Bell Flying Club

Harrisburg International Airport (KMDT)
Middletown, PA 17057
Phone: 717-585-7504

Club Facilities

  • Online Flight Scheduler
  • Clubhouse
  • Restrooms
  • Kitchen/Food
  • AOPA Network Club
  • Primary Flight Instruction


The non-profit Bell Flying Club (BFC) is one of the oldest flying clubs in Central PA. It was incorporated in the early 1960's. Headquartered at the AvFlight FBO at Harrisburg International Airport (KMDT), BFC has one aircraft and 19 members.

N80788 is a 1976 Cessna Skyhawk 172M with a 180hp engine. It is fully IFR equipped with a Garmin 430 GPS and an additional nav/comm radio, ADF, ILS glide slope, marker beacon, encoding altimeter, and 2-axis autopilot. With full fuel (38gals), the plane has an 820lb carrying capacity. The cruise propeller allows for an average of 3 hours flying time with FAA flight reserves. The IO 360 4-cylinder motor is replaced every 2,000 hours and the aircraft is flown year round.

Actual use of the airplane has averaged 200 hours per year over the last few years. As a result, we experience few scheduling conflicts. Reservations are managed through the use of ScheduleMaster, a web-based aircraft scheduling service.

Your acceptance into the club is a membership rather than an ownership. As a result, it is fairly economical to join and to fly. Current rates (12/16/13) are $750 initiation fee, $250 of which is refunded when you leave (upon return of the keys and POH). Monthly fees of $65/mo and hourly fees of $92/mo. Bimonthly club meetings are held for the membership and social wash-n-waxes are held three times/year. All pilots in the club have a Private Pilots' License as a minimum, and half are instrument rated. The club has a few members who also are Certified Flight Instructors, and we even have a A&P mechanic in the club who keeps us going and handles maintenance issues quickly.

If you currently have a PPL, a current minimum class III medical, and a love for flying, you meet our qualifications to apply. Please contact Doug Marks, VP - 717.648.1562 We look forward to adding you to our club when an opening occurs.

Type of Flying Available

  • IFR
  • VFR
  • Local
  • Cross Country


Club Details

  • Organization Type: Not-for-Profit
  • Average Membership Size: 19
  • Average number of Aircraft: 1
  • Memberships Currently Available: Yes

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