The Mesquite Metro Flying Club has agreed to remain as a private equity partnership club through at least October 2017. This decision was reached during an Annual meeting of all existing partners, to address various inquiries we’ve received for information and potential future membership. We’ve elected to remain a private equity partnership for the time being, since we’re a brand new club and first time aircraft owners. We felt it would be more appropriate to re-consider opening the club up for additional members once we’re all better experienced with aircraft ownership and club operations. We certainly appreciate all of the interest in our club that we’ve received, but we’d probably be doing new members a disservice by offering additional membership slots until we’re better equipped to add more members and all of the associated logistics related to insurance requirements, CFI checkouts, and so forth.
The Mesquite Metro Flying Club (MMFC) has complete purchase of its first club aircraft, a 1963 Mooney M20C Mark 21! This beautiful aircraft was purchased Friday March 17, 2017, concluding MMFC’s long 8 month search for a suitable aircraft. Our Mooney, registered as N6867U, has been ferried back to Mesquite Metro Airport (KHQZ) by a club member and a veteran American Airlines captain, and currently resides safe and sound at the Mesquite Metro Airport.
The aircraft features a Lycoming O-360 180 horsepower engine with just over 800 hours since factory overhaul. It is fully IFR certified with a Garmin GTN 750 NAV\COM\GPS mounted center panel. The aircraft is also equipped with an STEC-20 autopilot, an EDM 700 digital engine monitor, and a digital tachometer. She cruises at a zippy 145 KIAS while sipping a meager 9.5 gallons per hour. The aircraft was owned for 10 years by the previous owner, based out of a community just north of Phoenix, Arizona.
The club continues its work in finalizing operating rules and determining hourly rates required to operate the aircraft, as well as a continued search for a permenant hangar at Mesquite Metro Airport.
Aircraft photos for the gorgeous Mooney M20C N6867U have been uploaded to the website’s FlyDrive. To view them, navigate to Members->FlyDrive, or click this link to view in Google Drive directly:
03/03/2017 in Members News
We have a new and much easier tool to store and share club documents securely through the website! This tool which I’ve named FlyDrive, uses Google Drive as a back-end storage platform, allowing us 15GB of free storage. Any member can now upload any document up to 500MB in size, and share it with a link to anyone else. This tool also makes it significantly easier to manage and view the Meeting Minutes repository, user manuals for avionics, aircraft logs, club logos, and so forth.
The document storage tool can be accessed after logging in to the website, by navigating to the Members menu, then selecting ‘FlyDrive’.
The Bylaws of the Mesquite Metro Flying Club were ratified by unanimous vote of all members on August 8, 2016. These bylaws define the operating procedure for all club affairs including our mission, officer elections, membership types, and accounting practices.
The bylaws were assembled after thorough review of other similar flying clubs bylaws and operating rules, and customized to fit our own needs. Three separate drafts of bylaws were assembled before the finalized draft was ratified.
Click here to review the MMFC Club Bylaws.
09/07/2016 in Public News
The Mesquite Metro Flying Club was officially formed on August 2, 2016. Four founding members came together with a common goal, to affordably own a quality aircraft in partnership for travel and recreation. The club is composed of members with various degrees of flying experience, including those with commercial pilots licenses and instrument ratings.
Before the club was officially formed, it started with humble beginnings as an informal meeting with coffee and donuts at an airport conference room. Bruce Dunai, the MMFC President, and Pat Brown, AOPA Ambassador, hosted this introductory meeting. Over 30 people were present at the Mesquite Metro Airport terminal conference room on June 18, 2016.
Pat Brown’s presentation helped educate everyone in attendance on the process for beginning a flying club, including expected challenges, expenses, and other club’s experiences. As an AOPA Ambassador, Pat’s mission is to aid flying clubs get off the ground by providing advice, networking with other flying club friendly businesses and even offering instruction in new aircraft for a club. Pat even flew in the AOPA sponsored Cessna 152 Re-imagined, painted bumblebee black and yellow, and nicknamed Woodstock.
Bruce Dunai followed up by commenting that the general mission and preferred aircraft type of most attendees will be a low wing for travel, such as a Piper Comanche. A Piper Comanche on field was even a candidate for partnership.
After the meeting, the first three founding members Bruce Dunai, Steve DiSerio, and Sean Toner sat down with Pat Brown to begin the first real discovery and planning for starting the club. It was here that the club’s name was chosen and other tasks were delegated.
In less than 60 days the club was officially formed. Setup under the State of Texas as a 501(c)(7) non-profit tax exempt social club, the now 4-member strong club began.
The club continues its work in identifying an ideal aircraft for its members to use, focusing primarily on a Piper Comanche 250 or similar type. The aircraft must be capable of higher cruise speeds, high useful loads, and affordable by all members.
For more information about the Club, be sure to review the Club Overview.
08/01/2016 in Club Alerts
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