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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


Our airport

Our Airport


A closer look

A Closer Look


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


Inside view

Inside View


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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, [email protected]

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

MI327C, phone 605-394-1973, [email protected]

Patrick Gilcrease, Chemical and Biological EngineeringC306, phone 605-394-1239, [email protected]


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Why?

Want to go flying?


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