BY-LAWS

South Texas Flying Club By-Laws

PART A

ARTICLE I - PURPOSE

SOUTH TEXAS FLYING CLUB, hereinafter referred to as the "Club", "STFC" or by name, is a TEXAS Non-Profit corporation 501(c)(7) Social Club. STFC is an Equity-based Club organized for the purpose of providing a safe and enjoyable environment, promoting social fellowship and camaraderie of the Club's members through the ownership of private aircraft for the members personal, and recreational flying. Our Mission Statement is "Fun and Affordable Flying". STFC provides well-maintained aircraft for Members' use at a reasonable cost. 

ARTICLE II - MEMBERSHIP
  1. Membership in the Club is a voluntary privilege. The initial number of members in the Club is limited to 43 total members and may be amended as future aircraft are acquired. Membership in the Club is provisional and may be terminated by the Board of Officers at any time with or without cause with the exception of the Office of the Founding President and Vice President. Any member whose membership in the Club is terminated shall have no recourse against the Club, any member, or any Officer of the Club for any reason.
  2. All membership applicants shall provide a completed membership application to the Board of Officers for consideration as a Club Member and shall also provide such other documents as requested consistent with the individual's airmen certificate, as well as pay in full the appropriate membership deposit and first month dues. An applicant shall be granted membership only upon the consent of at least 3 Members of the Board of Officers, except in the case of a previous Member who is re-applying, in which case approval is required by majority vote by the Board members present at the next meeting of the Board of Officers.
    1. All deposits paid by applicants who are not approved for membership shall be returned within 30 days.
    2. The Club will not disclose Members' personal information to outside parties except as required by law, in the due course of business (such as for insurance purposes), or as necessary in the interest of safety. Members are not to disclose the Club roster to outside parties or use the roster for any commercial purpose, with the exception of occasional training related announcements, without prior permission of the Board.
ARTICLE III - CLASSIFICATION OF MEMBERS
  1. Club membership classifications are as follows:
    1. Regular: Regular membership is open to all individuals of good moral character who are responsible and financially able to meet the obligations of the Club, and who profess an interest in aviation. Regular Members in good standing are eligible to hold office and to vote on all issues brought before the membership of the Club. Regular members are entitled to fly aircraft as set forth in Article XIII - Operational Rules and may be amended in Appendix A, consistent with their hours, airmen certificate, medical certificate or BasicMed documentation and in good standing with the Club. The Regular membership deposit is $5,000. Regular Members will pay the current rate of monthly dues. Upon leaving the Club, Members in good standing may sell their Regular membership for $5000 or whatever the current market will bear.  The Board retains the right to approve new Members, and Board approval is required before such said sale.
    2. Associate: Associate membership is open to all Regular Member's spouses who are at a minimum Private Pilot and wish to fly Club aircraft as PIC. Associate Members shall be sponsored by a Regular Member who shall be responsible for the flying time and payment of all dues of the Associate Member. Spousal Associate Members will pay one-half (1/2) of the current deposit of $5000. Associate Members will pay one-half (1/2)  of the current rate of monthly dues. Associate Members are not eligible to vote on any matter brought before the Club. Upon leaving the Club, Associate Members in good standing may sell their Associate membership for $2500 to another potential Associate Member, or whatever the current market will bear. The board retains the right to approve new Associate Members, and Board approval is required before such said sale.
    3. Inactive: An existing Member who wishes to retain Membership in the Club but is not able or does not desire to fly may retain Membership as an Inactive Member by request to the General Manager. Inactive membership is intended for members who have become, or anticipate becoming, physically, mentally, legally, financially or geographically unable to fly with the Club and anticipate being so for at least 6 months. Inactive Members are not eligible to vote on any matter brought before the Club. Inactive membership is not available to Members who simply do not like to fly in a particular season, such as winter or summer, as the Club's fixed expenses covered by Member's dues know no season. Inactive Members who wish to become active Members will be placed at the top of any waiting list. Inactive Members who wish to immediately return to active status may do so by payment of all retroactive dues for the period of their inactivity. In any case, before being reinstated as an active Member, the Inactive Member requires a checkride with a current CFI within the Club, as well as proof of current Medical or BasicMed documentation and current Aircraft Renter Insurance for any non-equity Club aircraft.
    4. Inactive Military: Members that are unable to participate in Club benefits due to active U.S. military deployment may apply to become Inactive Military. If approved by the Board, such Members need not pay dues and any time-limited discount shall be extended for the duration of their obligation as approved. Appropriate U.S. Military I.D. and paperwork must be presented to the Board if requested. Inactive Military

    Members are not eligible to vote on any matter brought before the Club.

