Patuxent River Navy Flying Club
Patuxent River Nas/Trapnell Field Airport (KNHK)
PATUXENT RIVER, MD 20670
PATUXENT RIVER, MD 20670
PRNFC is a recreational and instructional flying organization based at Naval Air Station Patuxent River in Maryland, USA. Membership is open to all active duty, reserve, and retired military, Civil Air Patrol, civil servants, DoD contractors, and their immediate families. The objective of PRNFC is to provide an off-duty, voluntary educational opportunity for base personnel to develop skills in aeronautics including piloting, navigation, mechanics, and other related aero sciences. We provide an opportunity for naval aviators to maintain pilot proficiency skills while assigned to non-flying billets, encourage awareness and appreciation of aviation requirements and techniques, provide a facility designed to assist in meeting the recreational needs for low-cost, safe, light aircraft operations, and provide a social program in the interest of promoting club activities and morale.
Type of Flying Available
- High Performance
- Cross Country
AOPA member comments are offered unedited and do not necessarily reflect the views of AOPA.
GILBERTG - 10/11/2013
I have been a member of this flying club for over 5 years. If you are gov't, military or have access to military bases I highly recommend our club. First of all military clubs are a lot cheaper (I live 90 min away and although there are several clubs closer it is worth the drive) and although there are some very strict rules there are some that makes it even better. For example, it is not uncommon to take friends or a date to Tangier Island (less than a 30 min flight) stay there several hours and it will not be an issue. Some civilian flying clubs will not allow this.
If you are looking to learn to fly we have great instructors (instructor rates are also cheaper than most civilian schools). In addition, you will be learning at a towered airport with several runways, restricted areas and many taxiways which will allow you to learn how to operate in any environment with confidence.
Another benefit of being on a military airfield is operating with all types of military aircraft which will give you a appreciation for understanding restricted airspace. For pilots on a budget, there are several airfields close by you can do a hundred dollar hamburger run to for less than $100. It is also common for pilots to take a plane for several days or longer for vacations.
If I can think of anything else I will do another post.
- Organization Type: Not-for-Profit
- Average Membership Size: 130
- Average number of Aircraft: 5
- Memberships Currently Available: Yes
- Joe Dziewit (Manager)
- 301-862-1110 (Phone)