MEADVILLE AERO CLUB
Member Responsibilities Rights and Rules
1) There are three categories of membership: Non-Flying (Social), Flying
(Inactive), and Flying (Active). Generally, all members should be of good
character and reputation.
NON-FLYING (SOCIAL MEMBERS): **Not Currently applicable**
1. Responsibilities: $10.00/year membership dues. Since non-
flying member is a representative of the club, he must conduct
himself or herself in a manner which reinforces Article One
(purpose) of the by-laws.
2. Rights: The non-flying member is welcome to attend monthly
and annual meetings, fly-ins, occasions when rides are given in
the club aircraft, to socialize with members at the hanger, to
attend club dinner functions, etc., and to identify himself/herself
as a member of the Meadville Aero club. He/she does not,
however, have voting rights or PIC privileges in the club aircraft.
FLYING MEMBERS: The maximum number of flying members will be
20, with 15 members being considered active and 5 inactive, for insurance
and aircraft availability purposes. All potential flying members must meet
the following minimum aeronautical experience requirements in order to
be issued keys to the club aircraft.
He must begin and continue his training in the club airplane and/or:
A. Have a solo endorsement from a CFI in his/her training in the club
B. 5 logbook solo hours in an aircraft considered to be of equivalent
complexity to the club aircraft by the Executive Committee.
C. A successfully completed check ride administered by a CFI which meets
the standards of biennial flight review in the club aircraft with a logbook
D. Must be at least 18 years Old.
FLYING MEMBER CLASSIFICATION:
1. Active Flying Member: Active members are on the insurance roster and can
fly the airplane at will. The Secretary/Treasurer must be notified in advance
of an applicant’s intention to become an active member so that the appropriate
insurance notification can take place. Active members are responsible for
timely payment of monthly dues and flying time.
2. Inactive Flying Member: Inactive members are responsible for the timely
payment of monthly dues only and are eligible for inclusion on the insurance
roster upon notifying the Secretary-Treasurer.
All flying members are subject to the following responsibilities:
1. Applicants will be accepted into the club pursuant to the stipulations of article five of the by-laws.
2. Flying membership fee is $1,500.00 with no refunds if the member
resigns from the club, for any reason. The hourly flying rate (01/2023) $80.00 hr WET
3. Monthly dues are $55.00 with the monthly dues for a second flying member of the
same immediate family half price, plus $100.00 *Pro Rated Yearly* for maintenance reserve.
4. Monthly dues, maintenance reserve and payment for flying time for each month are due
on the first day of the succeeding month. After the tenth day of the month a $5 fee will be charged for
accounts still outstanding. Flying privileges will suspended for all accounts over 60 days past due.
Any member’s account that is past due for 90 days will be ejected from the Club.
5. All members agree to abide and conform to all Federal, State or local laws and regulations governing to
6. Use of drugs or alcohol while PIC is and grounds for executive committee action up to
and including revocation of membership.
7. The rate for hourly flying time does not include hanger, tie-down or landing fees on
out of town airfields. These expenses are to be borne by the member using the club
airplane at that time. If fuel is purchased off field, the Club will reimburse the member
up to the current posted cost of fuel at Port Meadville. Receipts are required for reimbursement.
8. All members who have not flown within a three month period as PIC are required to
have a check ride or sign off by an instructor.
9. Every member shall be responsible at the close of any flight made in the club airplane
for seeing that the plane is properly secured before leaving it, and is equally responsible
for protecting the club's property from possible damage or unnecessary exposure
whenever it is under his/her care.
10. No materials likely to mar, damage, or discolor the upholstery or interior finish of the
airplane shall be placed in or carried aboard the club airplane. Each member is
responsible for returning the airplane in clean and good condition after the each flight.
11. Each member using the club aircraft shall be responsible for all fuel and oil
purchases unless he/she is able to provide a receipt for purchase of fuel and oil, said
receipt to include the name and address of the dealer from whom the purchases were
made, the name of the member making the purchase and an itemized accounting.
Members fueling the aircraft on base should sign their names and "MAC" to facilitate billing.
12. All fuel purchases off base are to be 100L only.
13. If the airplane is damaged a note must be attached to the yoke identification what
happened, and a member of the executive committee must be notified immediately.
Failure to do so could result in revocation of membership pursuant to Executive Committee review.
ARTICLE V - MEMBERSHIP
1. Membership in the Club is a voluntary privilege.
The number of members in the club is limited to 20-22 total members. Membership in the Club is provisional and may be terminated by the Board of Officers at any time with or without cause. Any member whose membership in the club is terminated shall, have no recourse against the Club, any member, or any Officer of the Club.
2. All membership applicants shall provide a completed membership application to the Board of Officers for consideration as a Club Member and shall also provide such other documents as requested consistent with the individual's airmen certificate, as well as pay the aircraft deposit. An applicant shall be granted membership only upon the consent of at least 3 members of the Board of Officers.
a. All aircraft deposits paid by applicants who are not approved for membership shall be returned within 30 days.
b. The club will not disclose members' personal information to outside parties except as required by law, in the due course of business (such as for insurance purposes), or as necessary in the interest of safety. Members are not to disclose the club roster to outside parties or use the roster for any commercial purpose, with the exception of occasional training related announcements, without prior permission of the board.
