Frequently asked questions

What should I know before I join?

If you're interested in the details of club membership, you're encouraged to read our club bylaws. If you have difficulty with the PDF version of the bylaws, please contact a board member listed below to receive a copy in a different format.

Financial information, our insurance policy, and maintenance logs are also available at any of our monthly meetings. Meetings are held at the Schaumburg Airport on the 2nd Thursday of each month at 7:30PM. We encourage prospective members to attend our monthly meetings.

Are there any minimum time requirements?

We are actively looking for new members who have at least a Private Pilot's Certificate. There are no minimums but we will have you fly with a club approved instructor to demonstrate that you know what you're doing. You don't need to have a high-performance endorsement before joining, but you'll need one before flying the 182 solo.

What does it cost?

*Equity Investment - Each member purchases a $3,500 equity share when they join. The investment is returned to a departing member upon his or her replacement.

*Monthly dues - Each member is responsible for monthly dues at $170 per month.

*Aircraft use - The C182S is $128/hr Hobbs wet, and the C172S is $104/hr Hobbs, wet.

Billing is handled via the Schedulemaster system, and payments can be sent to the club's P.O. box or made in person at meetings.

How do I join?

To join the club, please fill out an application, which can be found here. For insurance purposes, we will also need a copy of your pilot's certificate, medical certificate, the last page of your logbook, and a copy of your high performance endorsement if you already have one.

You're strongly encouraged to attend a club meeting prior to joining. Bring the information above, along with your equity investment of $3,500. This can also be mailed to:

Schaumburg Flying Club
1472 Blue Heron Dr
Crystal Lake, IL 60014

When are the meetings?

Meetings are held at the Schaumburg Airport on the 2nd Thursday of each month at 7:30PM. We meet in the meeting room in the basement, but you can usually find some of us in the restaurant upstairs before and/or after the meetings.

What about Renter's Insurance?

Members (co-owners) are "named insured" - you're fully covered when flying club aircraft.

I'm a CFI. Can I instruct in the club aircraft?

The club is not for profit and is not in the business of providing instruction. Since our members can hire any CFI they want for their own instruction, members could hire CFI's who happen to be members. Members who are CFI's can not, however, teach non-members in the club aircraft. Club insurance does not cover persons acting as a CFI.

Can I review the bylaws?

Sure. We have them online here.

Now that I'm a member, how do I get a key and start scheduling the airplane?

Once our club treasurer has received your check and required documents, we will provide keys to the club's aircraft. A user ID and password will also be provided for our 24/7 scheduling system at

What is the check-out process to start flying?

Depending on your experience, our insurance requires either 5 or 10 hours in type prior to solo. You can accumulate this time with an instructor in our aircraft after joining the club. You can also use the club aircraft to obtain a high performance endorsement if you do not yet have one. Due to liability concerns and insurance limitations, the Club cannot provide instructors. However, the instructor below can work with club members:

*Joe Standley CFI, CFII. Contact Joe at 815-558-7033 or

If you elect to use a different instructor, please discuss your choice with a member of the board before flying with them. Once you have flown with any of these instructors and have been signed off, please schedule a flight with Norb Paprocki or Jeff Puglielli. This flight time can be used to answer any questions you might have about the club and it will give one of the club's board members an opportunity to discuss GPS usage, mixture management, and club rules and regulations.

Are there currency requirements to rent the club aircraft?

You must fly either of our aircraft every sixty days to remain current. To fly at night, you must have flown either aircraft at night within the past 60 days.

From an avionics perspective, you can try to stay current with the KLN-89B GPS by reading the manual here. You can find the KAP140 autopilot manual here. You can find the EDM EDM700 engine monitor manual here.

How do I get in touch with the club members?

Please use the Contact Us form here.