Chartered as a nonprofit Kentucky corporation in 1954, the Lexington Flying Club, Inc.
presently can provide you with access to five
They are a Cessna 152, two Cessna 172's, a Piper Archer II and a
Diamond Star, DA-40.
The club is operated to provide its members with low cost flying, safety training and continuing pilot education. All aircraft are based at Lexington's Blue Grass Airport and are maintained by FAA certified maintenance personnel to assure prompt and qualified service. A Club "Maintenance Officer" is elected for each airplane to assure that any discrepancies reported by Club pilots are quickly corrected. Scheduling of Club airplanes is coordinated through a 24 hour computerized telephone and internet answering service so members are assured of getting immediate status / availability information about the aircraft anytime they wish to fly. You will find that, if you plan to fly two and a half to three hours or more a month, a Club membership is more economical than renting.
The Club has approximately 85 members (approximately 50 active flyers.)
Flying experience is not required for
membership; in fact, about one fifth of our members are student pilots, taking lessons, and working towards that private
Ladies, please consider us as well; three of our pilots with wallets full of ratings carry those wallets in their
Although the Club is not a flight school, per se, Club approved instructors are available and have helped many of the Club's pilots obtain private and instrument licenses/ratings. We will be glad to recommend an instructor to you if you don't already have someone in mind.
You may fly the 1979 Cessna 152, the 1977 and the 1980 Cessna 172's for a $200.00 initiation fee and
$41.50 per month dues.
You may fly those airplanes plus the 1979 Piper Archer II and the 2004 Diamond Star for a $500.00 initiation fee and $58.00 per month dues.
There is also a membership that bridges the two main membership levels, providing a way to incrementally pay the difference in initiation fees as you continue to fly the Cessna 172's. Once the FULL membership initiation fee is paid off, you can then start flying the Archer and the Diamond Star.
And, effective March, 2011, we had to ask all security badge holders to pony up a $150 refundable deposit for their badge. The airport has told us that we'll get hit with a $150 penalty if a badge is not returned in a timely fashion.
All the club 4-place aircraft have coupled autopilots with heading bug. All five aircraft are IFR Certified, have two or four place intercoms, and, best of all, IFR enroute and approach approved moving map GPS units!
We are in the process of upgrading our GPS units to ones with WAAS capabilities. Right now, our Cessna 172's and our Archer have the Garmin 430W WAAS Enabled GPS/Nav/Comm system.
The Diamond Star has the Garmin 530/430 Radio Stack.
The Cessna 152 has the non-waas Garmin/Apollo GX50 IFR Enroute and Approach-certified Panel Mount Unit.
We have GPS simulators that you can load on your PC and practice with the various GPS units while in the comfort of your own home or office.
For added IFR safety, the 2004 Diamond Star has a two axis (pitch and roll)
King KAP 140 Autopilot.
All airplanes have dual nav-comms.
The 79 Archer and the 172's have the
S-TEC autopilot that gives you autopilot wing leveler capability even if the vacuum gyros or vacuum pump fails.
The Diamond Star and the '77 Cessna 172 has an altitude hold feature on its
autopilot, something our fliers really enjoy.
Pilots in the lower (Restricted) level of membership fly the Cessna 172's at $8/hr more than the rate shown below than those in the more expensive (Full) membership level. Other restrictions on the lower membership level include a restriction on how far out in time you may schedule (7 days) and a restriction to single day reservations. See the Bylaws for more information about the club membership levels.
You may join at either level and may elect to move up to the higher level at any time your finances and schedule permit. All the aircraft are certified for VFR and IFR Flight.
Note: Even though student pilots may join the Full membership level in order to avoid the 7 day scheduling restricton, they are still limited to flying the Cessna 152 (and 172's when signed off) until they become private pilots.
Effective 2/1/2014, hourly tach rates for flying Club aircraft are:
Cessna 152 - $83.75 tach (approx $68.00 hobbs);
Cessna 172's - $113.00 tach (approx $91.25 hobbs);
2004 Diamond Star - $126.25 tach (approx $95.25 hobbs);
and 1979 Archer II with cruise prop - $126.75 tach (approx $101.75 hobbs).
Click HERE to read about the benefits of being charged by the Tachometer hour instead of the Hobbs hour.
Rates include all gas, oil, maintenance, insurance and related expenses. The Club carries $100K per person / $1,000,000 per accident liability insurance in the event of an injury or accident. This policy protects both you and the club!
If you fly one of the new Cessna's offered in the area, be aware that you are exposing yourself to a $150,000+ liability if you prang one of their airplanes. Typical FBO coverage covers only the FBO and provides no liability coverage to you, the renter. And, they definely will come after you for their $2,500 - $5,000 deductible. In fact, if you rent anybody's plane, be sure to consider having renter's insurance to cover you. None of this is needed if you are just flying LFC planes.
Use of the birds for vacations, etc is encouraged; just average an hour of flying a day during the week and 2 hours per day on the weekends.
Also, the Lexington Flying Club has occasional social programs such as an annual banquet (Spindletop, the UK Faculty Club and Ramseys have been favorites), fly-ins, picnics, wash/wax parties etc. Regular monthly meetings are held on the second Tuesday of each month at 7:00pm at Tac Air at Blue Grass Airport. One monthly meeting each quarter is used solely as a forum for a safety program.
From time to time we need to ferry an airplane somewhere for maintenance or upgrades. You can get in on some half price flying if you join the ranks of this group of pilots!
If you would like more information, please E-mail us, or Snail Mail the Flying Club at the address below.
Feel free to contact us and we'll make arrangements to meet you at the airport and show you the airplanes!
If you are ready to join us, that's easy too! First, print, read, and sign the Insurance Summary located on this site. Then print, read, and fill out the Application Form. Mail both of these to the address at the top of the Application. We will then contact you with further information regarding checkouts, etc.