TFC has been operating continuously since its founding in 1967.


Our Philosophy of Operation

The Club is a non-profit corporation established to promote and encourage interest in airplane operation and ownership for the benefit of its members.

Share Buy-in

This is an equity club with a (current as of June 2017) share value of $4,641.40.  The then-current share value is returned when you resign from the club, less a $50 withdrawal fee.

Dues
 
The club monthly dues are based on the fixed operating expenses.  These include items such as hanger rent, tiedowns, phone, insurance, taxes among others. The dues change based in these expenses and the number of members currently in the club.  Currently (June 2017) the dues are $ 70 per month with 45 active members.
 
Aircraft Rates

Aircraft hourly rates are based on operating expenses including fuel, regular maintenance, engine reserve, paint reserve and and avionics replacement.
The oil is changed on TFC aircraft at 50-hour intervals.  Under-the-cowl inspections are at 25-hour intervals. 
 
Current (June 2017) wet hourly rates (per tach hour) are:

Cessna 172
 $ 96.00
Diamond DA40 $110.00

Activity

The Tidewater Flying Club is a fairly active club; we averaged 40 hours of aircraft flight time per month during 2016, for example. Our members are co-owners in the aircraft and are jointly responsible for their upkeep; regular washings and tidy interiors are the norm. We encourage participation in Club operations and leadership, with a very good rotation among active members on the Board and as club officers, rather than an entrenched few.

Meetings


Club meetings are held monthly at the main airport terminal; while attendance is not mandatory, active participation is expected. Our membership is involved and motivated enough that a quorum is almost always present. The Treasurer and Maintenance Officer report on the Club financial status and any maintenance actions, and future plans are discussed.

We meet on the second Wednesday of each month, with the starting time varying by season: May-October: 7:30 PM, November-April: 7 PM
. A pot-luck cookout precedes the May-October meetings at 6:00 PM at the Diamond hangar.

The annual corporate meeting is in December and usually includes dining out.

Scheduling and Dispatch


The Club operates on a self-dispatching basis. Scheduling is first-come, first-served, up to six months in advance, using a commercial aircraft scheduling service. Each member has access to the office where logbooks and aircraft keys are kept, as well as a computer for entering dispatch information  and weather briefings. Upon return, the aircraft is refueled at the hangar by the FBO. In the office a computer is used to close out the dispatch and to record tach time used. The member then fills out a paper 'flight ticket' to record tach hours and any fuel purchases; any squawks go in a maintenance notebook available for review by the next pilot.

Instruction

The are several certificated flight instructors club members who offer their services for flight reviews, basic, and advanced flight instruction. Members may use their own outside instructor with prior Board approval.