Mentor Flyers, Inc. is a not-for-profit corporation founded in 1975. Its bylaws allow for 15 members that form an equity ownership in a Beechcraft Mentor T-34B (N400LL). The Plane is hangared at Baltimore/Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport (KBWI) in Baltimore Maryland.
All reservations are made through our 24 hour automated answering/internet service. Saturdays from 10 -2 and Sundays from 7:30 - 11:00 are normally reserved for a member qualified for formation flying, (see last page). New members are always welcome as "GIBS" - guy in back seat.
Aircraft: 1957 Beech T-34 B Total Air frame Time: 8300hrs
Engine: Continental IO-520-BB
Total Engine Time: 355 hrs
Installed May, 2005
Smoke Sys: 5 Gallon Corvis Oil
Paint: Navy Yellow Jan. 1993
Garmin GNS-430 IFR GPS-Com color moving map
Garmin GNC-300XL IFR GPS-Com monochrome moving map
Garmin 195 GPS moving map
Garmin GMA 340 audio panel
Garmin GTX327 Digital Transponder
JPI EDM-800 Engine Analyzer
Monthly dues in Mentor Flyers are $200. $100 of this goes towards fixed costs including hangar rent, aircraft insurance, scheduling service and regular maintenance. $85 goes towards 1 hour of flying time. If the 1 hour of flying time is not used that month you lose it, it is not accumulated. The purpose of this is to try to keep everyone current in the aircraft. Flight Team Sponsorships keep our costs down. They provide engines, props, radios, parachutes, discounted maintenance, paint, tires, spark plugs and much more.
Starting January 1, 1993, there is an accounting of flying hours for the purpose of engine reserve. Each member's total time is accounted for. At the time of sale of that member's share or at engine overhaul; his number of hours from that date will be multiplied by $17.25. That amount will be assessed first. Any remaining balance will be equally divided among the 15 members.
Normal flying time is billed at $100 an hour wet. The only exception to this rule is if the person flying the aircraft prior to you does not clean the canopy and wings, then he pays for your first hour. "A good reason to make sure the aircraft is cleaned when you are finished with it"!
The current share price of the aircraft is
The value of the aircraft is somewhere in the area of $165,000 to $200,000. If you have
not owned a warbird before $200K is a lot of capital to tie up. $11K on the other hand
will buy you an "E" ticket in a T-34.
USE OF CLUB AIRCRAFT BY NON-EQUITY MEMBERS:
a) Membership: A non-refundable membership fee of $300 is due at the time of non-equity membership application approval.
b) Checkout: Aircraft checkout with a Club approved instructor shall be the lesser of the flight time required by insurance or the Club instructor.
c) Block Hours: A non-equity member must pre-purchase a block of flight time equal to twenty (20) hours or the minimum checkout time required by insurance. If more flight hours are desired they will be billed at the non-equity member rate.
d) Hourly Rate: The non-equity member hourly rate will be 175% of the equity member hourly rate with no dues or assessments.
e) Scheduling Priority: Non-equity members will utilize the Club scheduling system but may be bumped up until (48) hours prior to schedule by an equity member. Effort should be given to resolve schedule conflicts as early as possible.
f) Flight Limitations: Non-equity member are restricted from overnight and cross-country flights unless approved in advance by a majority of the Club Board. An additional fee of $100 will be billed for each day beginning at midnight of the first day of such a flight.
g) Commercial Use: Non-equity members are restricted from any commercial use of the Club aircraft.
h) Formation Flight: Not permitted unless accompanied by an approved Club member with a T-34 Association Wingman’s Patch.
i) Damage to Aircraft: Should the Club aircraft sustain damage by a non-equity member the member will be liable for the insurance deductible cost.
j) Duration: The duration of non-equity membership shall be one (1) calendar year (renewable by majority vote of the board). Membership termination and refund of any unused pre-paid block time shall require approval of a majority of the Club Board and will be based on the circumstances at the time of termination.
Yes this T-34 is one of the ten Lima Lima Flight Team aircraft. It spends about every other weekend during the summer at various airs shows throughout the country.
Currently Mentor Flyer's has 2 members on the team who can provide basic formation training to new members who are interested in acquiring those skills. We use the T-34 Associations Formation Flying Manual as our syllabus supplemented with 4 hours of formation video tape.
Those who qualify for positions on the team will be included in air shows and fly bys. This is done on a seniority and "best qualified" pilot basis. Those who just want to fly a warbird in a low pressure situation (i.e. by themselves) are also encouraged to join.
To qualify for a Wingman or Leaders patch you must have a minimum of 500 hours.
Q- Do you have a payment plan?
A- No, $11,000 up front and $200/monthly dues
Q- How much flying time do I need to
qualify for a share in Mentor Flyers?
A- A minimum of 500 hours with at least 100 in complex aircraft. An Instrument rating is preferred.
Q- What about the current A.D. on the wing
A- We have installed the new Baron wing spars while the aircraft was in annual. The plane is now restored to it's normal operating limitations. This still does not address the issue that the T-34B is not certified for aerobatics, however an STC is being worked on and if approved will only be issued to those T-34B models that have the new spar AMOC and not any of the other fixes.
Q- Can I take my wife/girlfriend/buddy to
breakfast every other Saturday or Sunday without another T-34?
Q- Do you guys do aerobatics?
A- Not under the current A.D.
Q- Do I get a "free" demo ride?
A- Gas is not "free". Email or call one
of the highlighted members on the attached list to schedule a convenient time for an orientation flight that you will pay for or contact Steve Smith