    1. Honorary: Honorary Members are those Members appointed by the President and / or Vice President. Honorary Members are not eligible to vote in any manner brought before the Club. Honorary Members do not have a monthly membership due. Honorary Members are eligible to rent Club aircraft just as a Regular or Associate Member. Honorary membership is a lifetime membership providing Member is in good standing with the Club.
    2. The Board shall have the power to adjust the dues and/or rates for certain Members for promotional purposes. This action must be designed, intended, and expected to benefit The Club as a whole. This action requires a unanimous vote of The Board including the President and Vice President to approve, and any such approved adjustment may be cancelled by a majority vote of The Board or the President and Vice President.
  2. Good Standing: Member in Good Standing means that the Member is current in the payment of the monthly dues and flying time, and Member has met satisfactorily all other requirements for Membership.
  3. Any Member may voluntarily surrender membership in the Club at any time. Upon leaving the Club, Members in good standing may sell their membership for the amount the Member originally paid (i.e. $5000, $2500, etc.)  or whatever the current market will bear.  The Board retains the right to approve any new Members, and Board approval is required before such said sale.
  4. In the event of involuntary removal, the Club will assume responsibility for selling the Member's share. The Member will receive all proceeds from the sale less 10 percent (for administrative fees) and any outstanding debts owed to the Club.  Club Management will make reasonable efforts to sell the Members share for fair market value. The Club will refund a membership deposit of the amount the Member originally paid, less 10 percent and any outstanding debts to the Club, to the estate of a deceased Member, providing the Member is in good standing with the Club.
  5. Membership Ownership Interest: Membership in the Club denotes a non-exclusive ownership interest in the Club aircraft. Members are not entitled to the distribution of any operating surplus or net savings in the Club. All surplus remaining after all operating costs and other expenses are paid shall be retained by the Club to accomplish its purpose.
  6. Voluntary or Involuntary Termination of the Club: Upon the termination of the Club's affairs, liquidation of Club assets, and payment of Club liabilities, all existing Regular Members and existing Associate Members in good standing and with no debt to the Club shall be entitled to the return of their original membership deposit. The balance donated to the AOPA Air Safety Foundation, and the EAA Aviation Foundation, both IRC 501(c)(3) organizations, as the Board of Officers shall decide. If there are insufficient funds to accomplish all of the above, they will be executed in the order shown.
  7. Club Obligations: Members may not cause the Club to incur any obligation, for maintenance or other services, nor aircraft or equipment, without prior approval of the President and Vice President.
  8. Social Events: All members in good standing, regardless of classification, may attend all Club social events.
ARTICLE IV - INITIAL FEE AND MONTHLY DUES
  1. All Regular Members are required to pay the appropriate membership deposit (Regular or Associate) upon application to join the Club along with the first month's dues. Monthly dues are intended to cover fixed costs of the club whereas the flight time rates are intended to cover operational costs including short and long term maintenance. Monthly dues, aircraft hourly rates and fuel reimbursement limits may be changed to reflect operational costs and financial needs of the Club on an as needed basis by the Board of Officers. Current rates will be depicted in Appendix A.
  2. Monthly dues are assessed in advance at the beginning of every month and are included with a statement of the previous months flying time. Any Member whose unpaid balance is carried forward to the next month's billing cycle is classified as past due. The flying privileges will be suspended for any member who is past due until the current balance is paid in full.
  3. In the event of unusual or extreme circumstances, the Board of Officers or President and Vice President is authorized to levy special assessments on the membership for the purpose of meeting such situations. This action requires a unanimous vote of the Board of Officers and the President and Vice President.
ARTICLE V - MEETINGS
  1. Membership Meetings
  2. Organizational: The Club Organizational meeting shall be held within 90 days of the end of the fiscal year. This is the Club's annual meeting. A quorum at any membership meeting shall be the Members present. Notice of any Organizational meeting shall be sent to the Member's last known physical address and/or email address and shall normally be sent along with the monthly statement. The STFC Newsletter may also be used to give notice to Members, online and / or in print. The STFC Newsletter will also be available at SouthTexasFlyingClub.org and shall be updated no less than monthly. Notice is effective upon mailing to the Member or when posted to the Newsletter section of Club's website. Members are responsible for keeping the Club advised of any changes in their physical home address and email address and phone number(s). Post Office Box addresses are unacceptable.
    1. Special: If an emergency arises such that a decision must be made before the annual meeting, the President and any two other Officers, or the Vice President and any two other Officers, may call a special meeting upon 10 days notice to the membership. Any action taken at a special meeting shall be binding on the membership per the President and Vice President approval.
    2. General: General meetings may also be called by any three Officers upon the recommendation of any Member wishing to organize the meeting for the purpose of information sharing among Members and the Board of Officers. Any such general meeting will be communicated in the STFC monthly newsletter. General meetings shall also be called for social events, safety meetings, and classes.
