Revision 4 -- 28 June 2002

Flight and Operating Rules

Section 1 -- General

  1. Changes to these Flight Regulations shall be approved by a majority of members present at a meeting duly called and convened in accordance with the By-laws; provided, however, that the Board of Directors may establish, revise, revoke, amend or otherwise alter one or more of these Flight Regulations if they determine that such a change is necessary or desirable and that the delay required to obtain the approval of the Members would adversely affect the Club. Any change so adopted will be referred to the Members for approval as described in the bylaws at the next regular or special meeting of the Members.

  2. No smoking or chewing of tobacco products is permitted at any time in Club aircraft or on ramp areas near Club aircraft.

  3. Animals are permitted in Club aircraft only with the prior approval of the Aircraft Maintenance Officer (AMO). Precautions must be taken to maintain the aircraft interior. Members will be charged the full expense for cleaning or repairing the damage resulting from the transport of an animal.

Section 2 -- Responsibilities

  1. Foremost among the concerns of the Club is that all flight and ground operations be conducted in the safest possible manner. Each member is expected to practice a safe and courteous flying program in harmony with all airport, state and federal aviation regulations. This includes conforming to local noise abatement procedures.

  2. It is the responsibility of the pilot-in-command to ensure that the aircraft that will be utilized is, in fact, airworthy, meets the member's flight requirements, and has all required aircraft documentation.

  3. It is the member's responsibility to return aircraft to the appropriate NWAI facility. If the member is unable to do so, any costs incurred in recovering the aircraft may be charged to the member. These costs may include, but are not limited to, the rental charge for a ferry aircraft and the cost of the ferry pilot.

    The only extenuating circumstances that might relieve the member of this responsibility are mechanical and/or weather. If a member cannot return an aircraft as scheduled, he/she must contact the AMO or a Club director and abide by the director's decision. Communications must be established. Messages left on answering devices will not suffice. A listing of directors names and telephone numbers are in each aircraft. Guidelines: If the mechanical problem can be repaired within 24 hours, or weather improvement is forecast within 24 hours, the member shall be responsible for returning the aircraft. If the member opts to abandon the aircraft, all expenses incurred by the Club in returning the plane shall be borne by the member.

  4. Members are responsible for all personal costs associated with a flight or flight delays.

  5. In the case of an accident or incident involving a Club member who is operating a Club aircraft, that member shall not exercise his or her privileges as pilot-in- command in a Club aircraft until he or she has the approval of the Board and the Chief Flight Instructor.

  6. Members will be held financially responsible for any negligent act that causes unnecessary maintenance.

  7. It is the member's responsibility to provide original receipts for oil or maintenance charges paid directly by the member. The renter pilot's Club member name must be included on all receipts. No credit shall be given for receipts submitted more than 60 days after the rental period.

Section 3 -- Scheduling

  1. Due to circumstances beyond the control of the Club, such as unforeseen maintenance or the delayed return of an aircraft by another member, there may be occasions where aircraft are removed from service or otherwise made unavailable on short notice. When these situations arise, the Club will do everything possible to provide another aircraft for a scheduled flight, but cannot be responsible for any inconvenience or expense incurred by the member.

  2. The destination of any flight that will result in the aircraft being gone from the Troutdale Airport more than twenty-four (24) hours must be noted on the Club flight schedule log.

  3. Aircraft not dispatched within 30 minutes of the scheduled time may be released to another member.

Section 4 -- Before Flight

  1. Verify your booking on the club's scheduling system, making certain you have booked the aircraft and to check the time the aircraft needs to be returned (for next pilot on the schedule).

  2. Verify that the previous user secured the aircraft in accordance with club rules. The AMO should be notified of any discrepancies.

  3. Confirm the Hobbs/Tach time with the Flight Record Log. In case of discrepancies in Hobbs/Tach time, have another person verify prior to engine start. If the discrepancy is not reported prior to engine start, the member may be charged for the entire time

    Each member is required to record aircraft or simulator usage in the furnished log. The entry must include the member's name, date and time of use, and beginning and ending Hobbs and tachometer readings. When entering ending time, if the meter numbers have begun to move, the next higher number is to be used.

  4. A member must perform a thorough pre-flight inspection in accordance with the Pilots Operating Handbook and use CHECKLISTS for ALL operations.

  5. The pre-flight should include a visual inspection of the fuel quantity, prior to commencing flight. Do NOT step on wing struts. Use ladder to check fuel levels.

  6. Each member must determine that the Airworthiness and Registration certificates, appropriate Weight & Balance information, and Operator's Manual are in the aircraft prior to commencing flight.

  7. If the A/C must be refueled prior to flight, the previous pilot will be assessed the cost of refueling plus a $20 penalty. Extenuating circumstances, such as return of A/C after airport refuelers are gone will alleviate the penalty but not the cost of refueling the aircraft nor the responsibility to refuel.

