COMMUNITY OF FLYING
Sharing Airplane Resources
Most of us have probably noticed a significant increase in flight activity in the past few months. A combination of great weather, a strong economy, and a healthy flying club tends to create this effect. It’s generally a good thing until you find you can’t reserve the type of airplane you want because they are completely booked for your date and time.
Here we ask the membership to look out for each other. We request that members be as considerate as possible when it comes to choosing the amount of time you book a plane. I often look at the scheduling system and see examples of planes that were reserved for 4 or 5 hours and come back with a total of 1.2 or 1.3 hours of recorded flight time. I think this is a perfect example where had the reservation been made for 2 or 2.5 hours, it may have opened the plane up enough for another flight.
When we get another flight in, it’s a win-win-win for all involved. The owner of the plane gets higher revenue from the plane, the club has increased revenue (which helps us keep our efficiency up) and another member gets to fly, which is what this is all about in the first place. And remember, that “other” member might be you someday and you’ll hopefully be appreciative of your fellow members trying to make the use of the plane as efficient as possible. So the next time you hit the “reserve” button, please think twice about whether you really need the plane for all of the time you have it booked.
Now having said all of this, please don’t ever compromise safety trying to be a good citizen. The reverse of the above scenario is that you book the plane for 2 hours for a 1.8 hour flight and find yourself rushing back. Rushing and aviation are never a good combination and is often the first link in a possible accident chain, which we don’t want to have happen. So please use your best judgment when making plane reservations.
And now for some shameless marketing. Another solution to the crush on booking planes is to get more planes! The club really needs more Cessna 172SPs, Cessna 172Ns, and Piper Warriors. Some of these high flyers generate significant cash flow for the owner so if you have ever been interested in pursuing the possibility of plane ownership, then please contact me (firstname.lastname@example.org) so we can chat about the possibilities.