Sean Toner

Formation of the Mesquite Metro Flying Club

Posted on 09/07/2016

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.

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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.

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