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Southeastern Minnesota Flying Club
P.O. Box 6664
Rochester, MN 55903-6664

Background aerial photos of Southeastern Minnesota by Michael Currie, Southern Touch Photography and Rich Fugate, SEMFC.
 

©2019 Southeastern Minnesota Flying Club

Southeastern Minnesota Flying Club

A community of friends and pilots since 1958

 

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.

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 if you're an aviation enthusiast yearning to become a pilot, the Southeastern Minnesota Flying Club allows you to partner with an instructor and train in your airplane.

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.

Sightseeing & Local Hops

Cessna 172M - N4480R

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

  • Garmin GMA-340 audio panel with intercom

  • Garmin GNS-430W nav/com (IFR GPS, ILS, VOR, LOC, GS)

  • Garmin SL-30 nav/com (VOR, LOC, GS, DME)

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

  • Flightcom DVR 300i digital voice recorder clock

  • Hard-wired GPS/handheld radio power & antenna

  • Mid Continent Instruments 4300 electronic back up attitude indicator

  • Precision Aviation Inc. 700 vertical card compass

  • JPI EDM-700-4C engine data management system

  • Aerospace Logic FL-100-R dual fuel level indicator

  • Aerospace Logic OL-100-TK oil pressure & temperature gauge

  • Aerospace Logic VA-100-K60 voltmeter & ammeter gauge

  • Westach K30X carburetor temperature gauge

  • Davtron 307FC outside air temperature gauge

  • Digital flap position indicator

  • Guardian Aero 452 CO detector

  • Artex ME-406 406 MHz ELT

  • Air Mod custom interior

    • Custom panel with glare shield lighting

    • Pilot & copilot bubble windows

    • BAS harnesses

    • Rosen visors

  • LoPresti Boom Beam HID landing & taxi lights

  • Tanis heater

Allowed Certifications & Operations

  • Private or more advanced pilot certificate

  • Student pilot certificate

  • VFR flight

  • IFR flight

  • Cross country flight

Pricing

  • Billing Rate: $50 per hour

  • Billed By: Tach hour

  • Rate Type: Dry

Maintenance Officer

  • Rod Reicks​

Day Trips & Instrument Flights

Piper Archer II - N47955

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. Our Archer II is well suited for a variety of missions. But it's top speed of 125 knots and impressive range make it a popular choice for cross country day trips. This Archer II is equipped with a Garmin G5 electronic attitude indicator and a dual-axis autopilot, which significantly decrease pilot workload when traveling in instrument conditions.

Equipment & Avionics

  • Garmin GMA-340 audio panel with intercom

  • Garmin GNS-530W nav/com (IFR GPS, ILS, VOR, LOC, GS)

  • Bendix/King KX-155 nav/com (VOR, LOC, GS, DME)

  • Garmin GTX-335 Mode S transponder with ADS-B Out, TIS-A&B & FIS-B traffic, weather & aviation data In

  • Garmin G5 electronic attitude indicator

  • S-Tec 55 autopilot with altitude hold

  • Tanis heater

Allowed Certifications & Ratings

  • Private or more advanced pilot certificate

  • Student pilot certificate

  • VFR flight

  • IFR flight

  • Cross country flight

Pricing

  • Billing Rate: $59 per hour

  • Billed By: Tach hour

  • Rate Type: Dry

Maintenance Officer

  • Mike Murphy

Family Adventures & Cross Country Trips

Cirrus SR22 - N645BD

The Cirrus SR22 is a technologically advanced, high performance, single engine aircraft manufactured right here in Minnesota. Featuring two large entry doors and a spacious four-place interior appointed in leather, the SR22 is perfect for long flights. The Cirrus Airframe Parachute System makes it one of the safest general aviation airplanes flying today. Our SR22 is equipped with a modern glass panel flight deck, state-of-the-art communication equipment and numerous monitoring and safety systems. Boasting a head-turning design and a top speed of 183 knots, this SR22 enables passengers to experience family adventures and cross country trips in sporty high performance comfort and style.

Aircraft Access

Southeastern Minnesota Flying Club's Cirrus SR22 is reserved for use by members who have joined the Club's High Performance tier. Tier membership is limited to ensure optimal aircraft availability. For information, see the Prospective Members section.

Equipment & Avionics

  • Continental IO-550-N, 310 HP engine

  • Hartzell 3-blade aluminum propeller

  • Avidyne Entegra EX5000 Primary Flight Display

  • Avidyne Entegra EX5000L Multi-Function Display

  • Dual Garmin GTN-650 touch screen GPS/nav/com

  • Garmin GMA-340 audio panel w/MP3 input

  • 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 (CAPS)

  • Precise Flight semi-portable oxygen system

Allowed Certifications & Ratings

  • Private or more advanced pilot certificate with Instrument rating

  • VFR flight

  • IFR flight

  • Cross country flight

Pricing

  • Billing Rate: $75 per hour

  • Billed By: Hobbs hour

  • Rate Type: Dry

Maintenance Officer

  • Tom Pitzen

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Prospective Members

BUDGETING FOR MEMBERSHIP

To assist prospective members in budgeting and in comparing the benefits of flying club membership to other options for aircraft access, 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 ForeFlight enabled Apple iPad and 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:

$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 sales tax:

$82.31

$50.00

$59.00

$191.31

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:

$500.00

$500.00

$8,100.00

$50.00

$9,150.00

Example Monthly Expenses

Membership Dues¹:

1 Tach Hour in N47955²:

1 Hobbs Hour in N465BD²:

Total before sales tax:

$465.44

$59.00

$75.00

$599.44

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 ForeFlight enabled Apple iPad and 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.

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 check in the amount of $1,000 payable to Southeastern Minnesota Flying Club (or SEMFC). 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 Packet contains additional details.

 

Member Resources

BOARD MEMBERS

President

Vice President

Secretary

Treasurer

Jim Ulwelling​

Donald Fuller

Rich Fugate

John Gressett

 

Contact

Southeastern Minnesota Flying Club

P.O. Box 6664

Rochester, MN 55903-5554

semfc.secretary@gmail.com

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