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.
For more than 60 years, the Southeastern Minnesota Flying Club has provided affordable blue sky adventures to area pilots. From local sightseeing trips to cross country family adventures, our members enjoy the freedom to fly a variety of missions.
The Southeastern Minnesota Flying Club is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to provide members with affordable access to safe and modern aircraft. But, we are not simply an aircraft rental service. Rather, we are a group of aviators whose aim is to offer a welcoming community to fellow pilots and aviation enthusiasts, and we strive to promote an interest in, and a public appreciation of, aviation in all respects.
We take deep pride in our focus on safety, affordability and capability.
Our No. 1 priority is providing the greatest margin of safety reasonably possible for members and their passengers. From working with our insurance company and owner type clubs in establishing training and flying regulations, to our aircraft maintenance process, to the educational presentations and discussions at our monthly business and safety meetings, safety is always our primary consideration.
From our founding in 1958, our objective has been providing safe flying in well-equipped and well-maintained aircraft at the most reasonable cost possible. That objective guides every spending and pricing discussion, whether regarding aircraft upgrades, monthly dues, aircraft rates or other decisions. We are proud to have remained true to this objective and encourage you to compare our prices to other flying clubs and judge for yourself.
As co-owners of our fleet, we strive to equip our aircraft with modern capabilities that support our focus on safety and that enable members to complete a variety of missions. All of our aircraft are fully IFR equipped, and most also have autopilots. In the past, our Club has owned tail draggers and light sport aircraft, reflective of our flexibility and ongoing effort to offer aircraft that support the missions our membership prioritizes.
The Southeastern Minnesota Flying Club is managed by a Board of Directors (President, Vice President, Secretary and Treasurer) which is elected annually by our members. The Board is responsible for the day-to-day operations of the Club and has authority to make decisions, within the bounds set forth in our bylaws, on behalf of the membership.
Additionally, a Maintenance Officer is assigned to each Club aircraft. The Maintenance Officer is responsible for completing preventative maintenance tasks as allowed by the FAA, ensuring the aircraft is kept clean inside and out, ensuring the aircraft's hangar is kept clean and stocked with appropriate supplies, and arranging for a properly certified third-party to perform necessary airframe, powerplant and avionics work.
Join our group of pilot-owners in one of the longest operating and most affordable flying clubs in the United States. Contact us for more information and to arrange a personal tour of our facilities.