    3. Attendance: Member attendance at meetings is voluntary. However, Members in good standing are encouraged to attend all of the meetings and take an active role in the Club. All Members, whether attending or not are bound by the decisions made at the Club Membership meetings.
  3. Meetings of the Board of Officers
    1. Board of Officers. The Board of Officers shall meet to review club operations, finances, and to address any Member concerns or grievances at least every 120 days. The presence of four Officers is required to constitute a quorum and conduct Club business. An Officer who participates via teleconference shall be deemed "present" by a majority vote of the Officers present in person. Organizational, special, and general meetings qualify as meetings of the Board of Officers as long as a the Officer quorum requirement is met. "Approval by the Board of Officers" is defined as approval of the majority number of the Officers present at any meeting of the Board of Officers and requires the approval of the President and Vice President.
    2. The general membership is encouraged to attend Meetings of the Board of Officers. The Board of Officers reserves the right to remove any Member from such meeting if the Member creates such a disturbance as to prevent the due process of the meeting. The Meetings of the Board of Officers are closed to the general public.
ARTICLE VI - ELECTIONS
  1. With the exception of the founding President and Vice President, the election of Officers shall be held at the Organizational meeting each year. All nominations will be closed prior to the call to vote. All Regular Members and Officers shall have one vote. Associate Members are not eligible to vote on any matter brought before the Club.  The Founding President and Vice President shall preside until their voluntary resignation and may not be removed by any means. In the event of voluntary resignation, this exception will be lifted for that / those particular office(s).
  2. At the Organizational meeting, the membership may submit nominations for the positions to be filled. In the event there are insufficient nominations for the open positions, the President or Vice President may appoint a nominating committee of three Members to present a slate to the membership.
  3. All uncontested offices may be confirmed by acclamation by a majority of the Members present entitled to vote. Contested offices will be decided upon by written ballot appropriate for the offices to be elected.
  4. Absentee ballots will not be used. Any Member entitled to vote and unable to physically attend the election meeting will forfeit their vote.
ARTICLE VII - OFFICERS
  1. The Club Officers shall consist of a President, Vice President, Secretary, Treasurer, Safety Officer, and Maintenance Officer, who shall comprise the Board of Officers. The Officers are elected to represent the interests of the overall Club membership. The term of office for the Officers begins immediately upon election and runs until the next election. The duties of each office are as follows:
    1. President: The President shall preside at all meetings and be responsible for the conduct of all Club activities. The President is the Chief Executive Officer of the Club. The President shall also have signature authority on all Club accounts and shall assume the function of the Treasurer in the event that the Treasurer is absent or incapacitated.
    2. Vice President: The Vice President shall assume the duties of the President in the absence, incapacity or resignation of the President. Upon request of the President, the Vice President shall assist the President in the scope of the Presidency as much as possible. The Vice President will also fill any vacancy of Officer Seat not filled. The Vice President is also the sole IT Administrator of the Club's website and Flight Scheduler. The Vice President is also the Club's permanent Treasurer until further notice.
    3. Secretary: The Secretary shall take the minutes of all meetings and insure that all officers receive a timely copy of the minutes. The Secretary is charged with the additional function of Club Historian, as well as any other duties assigned by the Board of Officers within reason.
    4. Treasurer: The Treasurer is responsible for all financial matters of the Club. The Treasurer shall maintain such accounts as are appropriate for the Club. All disbursements shall be through a Club checking account whenever possible. The Treasurer shall also prepare and submit a balance sheet and income/expense statement for the fiscal year and budget for the coming fiscal year for the review and approval by the Membership at the Organizational meeting. The Treasurer shall also be responsible for the preparation of a financial forecast in accordance with sound financial practices. The Treasurer shall also report to the Club's CPA as needed or requested.
    5. Safety Officer: The Safety Officer is responsible for recommending safe operating and flying procedures for the Club, as well as overseeing their implementation as appropriate. The Safety Officer shall be responsible for dissemination of appropriate training and flying information to the Members.
    6. Maintenance Officer: The Maintenance Officer is responsible for maintaining current information in the logbooks of the aircraft, for maintaining the Club's aircraft in proper operating airworthy condition, and for compliance with all Federal Aviation Regulations and Airworthiness Directives. The Maintenance Officer shall be responsible for all maintenance documents, including all aircraft, engine, avionics and propeller logbooks, and for the execution of all documents required for the completion of major repairs and overhauls.
    7. General Manager: A General Manager shall be designated by the Board of Officers to manage the day to day administrative and routine managerial functions of the Club. The General Manager shall be responsible to and accountable to the Board of Officers.
    8. Newsletter Editor: A Club Newsletter Editor will be designated by the Board of Officers. The Newsletter Editor is responsible for publication of the monthly Newsletter, whether in printed form, online, or both. If the Newsletter Editor is designated from the membership, such individual shall not be considered an Officer solely by reason of such position.
