Mockingbird Flying Club
For over 50 years the Mockingbird Flying Club, based at the Sioux Falls Airport, has provided area pilots with safe and affordable personal aviation.
The 35 member Mockingbird flying club owns three IFR equipped, professionally maintained and insured planes. The hangers are equipped with electric doors and are easily accessible. Scheduling and billing is convenient using your computer or smart phone. The financially sound club offers low rates, consistent leadership, instructors, safety pilots and the camaraderie of fellow aviation enthusiasts.
Social opportunities include fall and spring \"birdie parties\" where members and their families have a picnic and wash and wax club airplanes. An annual business meeting is held in January and a Spring Banquet and Awards Ceremony in March. There are safety seminars, group flight reviews, and flying activities to interesting airports
The Mockingbird Fleet
Piper Saratoga PA32-301
Century 41 Autopilot
Garmin GTN750 WAAS
JPI 730 Engine Monitor
Gross Weight: 3,600 lbs
1980 Piper Archer II PA28-181
Autopilot (single axis)
Garmin 430W (WAAS)
1977 Piper Archer II PA28-181
Garmin G5 Attitude and Directional Indicators (No Vacuum)
Garmin G530 WAAS
Garmin G500 (2 Axis Autopilot)
Each member owns one share of the club. The share price is negotiated between shareholder and buyer.
$80 per month plus $10 capital fund. This amount includes insurance and many fixed costs.
Piper Archer II - $70 per hour Piper Saratoga - $110 per hour
Rates are dry which means the flying Member pays hourly hobbs time plus the aircraft fuel.
Assessments are extremely rare and may occur if the club sells or purchases an aircraft or in an extreme financial condition. An assessment requires membership approval.
How do I become a member?
- Check for share availability and make arrangements to purchase a share.
- Fill out application and send it to the club president.
- Meet with the board for an interview
- Upon acceptance by the Club, complete your share purchase with the Seller.
- Get checked out in each plane with a club flight instructor
- Have fun flying the airplanes!
Memberships for Sale
revised: June 16, 2020
Please contact these members to negotiate the purchase of their membership certificate:
Ross Wheeler Ross.M.Wheeler@gmail.com
Walker Wynkoop email@example.com
Effective February 1, 2020, the Club authorized four additional shares to be sold from the Club Treasury at $5,000 each, two of which are remaining. Once purchased, any future sale of these Membership Certificates are the responsibility of the Selling Member.
Join us for our first bookclub meeting and Part 2 of the Saratoga Briefing over Zoom August 3 at 7pm.
NOTICE; DEFERRED TO A LATER DATE
To be announced.
All Member Meeting:
- General Club Information
- Financial Review
- Website notes
- Annual Award Presentations
- Saratoga Airframe Review (part 1)
This is an all Member Meeting via Zoom, which you should find interesting and informative. Members will receive a Zoom invitation on by e-mail on June 2nd, with a link to enter the meeting. If you haven’t had a chance to try out this before and need a brief introduction, please contact Mark O’Leary, Jim Juhl or Neil Schmid.
If you are a Saratoga Pilot or aspire to fly this aircraft, we will review the updated briefing slides for the Airframe. Future programs will include systems review and avionics review, important checklist items, and flying tips for the Saratoga. We will “see” you there.
Postponed to a later date
Saturday, March 21
6:00 PM to 9:30 PM
Minnehaha County Club
3101 W 22nd Street
Sioux Falls, SD
Saturday, September 19
12:00 Noon to 3:30 PM
Mockingbird Hangars FSD
Picnic before the Work Begins
Instrument Pilots...this is a good way to keep up with your approaches and holding currency! Today the bases were 3200 and tops 4300. ... See MoreSee Less
Taxiway construction is completed, but waiting for striping paint. Weather dependent, the project affecting our hangars should be completed by Friday, May 15th.
In the meantime, it is suggest to have the aircraft towed to and from the hangar by Signature Support Services ... See MoreSee Less
Here’s a video from Wednesday’s flight for the Saratoga engine break-in. The air was fairly lumpy that day, as you can see. But it’s always fun to fly! ... See MoreSee Less
I'm assuming our Birdie Party is cancelled for this weekend? Stupid virus... ... See MoreSee Less
Today we are completing the transition to our new Mockingbird Website! Many thanks to Website Committee Members Jim Juhl and Zak Vekovius for the technical workings and moving the content to the new site!
Today, you may notice a delay as the new site is populating our existing domain location. The desire for a new site has been well discussed over the past 2 years and it will be a big improvement in planning events and communications for our members. Stay tuned!
MBFC President ... See MoreSee Less