely equipped, more modern, and spacious, but not quite as much fun to fly as the Cherokee I’m sure. But, for my needs, they are the best fit next to the 52’s.
So, back to Flying Clubs…
Aviadisto suggests we look at just starting one up at CYOO if none exist. A nice idea, and it could quite possibly fly, but I’d have to investigate it some more to begin with, and then find someone much more knowledgable then myself to investigate any potential purchases. The last thing we need is to buy a troublesome aircraft, or to put a club together with certain financial obligations, only to have a bunch of people drop out, leaving the rest of us to carry the baggage.
Then again, that’s all assuming that this even happens.
I know it’s been tried before, and failed miserably….so I’m a lttle scared to even start thinking about it.
But, I must admit to the thought lurking in the back of my head…..and I’m sure that there’s lots of renters at Oshawa Airport who would jump at the opportunity.