Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
How long does it take to learn to fly?
Flight instruction to earn a private pilots license averages about 45-55 hours of in-flight training and can be completed in just a few months in some cases. The typical flyer will earn their pilot license in their first year of flying, or at a more leisure pace over a few Summers.
At what age can I start taking flying lessons?
You must be at least 16 years of age to take flying lessons and solo fly a powered aircraft with the Reedsburg Area Flying Club, and 17 years of age to obtain a private pilot license, per FAA regulations. The Club has established a minimum age (16) for an Associate Membership that is aligned with the FAA's requirement that minors be at least 16 years of age to solo fly an airplane (after appropriate flight instruction of course).
How much does a flight lesson cost?
Our members enjoy cost-effective plane access and flight instructors. The RAFC is a non-profit, social Flying Club, and our Members benefit by sharing the costs of airplane ownership, maintenance and insurances. We strive to keep dues and fees as low as possible, while meeting all of our financial obligations. The most cost-effective way to fly is with a Flying Club.
How do I join the Reedsburg Area Flying Club?
The best way to determine if the RAFC is for you is to meet us in person and/or join us for an introductory flight lesson. It's that simple. All are welcome to find out more about the Club by attending an information meeting. Contact us for upcoming meeting dates and times.
What about airplane introductory Discovery flights?
Contact us to setup an introductory flight lesson and for just $99 you can experience a 1-hour Discovery flight with instruction in the Club's 4-seat Cessna 172 Skyhawk aircraft. You can add GoPro video with audio for memories to last a lifetime for an additional $30....get ready for fun!
Can I bring a friend or family member on my introductory flight lesson?
Yes. Our Flying Club's Cessna 172 Skyhawk is a four (4) seat aircraft with room for you, a Club certified flight instructor, and up to 2 additional guests. There is a guest fee of $20 per additional person for an Introductory/Discovery flight.
When is the best time to schedule my introductory flight lesson?
Anytime of year, and anytime of day you prefer...it's up to you. Also, Winter is some of the best flying, with the smoothest air and clearest skies (best views) of the year. Contact us today and schedule your introductory flight lesson.
I am interested in Light Sport Pilot License, what do I do?
The RAFC is exploring options for the acquisition of another airplane with plans to startup a light sport pilot option in the Summer/Fall of 2021. If you are interested in joining a group of like-minded pilots and fly light sport, reach out and let the Club know, and we will invite you to an upcoming information meeting. We are currently reviewing light sport planes and searching for the best fit for our collective interests.
I can only fly in Summer and during breaks because I'm away at College, is that an issue?
No issue at all. We have allowances in the Club by-laws (rules) for college students who are attending school 60 miles or more outside of Reedsburg to be able to suspend their Club membership (and monthly dues) while away at school. This allows college students to fly, or learn to fly when they are home and in the area with no cost or penalty when away at school. Our mission is to make flying affordable and accessible, and this policy supports that for young adults pursuing higher education.
How do I reach the Club for more information?
You can reach us in the following ways:
RAFC hotline: (608) 371-9240
New Member meetings: We meet Quarterly at the Reedsburg Municipal Airport (C35), contact us for dates and times.