In 2015 Essex Flying Club was formed to provide “ready access to the aircraft, camaraderie, and more affordable flying to all members”. This 10-member club based out of Essex Skypark Airport in
Baltimore, MD currently holds the record as the most active aircraft at the airport. The vintage Cessna 172 Skyhawk has since seen many “firsts” from solos, to check rides and flyouts.
Pilots Dean Frail and Claudius Klimt designed the club to decrease the cost of flying and to increase the number of pilots at Essex Skypark. The emphasis is on competent flying. The one-time entry cost is only $600 with a $95/hour wet tach time. Members pay for 2.5 hrs per month, use it or loose it. This non-profit club’s Cessna Skyhawk is managed by volunteers and maintained by a superb mechanic.
Recently, the club was renamed to The Max Lichty Essex Flying Club in honor of Max Lichty, a 10,000-hour pilot and chief pilot at the flying club. The longtime resident of Essex Skypark was a passionate supporter of the flying club. Max lost his battle to cancer earlier this year and the members decided this was the best way to honor a great pilot and friend.
As the list grows for the upgrades and repairs on their aircraft, so does the number of new private pilots the club has graduated. The plan is to continue for years to come. The Max Lichty Essex Flying Club thanks Aviation Insurance Resources (AIR) for its role in keeping flying affordable at Essex Skypark. AIR shopped all the aviation insurance markets to ensure this new club was receiving the best rates at the broadest possible coverage.
To learn more about The Max Lichty Essex Flying Club visit: http://www.essexflyingclub.org/.
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