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Club in Formation - (KIOW)

IOWA CITY,  IA  52246
Phone: 309-912-8356
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    Why I'm interested in starting a club:
    There are few options in this part of the country for pilots who desire to fly premium aircraft unless they are independently wealthy and/or can justify owning a newer aircraft outright by flying it many times a week for business. Thus, there is an unmet need in this area for access to more premium, capable, and modern aircraft for occasional use by pilots who neither desire or can justify owning a newer aircraft outright, or who would like to have access to more than one aircraft model, depending on their varying mission needs.

    Description of the clubhouse/facilities:
    I am working with the local FBO to secure heated hanger space with valet refueling and return to the hanger after each flight. The local airport has a ample lounge and pilot center resources for general aviation, and has no scheduled commercial flights to compete with general aviation activities.

    Progress made towards starting the club:
    I have completed the general framework, developed financial and cashflow models, reviewed the concept and financials with the local FBO, and met with and/or identified several prospective charter members. I am currently in the process defining and negotiating services from the local FBO for the club, (management, scheduling, maintenance, refueling, valet, invoicing, and club payments), benchmarking other flight clubs in the Midwest, forming the flying club legal entity, drafting by-laws, quoting insurance, and securing financing pre-approvals. Next steps will include finalizing FBO negotiations, setting-up scheduling and billing systems with the FBO, creating a website and email accounts for club interface, and promoting the club through networking, direct mailing to local pilots, and at local AOPA and EAA events to secure charter members. Upon securing 6 paid-in charter members, the club will authorize the purchase of its first aircraft, most likely a 182S or 182T.

    ~ Scott Clair

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    Club Details

    • Organization Type: Not-for-Profit
    • Average Membership Size: 21
    • Average number of Aircraft:
    • Memberships Currently Available: Yes

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