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Southeastern Minnesota Flying Club

A community of friends and pilots since 1958

Upcoming Events

Young Eagles Rally
Free airplane rides for youth age 8-17!
Sep 11, 8:30 AM – 12:00 PM
Rochester Int'l Airport,
7300 Brataas Dr SW, Rochester, MN

Hosted by EAA Chapter 100

 

Our Mission

SHARING THE ADVENTURE OF FLIGHT

For more than 60 years, the Southeastern Minnesota Flying Club has safely and economically delivered the excitement of personal aviation and aircraft ownership to area pilots. Based at the Rochester International Airport (KRST), the Southeastern Minnesota Flying Club offers members the opportunity to pursue their passion for aviation as co-owners of a fleet of modern aircraft.

Our mission is to promote an interest in, and a public appreciation of, aviation in all respects. As fellow pilots, we strive to provide economical access to safe, well-equipped, comfortable and attractive aircraft. As ambassadors of the broader aviation community, we take pride in sharing our pursuit with others. Whether through participation in outreach programs such as EAA's Young Eagles or Aviation Pathways, through sponsorship of educational seminars such as AOPA's Rusty Pilots, or through sharing our knowledge and experiences with fellow Club members at our monthly business and safety meetings, we aim to be visible, active role models for general aviation.

Mississippi Sightseeing

Photo by Rich Fugate, SEMFC

Sharing the thrill of flight is among the benefits of flying club membership.

If you're already an active pilot, we offer affordable access to a variety of airplanes suited to missions ranging from local sightseeing to regional day trips to long cross country flights. If you are a pilot whose experience has lapsed, a pilot who wants to add a new rating, or an aviation enthusiast yearning to become a pilot, you are welcome to join our Club. The Southeastern Minnesota Flying Club is not a flight school, but training is available at Rochester and nearby airports.

Join our group of pilot owners in one of the longest operating and most economical flying clubs in the United States. Contact us to learn how and to arrange a personal tour of our facilities.

 

Our Aircraft

Southeastern Minnesota Flying Club's Cessna 172 N4480R

Cessna 172M - N4480R

SIGHTSEEING &

LOCAL HOPS

The Cessna Skyhawk is the world's most popular single-engine aircraft. Featuring four sculpted seats, two large entry doors, large windows and a high-wing design, our Skyhawk provides an excellent sightseeing platform and a comfortable ride to fly-in events or to your favorite

"$100 Hamburger" spot. But you don't have to stop there. This Skyhawk is fully equipped for cross country and instrument flight, allowing for unlimited aviation experiences.

Equipment & Avionics

  • RAM Aircraft 160 HP conversion

  • Garmin G5 electronic attitude indicator

  • Garmin GMA-340 audio panel with intercom

  • Garmin GNS-430W GPS/nav/com

  • Garmin SL-30 nav/com

  • Garmin GTX 330ES Mode S transponder with ADS-B Out & TIS-A traffic In

  • Flightcom DVR 300i voice recorder/clock

  • Handheld radio power & antenna jacks

  • Electronic back up attitude indicator

  • JPI EDM-700 engine data monitor

  • Digital dual fuel gauge

  • Digital oil pressure & temperature gauge

  • Digital voltmeter & ammeter gauge

  • Carburetor temperature gauge

  • Digital outside air temperature gauge

  • Digital flap position indicator

  • Guardian Aero 452 CO detector

  • Air Mod custom interior

  • LoPresti Boom Beam landing & taxi lights

  • Tanis heater

Allowed Certifications & Operations

  • Student pilot certificate

  • Private or more advanced pilot certificate

  • VFR flight

  • IFR flight
  • Cross country flight

Pricing

  • Billing Rate: $53 per hour

  • Billed By: Tach hour

  • Rate Type: Dry

Rod Reicks

Rod Reicks

Maintenance Officer

Southeastern Minnesota Flying Club's Piper Archer II N47955

Piper Archer II - N47955

DAY TRIPS & INSTRUMENT FLIGHTS

The Piper Archer II is a stable and easy to fly single-engine, four-
place aircraft. Its low wing design and large cabin windows offer
clear panoramic views and provide
a sleek stance on the ramp. The Southeastern Minnesota Flying Club's Archer II is suited for a wide variety of missions. But it's top
speed of 125 knots, impressive
range and generous useful load make it a popular choice for cross country day trips. Our Archer II is well-equipped, with a Garmin G5 electronic attitude indicator, a Garmin 530W GPS with weather

and traffic data display, and a

dual-axis autopilot, which will significantly decrease pilot

workload and increase passenger safety when traveling in instrument conditions.

Equipment & Avionics

  • Garmin G5 electronic attitude indicator

  • Garmin GMA-340 audio panel with intercom

  • Garmin GNS-530W GPS/nav/com

  • Bendix/King KX-155 nav/com

  • Garmin GTX-345 Mode S
    transponder with ADS-B Out,
    TIS-A&B & FIS-B traffic, weather & aviation data In

  • S-Tec 55 autopilot with altitude hold

  • Tanis heater

Allowed Certifications & Operations

  • Student pilot certificate

  • Private or more advanced pilot certificate

  • VFR flight

  • IFR flight
  • Cross country flight

Pricing

  • Billing Rate: $59 per hour

  • Billed By: Tach hour

  • Rate Type: Dry

Mike Murphy

Mike Murphy

Maintenance Officer

Southeastern Minnesota Flying Club's Cirrus SR22 N645BD

Cirrus SR22 - N645BD

FAMILY ADVENTURES & CROSS COUNTRY TRIPS

The Cirrus SR22 is a technologically advanced, high performance aircraft. Featuring two large doors and a spacious four-place leather interior, the SR22 is perfect for long flights. It boasts a head-turning design and a top speed of 183 knots, enabling passengers to experience family adventures and cross country trips in sporty comfort and style. Plus, our Cirrus is kept in a heated hangar and includes Signature Flight Support's concierge service, so you don't have to pull the airplane out before your flight or put it away when you return; a great perk that saves time and is appreciated during cold weather.

