Generally, we expect a good standard of flying and are fairly relaxed about it. However, we do require the use of checklists and good airmanship to be adhered to at all times. There’s enough experience in the group (particularly the instructors) to have answers to most questions – piloting, mentoring or otherwise.
Our aircraft is maintained by Cornwall Aviation Services (CAS) and hangered when not flying. It had a zero-timed engine and new propeller in 2021. The syndicate flies approximately 130 hours per year. One group member is diligent about maintenance and ensures the aircraft has zero faults and is always safe to fly. Any fault reports are treated seriously and thoroughly investigated where corrective action taken where appropriate.
We use Goboko – an intuitive online booking system to reserve the aircraft. This booking system is one of the best available and is 100% tailored towards aviation and gives a graphical, at a glance view of reservations, aircraft maintenance and downtime from any online device with the ability to push alerts for booking changes via email or device app. When joining the syndicate, you’ll be expected to use this system. No luddites please.
We refuel with 100LL AVGAS supplied by Shobdon, Herefordshire where fuel availability is 24/7 and we operate a discounted fuel card credit system with the airfield where all syndicate members must become a member of Herefordshire Aero Club for this to apply. You’re encouraged to leave the aircraft fuel tanks full to the tabs on parking up after you’ve flown.
You’ll be given the aircraft keys and access to the online booking system including any other online credentials required for the syndicate. The CAA will also be notified that you’re a new capital shareholder. We’re open to a conversation about financing the share purchase. We also welcome any aviation or non-aviation skills you might bring to the syndicate and will make good use of these where applicable.
Whilst it’s sad to see people leave the group and it happens infrequently, it’s the responsibility of the member to sell their capital share and whilst doing so, they’ll be expected to fully contribute to the normal group running costs until the point of sale. On leaving the syndicate, the CAA will be notified that you’re no longer a shareholder thus releasing you from any further syndicate liability. We’re open to a discussion about the finances of leaving the group.
Our insurance policy states that pilots of 75 years of age or over or who’ve had an aviation accident as pilot in charge have to be named.
The aircraft share price is at the discretion of the seller therefore the price above is a guide value. The syndicate will play little or no part in the financial negotiation / sale transaction.
The aircraft is equipped with a Hobbs meter. You’ll be invoiced for hours flown each month as per Hobbs and payment will be via online BACS into to the syndicate’s bank account. Due to the uncertainty of world economics at the moment, costs are likely to change upwards rather than downwards. Primarily, this is reflected in fuel costs. We try to keep these as low as possible and compare favourably with other private syndicate flying fees at the airfield.
If you’re interested in buying a share or just asking a few questions, please contact us using this form. For historical information on PA28s in general, see: PA28 Cherokee. The definitive text on the aircraft can be found in the pilot’s operating handbook P/N: 14-01187 issued by Piper Aircraft Corporation.