About Us

About the Club

Since 1970 – Safe, Affordable Flying

Since 1970, the Pompano Beach Flying Club (previously the Pompano Senior Squadron Flying Club) has been giving pilots from all over the south Florida area the kind of flying experience they want, and at a price that they can afford. Our mission is to provide members with well-maintained, well-equipped airplanes atthe lowest possible cost. But beyond that, club membership is a chance to meet fellow pilots in a relaxed way, to make new friends and to profit from the flying knowledge that they are happy to share with you. The Pompano Beach Flying Club is a non-profit organization and our members are the shareholders.

 Club History

The Pompano Beach Flying Club was founded in 1970.  In the early months of 1970, an advertisement ran in the local newspaper looking for other pilots interested in starting a “flying club” to be based at Pompano Air Park.  In a very short time ten intrepid souls stepped forward and organized the activities involved in starting a flying club.
With the assistance of an attorney who was one of the original ten and the experience of a few others in flying clubs, a draft of the “By-Laws” and  “Operating Rules” was completed for review.  Then came the chore of choosing a name.  A few of the “ten” were also members of the Civil Air Patrol Senior Squadron operating from Pompano Air Park.  The choice seemed a natural since they all intended to be active in CAP, so the name of POMPANO SENIOR SQUADRON FLYING CLUB, INC. was selected.  Thirty-seven year later in 2007, the club had no association with the Civil Air Patrol and the members elected to change the name to POMPANO BEACH FLYING CLUB, INC.

As pilots, we all dream of having an airplane of our own, an airplane we can lavish our attention on and get to know intimately, an airplane that’s always waiting to carry us off on our next flight. Sadly, for most of us, aircraft ownership isn’t a practical idea – particularly living in such a high cost area. So, when we want to fly, most of us rent. But renting can be unsatisfying in a number of ways. The aircraft are often in poor repair. With many FBOs you seldom get the same aircraft twice in a row, so you can’t get to know any one aircraft very well. There are restrictions too, like a minimum number of flying hours per day. And at most FBOs there’s not a whole lot of camaraderie. Aircraft ownership and aircraft rental both have serious drawbacks. But there is another way to fly – a way that gives you most of the benefits of ownership and rental, without the disadvantages: The Pompano Beach Flying Club.Members can schedule aircraft at any time, including off-hours and at
the last minute.  Reservations are made through Schedule Master, which is accessible via the Internet and also through a toll free 800-number.  Some of the special features of membership in the Club include:
•        Members are billed a wet rate based on tach time (as opposed to Hobbs time).
•        Members have free use of club life rafts and life jackets for over water flights.
•        Each member has his/her own set of keys to the planes.
Our Operating Rules were designed to ensure reasonable responsibility by the individual member without requiring any unnecessary rigidity.  Most of the rules are no different today, only modified to better serve the membership.

With $1000 collected from the ten founding members, about $800 was used as a down payment and our first aircraft, a Cessna 172, was  purchased.  A schedule for monthly dues and flight time rates was established.  The monthly dues were set to cover the fixed costs of mortgage payment, tie-down fees and insurance.

The club did well and within 2 years operated 3 airplanes, two Cessna 172s and a Cessna 177 Cardinal. That selection of aircraft didn’t last too long.  As new officers were elected, they usually brought another view of the aircraft we should buy and fly.

Since that time the club has owned the following planes:

•        Two Citabrias
•        Piper Apache twin
•        Cessna 177
•        Cessna 150.
•        Two – Piper Archers PA28-181
•        Three – Piper Cherokee Six PA32-260
•        Beech C23 Sundowner
•        Cessna 172SP

The club currently owns two Piper Archer II’s (PA28-181) and one Piper Cherokee Six-300 (PA32-300).