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The following Articles of Incorporation may be used as guides for any flying club; however, since statutes vary in different states, no organization should be created without the aid of an attorney.
Articles of Incorporation of the .......................... Flying Club
Notary's paragraph of acknowledgment Notary's Seal
Club bylaws may be as specific as possible or they may be a bare outline for the operation of a club. These samples are not meant to be all inclusive or minimum acceptable bylaws. They are presented as guides for the successful operation of a club. Bylaws for a corporation or operating agreements for limited liability companies must be prepared by legal counsel.
Article 1—Purpose The purpose of this Club shall be to provide for its members convenient means for flying at the most economical rates.
Article 2—Meetings of Members
*Depending on the size of the club, additional officers may be specified in the bylaws or some duties can be combined into one office.
Article 9—Aircraft Maintenance Officer
If any Office, other than that of President, becomes vacant for any reason, the President shall appoint an interim successor until such time as the Board of Directors shall elect a successor from the membership who shall hold office for the unexpired term. If the Office of President becomes vacant, the Vice-President shall become President and the Board of Directors shall elect a new Vice-President from the membership.
Article 11—Safety Board
Note: Some clubs also provide for the admission of "Associate Members." These associate members have no voting power or property rights in the club assets. They are governed by the same regulations, bylaws, etc., as the regular members, and pay the same monthly and hourly fees. Their admission fee is not refundable. They join the club in order to take advantage of the more economical flying—caution must be exercised therefore that the club does not operate as a commercial operator or in competition with the fixed base operator. The club needs the FBO's help and, therefore, should not operate in such a manner as to antagonize the FBO. The club admits the associate member in order to "keep the airplane flying" and to build up the reserve fund in the event that regular members fail to fully occupy the aircraft.
Article 14—Member Payments
Article 15—Club Finances
Article 16—Flight Proficiency Program and Flight Rules
Article 17—Surplus The net savings or surplus remaining after all operating costs and other expenses have been paid shall remain in the Club's treasury for the purchase of new equipment, for engine overhaul, for contingencies or for the purpose of reducing the hourly rates for flying as shall be determined by the Board of Directors. The net savings in any event shall not be distributed to the members for their individual use.
Article 18 — Amendments
Updated October, 2011
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