Whether you are working on that next rating, wanting to take a multi-day trip cross country, or simply enjoy flying around on a nice day, we are here to support you! Insurance? Maintenance? Handled. Get the benefits of ownership without the hassle. With the Back 40, you get your own keys and access to planes when you need them.
The Back 40 Flying Club is a not-for-profit IRS 501(c) (7) organization that is based at the Fort Wayne International Airport (KFWA). We have access to six runways, four precision instrument approaches, and all the safety margins one can expect from a large airport. KFWA is small enough to make talking with air traffic control an easy and friendly experience.
Aircraft Availability and Scheduling
The Back 40 Flying Club utilizes an online scheduler to make reserving the aircraft simple. Billing, logging hours, and payments are made online – members don’t have to keep track of paper records. We have a low member to aircraft ratio, which makes for excellent availability. Just log on, make your schedule, and head for the airport. We use Fort Wayne Aero Center for our line and FBO services, and their extended hours make aircraft access convenient, whether planned in advance or for a last minute flight.
Long cross country flights are in reach as well. Members have flown to New England, Florida, Canada, the Gulf Coast, and Alaska to name just a few. We have extremely low daily minimums on overnight flights and fuel purchases off base are fully reimbursed.
Both planes are based at Hanger 2040, which has easy access from Airport Expressway, just to the north of the Aero Center. Vehicle parking is available right at the hanger as well. Members get their own keys to access the aircraft and hanger. The hanger is heated during the winter, and has restrooms. Fort Wayne Aero Center provides excellent line service which includes aircraft fueling, towing, and their facilities are available for Club use. For added convenience, the plane can be towed right in front of Aero Center’s main building, which provides a very nice atmosphere for any waiting passengers.
We have access to on-site maintenance that’s nearly next door to our hanger. This means minimum downtime in the event of scheduled or unexpected repairs. We have a dedicated Maintenance Officer position, and those holding that position have proven themselves to be experienced and reliable. We also utilize a squawk system via our online scheduling platform that makes all members aware of recent maintenance, and allows for easy reporting of new issues.
Back 40 members may use any single engine land CFI for an initial checkout and recurring training. Members are responsible for ensuring all club policies are followed. Contact us to learn more about flight instruction and training opportunities. We are here to help you achieve your flying goals.