  8. Any damage or discrepancies discovered by a member will be assumed to be the responsibility of the last user unless it has been reported previously on the Aircraft Squawk Sheet. If a condition is discovered which may affect the airworthiness of the aircraft, the aircraft shall not be flown until cleared by a maintenance mechanic.

  9. Oil, if needed, should be obtained from the Club supply.

Section 5 -- Flight operation

  1. Members are expected to exercise caution when starting or operating aircraft near other aircraft, vehicles or people. Members are requested to avoid driving or parking their vehicles on ramp areas except temporarily to unload baggage. Club aircraft are to be taxied slowly, at a speed no faster than a walk, on all ramp areas.

  2. Use the tow bar as needed. Members are requested to not pull on the prop to move aircraft around.

  3. Members are expected to conduct their flight operations in a manner that will allow normal climbs, cruises and descents consistent with careful and considerate operation of the aircraft. In particular, descents from altitude shall be planned in a manner to prevent shock cooling of the aircraft engine due to rapid power reduction. No member may knowingly exceed the operating limitations of the aircraft except during an emergency.

  4. All aircraft operating limitations must be observed. Aerobatic maneuvers are prohibited except those that are permissible under the operating limitations when the aircraft is operated in the utility category.

  5. Operations at any airport that is not published in the Airport/Facility Directory - requires prior approval by the AMO or Chief Flight Instructor (except in an emergency). Any member with less than one hundred (100) hours flying time who lands on an unapproved field due to an emergency must call the AMO or the President before attempting the take off alone or wait until a better qualified pilot arrives.

  6. In addition, it is the responsibility of the member to obtain proper permission from the airport operator prior to using any restricted airport.

  7. The Club strongly encourages all members to file a flight plan with the local Flight Service Station for all flights of 100 NM or more.

  8. Off-taxiway operations are prohibited for any reason except aircraft parking. Aircraft operations on gravel or other non-paved areas are to be undertaken with the utmost care and concern for the aircraft and surroundings. Members will be held accountable for the total cost of any damage caused by off-pavement operations, i.e., propeller, paint, etc.

  9. Student pilots shall not fly Club aircraft solo when surface winds are gusting to 15 knots or the cross wind component exceeds 10 knots nor fly outside the local traffic pattern area when weather conditions are less than 3000 feet and 5 miles visibility.

Section 6 -- AFTER FLIGHT

  1. All aircraft MUST be refueled. Failure to do so may result in a $20 penalty in addition to the cost of refueling. The penalty may not be assessed if the aircraft was returned after the airport refuelers were gone for the day.

  2. Tow bar will be used in ground handling operations.

  3. On returning the aircraft after flight, the member must comply with the club after flight checklist.
    1. Master Switch is OFF
    2. Fuel selector is on Left or Right tank (to prevent cross feed)
    3. Control lock is in (or secured as appropriate for aircraft)
    4. Record ending Hobbs & Tach time in the aircraft flight log (when entering ending time, if the meter numbers have begun to move, the next higher number is to be used)
    5. Seat belts and shoulder harness straps secured
    6. Pitot tube is covered and cowl plugs are inserted
    7. Aircraft is positioned properly in correct hangar/tie down space
    8. Three (3) tie downs are secured (not applicable if hangered)
    9. Wheel chocks are in place
    10. Align 2 blade prop to horizontal position
    11. Clean windscreen if needed.
    12. Aircraft is as clean or cleaner than when you got it
    13. Lock doors including baggage door, if any

  4. Complete Flight Record slip, subtracting beginning Hobbs time from ending Hobbs time, and multiply result times rate per hour. Make payment to Northwest Aviators Club by check or money order. No Credit and Cash is NOT acceptable.

Section 7 -- Maintenance

  1. No member may perform any maintenance on Club aircraft, other than pre-flight inspections, without authorization from the Maintenance Officer.

  2. If a Club aircraft requires maintenance on a rental flight, the member must obtain approval from the Club prior to authorizing any maintenance work on the aircraft. If such approval cannot be obtained, the member must use his or her best judgement in authorizing work, and may be held accountable for expenses for such work. Any maintenance work performed on Club aircraft must be done by FAA-certificated mechanics or repair stations. The member must obtain an invoice and/or statement describing all work performed on the aircraft, including the signature and license number of the mechanic or repair station and "sticky" for the logbooks.

  3. Members will be charged for any damage or abuse not previously squawked. Any aircraft damage found by a member must be entered in the squawk sheet and reported to Club personnel before operating the aircraft. Failure to identify and report damage may result in the member being charged for the damage. Expendable items such as batteries, tires, etc., will be charged on a prorated basis.

Last updated on: Tuesday, November 11, 2003

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