Twin Cities Cloud 7

With a fleet of six meticulously maintained and updated Cessna aircraft, the Minneapolis flying club Cloud 7 is based at the Flying Cloud Airport (KFCM) in Eden Prairie, MN.  Cloud 7 is the perfect place for student pilots through seasoned career pilots.

 

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Minnesota's Premiere Flight Club

A powerful, versatile fleet of aircraft.

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Our Fleet

TWO Cessna 172’s – TWO Cessna 182’s – TWO Cessna 210’s – see rates


210 Centurion

The Cessna 210 Centurion is a six-seat, high-performance, retractable-gear single-engined aircraft built to haul a massive payload at incredible speed.


  • Speed 165 KTS
  • Range 850 nm.
  • Payload with full fuel 1,002 lbs.
  • Cost per mile $0.95

182 Skylane

The Cessna 182 Skylane is a four-seat, single-engined airplane.  Its rugged airframe makes it an exceptionally well rounded aircraft.


  • Speed 135 KTS
  • Range 650 nm.
  • Payload with full fuel 680 lbs.
  • Cost per mile $0.94

172 Skyhawk

The Cessna 172 Skyhawk is a four-seat, single-engine, high-wing aircraft.  Its stable, predictable and safe design make it an ideal trainer and time builder.


  • Speed 110 KTS
  • Range 430 nm.
  • Payload with full fuel 640 lbs.
  • Cost per mile $0.73

Student Pilot? Always dreamed of flying?

Getting your private pilot license is easier and less expensive than you might think.  Here at Cloud 7 we have a specific  program designed to help you achieve your goals.  Contact us with the link below and tell us you want to be, or already are a student pilot.  One of our members will contact you with the details of our student pilot program.

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Recent Blog Posts

See what is happening at our Minneapolis Flying Club!

The C7 Stratus SIG, and a $100 DIY ADS-B receiver

For those of us who take longer trips or operate under IFR, the availability of up-to-date in-airplane text weather and NEXRAD imagery over ADS-B has been a sea change in terms of the ability to react to developing weather. The availability of traffic information has likewise improved situational awareness in our busy airspace. Like many things in aviation, the main barrier to adopting this new technology has been cost. Certificated, installed systems cost into the thousands, and the $550-$900 cost of portable systems is still a major hurdle for most. About three years ago, the response of several Cloud 7 ForeFlight users was to do something that came very naturally to cost-conscious flying club members: form another club! And thus, the Stratus SIG (special interest group) was formed. Today, the Stratus SIG consists of just under half of of the total Cloud 7, and owns a set of Stratus 2 ADS-B receivers. For about $200, any Cloud 7 member can buy into the SIG. This entitles them to reserve a Stratus just as they would reserve an airplane, and use it in any Cloud 7 aircraft. Recently, Reddit and various aviation message boards have been abuzz over the development of a $100 DIY ADS-B In receiver compatible with most of the popular EFB apps, including ForeFlight, WingX Pro, Naviator, and Avare. By combining a $35 Raspberry Pi 2 computer, a $21 RTL-SDR (software defined radio), and under $50 of other components, you can build a portable 978 MHz ADS-B receiver, capable of receiving both weather and traffic (978 ADS-B Out aircraft and ADS-R/TIS-B ground station rebroadcasts) and sending it...

Cloud 7 at the AOPA Minneapolis Fly-In, August 22

Cloud 7 will be exhibiting at the AOPA Minneapolis Fly-In on Saturday, August 22 at the Anoka County Airport (KANE). Our display will be located near the “You Can Fly” area, and will be a chance for you to meet club members, see one of our Cessna 210s, and learn how Cloud 7 is the easiest and most cost effective way in the Twin Cities to move up to a fleet of high performance airplanes. See you...

Spring 2015 Open House and Plane Wash – May 28

Cloud 7’s Spring 2015 open house and plane wash will be held from 3-7 PM on Thursday, May 28. This is one of two events each year where we wash and wax the airplanes, clean up the hangars, and have a BBQ (grills light at 5 PM) to promote camaraderie among the membership. It’s also a chance for us to show off what we are and what we do to prospective new members. To prospective new members who would like to stop by find out why Cloud 7 is such a great way to economically move up to a fleet of high performance aircraft, send us a note on our contact page — we’d love to have you stop over for a burger and to show off our fleet and facilities. To our friends and neighbors on Flying Cloud Airport, stop by to say hi. We’re located off Pioneer Trail on the north end of Hotel Lane....

