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Frequently Asked Questions

What must I do to join?
See the New Applicant Checklist

How likely is it that I would find an aircraft available when I want it?
If you know well in advance when you will need the aircraft, there is rarely any problem in reserving one; you can have as many as four advance reservations at any one time. A reservation can be for any period up to to thirteen days, and there is no limit to the number of flying hours within that period. Flights over 13 days can sometimes be accommodated with board approval. If you prefer to fly at very short notice, you will find that there are some "prime" periods when it will be more difficult to find an available aircraft; for example, weekends and holidays with more use in the summer. However, there are seldom scheduling problems on weekdays or at night.

What happens after I become a member?
As a new member, the Flight Supervisor will give you an orientation session at the airport to make sure that you know where everything is and understand the procedures the Club uses for reservations, taking and returning aircraft and any other general information you will need. If you are already a pilot, you must be checked by a Club instructor in each type of aircraft you wish to fly prior to serving as PIC. If you are not already a pilot, the Flight Supervisor will let you know who the Club Flight Instructors are, so you can use one for your basic flight training. As a member, you are expected to attend the membership meetings, which are held in the basement of the Airport Administration Building. You will receive an itemized bill each month by e-mail. Meeting minutes, aircraft logs and other club business is posted to the website monthly (Google docs).

Do I need to purchase my own insurance coverage? What coverage does the club carry?

The club carries insurance on all the aircraft and club members. This is provided free to you as part of your membership. For details on exact coverage limits, contact a club officer. For most purposes, you will not need any additional coverage.

Does the Club have proficiency/currency rules beyond the requirements of the Federal Aviation Regulations?
Yes. The club puts a high emphasis on safety, proficiency, proper care and maintenance of the equipment and participation in the Club itself. In order to fly Club aircraft, a member must comply with all FARs and:
  1. Receive one hour of dual instruction from a Club Instructor annually;
  2. Have flown the Model of the Club aircraft within the last ninety days or have approval from the Flight Supervisor;
  3. Satisfy the additional club requirements for night flight;
  4. Attend at least one in every three membership meetings; 
  5. Pay his / her monthly bill in full on receipt;
  6. Comply with the Club Operating Rules which are designed to make the Club a pleasure for all members. 

Are there restrictions on where and when I may fly?
In general, most flight requirements can be accommodated. There are, however, Club rules concerning: night flight, flights over water, flights over foreign land, approved airports, trips of over four hours air time, trips whereby the aircraft will be away overnight and advanced bookings. The Club Operating Rules should be consulted for additional information.

How does the club financially plan for the acquisition of new aircraft?
Funds are set aside in advance to replace aircraft as they age. Typically, the club has purchased used aircraft midway through their first engine and replaced them midway through the second engine. This policy avoids the initial depreciation loss associated with the purchase of a new aircraft and results in a sale before the airframe value drops significantly.

These replacement revenues are generated from a balance of equity charges and income from hourly flying charges. Generating funds from equity keeps hourly flying charges lower and also returns more money to you if you leave the club.  On the other hand, generating replacement funds from hourly charges places the burden on those who use the planes the most.  Although it does increase buy-in sticker shock, having a substantial amount of equity invested in the aircraft encourages members to treat the airplanes with loving care.  Consequently, we have tried to strike a fair balance between financing future aircraft through each of these sources. At present, members have about $1 invested in equity for every $3 of value in the aircraft fleet.  Member equity and hourly flying rates are set in an effort to roughly maintain this ratio.

Are the aircraft rental rates "wet" (includes fuel) or "dry" (you pay for fuel)?
All our hourly rental rates are "wet"; that is, the rate includes the fuel you use. You will be reimbursed for fuel purchased off-field up to the current fuel price at ARB (see Cost of Membership page).

How does Tach time compare to Hobbs time?
Based upon the flying habits of our club members and a comparison of the two meters in one of our Archers, 1 hour of Hobbs time is equivalent to about 0.83 hours on the tachometer. This ratio will depend on the speed at which the engine is run (%SHP). In general, the lower the RPM of the engine, the lower the Tach time will be relative to the Hobbs time. Using the 0.83 ratio, we note that the hourly rate for our Archer II is about 20% less expensive to fly than an Archer II at a nearby FBO. Furthermore, the condition of our aircraft is far superior to many available for rent and there are no minimum charges for days/weekends when the plane is parked at your destination and not flown!

Where are the aircraft hangars?
The Ann Arbor Flyers' aircraft are all hangared on the Ann Arbor Airport grounds (map). Each club member has a key to the hangars as well as a club room used for flight planning. 

Where can I get more information?
E-Mail us at: vp@annarborflyers.com

Or write to:
Ann Arbor Flyers
801 Airport Drive
Ann Arbor, MI 48104

Or attend a membership meeting held the second Wednesday of the month (Jan. April, July, October) at 7:30PM at the Ann Arbor Airport Main Terminal, at 801 Airport Drive (click here for map)