Flying Club of Kansas City

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How much does it cost to join the club?

The total fee to join is $1,000.

How much are the monthly dues?

Monthly dues are currently $95.

What about family memberships?

Family memberships are available for an additional $500 initiation fee for two or more additional pilots. Dues for additional pilots are $35 per month for each pilot. Only immediately family members residing in the same household are eligible. See the membership page for more details.

What about cross-country availability and daily minimums?

Our planes typically fly around 300 hours per year, but with some advanced planning cross countries are easily scheduled. You will also find that our members are typically fairly flexible and are frequently willing to work with each other to resolve scheduling conflicts. The Club rules also require that any cross countries exceeding 5 nights be approved by the Board. Such approval is routinely granted, but the process is in place to retain an element of fairness in scheduling. To get an idea of how busy our planes are, sign in as a guest on our on-line scheduling system - Log-in Name: guest1; password: guest; website: www.schedulebook.com .

As far as daily minimums, the Club imposes a 1-hour per day minimum. In other words, if you take the airplane for 5 days, you must put at least 5 hours on the airplane or be billed for the difference.

What if I am only a student pilot, can I still join?

Yes, we welcome students and have a number of instructors who can help you get your license.

How much does a private pilot's license cost?

The FAA requires that a private pilot applicant have at least 40 hours of flight time, though most people require 45 or so in order to be fully prepared for their checkride. Of that 45 hours, approximately 35 will be with an instructor.

Below is a basic estimate of getting your license, assuming it takes 1 year:.

What You Would Pay Using the Club:

45 hours of Cessna 172 rental @ $90/hr =    $4,050
70 hours of instructor time @ $40/hr =          $2,800 *
Ground school supplies) =                             $   200 **
Headset  =                                                    $   300**
Flight Examiner fee =                                     $   350
Club initiation fee and 12 months of dues =    $ 1,890
                                                      Total =  $ 9,590 ***

* Although you will spend around 35 hours with an instructor in the plane, you can count
on about 35 additional hours in pre-flight and post-flight activities,

** Currently, a good David Clark headset is available for $300.  A good on-line or DVD ground school course is available for $200.

***Your own costs will vary from this depending on your schedule and your abilities.  Students who are able to fly several time per week will obviously finish quicker and will therefore pay less dues during the learning period.  Also, students who fly often retain more skills and knowledge from lesson to lesson and therefore complete with less flying time.

What you would pay at a local Johnson County Flight School:

45 hours of airplane rental (172SP) @ $160/hr  =  $7,200
70 hours of instructor time @ $40/hr =                    $2,800  *
Ground school supplies =                                        $  700 **
Headset  =                                                              $  300**
Flight Examiner fee =                                               $ 350**
                                                                Total =   $11,350 ***
 

* Although you will spend around 35 hours with an instructor in the plane, you can count
on about 35 additional hours in pre-flight and post-flight activities,

** Currently, a good David Clark headset is available for $300.  Most flight schools will sell supplies in-house since that is a source of their profit

***Your own costs will vary from this depending on your schedule and your abilities.  Students who fly often retain more skills and knowledge from lesson to lesson and therefore complete with less flying time.

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