  2. In the event that any elected officer resigns, is incapacitated or is otherwise unwilling or unable to continue their duties:
    1. The position may be left vacant with its duties reassigned by the President or Vice President; or
    2. The board may appoint a replacement for that position on an interim basis not to exceed 120 days by majority vote of a quorum the remaining board if enough board Members remain to constitute a quorum. If insufficient board Members remain to form a quorum then a unanimous vote is required.
    3. The interim board Member may be affirmed for the remaining duration of the original term by vote of the general membership at a meeting held for such purpose with at least 30 days notice. The quorum for such vote shall be the Members present that are eligible to vote.
    4. In the event that a quorum of the membership does not vote at such a meeting, the position shall be filled on an interim basis again as described above.
ARTICLE VIII - ACCOUNTING PRACTICES AND EXPENDITURES
  1. Monthly statements to members: A statement shall be mailed by the 5th day of each month to all members who have incurred charges payable to the club as of the time of preparation of the statement.
  2. Dues, flying time, other charges, and any previous balance carried forward are required to be received by the Club by the 21st of each month. Statements not paid by the 21st of each month will incur a charge of 1.5% per month on the unpaid balance. The flying privileges will be suspended for any Member who is past due until the current balance is paid in full. Failure to pay may result in termination of Club membership.
  3. Handling of accounts receivable: An electronic journal shall be kept of all payments by Members, fuel and oil credits and other credits, indicating the bank deposit in which any payment was included. The sum of all Member payments and other income included in a particular deposit shall be reconciled as equaling the amount of the bank deposit. All payments submitted by Members shall be deposited within 10 days of receipt.
  4. Cash asset accounts and loans: No cash asset account shall be opened or closed and no loan shall be applied for without the approval of the Board of Officers including the President and Vice President.
  5. Financial statements: The financial statements prepared by the Treasurer will adhere to and reflect continuous use of generally accepted accounting principles and will include an audit trail to all source documents. The chart of accounts shall include as a minimum the following:
    1. Income:
      1. Flight time charges
      2. New member share income
      3. Interest
      4. Aircraft sales
    2. Fixed Expense:
      1. Aircraft insurance
      2. Tie-downs and hangar rental
      3. Periodic licenses and registration fees
      4. Property insurance
      5. Airport use charges
      6. Aircraft reservation system
      7. Utilities
      8. Non-aircraft loan payments or expense
      9. Taxes
      10. Office expense
      11. STFC Website expense
      12. Publications
      13. STFC Newsletter / Adobe Subscription
      14. Postage
      15. CPA / Bookkeeping Expenses
    3. Aircraft operating expense:
      1. Fuel credits (with explanation due to "wet rates")
      2. Oil
      3. Parts (for club-performed maintenance)
      4. Maintenance (non-club performed maintenance)
      5. Annual inspections
      6. Engine rebuilds / replacement
    4. Other:
      1. Miscellaneous expense
      2. Membership deposits refunded to applicants who are not approved for membership
      3. Aircraft purchases and loan payments
    5. Club social activities
  6. Expenditures: With the exception of expenditures to which the Club is legally obligated, and parts purchases or maintenance services approved by the Maintenance Officer, no purchase may be made, no asset disposed of and no service contracted for an amount exceeding $500 without the approval of the President and Vice President or the unanimous approval of the Board of Officers.
ARTICLE IX - DETERMINATION OF DUES AND AIRCRAFT FLIGHT TIME HOURLY RATES
  1. Monthly dues shall be computed on a not-for-profit basis so as to cover anticipated fixed expenses, future aircraft purchases and upgrades, a base amount to cover annual inspections, and reserves. However, a portion of individual aircraft insurance and/or aircraft loan payments or allocable purchase charges or anticipated upgrade expenses may be covered instead by:
  2. Flight time charges for a particular aircraft so as to cover that portion of the expense that is excessive compared to the average club aircraft; or
  3. An additional monthly dues charge for members authorized to fly the aircraft in question.
  4. Flight time hourly rates shall be "wet rates" (fuel and oil included with purchases reimbursable) and shall be set on a not-for-profit basis based on anticipated expenses and flight time including the following:
  5. Anticipated flight time.
  6. Fuel cost based on typical hourly consumption rates and the standard fuel reimbursement rate stated in Appendix A. The standard fuel reimbursement rate shall be set by the Board of Officers. The standard fuel reimbursement rate is the rate at which Members are reimbursed for their fuel purchases. See Appendix A.
  7. Anticipated routine maintenance expense and adjustments for past maintenance costs.
  8. Escrow for engine, propeller, and other Time-between-overhaul based expenses.
  9. Anticipated annual inspection cost in excess of the base amount covered under the monthly dues calculation.
  10. Insurance in excess of the base amount covered under the monthly dues calculation.
  11. Aircraft purchase-related or upgrade-related expenses in excess of the base amount covered under the monthly dues calculation.
  12. The formulas for monthly dues and aircraft flight time hourly rates, assumptions of all variable factors and estimated costs, and the resultant calculated dues and rates are to be developed, documented, and approved by the Board of Officers at least once during the fiscal year. All documentation and calculations thusly approved shall be available to any member upon request.
ARTICLE X - TRUSTEES

