High Planes Aero Club, Inc.
Revision 1.0 - December 17 2001
It is the intention of this club to operate with as much personal
autonomony as possible without infringing on the rights of others in the club.
The club asks that you use common sense and common courtesy in using club
property so that we can all enjoy the benefits of membership.
- All members of the Club shall comply with all Federal Aviation
Regulations, state, airport and Club rules while operating Club aircraft.
- A violation of any of the Club's rules by a member renders him liable
to either a temporary flight suspension of not more than (30) days or a
monetary fine not to exceed (500) dollars, or both. Repeated violations shall
result in a recommendation by the Board of Directors that the member be
expelled from the Club, such recommendation to be voted on by the membership. A
majority vote shall be necessary for expulsion.
- All members must be checked out and approved for solo by a flight
instructor designated by the Board of Directors before soloing any Club
- There is to be no smoking in any club aircraft at any
- All members must conform with all FAA currency requirements.
Additional requirements may be placed in this section only if club insurance
policies require them. Currency includes, but is not limited to, a current
bienniel flight review and at least a current class 3 medical certificate.
Additional currency requirements may be required depending on the member's
ratings and the type of flight that the member intends to complete.
- No member may perform any maintenance on Club aircraft, other than
preflight inspection, without authorization from the Maintenance Officer.
- Club aircraft may not be used to give flight instruction to anyone
except Club members and, upon approval by the Board of Directors, members of
their immediate families.
Except in an emergency, no member shall land a club airplane on any
strip which is not generally known to be currently and actively used for
regular takeoffs and landings by aircraft of the same type as the club
Over Water and International Flying:
Any extensive over water or international flying should be arranged with
the club President or Safety Officer to insure that all insurance requirements
are met prior to the flight.
Limit of Use:
Club aircraft are for the exclusive use of club members in good standing
and may not be rented, loaned, or otherwise used by other than club
For this purpose, any person occupying the front left seat of the
aircraft is required to be an active member in the club.
To reserve a plane, the member must use the scheduling system and
reserve the exact starting and termination time for each flight. Should the
member be unable to consume all or any part of the time scheduled, he must
amend the schedule accordingly at the earliest possible time.
A member's reservation will be held even if the member cannot show up at
the beginning of his scheduled start time. This club is intended to be as close
to ownership as possible, so we do not want schedules to box in your schedule
if an unforeseen event delays your prompt arrival at the aircraft. On the other
hand, if your arrival is significantly later than planned it is suggested that
you alter your schedule to a more realistic departure time. Repeated offenses
of failing to alter or cancel a "no-show" may result in disciplinary action by
the board of directors.
- A member must perform a thorough preflight inspection of the
aircraft, including a visual inspection of the fuel quantity, prior to
commencing flight. Any damage or discrepancies discovered by a member will be
assumed to be the responsibility of the last user unless it has been reported
previously to the Maintenance Officer. If a condition is discovered which may
affect the airworthiness of the aircraft, the aircraft shall not be flown until
cleared by the Maintenance Officer.
- Each member must ascertain that the airworthiness and registration
certificates, operator's manual, and weight and balance information are in the
aircraft prior to commencing flight.
- NOTE: Aircraft are not required to be refueled before return.
Make sure that the fuel quantity is adequate for your intended flight plus
- If the aircraft requires oil then use the oil in the club's hangar if
available. Otherwise purchase oil as necessary from any FBO.
- Preheat the aircraft before starting if the aircraft has not been
flown for more than 3 hours and the temperature has been at or below 20 degrees
F during that time.
- It is recommended that you record starting Hobbs time in the
clipboards in or near the aircraft. Failure to record Hobbs time will put you
at the mercy of the last member's recorded ending time. If there is a
discrepency between the last members recorded end time and the current Hobbs
meter time then you must note this on the clipboard and notify a club officer
as soon as possible.
Returning the Aircraft:
- Upon completion of a flight, the pilot must tidy up the aircraft.
Waste paper and extra charts will be removed, seat belts will be straightened,
- Pets may be carried in club aircraft, but the member must take extra
time in cleaning the aircraft after a pet has been carried. This includes
vacuuming out the interior if necessary, and making sure all traces and odors
of your pet are not left for the next member.
- Tanks are not to be topped off after each flight. This allows
the next member to decide how much fuel to take on before departing.
- Aircraft are to be secured in the hangar after each flight unless
another member is present to take immediate position of the aircraft.
- The member must record the end time and the total elapsed flight time
on the clipboard that is in the aircraft or in the hangar near the
- The member must record the total amount and cost of any fuel and oil
used. Charge slips should be left with the time recording sheet.
There is no minimum charge regardless of the number of days the aircraft
is taken for. A member can fly to Colorado Springs for a week if they so desire
and they will only pay for time flown.
Each member should make every effort within the realm of safety to
return the aircraft by the end of his scheduled return time. If a member cannot
return the airplane by his scheduled return time due to weather, maintenance,
or some other factor, then that member should first access the scheduling
system and attempt to reschedule the aircraft to their new estimated arrival
time. If the member finds that another member has the aircraft scheduled during
that time then he should leave this information on the scheduling system, then
he should make every effort to contact the other member and explain the
situation and the expected delay.