CLASSIFICATION OF MEMBERS
1. Club membership classifications are as follows: a. Regular: Regular membership is open to all individuals of good moral character who are responsible and financially able to meet the obligations of the club, and who profess an interest in aviation. Regular members in good standing are entitled to hold office and to vote on all issues brought before the membership of the Club. Regular members are entitled to fly aircraft as set forth in Appendix A, consistent with their hours, airmen certificate, medical certificate and good standing with the Club. The regular membership deposit is $100.00
1. Students taking instruction in club aircraft shall be bona fide flying members of the club in good standing.
Other flying members should defer to reasonable requests for preferred aircraft reservation times from student members.
2. Student pilots can sign up for time blocks of no more than two hours unless on a CFI endorsed cross country flight.
3. No member shall, except in case of flight emergency keep any aircraft away from the local airport overnight without indication of time on the calendar, or for more that FIVE consecutive days in one months time, without permission of three fourths of the executive committee.
4. Should a member have trouble with the club airplane away from a local field requiring that the airplane be left overnight, it shall be the responsibility of the member to return the aircraft to the home field. If unusual circumstances make this unfeasible, that member may appeal to the Executive Committee for a liability waiver.
5. All club aircraft must be piloted by a Flying Member in good standing. This shall not apply to airport attendants in necessary taxiing or to authorized mechanics moving or testing the aircraft in connection with its repair.
6. No club aircraft may be landed at other than an authorized airfield except in case of emergency.
7. If an accident resulting in damage to, or destruction of any club aircraft shall occur while the plane is being legally operated but as a result of:
1 .Component or equipment failure, or
2. Unforecasted and unforeseen “Act of God” weather conditions,
The expense of the repair or restoration for the club’s property shall be the responsibility of the club as a whole. If the plane is damaged by negligence on the part of the member, he/she and/or their estate is financially responsible for the amount of the damage or the deductible amount of repairs not covered by insurance. It will be determined by the club membership whether any incident will be turned into the insurance company.
8. If the club airplane is kept away from the home field longer than 24 hours, the member using it is financially responsible for 2 hours min. flying time per weekday or 3 hours min. flying time per weekend day OR Holiday, regardless of whether the plane is actually flown. This does not apply to cases where essential repairs are made away from the home field, or during those days when the plane is grounded due to inclement weather.
9. All flight time shall be entered in the flight record book kept in the plane immediately upon completion of each flight.
10. Downtime for maintenance or repair of the aircraft takes precedence over any member’s reservation.
11. Except in case of off-field emergency, all maintenance and repairs must be approved by the Executive Committee.
12. Smoking in the airplane is not permitted.
1. The Executive Committee is empowered to make any change necessary in these
rules as are required by the club’s insurance company.
2. Meeting will be held on the 2nd Thursday of each month at the Port Meadville Conference Room.
3. The officers of the club will not be paid or reimbursed for their services.
4. The Secretary/Treasurer will maintain a monthly roster of flying members as per insurance requirements.
5. These rules may be amended or rescinded by a two-thirds majority vote of the members present and voting at a regular meeting of the club.
1. Any member who fails to write down the time indicated on the Tachometer at the end of any flight in the aircraft flight time log is subject to a $10 fine.
2. A $ 10 fine will be charged for anyone using the aircraft for longer than .5 hours logged who does not fill the fuel tanks.
3. Failure to clean the aircraft after use: of bugs on the windshield, leading edges,Struts, front of airplane, wheel pants. etc-$10 fine.
4. Failure to turn off the master switch- $30 fine.
5. Failure to plug in engine pre-heater in winter- $ 10 fine.
1. No pets allowed in airplane without prior permission.
2. If damage to plane is caused by unknown person, all club members will have topay a special assessment to cover damages.
3. Club plane not to be used for commercial operations. [Commercial purpose means any use by members for which the member will receive money or other benefits].
4. Each flying member is responsible to make a copy of their driver’s license, pilot’s certificate, current medical card and bi-annual verification (log book) and place them in your file folder. You cannot fly club plane unless this information is current and in the file. If found in violation, you are subject to dismissal.
5. Student pilots shall be restricted to flying aircraft designated for training.
a. Student pilots shall not fly club-owned aircraft unless under the direct supervision and control of a club authorized, licensed instructor. The words "supervision and control" are used in reference to an FAA certified commercial instructor pilot directing and supervising the student pilot. The instructor shall be physically present at the field of the origin of operations of the aircraft prior to each operation of the aircraft by the student pilot. Prior to each take-off or attempted take-off, the said instructor must first have conducted a line inspection of the aircraft with the student pilot, and approved the contemplated flight or maneuvers to be undertaken by said student pilot. (Cross country flights, including landings and take-offs made as part of a pilot training program at airports other than the home airport shall be deemed to be included under the definition of supervision and control if completed within a one day period between the hours of sunrise and sunset and the initial take-off is made under the supervision and control of an FAA certificated commercial instructor pilot as set forth above.) In the event a cross country flight is terminated due to reasons of weather, mechanical failure, malfunction, or pilot illness, the take-off for return to home airport shall be deemed to have been made within the definition of supervision and control of an FAA certificated commercial instructor pilot if at the point of such take-off the student pilot shall have been in telephonic communication immediately prior to the commencement of the return flight, with and received approval from the instructor to proceed with such return flight.
b. Student pilots are to be actual paid members of the Aero Club for insurance purposes.
c. All student pilots shall be required to take a check ride with an approved licensed instructor if they have not flown that type of aircraft within the preceding thirty (30) days.
Please consider these rules as guidelines to keep our club in compliance with our chosen insurance company, the FAA, Our local airport regulations, and above all, keeping our members safe!
Any disregard of safety and or manipulation of our guidelines/rules will be dealt with accordingly.
Meadville Aero Club