The Yakima Aero Club (YAC) is incorporated in the State of Washington as a non-profit corporation since 1974. Our purpose is to provide the opportunity to engage in flying, and to encourage and develop skills in aviation.
Members enjoy low costs and fantastic year-round weather. We offer 24‑hour access to our aircraft with online scheduling.
AIRCRAFT AND RENTAL
YAC currently owns and operates a Cessna 172 with a freshly overhauled 180 HP engine and has four seats. This aircraft rental is $98/hobbs hour*. The Board of Directors are working to expand our fleet in the near future.
*The rental rate is billed based on accrued Hobbs hours and includes fuel, oil, and insurance costs. Rates are subject to change due to operational costs. Members are responsible for any landing or tie-down fees. Please refer to the Membership Handbook for additional details on reimbursement.
Scheduling and Extended Flights
Aircraft are scheduled online through Flight Schedule Pro.
Members will be given a one-half hour grace period to meet their scheduled times. Failure to do so will result in the forfeiture of the aircraft reservation. Cancel reservations as soon as possible when you are unable to fly as scheduled. If an aircraft is already scheduled, you can still book as a Standby alternate. You can opt to be notified via email or text message in case of a cancellation.
If unavoidable delays or weather keep you from returning on time, notify a member of the Board of Directors and report your situation.
Members can schedule extended flights in the continental United States and Canada*.
Guidelines for Extended Flights:
Flights can be scheduled up to two months in advance of the planned departure date.
Seven (7) consecutive days booked May through August
Fourteen (14) consecutive days booked any time during the year
Daily Usage Minimums:
Two (2) hours, Monday through Friday
Three (3) hours, Saturday, Sunday, and Federal Holidays
Exceptions may be granted on a case-by-case basis.**
*If you plan to fly to Canada, visit the Transport Canada website HERE prior to your flight.
** Members must make their request in writing no less than ten (10) days prior to the intended departure date. You must have written consent from the YAC Board of Directors for any deviations.
Flight Instruction and Aircraft Checkout
Local training is available in compliance with FAR Part 141 or Part 61. Members assume all flight training costs and must pay for training independently of aircraft rentals. Aircraft rates do not include Instructor fees.
Instructors are independent of YAC and each CFI establishes their own rates. All YAC members must be checked out in the aircraft they intend to fly by an approved YAC flight instructor (CFI) and remain in compliance with all FAA regulations (BFR, maintain currency etc.).
Training within the Yakima Valley introduces and refreshes pilots on small and large, controlled and uncontrolled airport operations. Local flights boast incredible views of the evergreen Cascade mountains, snow-capped Mt. Adams and Mt. Rainier, desert hills, and the glistening Yakima River. Our summers are sunny and warm, and winters cold and clear. The airfield is meticulously maintained and offers two runways. Runway 9/27 offers pilot controlled lighting over 8,500 feet, while Runway 4/22 offers spectacular short-field takeoff practice, with over 3,500 feet of usable pavement.
Airport Information is available HERE which includes maintenance facilities, FBOs, fuel, current airport weather, airport improvement projects, and airfield history. Temporary Flight Restrictions (TFR) are available HERE.
For our member’s protection, YAC carries insurance with liability limits of $1M per occurrence. This coverage applies to physical damage (hull insurance) and covers damage incurred to an aircraft, less a deductible of $1,000. We do not carry insurance for property damage or bodily injury (passengers are covered at $100K per person, up to $1M per occurrence). For insurance policy details, contact the YAC Board of Directors.
YAC utilizes QuickBooks to bill members. A statement will be emailed to the member and is payable within ten (10) days of receipt. The monthly membership fee can be automatically withdrawn from a checking account on file.
Social Activities and Events
Activities are held throughout the year to bring club members and the community together. Events include safety meetings, workshops, pancake breakfasts, Member Fly-Outs, and Kid's Day. Click HERE to see our Upcoming Events.
Membership is open to any U.S. Citizen.
We offer two levels of membership, Flying Membership and Social Membership. Click HERE for additional information.
For Flying Members:
*Joining Fee: $500, payable at time of acceptance to YAC.
Membership Fee: $60, payable on the first of each month.
For Social Members:
Membership Fee: $20, payable on the first of each month.
Operating Procedures are available for download HERE.
Articles of Incorporation are available for download HERE.
Monthly Dues and Initiation Fee
Apply to become a member, download an application HERE.
Complete the application: attach a copy or photo of your driver’s license and medical certificate (if applicable), and verify all information is valid and correct.
Submit your application: online, email, or US mail to PO Box 10561, Yakima, WA 98909.
The YAC Board of Directors will review your application.
You will be notified if your application was/was not accepted.
Once accepted, you'll set up a username and password for online scheduling.
Set up a billing account.
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Josh Soracco, President
Eric Duffield, Vice President
Tyler Franklin, Treasurer
Victoria Schmidt, Secretary