Santa Barbara Flying Club

Santa Barbara Municipal Airport (KSBA)
Santa Barbara, CA 93116

Club Facilities

  • Primary Flight Instruction
  • Online Flight Scheduler
  • AOPA Network Club


Since 1947, the Santa Barbara Flying Club has made flying less expensive, more convenient, less hassle, and more fun for generations of pilots in the Santa Barbara, California area. Our club currently has 30 members, running the gamut from new student pilots to commercial and retired air force aviators.

The Santa Barbara Flying Club has two aircraft at SBA: a Cessna 172 Skyhawk and a Grumman AA-5B Tiger. Both planes are IFR certified. The Skyhawk has a GNS 430, and the Tiger has a GTN 650 touch screen (both are moving map combined GPS, ILS, and COM1). Both aircraft have four-place intercoms.

As a not-for-profit flying club, we effectively rent these airplanes to ourselves at cost, so club members are guaranteed the best value for their money. We use tach time billing. It's the most accurate way to account for our actual expense, and amounts to as much as a 30% discount when compared with Hobbs billing, especially for students who typically have the power back much of the flight, doing maneuvers or "Touch & GOs".

Club aircraft may be conveniently scheduled online by our members for trips as long as 10 days, with no daily minimum flight time requirement. This makes them perfect for cross country flights. Each member receives their own set of keys to each aircraft. This eliminates any last minute hassle of having to check in and out at a rental desk. Shared aircraft ownership means the airplane is waiting for us when we arriveā€¦ 24/7.

Rates/Dues as of August 2017:

Monthly Dues... $90 / month
Cessna 172 Skyhawk... $98 / Tach hour
Grumman AA-5B Tiger... $127 / Tach hour

Type of Flying Available

  • Local
  • IFR
  • VFR
  • Cross Country

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Club Details

  • Organization Type: Not-for-Profit
  • Average Membership Size: 30
  • Average number of Aircraft: 2
  • Memberships Currently Available: Yes

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