Overview of Clubs on MyFlightbook

Flying clubs on MyFlightbook provide a convenient way to manage aircraft that are shared among multiple pilots, whether in a club/FBO environment or even just a single aircraft shared among a few co-owner pilots.  (The term “club” here refers to any of these scenarios.)

The club functionality provides the following high-level features:

  • Associate aircraft with your club and manage shared schedules for those aircraft
  • Associate members with your club
  • Generate reports of which members flew which club aircraft
  • Optionally advertise your club to potential new members

Anybody can create a club on MyFlightbook, and it will remain active for 30 days.  We ask for a one-time contribution to MyFlightbook to extend the club’s active status indefinitely.   There is NO recurring payment required, nor any charges associated with adding members or aircraft.

Creating a club

To create a club, go to the website (http://myflightbook.com) and go to “Flying Clubs” under the “Aircraft” tab.  (If you are already a member of a club, then you will go to that club by default; click on the link that says “See All Available Clubs”)

You will see a screen that lets you search for clubs and create one as well:

Find and Create Clubs Screen

Click where it says “Create a new club/FBO” to expand the club-creation tool.  This is where you can enter some basic information about the club to get it set up:

Create club screen

Most of the fields here should be pretty self-explanatory, but a few are worth calling out, particularly with regard to policy.  Don’t worry if you don’t have all the information you want right now; you can edit this all later.

  • The Description field is what people will see if they search for your club on MyFlightbook.  If you are interested in potentially attracting new members, it is worth putting your best foot forward in a few sentences.  (See below if you are not interested in attracting new members).  This is not a good place to put lots of policy statements, member rules, etc.  Keep it relatively brief. 
  • If your club has a website, provide it.  MyFlightbook will provide links to this address.
  • The timezone is important for scheduling so that there is no ambiguity.  All schedules are in UTC under-the-covers and are converted based on your timezone for display or data entry.  MyFlightbook will handle daylight saving time for you.
  • Restrict editing of schedule to admins and the owner/creator of the scheduled item” prevents pilots from editing each other’s items.  Some clubs operate on an honor system where anybody can edit anything, other clubs need a little more control.  If this is checked, then if a pilot puts an item on the schedule, only that pilot or a club admin/owner can edit it or delete it.  If it is unchecked, then one pilot can modify or delete another pilot’s entries.
  • Prefix all scheduled items with the schedule’s name” – if checked, each item will include the name of the pilot so that everybody looking at that schedule will know to whom the entry belongs
  • Hide club from search results” makes your club invisible to search results.  For instance, if you and another pilot are co-owners of an airplane, then you probably interested in having people contact you to join the club.  The only way to find out about the club will be by invitation in that case.
  • You can specify policy for notifications when an item is deleted, added or modified.  This can be useful if there might be somebody else who would want to fly the airplane, optimizing usage of the plane.  The options are to send no notification, notification just to the admins, or notification to everybody in the club.
  • You can also specify double booking policy.  Double-booking simply means that two or more pilots can simultaneously book an aircraft.

Click the “Save” button and your club will be live!  You can then get to your club by going to “Flying Clubs” under the Aircraft tab.

Managing your club

Now that you have created a club, you need to add some aircraft and members to it.

You can always get to your club by going to “Flying Clubs” under the “Aircraft” tab.  As the creator of the club, you should see a management bar:

Management bar

Click on "Manage Club" that to view the management tools:

Expanded management bar

You’ll see 4 tabs: Members, Aircraft, Club Details, and Reports.  Each of these is discussed below

Members and Roles

As the creator of the club, you’ll see your name and the date that you joined.  Note that your role is “Owner”, since you created the club.  Each club must have exactly one owner.

To add a new member, you must type their email address and click Invite Member.  They will receive an email with a link to accept membership, and will be prompted to create a MyFlightbook account if they do not already have one.  Note that each invitation is specific to the email address, so if the recipient already has a MyFlightbook account, you need to send to the address that they use on MyFlightbook.

When the pilot accepts your request, they will appear in the list of members.

You can also delete a pilot by clicking the red “x” next to the pilot’s row.

Club members can have one of three roles:

  • Member – a member of the club, who can see and modify aircraft schedules.
  • Manager – a member of the club who also has the ability to administer the club (manage members, aircraft, club details, and reports); i.e., these are the people that see the management bar pictured above.
  • Owner – a special manager who is the owner of the club.  The owner has the same capabilities as any manager, but is the point of contact if MyFlightbook needs to reach you about the club.

You can change a pilot’s role by clicking “Edit” to the left of their name, selecting the role, and then clicking “Update”.

Aircraft

The Aircraft tab lets you add/remove club aircraft, and provide additional descriptions about them.

The aircraft must already exist in your aircraft list. 

To add an aircraft, select it from the drop-down, and add any description you like.  This can be a good place to describe things like rental rates, or provide links to the POH or weight-and-balance, and so forth.  Click Add to add it.

Add Aircraft

Once an aircraft is added, you can edit it by clicking the "Edit" button.  There is also a place to enter high-watermark hours (hobbs or tach, as you desire), which can be useful for aircraft maintenance (described below). If the aircraft has been used in club flights and tach or hobbs have been recorded, there is an option to cross-fill those values directly into this field.

Update Hours

The reason that this isn't done automatically for you is to avoid erroneous values (e.g., somebody putting hobbs in the tach field or vice versa) polluting the high-water value.

Club Details

This tab is simply a repeat of the form you used to create the club, and is described above.

Reports

The Reports tab can be useful for shared expenses or billing.  While a billing/accounting system is well beyond the scope of what MyFlightbook can provide (there are many good solutions for that out there today), this can help inform who flew an airplane without logging it in a timesheet, or flying hours for insurance purposes.

For a flying report, put in the starting and Ending dates and click “Refresh” to see a report and, optionally, download it to a spreadsheet.

Reporting

For privacy reasons, the report only includes flights by club members in club aircraft during the time window that they are members of the club.  The data returned includes the date of the flight, the aircraft used for the flight, the total time logged for the flight, and any hobbs or tach time recorded for the flight.

Just for fun, there is also an option to download all of the routes flown in a KML (Google Earth) file.

The maintenance report allows you to track scheduled maintenance for an aircraft, and lets you view upcoming maintenance across all club aircraft.  This includes the standard "AV1ATES" inspections (Annual, VOR, 100 hour, Altimeter, Transponder, ELT, and pitot-Static), as well as oil changes, engine replacement, and registration renewal dates.  If you've filled in the high-water mark for an aircraft (described above), you can quickly see how close you are getting to non-calendar-driven items like oil changes or engine replacement.

Using the club to schedule an aircraft

To schedule an aircraft, go to “Flying Clubs” under the “Aircraft” tab:

Schedule Aircraft Screen

Each aircraft has its own tab for its schedule, and a calendar control lets you specify the date(s) to view.  You can choose between week-view and daily view.

Click on the calendar area to create an item on the schedule:

Create item on schedule

Or, click an existing item to edit it or delete it:

Edit or delete item on schedule

If you have upcoming reservations on the schedule, these will also be listed, along with a link to download it to your personal calendar.

You can access the schedule for an aircraft that is associated with your club in two other ways:

  • On the website, if you click on an aircraft to view/edit its details, a section will show for that aircraft’s schedule.
  • If you use one of the mobile apps, tap on the aircraft in your aircraft list and there will be an option to view/edit its schedule.
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