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Learn To Fly. Hardrocker Flying Club for students, alumni, and friends of SDSMT. Hardrocker Flying Club. HFC is an organization made up of Tech students, alumni, faculty & staff, and community members. The HFC welcomes zero time pilots as well as experienced pilots.

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Learn to fly

Learn To Fly

Hardrocker Flying Clubfor students, alumni, and friends of SDSMT


Hardrocker flying club
Hardrocker Flying Club

HFC is an organization made up of Tech students, alumni, faculty & staff, and community members. The HFC welcomes zero time pilots as well as experienced pilots.

  • Student Membership: Students of SDSMT

  • Student Membership Flying Status: Students of SDSMT who use the Hardrocker Airplane

  • Regular Membership: Alumni, Faculty & Staff of SDSMT and their immediate families

  • Associate Membership: Persons not fitting into the other classes of membership


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Dues

Student Members (regular or special students of SDSM&T)

Yearly Dues:  $20

Student Members – Flying Status  (regular or special students of SDSM&T)

Initial Fee:    $55

Monthly Dues:  $30

Aircraft Rates:   $60/hr dry [***special ***now $35/hr dry until $7000 is expended]

Key Deposit:     $55 (refundable when keys are returned)

Regular Members (staff, faculty, & alumni of SDSM&T & their immediate families)

Initial Fee:    $125

Monthly Dues:  $40

Aircraft Rates:   $70/hr dry

Key Deposit:     $55 (refundable when keys are returned)

Associate Members (persons not covered by above memberships)

Initial Fee:    $300

Monthly Dues:  $42

Aircraft Rate:    $92/hr dry

Key Deposit:     $55 (refundable when keys are returned)


Our plane
Our Plane

  • 1998 Cessna 172R

  • cruise 122 kts (135 mph)

  • fuel capacity 53 U.S. gal

  • fuel burn 9.2 gph

  • empty weight 1676 lbs

  • max weight 2457 lbs

  • located at Rapid City Regional Airport (KRAP) in the Hardrocker Hanger

  • can be flown anywhere within the United States with overnights or extended stays




Private pilots license
Private Pilots License

  • Fly in VFR weather conditions (3 miles visibility, cannot fly into clouds)

  • Fly at any time, day or night

  • Fly into/out of any civil U.S. airport

  • Carry passengers

    • Passengers can pay up to their equal share of the flight costs


Requirements on the ground
Requirements – on the ground

  • Third Class Medical Certificate

    • Required for your first solo

    • Valid for 3 years

  • 70% or better on written exam

    • All questions are published, answers are provided

    • Multiple choice format.


Requirements in the air
Requirements – in the air

  • At least 40 hours of flight time (40-70 average)

    • instructor required until solo flight (~10-20 hours)

      • 3 hours cross country

        • One flight over 100nm start to finish

      • 3 hours night

      • 3 hours instrument

    • 10 hours solo minimum

      • 5 hours cross country

        • One flight over 150nm with three landings


Typical lesson
Typical Lesson

  • 2 hour block

    • 1 hour of maneuvers/skills practice near airport

      • Steep turns

      • Slow flight/stalls

      • Instrument flying

      • Emergency procedures

    • ½ hour of pattern work

      • Different types of takeoffs/landings

    • ½ hour to park plane, debrief lesson



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Cost

  • Airplane ~ $2400 (40 hr @ $60/hr)

  • Fuel ~ $ 1600 (40 hr @ $40/hr, $4.50/gal)

  • HFC Membership ~ $250

  • Instructor ~$750 (15 hr @ $50/hr)

  • Examiner ~$200

  • Written Exam ~$80

  • Supplies ~$400

  • Total: ~$5700

reduced rate $35/hr


Faculty advisors
Faculty Advisors

Duane Abata, Mechanical EngineeringCM128A, phone 605-394-5264, duane.abata@sdsmt.edu

S. N. (Shashi) Shashikanth, Mining Engineering and Management

MI327C, phone 605-394-1973, shashi.kanth@sdsmt.edu

Patrick Gilcrease, Chemical and Biological EngineeringC306, phone 605-394-1239, patrick.gilcrease@sdsmt.edu


Learn to fly
Why?

Want to go flying?


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