Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
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. 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.
How old do I have to be to join a Flying Club?
The Reedsburg Area Flying Club has established a minimum age (16) for an Associate Membership (see more below).
How long does it take to learn to fly?
The FAA requires 40 hours minimum of flight instruction. And, the average time it takes to earn a private pilots license is somewhere between 45-55 hours of in-flight training. PPL flight training 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 flying?
You must be at least 16 years of age to 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 flying cost?
Our members enjoy cost-effective plane access. Our Cessna 172 Skyhawk fees range from $58 - $78 per Hobbs hour of flight time (dry - not including fuel), depending on plane and location. These rates do not include fuel, or instructor (if necessary).
What about introductory flights?
Contact us here to find out when our next Young Eagles or Pancake Breakfast is happening (or see our Events page). Or, contact us to find out when a seat might be open on an upcoming Member flight. And, get ready for fun!
Can I bring a friend or family member on a Young Eagles or Member Flight?
Yes - please request this when you contact us. Our Flying Club's Cessna 172 Skyhawk is a four (4) seat aircraft with room for up to 3 guests along with your pilot. And, your pilot will calculate weight and balance to ensure safety minimums are met.
When is the next opportunity for an Introductory Flight?
These occur year-round when a Member pilot has the time and an empty seat on a flight, or when a special event occurs. See our events page to find out dates for upcoming events. Or contact us here for upcoming Member flights.
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 late 2021, or early 2022. 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 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 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 regularly at the Reedsburg Municipal Airport (C35), contact us for dates and times.