Sample Flight Rules

These sample flight rules will likely need to be modified to fit the unique needs of your flying club.

  1. All members of the Club shall comply with all Federal Aviation Regulations, state, airport and Club rules while operating Club aircraft.
  2. A violation of any of the Club's rules by a member renders him liable to either a temporary flight suspension of not more than ................. (....) days or a monetary fine not to exceed ................. (....) dollars, or both. Repeated violations shall result in a recommendation by the Board of Directors that the member be expelled from the Club, such recommendation to be voted on by the membership. A majority vote shall be necessary for expulsion.
  3. All members must be checked out and approved for solo by a flight instructor designated by the Board of Directors before soloing any Club aircraft.
  4. A member must perform a thorough preflight inspection of the aircraft, including a visual inspection of the fuel quantity, prior to commencing flight. Any damage or discrepancies discovered by a member will be assumed to be the responsibility of the last user unless it has been reported previously to the Maintenance Officer. If a condition is discovered which may affect the airworthiness of the aircraft, the aircraft shall not be flown until cleared by the Maintenance Officer.
  5. Each member must ascertain that the airworthiness and registration certificates, appropriate operating limitations information, and operator's manual are in the aircraft prior to commencing flight.
  6. All aircraft operating limitations must be observed. Aerobatic maneuvers are prohibited except those which are permissible under the operating limitations when the aircraft is operated in the utility category.
  7. Flight plans must be filed with the FAA for flights over sparsely populated areas; mountainous, wooded, or desert terrain; or for extended overwater flight; and for all student solo cross-country flights in excess of fifty (50) miles.
  8. The Schedule Officer must be notified of the destination of all flights which will result in the aircraft being gone from the ................. (....) Airport more than................. (....) hours.
  9. Except in emergencies, Club aircraft shall be flown from and landed on airfields approved by the Board of Directors only. Any member with less than ................. (....) hours total flying time who lands on an unapproved field due to an emergency must call the President before attempting a takeoff from the field. The President shall decide whether the member should attempt the takeoff alone or wait until a better qualified pilot arrives.

    Note: The Board of Directors may approve fields in a number of ways. They can approve all airports listed in the Airport Directory of the Airman's Information Manual, all airports in the AOPA Airport Directory, or all airports shown on sectional charts. The Board may allow well-qualified members to use nondesignated fields. Student pilots and low time members may be restricted to runways of a specified minimum length.

  10. No member may fly Club aircraft after sunset unless approved to do so by the Board of Directors.
  11. Members with less than ................. (....) hours shall not fly Club aircraft when weather conditions are less than ........ feet ........ ceiling and ........ miles visibility or when the surface winds exceeds miles per hour.
  12. Upon completion of a flight, the pilot must tidy up the aircraft. Waste paper and extra charts (a sectional chart for the local area should be kept in the aircraft) will be removed, seat belts will be straightened, etc.
  13. All tanks will be topped at the end of every flight unless the member next scheduled to fly is on hand and there is sufficient fuel for the intended flight. In no case will the tanks be left less than full after the last flight of the day. *

    *This rule may be modified depending on the particular aircraft and weather conditions. A member may not be able to fill all seats and carry some luggage without exceeding maximum gross weight limitations if all tanks are full. Also, if the weather is extremely hot, the tanks may overflow through the fuel vent if they are kept full.

  14. All members must take a proficiency ride every ................. (....) months with a flight instructor designated by the Board of Directors. Following a proficiency check, the flight instructor shall recommend to the Board either continued solo privileges or additional dual or ground instruction for the member.
  15. No member (except the Maintenance Officer) may perform any maintenance on Club aircraft, other than preflight inspection, without authorization from the Maintenance Officer.
  16. Club aircraft may not be used to give flight instruction to anyone except Club members and, upon approval by the Board of Directors, members of their immediate families.

Updated October, 2011