The Office of the President and Vice President as well as all duly elected Officers are also the Trustees of the Club during their term of office. The relationship of the Office of the President and Vice President and the elected Officers and Trustees is one of dual status, and, as such, the Officers have the same powers as Trustees under Texas law, including by way of illustration and not limitation, the power to remove Members and to fill certain vacancies of Officers until the next Annual Meeting.

ARTICLE XI - COMMITTEES
  1. The Club shall have the following Standing Committees:
    1. Accident Investigation Committee: The Accident Investigation Committee shall be co-chaired by the Club Maintenance Officer and Club Safety Officer and shall consist of those individuals and up to three other non-Officer Members appointed by the President. The Accident Investigation Committee shall be responsible for investigation of all club accidents or incidents. The Accident Investigation Committee is empowered to fix liability if the Board determines that such liability is warranted under the circumstances of the Accident or Incident. Any Member who is assessed liability by the Accident Investigation Committee is entitled to a hearing of the circumstances before the membership at a Special Meeting called for such a purpose or at the Annual Meeting.
    2. Safety Committee: This committee is chaired by the Safety Officer and shall consist of all Certificated Flight Instructors authorized to give instruction in Club Aircraft. The Safety Committee is responsible for the review and implementation of safe flying practices and training. Operation of any club aircraft in violation of applicable Federal Aviation Regulations or in an unsafe manner will not be tolerated.
    3. The Club Officers are authorized to appoint as many Ad Hoc committees of Regular Members as are necessary to fulfill the Club purposes, e.g., for the Club social activities.
ARTICLE XII - LIABILITY AND DAMAGE TO AIRCRAFT
  1. Insurance: The Club shall maintain insurance on all aircraft against damage to the hull from ground and flight damage, and liability insurance to protect the Club and its Members against liability, actions, suits for damages, or judgements of third persons. The Board of Officers shall determine the adequacy of all insurance coverage. The Club assumes no responsibility to a Member for the results of any act or omission while operating Club aircraft except for the protection afforded by such policy or policies of insurance carried by the Club.
  2. In the event the Club secures any number of non-equity aircraft, Club Members who elect to fly those aircraft shall secure and maintain Aircraft Rental Insurance. Club Members renting Club aircraft are responsible to cover the deductible amount in the event of any claims.
  3. Aircraft that are equity owned within the Club, Aircraft Rental Insurance is not required. Club Members renting Club aircraft are responsible to cover the deductible amount in the event of any claims.
  4. Damage to Aircraft: Damage to any aircraft shall be promptly reported to the Club General Manager, the Club Maintenance Officer or any other Club Officer. Members are directly responsible for the safe operation of any Club aircraft under their control. All Club aircraft are to be operated in accordance with the applicable Federal Aviation Regulations, the operating limitations of the aircraft as set forth by the manufacturer and Club Operational Rules. In the event of damage to a Club aircraft, its engine or equipment, which damage is proximately caused by an act or omission of a Club member, such member shall be liable for the damage sustained and may be assessed the uninsured, non-reimbursable cost of repair or replacement.  Currently, the club's deductible is set a $1000.00.  This may change in the future so it is important to understand that the Member will be expected to pay whatever the deductible is at the time of any damage.
  5. Gross Negligence or Willful Damage: If any member is found by the Accident Investigation Committee to have caused loss, damage, destruction, or injury to the Club or its aircraft, engines, or equipment through gross negligence or willful violation of any regulation or rule of the Federal Government, any state or the Club or while under the influence of drugs, alcohol or other substances, the Member or the Member's estate will be held liable for all such loss, damage, or destruction.
ARTICLE XIII - OPERATIONAL RULES

