I’m currently looking for a new airport to fly out of. So this weekend I plan on checking out Brampton Airport (CNC3).
Buttonville (CYKZ) is the closest airport to where I live, and I’ve flown out of there for the past 4 years or so. A few issues have made me decide to explore other options:
- Rental currency rules
- Eventual closing of the airport
- Eventual purchasing of my own aircraft
Toronto Airways has a 30 days rental currency rule. That means you have to act as pilot in command (PIC) 1 hour every 30 days in order to continue to rent their aircraft. If you exceed this limit, then you need to get checked out by an instructor to ensure you’re safe. This requirement is imposed by the insurance company that insures the planes.
Renting aircraft from CNC3 is through the Brampton Flight Centre. Their currency requirements are less restrictive. You must have acted as a PIC once in the past 60 days, and flown at least 3 hours in the past 90 days. So depending on your flight times, this could be the same as Toronto Airways (1 hour every month) or you could do two 1.5 hour flights within 90 days.
The cost to fly a 172S at Toronto Airways is $178/hr. Compared with $156/hr with Brampton Flight Centre. Brampton’s fleet is a little more diverse as well. They have a 172RG (which is a “complex” model: retractable gear and variable pitch prop) as well as Piper Super Cub, which is a tail tragger.
I’m confused with the additional fees the Brampton Flight Centre charges. They have a “membership” charge of $25/month. Plus the website states they may charge an extra $5/hr for rentals. This means that a two hour flight per month jumps up from $156/hr. to $179/hr. Which matches the same price that Toronto Airways offers.
I do plan on purchasing my own aircraft at some point. I would like to build a rapport with the airport before storing my plane in their hangers. I couldn’t think of a better way than to fly out of the airport before hand for a few years.
I’ll be sure to report back here this weekend once I get all the details from the flight centre.
Update: I posted the spreadsheet I’m using to keep track of my research.