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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

Hardrocker Flying Clubfor 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.

  • 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


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

  • 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


Our Airport


A Closer Look


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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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


Inside View


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

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


Why?

Want to go flying?


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