Revision 5 (format and administrative updates)

10 April 2007



The name of this Corporation, as provided by its Articles of Incorporation, shall be “RFTS Flying Club, Incorporated” The RFTS Flying Club is a not-for-profit corporation in accordance with the laws of Washington State.



The purpose of this Corporation (hereinafter called the “Club”) shall be to own, lease or rent aircraft suitable for operation and use by its members for business, personal pleasure, or instruction flights; to encourage and enable its members to improve their flying skill; to promote and advance the use of private aircraft; to provide, through its operation and maintenance of its aircraft, the most economical flying facilities possible for its members; and, to engage in such other ventures, activities, or business for the benefit of the Club and its members as are permitted by the Articles of Incorporation except that it is specifically not allowed to engage in commercial activity in competition with established “for profit” FBO’s on its home airport.



A.    In General

The officers of this Club shall be President, Vice President, Secretary, and Treasurer. The President and Vice-President shall appoint additional officers, i.e. Safety Officer, Chief Flight Instructor and Maintenance Officer as necessary.

B.    Election of Officers

Officers shall be elected by the membership and shall hold office at the pleasure of the Membership until the next election is called by a majority of the active members or until the officer resigns.  

C.    Removal of Officers

Any officer is subject to removal by a two-thirds (2/3)-majority vote of the active members in good standing at any general or special meeting of the members.

D.    Duties of  Officers

1.     President

The President shall preside at all meetings of the Club. He shall sign with the Treasurer in the name of the Club all contracts, certificates, notes or other documents affecting the business of, or in any way binding upon, the Club.  The President shall coordinate the activities of the Club and promote the general welfare of the organization. In the absence or disability of the Treasurer, the President shall be vested with the powers of that office and will perform all of the required duties.

2.     Vice President

TheVice President shall perform the duties of President in the absence or disability of the President and in such event shall be vested with all the powers of the office.

3.       Treasurer

The Treasurer shall act as the Club General Manager. He shall be the chief executive officer of the Club and shall exercise general supervision of the business affairs and property of the Club. He shall direct and manage the affairs, business property and employees (if any) of the Club; maintain adequate and correct accounts of the properties and business transactions, including accounts of its assets, liabilities, receipts, disbursements, gains, losses and capital surplus. He shall be responsible for the payment of all Club obligations, for the collection of dues, assessments, and flight time payments and shall keep, or cause to be kept, the Engine and Aircraft Logs of all planes owned or operated by the Club.

4.    Secretary

The Secretary shall handle all Club correspondence, maintain the membership list and certificates, keep a book of minutes of meetings of the officers or members. The Secretary may sign for the Treasurer or the President when either of them is not available.



A.    Authorized Membership

Membership in the Club shall be limited by the number of members fixed and  authorized by the officers. The officers shall, from time to time, determine by  resolution duly adopted, the number of memberships authorized by the Club.

B.    Classes of Membership

The classes of membership shall be Active Member and Inactive Member. An Active member is one who meets all qualifications for membership, pays the initiation and dues specified by the officers, and intends to fly the Club aircraft as a student pilot or pilot in command.

An inactive member is one who has requested and been granted that status by the officers. Inactive membership will be granted only to members in good standing whose accounts are paid in full. Inactive members will not be charged dues and are not allowed to participate or vote on Club matters. Inactive membership will not be granted for the purpose of avoiding the payment of dues during periods of inactivity such as winter or short-term absences.

        C.   Qualification and Eligibility for Membership

Members must be of good moral character, responsible, and financially able to meet the obligations of the Club. They must possess, or have the ability to procure all licenses, certificates or permits required by any Governmental agency for the operation of aircraft. Membership shall be obtained only through the unanimous approval of the officers who shall be empowered to fix and determine conditions and requirements for membership.

D.    Ownership of Assets and Rights Upon Dissolution

Each member shall be deemed to own a share of any assets of the Club based in proportion to the total number of members. Upon the winding up or dissolution of the Club, the assets shall be divided proportionally among the members at the time of dissolution.

E.    Membership Transferability

No membership shall be transferred, sold, pledged, assigned, bailed, alienated or hypothecated.

F.     Termination of Membership - Voluntary

A member may resign or terminate his/her membership at any time provided that all fees and charges are paid.

