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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.

Preston

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 flying club
What makes Cloud 7 different?

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

CAPABILITY:
ALL six of our aircraft are fully IFR equipped with Garmin 430 WAAS GPS systems.  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.

PERFORMANCE:
We are the only flying club 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.

MAINTENANCE:
All of our airplanes are maintained to the highest quality to ensure they are safe and ready to fly.  We like our airplanes to be beautiful, which is why we budget for upgrades like paint, interiors and new avionics.   One of our Cessna 182’s just got back from the paint shop and looks like new!

AVAILABILITY:
We like our members to have easy and unrestricted access to our fleet.  This is the reason we like to maintain a 10 to 1 member to aircraft ratio.  We have tentatively capped our membership at 60 members and will adjust as necessary to make sure aircraft utilization is optimum.  Most of the flying clubs in Minneapolis and Minnesota have 13 to 15 members per airplane, limiting availability.

Can I get my Private Pilot License at Cloud 7?

YES!

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

Can my family fly too?

YES!

We have a fantastic family member program.  Family members flying under a primary membership 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 club member joins the club by purchasing a share directly from the club for a single share price of $4500, or by purchasing a share from a departing member, at a price negotiated directly between buyer and seller. Every prospective member participants in an orientation process by a couple of members of our board of directors.  After completing the orientation, new members are paired with a club instructor for their initial aircraft checkout.  Contact us to purchase a club share, or feel free to reach out to any club member who is marketing their share.  We’re looking forward to welcoming you to the best flying club 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 club’s assets at fair market value (aircraft, hangars, supplies, and cash on hand).   As of spring 2014, total club assets are valued at approx $12,400 per member.

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.

SCHEDULING POLICY:

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 members leave our club because 1.)  The move out of the region.  2.)  They purchase their own airplane.

What is the structure of the club?

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

The club’s operation is governed by its bylaws.

Operation of the club 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 member is insured by the clubs 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 members 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 Summer 2014, the current requirements are as follows.

CESSNA 172 – 

  1. Any Club Member maintaining a private or more
    advanced Pilot Certificate, or
  2. Any Club Member maintaining a Student Pilot
    Certificate also meeting the requirements defined in the
    “Student Pilot Club Member” section of these rules.

CESSNA 182 –

  1. Any Club Member maintaining a private or more
    advanced Pilot Certificate who has flown:
  2. A minimum of 100 hours Pilot In Command and
  3. Five hours of dual flight instruction in the C182 including at least 15 takeoffs and landings while accompanied by an appropriately certificated flight instructor.

CESSNA 210 – 

  1. Any Club Member maintaining a private or more
    advanced Pilot Certificate with an Instrument Rating
    who has:
    i) Completed a checkout in the 172 and the 182 and
    ii) A minimum of 250 hours Pilot In Command and
    iii) 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
    iv) or:
    (1) 10 hours of dual flight instruction with a Club
    Flight Instructor in the same make and model
    including at least 15 takeoffs and landings.

 

How do the costs of club flying 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 members find the increased availability compared to rental aircraft to be a significant advantage to membership.

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 member 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?

Here at Cloud 7 we budget for routine maintenance, engine overhauls, capital improvements, and more.  Because of this member assessments are rare as we are well funded.  Occasionally the membership will vote on large expense, such as a new hangar or paint job.  A majority vote of the membership is required to approve large assessments.  These are not common, but when they do come up, our members take pride in our airplanes and facilities and vote that direction with their dollars.