The Club Operational Rules are attached as Part B, incorporated by reference, and have the effect of the Club By-Laws.

ARTICLE XIV - AMENDMENTS

Any amendment or modification to these By-Laws shall require the approval of the President and two-thirds of the voting membership present at a meeting called for such a purpose after 30 days written notice. Twenty percent (20%) of the number of active members shall constitute a quorum for Amendment or modification purposes. EXCEPTIONS - The Board of Officers may make decisions as to aircraft acquisition and disposition, set hourly flying rates, the initial membership fee and High Performance/Complex or other designated aircraft fee, and set annual dues with the approval of the President and Vice President. A simple majority of the Members present at any meeting called for such purpose may modify the Club Operational Rules or Appendix A, if in the Club's best interest.

PART B

Operational Rules

General

  1. Aircraft provided by the Club are for the exclusive use of its Members and their passengers. Members are required to conduct themselves in a manner that is a credit to the Club.
  2. Only Club Members with a minimum of a Private Pilot Certificate, FAA designated examiners and those Certified Flight Instructors (CFIs) approved by the Board, are authorized to pilot Club aircraft.
  3. A Member may use Club aircraft for personal transportation, for training of the Member, or the Member's pleasure. Club aircraft may not be used for commercial operation as defined by Federal Aviation Regulations. The Club objective is to maintain an average ratio of 14 members per aircraft. A Member who utilizes Club aircraft to the extent that they are impeding other Member's ability to utilize the aircraft may have a maximum flight time limit imposed at the discretion of the President, Vice President, General Manager or Board of Officers.
  4. Certified Flight Instructors approved by the Club are the only individuals who are authorized to give flight instruction in Club aircraft. CFIs are independent contractors and are not necessarily provided by the Club.
  5. Members may pilot only the Club aircraft for which they have received instruction from an Instructor approved by the Club. Additionally, Members must satisfactorily complete a check ride with an approved CFI in an aircraft of the same major model as the aircraft to be flown. Keys and 3-ring binder to the various Club aircraft are to be obtained from the front desk at Atlantic Aviation FBO KCRP. Keys and 3-ring binder MUST be returned at the end of scheduled flight to the front desk at Atlantic Aviation FBO KCRP during normal business hours. Under no circumstance are the keys and 3-ring binder be out of the possession of the scheduled pilot or taken off the premise without the prior approval of the President and / or Vice President.
  6. Club aircraft may be flown solo only by individuals who have a current medical certificate or current BasicMed documentation and who have completed a flight review as set forth in FAR 61.56, or by student pilots that have CFI authorization with logbook endorsement for solo operation. Members are reminded that insurance coverage is not available if Club aircraft are flown without an up to date flight review (BFR) and medical or BasicMed and liability will become their own. Above documentation must be submitted to the Vice President before any flights. This is primarily for insurance purposes, and such documentation are placed in the Member's permanent file at the office of the Corporation.
  7. Smoking is not permitted in or around Club aircraft.
  8. Members are encouraged in obtaining an Aircraft Flight Manual/Pilot Operating Handbook for each Club aircraft flown. Flight Manuals and POH's may be ordered online at various vendors. Members may also view the POH for each aircraft within the Private STFC Forum.
  9. Monday evenings from 6:30 until 9:30, are designated as Club Membership Aircraft Maintenance Night. All members are encouraged to attend and learn maintenance practices and procedures for Club aircraft as well as enjoy fellowship with all Club members.
