Artisan Flying Club is a group of general aviation pilots in upstate New York sharing a common interest in flying - for business, for charity, for family travel, for pilot training, and for fun. If you're a pilot, or would like to become a pilot, we invite you to learn about Artisan Flying Club and consider joining us.
Artisan Flying Club owns three well equipped Piper aircraft that are based at the Greater Rochester International Airport (KROC). We keep our planes in their own individual T-hangers year round, which means no shoveling snow off the wings in the winter, and no overheated cabins in the summer. All of our airplanes have cabin heaters and telephone remote-controlled electric engine pre-heaters for convenient winter operations.
Our membership is small by flying club standards. We average four to five members per airplane. As a result, there is almost always an airplane available for your flight, even on short notice. And our members own the airplanes, so there are no minimum daily charges for extended trips. Aircraft are available for extended trips. Members may book aircraft for long weekends or extended trips without additional costs. THERE IS NO DAILY MINIMUM!
Our membership is varied, but we share the same values when it comes to owning and operating an airplane. Our aircraft are exceptionally well maintained. Our members take pride in their flying skills and continuous training. Our members fly on average about 60 hours each per year - well above the national average for private pilots. Artisan encourages and invites pilots who love flying and who are serious about it.
Artisan is a flying club organized by pilots who have owned an airplane and understand the benefit of sharing the responsibilities and hidden costs of airplane ownership, both in time and money. Many Artisan Flying Club members have owned their own planes, and we find that Artisan gives us the benefits of private airplane ownership while substantially reducing our individual costs and time commitments.
Artisan Flying Club is also an excellent club for pilots who are training to complete their private pilot ratings and continue their training through an instrument, commercial, flight instructor and ATP ratings. Artisan pilots engaged in flight training enjoy the benefits of well equipped airplanes that are available to suit their schedule. Artisan Flying Club encourages members to obtain advanced flight training, and members engaged in regular training receive special consideration for aircraft scheduling. Club members fly either with instructors who are members of the Club, or other local instructors qualified to teach in Club aircraft.
Explore more of the Artisan Flying Club web site and learn more about Artisan Flying Club and what we have to offer. Then contact us, attend a monthly club meeting, and arrange to tour our facilities and our aircraft. We have a lot to offer the general aviation pilot in upstate New York, and we're happy to share it with you.
Artisan Flying Club is a not-for-profit corporation with the members as shareholders. The club owns its own aircraft.
The Club is managed by an executive team consisting of a president, vice-president, secretary, treasurer, maintenance chief and an at-large member. We are disciplined about operating the Club with all the corporate formalities: regular meetings, with minutes, annual elections, committee activities, and so on. Most members own their own business or work in a business where this discipline is second nature, and that serious, professional attitude pervades all other aspects of Club operations, including safety, maintenance, training, and personal flying behavior.
All Airplanes are based at Rochester International Airport (KROC) in Rochester, New York. The airport is a controlled field with 3 ILS approaches, for safety and ability to operate in low visibility/Ceiling conditions. All Artisan airplanes are kept in T-Hangars year round with cabin heater and telephone remote-controlled electric engine pre-heaters.
Members pay an hourly rate, based on tach time, not Hobbs meter time, for use of the aircraft. Use of tach time instead of Hobbs time usually results in a 10% lower-than-Hobbs time for cross country flights, and 15 to 20% lower-than-Hobbs time for local training flights. Unlike renting, all rates are TAX FREE since members are also owners of the aircraft! Rates include fuel. These rates are established and revised periodically to cover debt service, fuel price changes, and maintenance reserves