- Sunday 09/08/20 – Social day starting 0900 including a lunch time sausage sizzle. This is a perfect opportunity for prospective new students and members to check out our club and meet members. We encourage all members to also attend the day and catch up with one another.
- Fly Away to Cessnock! We are currently trying to get numbers sorted to do a short flyaway for lunch up to YCNK. We are hoping to have enough people confirmed to do this in August- Our Social day on Sunday 09/08/20 is the perfect time to plan it with other members if you’d like to attend!
Beyond providing flight training, Phoenix Aero Club endeavours to operate an aero club for its members to enjoy. Our goal is to have a tight-knit community of aviators who can come together to enjoy their collective passion! Our clubhouse includes large, modern facilities that supports our great club environment. Alongside running the Phoenix Flying School for flight training, Phoenix Aero Club also works to provide social activities for its members to enjoy. These include:
- Fly-Aways – We have fly-aways to an airport in a one to two hour range from Camden, or occasionally to further destinations. Fly-aways enable pilots to experience flying outside the Camden circuit and training area, and it is possible for a student to fly in the company of an instructor and experience the opportunity of flying cross-country and landing at different locations. For others, just flying as a passenger helps sharpen navigation skills. Lunch may be arranged at our destination, and then it is time to return to our aircraft, swap seats and set course for Camden.
- Flying Competitions – At PAC we also hold flying competitions! The competition itself can vary from many different tasks such as manoeuvring, or even to see who can ‘grease the runway’! These competitions will involve the club instructors judging who performs the best.
- Trivia Events – Are you an aviation history buff? Come and test your skills against other PAC members during trivia afternoons held at the club. We are aiming to hold regular trivia events for you to share your knowledge as well. You might even learn something new!
- Social and Networking BBQ’s – It’s not what you know, but who you know! Come for a delicious BBQ lunch, and get to know other members of the Phoenix Aero Club. It’s a casual get-together, and you’ll be able to chat with like-minded pilots, and share stories of your best flying experiences!
We are aiming to hold a social BBQ on the second Sunday of every month, where we can all get together and chat about our shared passion. Other events will be worked into the day, for example a flying competition in the morning, followed by lunch. We would love to have members come down to the club and fire up the BBQ every Sunday in the future!
Whilst our BBQ’s will be open to all and we encourage you to bring family and friends, other club events (e.g. a fly-away) will be aimed towards club members. Join the Phoenix Aero Club today and enjoy the social benefits of the aero club, as well as receiving $10/h off our published hiring rates on all aircraft!
Becoming a Phoenix Aero Club Member
To become a member of the Phoenix Aero Club, grab a membership application form either in person from our clubhouse, or via the link below and fill it out! You can then bring your completed form to one of our monthly club BBQ’s to meet the club committee, and your new fellow PAC members! Our club BBQ is a great social opportunity to introduce yourself to fellow PAC members in a relaxed and casual setting that will hopefully set the tone for your future with the Phoenix Aero Club! At the club, any of our committee members can accept your completed form and will sign the back of it to be put forward at the next monthly committee meeting.
The Phoenix Aero Club offers multiple types of club memberships to suit the variety of members that make up our community. New students and patrons can apply to become a Social or Associate Member of the Phoenix Aero Club. Please read the following list to understand the benefits and entitlements of each membership type.
Social Membership: This is a non-flying type membership that affords the member the privileges of being part of the Phoenix Aero Club. This membership class is aimed towards the family of flying members, recognising their important contribution to our club in support of their spouses and loved ones who are actively engaged in learning how to fly or enjoying the privileges of their pilot licences. We want to include those that help to make the club, your club. Social members have access to the club newsletter and are invited to all of the club’s social activities and club days. Social members do not receive voting rights at the club AGM, and are not eligible to stand for election to the club committee. The yearly fee for this membership is $30.
Associate Membership: This is a basic flying-type membership for student pilots undertaking flight training and licensed pilots hiring our club aircraft. Associate members are entitled to a $10/h off all hourly rates for aircraft hire and training. Associate members do not receive voting rights at the club AGM, and are not eligible to stand for election to the club committee. The yearly fee for this membership is $140
To encourage the next generation of pilots, the Phoenix Aero Club is proud to wave the yearly membership fee for Associate Members under the age of 18. These members will still receive the hourly flying discount, and we hope that this encourages our younger students to realise their dreams and obtain their pilots licences. We acknowledge that aviation can be an expensive industry to get started in and with the burden of buying text books and equipment, obtaining a medical check and other associated costs, we hope this encourages you down the path of aviation.
Full Membership: Over time, with a demonstration of passion and devotion to the club, be it through helping around the clubhouse with day to day tasks, e.g. help cleaning the aircraft, running the BBQ for lunch, or volunteering to providing assistance to the club committee in some capacity, you may be offered a Full Membership. This will entrust you with voting rights at the club’s AGM, at which the club committee is elected. A full membership also allows you to stand for election to the club committee. Full members also still receive the flying discount.
We encourage new members to embrace the club atmosphere and make the most of what the Phoenix Aero Club can offer you. We want our club to be filled with like-minded members who have the club’s best interest at heart. We hope that you share our passion for aviation and help to ensure that our club can continue to exist well into the future.