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Answers to the Most Commonly Asked Questions

 

How on earth can 35 guys share two airplanes?
Easy. We almost never are disappointed when we call to reserve a plane, even on the weekends. Some of our members fly a lot and some fly a little, but everyone flys as much as they like. At any given moment on any given day, there is usually a plane available for YOU.

Do I have to be a Licensed Pilot in order to join Vagabond?
NO. You can GET your license in our club. Many have! We have several authorized instructors and there's no less expensive way to earn your wings.

I'm a Private Pilot, but I want to get advanced ratings like Instrument Pilot, Commercial Pilot, Certified Flight Instructor. Can I get these ratings in Vagabond?
YES. All of the ratings mentioned above have been earned by members within the club. (The commercial rating requires some time in a "complex" aircraft which we don't own, but you can rent one for the few hours that takes.)

How is Vagabond Organized?
We are a not-for-profit corporation. We have 5 elected officers who see to the day-to-day running of the club. We have meetings 6 times a year where all the members have a chance to direct the officers. Each of our members is an equal 1/35th shareholder in the corporation. The shares are bought and sold like any other stock.

What about insurance? Do I need my own?
No. We carry group liability and hull insurance with each member named on the policy. We are insured with one of the best insurance companies available to industry-standard limits.

Are there any restrictions on the use of the club airplanes?
Yes, some. We don't allow our planes to be flown over open water; we don't allow them to be used for making money; we require each pilot to be checked out in each airplane by one of our instructors; and you're not supposed to take the plane for a whole day and only fly it for an hour. There are a few other rules -- see the Bylaws page.

Can I take one of the planes on vacation?
Yes. Many of our members occasionally take trips in our planes. Just schedule far enough in advance. Most of these trips are 4 to 6 days so as not to unduly inconvenience the rest of the membership.

Who maintains the aircraft?
Each plane has a crew chief who is a member and who decides (with the consent of the Vice President of Maintenance) the best course of action for each repair or upgrade. The work that can be done by aircraft owners is done by the crew chief (and whoever he can round up), the rest is done at local repair shops.

How are the airplanes scheduled?
Two ways.  First, Vagabond has its own automated telephone reservation system. It operates 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. It even has provisions for "backup" reservations and an automated "sqauwk" sheet for each plane.  That same phone system can also be accessed on-line via a web site.  Both are easy to use.