FLYING CLUB BUDGET (No initial buy in)
INCOME: Monthly Annual
Dues (15 mbrs @ 150/mo) 2,250 27,000
Additional hours ([email protected]) 750 9,000
Total 3,000 36,000
Aircraft Payment 500 6,000
Insurance 500 6,000
Hangar 270 3,240
Fuel 1,125 13,500
Supplies 100 1,200
Reserves for Maint 505 6,060
Total 3,000 36,000
Comparison to other light sport flying options
I can find no one in the Tucson area who rents LSA's.
Here are a couple of examples elsewhere in the state.
Technically Advanced Light Sport
Flight Design CTLS available for
rental and training. Block
time rental as low as $92.00/hr
(Not sure how much time you would need to block for that rate but straight hourly is probably more.)
In addition to a long drive, rental still costs a lot more than our club model.
Owning an aircraft is expensive. Once you plunk 10's of thousands of dollars down to buy one, you have tie down/hanger fees, routine maintenance and repairs, annual inspections, fuel and oil, insurance, etc. Many of these are fixed costs regardless of how often the plane is flown.
Fixed Costs per aircraft
Tie down fees per month. $75
Insurance per year estimated $1200
Annual inspection $1000
Before you even take a flight or pay for any fuel, oil or maintenance/repairs you are paying $3100 per year, simply to own and keep an aircraft.
Not only is it less costly to share initial acquisition costs. so it is also with operating costs.
Equity share ownership clubs.
I can find no flying clubs in the Tucson area who operate Light Sport aircraft
Below are examples of general aviation Arizona flying clubs. Their aircraft of course, are more expensive to operate than the typical Light Sport plane
Club #1 Phoenix AZ (Private pilots)
54 members 4 aircraft Capped at 15 members per plane
$4500 initial buy in $4250 refundable if you leave.
Monthly dues $125 does not include any flight time.
Cheapest aircraft $99 per hour
Club #2 Chandler AZ (Private pilots)
45 members 3 aircraft
8 on waiting list
$3000 initial buy in, refundable if you leave
Monthly dues $100 does not include any flight time.
Cheapest Aircraft $100 hour
Club #3 Tucson AZ (Private pilots)
35 members 3 aircraft
$1100 initial buy in $1000 refundable if you leave
Monthly dues $99 does not include any flight time
Cheapest aircraft $95 per hour