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A great selection of well equipped airplanes at a fraction of the cost of owning. How can you beat that?
Mitch Anderson

The finest airplanes with unparalleled availability and ease of scheduling.

Cloud 7 is a huge part of my life.  Having a cost effective fleet of six aircraft with a range of capabilities at my disposal can’t be beat.  Flying puts a smile on my face that sticks around well after the plane is back in the hangar.
John O'Shaughnessy

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

Questions and Answers about our organization
What makes Cloud 7 different?

We take absolute pride in capability, performance, maintenance, and aircraft availability.

ALL six of our aircraft are fully IFR equipped with Garmin GTN 650 WAAS navigators and Garmin GTX 330 / 345 ADS-B transponders.  This makes virtually every airport in the United States accessible even in IFR conditions.  We have configured our airplanes with similar instrument panels so switching between airplanes is easy.  Both of our Cessna 182’s and Cessna 210’s are equipped with auto-pilots, making cross country flights a breeze.

We are the only flying organization in Minnesota that has not one, but TWO mighty Cessna 210 Centurions.  These 6 seat heavy haulers are built to go the distance at an awesome 165KTS cruise speed.  They will carry 1000lbs of payload with FULL FUEL.  We are not aware of any place in Minnesota you can even rent a Cessna 210.

We like our owners to have easy and unrestricted access to our fleet.  This is the reason we like to maintain a 10 to 1 owner to aircraft ratio.  We have capped our ownership at 63 owners and will adjust as necessary to make sure aircraft utilization is optimum.  Most of the flying organizations in Minneapolis and Minnesota have 13 to 15 owners per airplane, limiting availability.

Can I get my Private Pilot License at Cloud 7?


Becoming a owner in Cloud 7 is a fantastic and economical way to earn your private pilot certificate.  A number of our owners are also Certified Flight Instructors (CFI’s.)  They are available to instruct other owners for both primary instruction and additional certificates and ratings.  You don’t need any flight experience to become a owner.  We are happy and enthusiastic to help you through the entire process.

Can my family fly too?


We have a fantastic family member program.  Family members flying under a primary ownership can be added for $5.00/month per family member.  This is a great way for your spouse or your kids to get into aviation.

How do I join?

A new owners joins by purchasing a share directly from the organization at the current advertised single share price, or by purchasing a share from a departing owner, at a price negotiated directly between buyer and seller. Every prospective owner participants in an orientation process by a couple on our board of directors.  After completing the orientation, new owners are paired with a instructor for their initial aircraft checkout.  Contact us to purchase a share, or feel free to reach out to any owner who is marketing their share.  We’re looking forward to welcoming you to the best flying organization in Minnesota!

How is the value of a share determined?

The cost of a share is directly negotiated between the buyer and seller.  A share represents a proportional interest in the organization’s assets at fair market value (aircraft, hangars, supplies, and cash on hand).   As of Spring 2017, net assets are valued at $8,500 per owner.

How available are the airplanes?
Aircraft availability is excellent.  Contact us and we will provide you with a temporary login to see the real, live aircraft calendar.  This is the best way to see for yourself the excellent aircraft availability.


We use ScheduleMaster.com for scheduling aircraft. Both phone and Web access are available and are user-friendly.

Read more about our scheduling policy in the by-laws.  Contact us for any questions.

What happens if I decide to sell my share?

When you decide to leave the club, you may sell your share to any individual who is approved by the board at a cost negotiated directly between you and the buyer. Often, the club has a waiting list of interested buyers.  Statistically, most owners leave our club because 1.)  The move out of the region.  2.)  They purchase their own airplane.

What is the structure of the organization?

Twin Cities Cloud 7 Inc. is a not-for-profit flight organization. The organization owns the aircraft, hangars and other assets.  Each owner has purchased a share in the corporation, and as such owns a proportional interest in the organization’s assets.  As a shareholder you are an aircraft owner!

The organization’s operation is governed by its bylaws.

Operation of the organization is directed by a board of directors, who are elected annually. Day-to-day operations are overseen by elected officers.

How is maintenance handled?
We have a maintenance officer who oversees recurring and unscheduled maintenance.

Squawks are handled online through the scheduling website.  We take great pride in making sure our aircraft are well maintained and airworthy.

Do I need insurance?

Each owner is insured by the organization’s insurance policy.

Liability and Property Damage – $1,000,000.  $100,000 per seat coverage.
Hull $500.00 deductible – not in motion and $2500.00 deductible – in motion and flight

Some owners carry additional renters insurance as an additional layer of protection.

What are the checkout requirements?

Aircraft checkout requirements are dictated by our insurance carrier and are subject to change.

As of 2017, the current requirements are as follows.

CESSNA 172 – 

  1. Any owner holding a private or more advanced Pilot Certificate, or
  2. Any owner holding a Student Pilot Certificate and also meeting the requirements defined in the “Student Pilot Owner” section of these rules

CESSNA 182 –

  1. Any owner holding a private or more advanced Pilot Certificate who has flown:
    1. A minimum of 100 hours Pilot In Command and
    2. Five hours Pilot In Command in the same make and model.
  2. Any owner holding a private or more advanced Pilot Certificate who has:
    1. Received a recommendation from a organization Flight Instructor and the Chief Pilot, and
    2. Completed a course of dual training prescribed by the Chief Pilot.

CESSNA 210 – 

  1. Any owner holding a private or more advanced Pilot Certificate with an Instrument Rating who has:
    1. Completed a checkout in the 172 and the 182 and
    2. A minimum of 250 hours Pilot In Command and
    3. either:
      1. 25 hours Pilot In Command of an aircraft with retractable landing gear and
      2. 10 hours Pilot In Command in the same make and model
    4. or:
      1. 10 hours of dual flight instruction with a organization  Flight Instructor in the same make and model, including at least 15 takeoffs and landings.
  2. Any owner holding a private or more advanced Pilot Certificate with an Instrument Rating, who has:
    1. Completed a checkout in the 172 and 182, and
    2. Received a recommendation from a organization Flight Instructor and the Chief Pilot, and
    3. Completed a course of dual training prescribed by the Chief Pilot.
How do the costs compare with area rentals?

If you fly more than a few hours a month, you’ll come out ahead compared to renting. Your savings start to multiply the more you fly. In addition, you pay no minimum hourly time for overnight, extended, or cross-country trips.  (see by-laws)

Many of our owners find the increased availability compared to rental aircraft to be a significant advantage to ownership.

There is quite a difference in the quality of the General Aviation experience when you own the airplane compared to renting.  Cloud 7 is not like an FBO.  When a owner flies a club airplane, he or she is flying the airplane they own!  There is no worry about returning keys, the club planes are available 24/7 every day of every year.

In addition, you will not find aircraft this well equipped available for rent anywhere in Minnesota.

What about assessments?

Cloud 7 budgets for routine maintenance, engine overhauls, minor improvements, and other operational costs.  Assessments are reserved for large capital improvements: projects like hangar replacement, major avionics upgrades, aircraft paint, and interiors. A majority vote of the ownership is required to approve large assessments. These assessments are not common, and rarely exceed a few hundred dollars. When they do come up, it’s because our owners take pride in our airplanes and facilities, and vote to reinvest in them.