Crosswinds Flying Club welcomes new members anytime. If you're a new pilot, an existing pilot, or even a potential student pilot, our club is the place to be.
If you're interested in joining, here are a couple of things you might want to know:
New Member Steps
First, you'll need to print and fill out the membership form (opens in Adobe) and provide proof of citizenship. You can either fax the form in or bring it with you to the membership meeting. You can also complete the PIF form that is described in the Existing Member Steps section below. Crosswinds requires new members to attend a board meeting before they are eligible to join. At the board meeting, you'll meet the board members, see our aircraft (if they're not out flying), and get any questions answered.
Existing Member Steps
Crosswinds Members are required to complete a Pilot Information Form (PIF) annually. The form can be downloaded and printed here. You can view the instructions and requirements (Flight Rule #25) here. One of the requirements is to include your registration with the Illinois Department of Transportation Division of Aeronautics. You can complete the pilot registration for IDOT here.
Note: You'll need Adobe Reader to view and print the forms above.
Club Rate Structure
The club initiation Fee is $500, non-refundable
Monthly Dues are $135. These pay for our fixed costs.
Members are required to purchase $140 of flight time each month. This Basic monthly cost is added to the member’s Flight Balance. That flight balance can be used for flight hours or can accumulate up to $2,160.
Crosswinds utilizes Direct Debit with our bank for monthly payments. Your monthly bill will be sent to you on the first of the month and payments are withdrawn on the 15th. Members must complete a Direct Debit form to set up an account.
Crosswinds' aircraft hourly rates. The hourly rate is based on Dry Tach Hour.**
Dry Rate per hour
PA28-161 - Piper Warrior - N2937R
PA28-181 - Piper Archer - N4149T
| PA28-181 - Piper Archer - N8332H
PA28-236 - Dakota - N451X
PA28-236 - Dakota - N8122Z
PA28R-200 - Arrow - N4641F
** As of April 2023.
** Rates are subject to change without notification on this site. Please confirm rates with a club officer.
Our aircraft rates are calculated as a dry tach hour. This means that members are required to fuel the planes themselves after flying. Many FBOs and clubs charge by Hobbs hours which start when the master switch is turned on or when the engine starts. Tach hours are usually less than Hobbs hours because they don't start running until the engine is started, and the lower the RPMs, the fewer tach hours you use per hour. A tach hour equals a clock hour when the engine is running at 2400rpm. Because you spend a lot of time throttled below 2400rpm, this can be a significant saving (20-30%).
We charge per dry hour because fuel prices vary significantly from day to day and from airport to airport. See our links for information on 100LL fuel prices.