Reservation of Club Aircraft
  1. No Member may fly a Club aircraft without scheduling time for the flight.
  2. Aircraft may be scheduled at aircraftclubs.com. Login information will be provided for each Member by the Board of Officers.
  3. Reserve only the time in which you will be using the aircraft.
  4. Reservation times are valid for 30 minutes after the time of initial reservation. After the 30 minute period, the reservation lapses and the reservation is forfeited.
  5. If the aircraft cannot be returned at the time stated in the schedule, update the schedule. Notify any other Members affected by the change.
  6. If a Member is unable to keep a reservation or arrives back early from a flight, the schedule should be updated so as to allow the aircraft to be used by other Members.
Reporting Time and Expenses
  1. All flight time will be reported from the Hobbs meter in each aircraft based on each 1/10th of an hour that the aircraft is operated with the engine running. If at least half of the next 1/10th digit is displayed, that number is to be used as the ending time, in other words, round up. Discrepancies should be noted in the flight log kept in each aircraft. If the Hobbs meter is inoperative, tachometer time may be used to report time of total operation. The use of tachometer time to report time of operation may be adjusted for billing purposes based on historic ratios between Hobbs and tachometer.
  2. PRINT your name neatly and fill out the flight log form completely. Members who fail to document their flying time or do so in an illegible manner will be assessed a $10 administrative fee.
  3. The Club rents its aircraft "wet", however, there are restrictions. Fuel purchased requires a receipt and must be presented to the Club's Treasurer / Club's Vice President within five business days of the scheduled flight to receive fuel credit. The rate and restrictions for fuel reimbursement will be depicted in Appendix A at the end of this section. The receipts should be obtained for purchase of other products, such as oil. Credit will be issued for the dollar amount of such purchases upon approval.
  4. It is strongly suggested that at least two quarts of appropriate oil are carried in the luggage compartment of Club aircraft before departing the Club's home airport. This should eliminate the need for purchasing oil even during extended cross-country flights and ensure the correct oil is added if needed.
  5. All maintenance squawks should be reported in the log kept in the aircraft, followed by notification of the Maintenance Officer or General Manager. If the aircraft is unfit for flight contact the Maintenance Officer, General Manager, or Vice President immediately, and alert any members who has the aircraft reserved within the next 24 hours. This information is also required to be posted in the Squawk  Forum within the Private "Member Login" area of the Club's website SouthTexasFlyingClub.org immediately to alert other pilots within the Club. DO NOT post squawks within the Club's Facebook Group page.
  6. Check and follow the procedures for shutdown and securing the Club's aircraft at the completion of all flights.
Maintenance Expenses
  1. Any maintenance services purchased must have approval of the Club Maintenance Officer or the Club General Manager prior to having the service performed. Any maintenance performed outside of these guidelines could become the financial responsibility of the Member who authorized the work.
  2. In the event of a breakdown other than the Club's home airport, Members are authorized to spend up to $300.00 to correct the problem(s).  Repairs estimated to exceed this amount must be authorized by a representative of the Club's Board Of Directors, including the President or Vice President.
Club Instructors (CFIs)

Only FAA Certificated Flight Instructors (CFIs) approved by the President, the Vice President or the Board of Directors are allowed to provide instruction in Club aircraft. The Safety Officer will evaluate and recommend Club instructors to the Board.

