Here are a few common questions we receive from prospective members. Can’t find the answer to your question? Please contact us – lets talk.
How does Ponderosa Aero Club work and what's it cost?
We’re a 501(c)(7) not-for-profit corporation that exists strictly to provide training and availability of aircraft to its members. A membership costs $270 which includes a $175 annual fee and the first month’s dues of $95. Annual fees for the next four years will be $150/year; after five year’s continuous active membership, annual fees cease. Dues are $95/month, but we give our members a $30 fly back credit to increase member flight proficiency. In other words, if you fly during a specific month, your dues will only be $65. The club aircraft are all owned by club members and leased back to the club. The aircraft are operated at cost, and every dollar earned by an aircraft goes back to that aircraft. The club offices, manager’s salary and general operating expenses of the club are financed strictly from dues and fees.
Can non-members rent your aircraft?
Sorry, but to use our aircraft, membership is required. We do offer a Restricted membership. A "restricted" member can fly any club aircraft he/she is qualified in as long as a club instructor is in the right seat providing instruction. Contact us for more details if interested.
My uncle is a CFI. If I join the club can he be my instructor?
All training given in club aircraft is required to be given by club instructors.
My business needs require frequent three or four day trips. What costs are there for taking a club aircraft on a multi-day trip?
We don't have any overnight charges, per se. We will assess a minimum of 2 hours per night. "Huh", you say. In other words, if you have the airplane four days and three nights your tab for the flight would be 6 hours, or the actual Hobbs time, whichever is greatest.
Are there any limitations on airports club aircraft can land at?
In general for non-backcountry flying, only paved runways are allowed. One exception is Murphy (1U3). Its pavement is in poor condition and causes prop damage, so it has been deemed off-limits. For safety, we do not allow night operations at Jackpot (06U).
I will be in the Boise area for several days and am interested in getting some backcountry instruction. Can Ponderosa help me out?
Dale Spindler, our chief Instructor, would be happy to discuss your needs and help set you up with one of our backcountry instructors. You can join as a restricted member which entitles you to use club aircraft for dual instruction. Contact us to discuss further.
What qualifications do I need to fly a Ponderosa aircraft?
To find the minimum pilot qualifications for each aircraft, select Our Aircraft from the drop-down list under The Club in the menu bar. For the airplane in question, click the More Info button and expand Basics by clicking on the plus (+) sign. Scroll down to find Club Requirements for the aircraft.