73 Years of Community Support for General Aviation at SBA

 Since 1947, the Santa Barbara Flying Club has made flying less expensive, more convenient, less hassle, and more fun for generations of pilots in the Santa Barbara, California area.

About Us

The Santa Barbara Flying Club currently has three aircraft based at SBA: a Cessna 172 Skyhawk, a Grumman AA-5B Tiger, and a Piper Cherokee Six.

All three planes are IFR certified and ADS-B compliant. The Skyhawk and the Cherokee each have a Garmin GNS 430, and the Tiger has a Garmin GTN 650 touch screen (all are moving map combined GPS, ILS, and COM1).

As a club we effectively rent these airplanes to ourselves at cost, so our members are guaranteed the best value for their money.

We use tach time billing.  It's the most accurate way to account for expense and amounts to as much as a 30% discount, especially when the power is back for much of the flight, doing maneuvers or "Touch and GOs".

All of our aircraft can be scheduled on-line by our members for trips as long as 10 days with no minimum flight time requirement. That's perfect for cross country flights!

Better yet, as a member you receive your own set of keys to each airplane. This eliminates any last minute hassle from having to check in and out at a desk. It's as if you owned it, the airplane is waiting for you to arrive… 24/7.

Rates/Dues as of August 2020

Monthly Dues = $99/month

Flight time is billed according to Tach hour as follows:

C-172:  $116 / Tach hour

AA-5B:  $113 / Tach hour

PA-32:  $168 / Tach hour

Members who wish to improve their flying skills may individually contract with FAA-certified instructors. The Club is not a flight school/business. Contracts/agreements between a member and an FAA-certified instructor are made independent of the Club. The only requirement is that the instructor must be approved by the Club's Board of Directors so as to assure that the aircraft are treated properly. Experienced members are available to serve as mentors to other member pilots.

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Santa Barbara Flying Club
Santa Barbara Flying Club

What's the Best Part About Our Club?

The best part about our Club is the low member to airplane ratio, which allows easy access to planes when you want to fly. The Club works well for all phases of flight instruction, sightseers, and cross-country enthusiasts.