was formed in 1966 and is incorporated as C.O.F.A., Inc. under the
laws of the State of Ohio. We are an ownership based flying club.
That's right, we own all of our aircraft. so you won't be left
without your favorite bird because the ownership decided to end a
leaseback. Our membership ranges from beginning students to CFIIs and
from newly rated instrument pilots to ATPs with years of experience.
While you consider the advantages of becoming a COFA member, we ask
that you please read through our ByLaws . We will be happy to answer
any questions you may have. Goto ByLaw
A few frequently asked questions:
There is a one time fee of $2,000 which purchases shared ownership in
both aircraft. This fee is 100% refundable after one year of
membership should you decide to resign. Lesser amounts are refunded
based on time and circumstance. Additionally, there are monthly dues,
"dry time charges" for hours flown and fuel costs..
Hourly Flying Rates
COFA's unique approach to hourly flying rates is based on separate
wet and dry charges. Dry charges are competitive rates and relate to
fixed expenses such as maintenance, parts, insurance and hangar fees.
Wet charges are for fuel used and are based on the following hourly
burn rates: The dry charges are based on the cost associated with
hourly operation of the aircraft with portions of each being set
aside for engine overhauls and other related hourly operating costs.
Cessna 172 - 9 GPH Cessna 182 - 14 GPH
But here's the kicker - time flown is based on Tach time, not on
Hobbs time. This can save you 10% or more! Especially when you
consider taxi and hold time at large airports. You are not penalized
by the clock when the engine is at low idle. In addition we have a
program called KATS - Keep All The Savings. KATS allows the member to
save even more on wet charges. For 12BC KATS is only offered for
100LL fuel. For billing purposes, the hourly burn rates mentioned
above are translated into a wet rate based on the current cost of
fuel at OSU airport. However, if you fuel the aircraft elsewhere and
realize a savings over OSU's prices (not hard to do...) you subtract
the difference and Keep All The Savings. Just one more way we try to
save the member money! Saving money - a nice bonus, wouldn't you say?
COFA believes in "safety first" and our maintenance is proactive, not
reactive. This is perhaps one of the major things which sets the club
apart from rental organizations. There is no checking with the owner
for maintenance approval because we are the owners! We conduct 100
hour inspections on all of our aircraft in addition to the annual
inspection. While we do keep the usual "squawk" sheets, each plane is
also tended to by its own plane captain who is responsible for its
overall condition. When an aircraft needs repair, it is fixed right
away, not put off until absolutely necessary to save a few pennies.
COFA has established accounts with reliable reasonably priced A&P and
avionics repair facilities to keep all of our aircraft in a great
Not a Pilot? No Problem
In fact, COFA membership is a smart alternative to renting or
purchasing an aircraft for your primary training. Our Cessna 172 is
great for primary students or to get that instrument rating and you
won't outgrow them like a C150 or other small trainer. You are also
not on your own, learning about aircraft ownership the hard way. When
you are ready to move up to a high performance craft, the C182 will
be waiting for you in the same quality organization. You don't have
to fund the purchase of a new plane just because your needs have
changed. And if you just feel like going out and exercising your
wings in the pattern, you aren't forced to fly your high cost "cross
country" aircraft, either.