Pompano Beach Flying Club



                                
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, at a price
that they can afford. Our mission is to provide members with well-maintained, well-equipped airplanes at
the 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.

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.

Club membership is currently set at a maximum of 45 members with one PA28-181 Piper Archer II  and
one PA32-300 Piper Cherokees Six. 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.

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 by 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.

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).