ABOUT THE WILLIAMSON FLYING CLUB
Five enthusiasts from the Williamson area founded the Williamson Flying Club in 1956.
The first club aircraft was an Aeronca Champ, which was operated from the Palmyra airport.
The Williamson-Sodus airport was originally a farm and the first 1800-foot runway was seeded in July 1957.
Over the years the runway has been upgraded and is now a 3,800 ft hard surface asphalt runway with modern lighting and taxiways and is always under improvement.
By 1975 the club had expanded to 6 aircraft.
Today's flying club is an incorporated organization of more than one hundred and forty members. One full time and several part time Flight Instructors provide training for Private Pilot ratings as well as instruction for more advanced Commercial, CFI, and IFR ratings.
The clubs stated purpose is to promote and encourage interest in aviation and teach members to improve their flying skills.
For an opportunity to join the Williamson Flying Club ask any member for additional information.
For information or questions about the Williamson Flying Club:
P.O. Box 148, Williamson, New York 14589
For Flight Training Questions, or to Schedule an Introductory Flight:
Contact : Mike Bjerga
Learn To Fly!
Learning to fly and getting a pilot certificate is a lot of fun. Like obtaining a driver’s license, you will need to obtain instruction, pass a written test, and then pass a final flight check.
The equivalent to a driver’s learning permit when flying is a Student Pilot Certificate and is issued on the basis of a medical examination, which must be obtained from an FAA Designated Medical Examiner. As a student pilot you will be issued a 3rd Class Medical Certificate and it doubles as a Student Pilot Certificate on the reverse side. The Medical/Student Pilot Certificate is valid for 24 calendar months. When you have received sufficient training to qualify for solo in your aircraft, your flight instructor will endorse your Student Certificate. When you are ready to fly cross-country (XC) by yourself, your Student Certificate will again be endorsed for this privilege.
PRIVATE PILOT CERTIFICATE
A Private Pilot Certificate is the "equivalent" of your driver’s license. You will be able to carry passengers, although not for compensation or hire. For a Private Pilot Certificate you will need at least the following number of hours flying:
AT LEAST a total of 40 hours of flying time and must include:
20 hours of dual instruction, which includes at least 3 hours of cross-country instruction and 3 hours instruction in preparation for your flight check. You also need to have 3 hours of night flying as well as 3 hours of flight by reference to the instruments.
10 hours of solo flight including 5 hours of cross-country. Each cross-country flight must have a destination at least 50 NM from your home base and one flight must be a minimum of 150 NM long and include landings at a minimum of three airports.
There is no specific amount of dual required for solo flight. Very few people solo before 8 hours of instruction. Most people are soloed by 16-20 hours. There is a wide variable in hours because people are different, the weather may be a factor or it may depend on how often you fly. A certain amount of each lesson is spent in review of the previous lessons so a long span between lessons may require more review time.
You will also need to pass a written examination before you take the flight check for your Private Pilot Certificate. This is not a difficult examination and the government does publish a book containing all of the questions you could possibly be asked. You can complete a home/self study course to prepare for this examination or, some people prefer to attend ground school. A passing grade on the test is a 70%.
You may take instruction at any age but you must be at least 16 to solo an airplane. The minimum age to obtain the Private Pilot Certificate is 17.
Of A Private Pilot Certificate
40 Hrs Piper Cherokee @ $77.00/hr ......= $3080.00
20 Hours Flight Instruction @ $33.00/hr ......= $ 660.00
20 Hours Ground Instruction @ $21.00/hr ..= $ 420.00
Books, Maps and Plotters ..............................= $160.00
Medical Examiner Fee Avg.............................= $ 80.00
FAA Flight Exam Fee.....................................= $ 450.00
FAA Written Exam Fee...................................= $ 150.00
Grand total..................................................= $5,000.00
Contact the Williamson Flying club with any further questions regarding flight training, i.e. how and where to get started, etc..
Note: the above estimated cost of a private pilot certificate doesn't apply to every individual, these figures are using the regulation bare minimums and the WFC rates.
RECREATIONAL PILOT CERTIFICATE
The Recreational Pilot Certificate requires slightly less training than the Private Pilot Certificate. Perfect for the weekend flyer, this certificate allows you to pilot a normally certified aircraft during the day, with one passenger and no less than three miles visibily (most pilots prefer more anyway). You are initially restricted to 50 nautical miles (57 miles) from the airport and you cannot go to airports serviced by Air Traffic Control. With aditional training the distance and Air Traffic Control restrictions can be lifted.
The Instrument Rating is an addition to your Private Pilot's Certificate. It allows you to fly the airplane solely by reference to the flight instruments in the cockpit. The FAA requires a minimum of 40 hours of instrument training in addition to other flight experience time. During the course of your instrument training you will learn topics such as advanced radio communications, instrument navigation and advanced aviation weather.
COMMERCIAL PILOT CERTIFICATE
The Commercial Pilot's Certificate allows you to fly for compensation or hire. The FAA requires no specific amount of instruction, however you must have a minimum of 250 hours of flight time in addition to other flight experience. While training for your commercial pilot's certificate you will learn maximum performance maneuvers, mastery of a complex airplane, commercial pilot rules & regulations and how to fly the aircraft to precise standards.
CERTIFIED FLIGHT INSTRUCTOR
The Certified Flight Instructor (CFI) Certificate allows you to instruct a person for their private or commercial pilot's license. During training for your CFI certificate, you will also gain extensive knowledge in aircraft performance and systems. We also offer training for the Certified Flight Instructor -Instrument (CFI-I) certificate, which allows you to instruct a person for their instrument rating. During training for a CFI-I certificate, you will learn advanced instrument navigation and instrument operations. The CFI & CFI-I certificates involve intensive training. An instructor must not only know how to fly an airplane, but must know how to teach a person in the many subject areas required for each of the different certificates and ratings.
JOIN THE WILLIAMSON FLYING CLUB
The Flying Club is headed by a Board of Directors consisting of three Board Members and three Officers
Membership meetings are conducted on the second Thursday of each month, beginning at 7:00 PM. Meetings are held at the airport.
Membership Applications are approved upon:
1. Board Approval
2. Payment of Initiation Fee
3. Membership Vote
Membership is maintained by a monthly dues assessment.
The Flying Club maintains liability insurance. The aircraft hull deductable is self insured by the Flying Club for all Club owned aircraft.
To join the Williamson Flying Club, you must submit:
1. Application For Membership (located within the INFO PACKET)
2. A copy of your Driver's License
3. Pilot History Form (for Certified Pilots)
Once your application has been received and reviewed, you will be invited to attend a Board Meeting.
Once Board Approved, you will be invited to a General Membership Meeting for Membership Approval.
N1185X, Piper Archer I, PA28-180
IFR, 180hp, Garmin 430W,
Autopilot, Standby Vac, Strike Finder