G.    Termination of Membership - Involuntary

The officers may terminate any membership, with or without cause.

H.    Membership Dues, Charges and Assessments

1.     Each new member shall be assessed a one-time non-refundable initiation fee upon acceptance of his/her membership application.

2.     Each member shall be assessed monthly dues as fixed by the officers.

3.     Charges - Members shall be charged monthly for time flown at hourly rates fixed by the officers, which rates shall be adequate to cover all operating expenses, maintenance, depreciation, insurance, and other fixed charges not covered by the monthly dues.

4.     Assessments - Special assessments of members may be made by the officers in unusual or extreme circumstances.

5.     Payment - Dues, charges and assessments are payable upon rendering of an account, and become delinquent upon the fifteenth (15) day of the month following.

6.     Penalties/Inactive Status/Termination - A penalty shall be imposed as one and one half percent (1.5%) per month of the balance in a member’s account un-paid by the last day of the month following the month for which the statement was submitted. The officers shall have the authority to declare a delinquent member inactive and to deny him the use of Club aircraft or to involuntarily terminate such delinquent membership as provided in Paragraph G of this Article.



A.    Insurance

The Club shall at all times, cover all aircraft with hull insurance against ground  and flight damage, and shall carry aircraft liability insurance protecting the Club as a corporation and its members against liability, actions, suits for damages or  judgments of third persons or members arising out of the use and operation of Club aircraft. The insurance shall meet the requirements for insurance as required in the “Minimum Standards for Flying Club Operations” issued by the City of Tacoma and shall name the City of Tacoma as an additional insured.

B.    Damage to Aircraft

The individual member shall be responsible for the safe operation of the Club aircraft. In the event of damage to a Club aircraft, its engine or equipment, which damage is proximately caused by act or omission of the member, such member shall be liable for the damage sustained and may be assessed the uninsured, non-reimbursable cost of repair or replacement.

C.    Limits of Liability

In general, the member will be held liable for the deductible amount as shown in the insurance policy for the damaged aircraft.

D.    Accident Investigation Board

In the event of an accident, damage, destruction or loss of Club aircraft, engine or equipment, for which liability may be assessed under Paragraph B of this Article, the officers shall appoint an Accident Investigation Board of three members. This Board shall then investigate and report its findings of fact and recommendations to the officers. The officers shall then take whatever action is deemed appropriate under Paragraph B or D of this Article.

E.    Liability for Gross Negligence, Willful Violation of the Law and Flight Under the Influence of Intoxicants or Drugs

In the event that any member be found by the Accident Investigation Board or competent legal authority to have caused loss, damage, destruction or injury to the Club or to its aircraft, of willful violation of any law, regulation or rule of the Federal Government, of any State, or of the Club, or while under the influence of intoxicating liquors or drugs, the member or his estate will be held liable for all such loss, damage, destruction or injury. The limitation of liability set forth in Paragraph B of this Article will not be applicable in such event.



The Club shall be authorized to own, lease, rent, or charter aircraft for operation by Club members. Aircraft shall be suitable and adequate for training and cross-country operation and shall be equipped with instruments, navigational aids and other equipment as may be deemed advisable. The number, types and equipment of aircraft shall be determined by the officers or a committee established by the officers. Aircraft, engines and equipment shall be maintained by competent A&P facilities and the standard of maintenance shall be at least that required of commercial operators  under FAR Part 91. Maintenance specifically authorized to be performed by the owner/operator under FAR Part 43 is allowed when deemed appropriate and cost effective.



Meetings of the members shall be held annually or more frequently if desirable or necessary. Notice of meetings shall be given by mail at least one week prior to the meeting date. The President shall be required to call a meeting at the written request of three or more members.



A majority of the Active members shall constitute a quorum for the transaction of business at meetings. Except as otherwise provided by these By-Laws, a majority of the members present at any meeting at which a quorum is present may take action on any matter. Each member shall be entitled to one vote.



By-Laws of the Club may be adopted, amended or repealed by a vote or written assent of a majority of all of the members of the Club. Such By-Laws must conform to the regulations of the City of Tacoma applicable to the Tacoma Narrows Airport.



The principal office of the Club shall be established and maintained in Pierce County, State of Washington, at a location designated by the officers.



The fiscal year of the Club shall be the normal calendar year.