If you are looking to earn your private pilot certificate and beyond in a cheap and efficient manner, flight clubs are a great way to rent airplanes for cheaper-than-standard. Another way is to go into a partnership with other pilots and purchase an aircraft that you will use for time building (see also the lesson under Charitable Organizations to learn more about Civil Air Patrol and Young Eagles).

To find out about these opportunities, you can try to use a search engine, but it is best to visit your local airport and inquire with fellow pilots about local flight clubs and other opportunities. Also, several universities have flight clubs that are available to students, staff, and alumni such as the nation’s oldest collegiate flying club, The Clemson Flying Club.

For some information on how to find or start a local flying club from AOPA visit this website and check out this map. EAA also has great resources about flying clubs that can be found at this link.