  1. The list of approved Club CFIs are published on the Club's website within the Private STFC Forum, and is also available from the Club General Manager / President / Vice President.
  2. Club CFIs are prohibited from providing instruction in Club aircraft unless both the CFI and pilot or student pilot are classified as STFC Members in good standing.
Member Documentation

All active Members will provide a copy (ideally email a scan) of their medical certificate or BasicMed applicable paperwork, flight review and / or Wings program endorsement to the Club General Manager or Safety Officer upon renewal or completion. Failure to provide this information will result in the loss of flying privileges.

International Flights

International flights in Club aircraft are not allowed.

PART B Exhibit 1

Ground Instruction and Evaluation 

The Member pilot shall demonstrate sufficient aeronautical knowledge of the following areas, appropriate for the class of pilot certificate held (i.e. Private, Commercial, ATP):

  • Club By-Laws Part B - Operating Rules.
  • Club By-Laws Appendix A.
  • Aircraft systems (for each type of aircraft pilot is enabled to fly):
    • Engine and propeller.
    • Electrical system.
    • Vacuum system.
    • Pitot-static system.
    • Flight controls.
    • V-Speeds.
    • Limitations.
    • Emergency procedures.
  • Special emphasis areas:
    • Positive aircraft control.
    • Stall / spin awareness.
    • Collision avoidance.
    • Wake turbulence avoidance.
    • Land and hold short operations.
    • Runway incursion avoidance.
    • Controlled flight into terrain.
    • Aeronautical decision making and risk management
    • Checklist usage.
  • Radio communication procedures.
  • FAR Part 61. Sections applicable to maintaining pilot and medical certificates.
  • FAR Part 91. Sections pertaining to operations and flight rules.

Flight Instruction and Evaluation

The Member pilot shall demonstrate sufficient aeronautical skill in the following areas of operation, appropriate for the class of pilot certificate held (i.e. Private, Commercial, ATP):

  • Preflight operations.
  • Normal Takeoff and Landing.
  • Crosswind takeoff and landing.
  • Short field takeoff and landing.
  • Soft field takeoff and landing.
  • Go-Around / rejected landing.
  • Steep turns.
  1. Maneuvering during slow flight.
  • Power Off Stalls
  • Flight by Reference to Instruments:
    • Straight and level flight.
    • Constant airspeed climbs and descents.
    • Turns to headings.
    • Recovery from unusual attitudes.
  • Emergency Operations:
    • Emergency approach and landing.
    • Emergency descent.
    • Equipment malfunctions.
Appendix A
  1. Fuel purchased anywhere other than the aircraft home airport and home FBO  (Atlantic Aviation, KCRP) will be reimbursed at the rate the Club's fuel agreement per gallon price with Atlantic Aviation, KCRP or actual expense whichever is less.  Receipts must be furnished to the Club Treasurer / Club Vice President within 5 business days of scheduled flight in order to receive reimbursement. Reimbursement is issued in the form of a credit to the pilot's account with STFC.
  2. This policy may be amended at any time by the majority vote of the Board of Officers or exclusively by the President and / or Vice President for any reason, including limits, to protect the interest of the Club.
Monthly Dues
  1. Regular Members: $120.00
  2. Associate Members: 50% off of Regular Member amount.
  3. Inactive Members: $35
Hourly Rates

"Wet" (Including Fuel and Oil)

  1. N80734 aka "Rocky" $95/hour (Hobbs)
  2. Coming Soon "Bullwinkle"
  3. TBA
Requirements to act as PIC in any STFC Aircraft
  1. Private, Commercial, or ATP Pilot certificate.
  2. Current 1st, 2nd, 3rd Class Medical or BasicMed documentation.
  3. Current Flight Review / BFR.
  4. Minimum of 1 hour of instruction by a Club approved CFI, including 3 takeoffs and landings.
  5. Logbook endorsement by a STFC approved CFI.
  6. Three (3) hours in type within the preceding 6 calendar months, or flight check in type by a STFC approved CFI within the preceding 12 calendar months.
  7. Primary instruction prohibited. Club CFIs are prohibited from providing instruction in Club aircraft unless both the CFI and pilot or student pilot are classified as STFC Members in good standing.