I am part of a not-for-profit 501(c)7 flying club that owns a handful of airplanes. These airplanes may be used only by the club members. Members pay monthly membership dues; and pay for Tach time to use the airplanes.
Are our aircraft subject to the requirement of 100-hour inspections?
Possible contributing factors:
- Some members are flight instructors, who offer flight instruction in these airplanes.
- The students (Receiving dual instruction) may or may not be members themeselves.
- A club rule says that only approved club flight instructors may offer instruction in club aircraft.
Does one of these bullet points trigger a requirement for 100-hour inspections?
The relevant FAR is 91.409, which says in part "no person may give flight instruction for hire in an aircraft which that person provides, unless within the preceding 100 hours of time in service the aircraft has received an annual or 100-hour inspection".
If we required student pilots to become members of the club prior to receiving any instruction, would we no longer be subject to requiring 100-hour inspections?