 

Equipment & Avionics

  • Continental IO-550-N, 310 HP engine

  • Hartzell 3-blade aluminum propeller

  • Avidyne Entegra EX5000 PFD

  • Avidyne Entegra EX5000L MFD

  • Garmin GMA-340 audio panel

  • Dual Garmin GTN-650 GPS/nav/com

  • Garmin GTX-345 transponder

  • Avidyne DFC90 digital autopilot
  • Flight Director

  • L3 SkyWatch traffic system

  • XM Datalink weather

  • E-Max engine & fuel monitor

  • C-Max electronic approach plates

  • TKS ice protection system

  • Cirrus Airframe Parachute System

  • Precise Flight semi-portable oxygen system

Allowed Certifications & Operations

  • Private or more advanced pilot certificate

  • VFR flight

  • IFR flight
  • Cross country flight

Pricing

  • Billing Rate: $83 per hour

  • Billed By: Hobbs hour

  • Rate Type: Dry

Aircraft Access

The Cirrus SR22 is reserved for the Club's High Performance tier. See Prospective Members for additional information.

Tom Pitzen

Maintenance Officer

 
 

Prospective Members

BUDGETING FOR MEMBERSHIP

To assist prospective members in budgeting and comparing the benefits of flying club membership to other options for aircraft rental, we offer the following examples of typical Southeastern Minnesota Flying Club membership expenses.
 

STANDARD TIER

Most Southeastern Minnesota Flying Club members enjoy Standard Tier membership which entitles them to fly our Cessna and Piper aircraft and to use shared Club resources such as our portable Stratus ADS-B traffic and weather receiver. Typical expenses are as follows:

New Member Fees

Joining Fee (non-refundable):

Club Equity Buy-in (refundable):

Security Badge (renewed biennially):

Total before taxes:

$500.00

$500.00

$50.00

$1,050.00

Example Monthly Expenses

Membership Dues¹:

1 Tach Hour in N4480R²:

1 Tach Hour in N47955²:

Total before taxes:

$82.31

$53.00

$59.00

$194.31

HIGH PERFORMANCE TIER

Southeastern Minnesota Flying Club's High Performance Tier is offered to qualified Club members on a space-available basis. Membership entitles access to our entire fleet, including our Cirrus aircraft, and requires payment of an additional aircraft equity buy-in and additional monthly dues. Typical expenses are as follows:

New Member Fees

Joining Fee (non-refundable):

Club Equity Buy-in (refundable):

High Performance Equity Buy-in (refundable):

Security Badge (renewed biennially):

Total before taxes:

$500.00

$500.00

$8,100.00

$50.00

$9,150.00

Example Monthly Expenses

Standard Tier Membership Dues¹:

High Performance Tier Membership Dues¹:

1 Hobbs Hour in N465BD²:

Total before taxes:

$82.31

$461.50

$83.00

$626.81

ACADEMIC TIER

Persons who are enrolled at least half time in an accredited secondary or undergraduate post-secondary education program may qualify for reduced New Member Fees when joining the Southeastern Minnesota Flying Club. Academic Tier members are entitled to fly our Cessna and Piper aircraft and to use shared Club resources such as our portable Stratus ADS-B traffic and weather receiver. Academic Tier members are required to become Standard Tier or High Performance Tier members when their education program enrollment ends.

¹Monthly membership dues are mandatory and cover the Club's fixed costs such as hangar rental, utilities and insurance. A portion of each month's membership dues is allocated to the Club's Aircraft Improvement Fund to pay for future aircraft and equipment upgrades. High Performance Tier membership dues represent typical pricing based on average participation. Actual membership dues may vary with the number of Club members currently participating in the High Performance Tier.

²The Southeastern Minnesota Flying Club does not mandate minimum monthly aircraft usage. Aircraft usage fees are incurred only if members reserve and fly an airplane.

JOINING OUR COMMUNITY

Ready to join our community of pilot owners? The application process is easy! Just follow the checklist below:

  1. Review Frequently Asked Questions about the Southeastern Minnesota Flying Club, and read the Club's Bylaws, our Flying Regulations and Operating Rules and our Administrative Policy
     

  2. Complete and submit a New Member Application
    Follow the instructions accompanying the application form and include all required supporting documents. You must also submit a deposit payment in the amount of $1,000. The deposit covers your membership joining fee and your refundable equity buy-in. The Club will not process your payment until the Board of Directors has approved your membership and one of our officers has contacted you for confirmation.
     

  3. Attend a New Member Orientation session
    During orientation, you will receive an overview of your responsibilities as a Club member regarding access to and use of Club assets, including our hangars, our aircraft and other pilot resources available to members. You will also be trained to use our online scheduling system and will have an opportunity to ask any questions you may have as a new member of our community.
     

  4. Apply for an Airport Identification and Access Badge
    To comply with Transportation Security Administration regulations and directives, all Southeastern Minnesota Flying Club members are required to be in possession of an airport-issued identification and access badge while in secured areas of the airport. ​The badging process is controlled by Rochester International Airport and the TSA and consists of filing an application, attending an education session and paying a processing fee. The New Member Orientation will provide additional details.

 

Member Resources

 

Contact

Southeastern Minnesota Flying Club

P.O. Box 6664

Rochester, MN 55903-5554

semfc.secretary@gmail.com

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