Pushing the envelope

In December 2014, we installed a new Supplemental Type Certificate (STC) on both of our 182Qs. The “Fresh Pick” STC from Trolltune increased the maximum gross takeoff weight (MGTOW) from 2950 to 3100 pounds, with no added parts and no modifications to the airframes. How? Cessna certified the later 182R model to a 3100 pound MGTOW, and Trolltune invested in a multi-year FAA engineering, flight test, and certification program to prove that the P and Q model 182s were similar enough to justify the MGTOW increase. Note that this does not increase the maximum gross landing weight, which remains 2950 pounds. Preflight planning for the 182s when operating at takeoff weights above 2950 pounds will need to account for fuel burn to ensure that normal operations will land at or below 2950 pounds. This will normally not be a concern for flights two hours or more in length. In an emergency situation, the aircraft can be safely landed overweight; the main gear alignment will just need to be inspected by an A&P before the aircraft is returned to service. Where the Fresh Pick STC will really come into its own is for long trips with three or four people on board. Many of our members fly with their families, and the extra 150 pound capacity will make available flights that would not have been possible without it. Consider a family of four flying to Denver in N96418. This is a 600 NM trip, about 4.5 hours with no winds. Planning at 13.5 gallons per hour leaves a very comfortable two hour fuel reserve. Pilot and spouse weigh 180 and 142...

Inner beauty

N96418, our 1978 Cessna 182Q, is a fantastic airplane. A Horton STOL kit gives it great short field performance, and long range tanks make it a cross country champ. Its engine, though several years since its last overhaul, has maintained the compressions of a young engine, and runs remarkably smooth. Its Apollo avionics stack and STEC autopilot were complemented by a new GTN 650 earlier this summer. However, it was not a very attractive looking airplane. Until January, it still had its original paint and interior. The old, weather-beaten exterior was stripped and repainted January to protect the airframe against corrosion and to refresh the Carter-era look. We originally planned to replace the interior in late Spring 2014, but ended up taking a strategic delay to avoid cutting into the summer flying season. 418 finally went into the maintenance hangar in early October, and its interior was stripped down, literally to bare metal. Old upholstery, carpeting, insulation, and trim were removed. Seats were stripped down to their frames, and reconditioned before the new foam and coverings were applied. Plastics were repaired and repainted, and four weeks later, a clean, modern look...

FAA / MAC Pilot Meetings – October 7 and 18

It’s been a while since the MAC and FCM Tower have held a  runway safety and noise abatement meeting, but two are coming up in October — see below. Pilots who operate aircraft at Flying Cloud Airport (FCM) are invited to participate in upcoming pilot meetings being held at: Elliott Aviation (13801 Pioneer Trail) at 7 pm – 8:30 pm on October 7, 2014 Modern Avionics (10000 Flying Cloud Drive) at 9 am – 10:30 am on October 18, 2014 The FCM Air Traffic Manager and the Metropolitan Airports Commission Noise Program Office will present valuable information about safety, aircraft operations and noise abatement.   The meeting format will include a brief presentation, Q&As, and open discussion.   All are welcome!   For more information, please contact: Jim Shadduck (FCM ATCT) 952-941-1188 Jennifer Lewis (MAC) 612-725-6327 Lawrence Harting (Elliott Aviation) 952-944-1200 Kurt Schendel (Modern Avionics)...

Our Aircraft Are Fully IFR Equipped With Garmin GTN 650’s.

Our members value versatility, safety, and capability.  This is why each of our aircraft are fully IFR equipped and contain modern avionics.  Our two Cessna 182 Skylanes and two Cessna 210 Centurions are equipped with autopilots, making cross country flights a dream.

 

Garmin 650s


Our Facilities

We own two hangars at Flying Cloud Airport, complete with a heated maintenance hangar, and a newly renovated club room. Our club room is equipped with an ATC 610 certified instrument ground trainer; personal computer with DUATS weather briefing access, flight planning and flight simulation software; television and telephone.  A perfect place for your flight briefing, planning and training.

 

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