About Us


Purdue Pilots, Inc. (PPI) is a student-run flying club at Purdue University and an Indiana nonprofit corporation. Our goal is to help Purdue students and staff experience the wonders of flight by providing low-cost aircraft rentals and a support network of fellow aviators and friends. PPI has existed since 1955 when it was formed by merging two existing flight clubs. Hundreds of members have flown with us over the years and today the club has swelled to a healthy membership of approximately 100 members. We own and operate three aircraft out of Purdue University Airport for the exclusive use of clubmembers; we also offer study groups and peer mentoring for those who are new to general aviation. For grizzled aviators and wonderstruck newbies alike, PPI is committed to providing enjoyable, affordable, and exciting flight opportunities.

Our Fleet

Cessna 150L - N11942

N11942

Our Cessna, affectionately nicknamed "Tucker" is popular with student pilots. It might seem a little basic, but it's got everything a fledgling pilot needs to learn the art of flying - and at a great price!


100

horsepower

102

KIAS Cruise

303

nm range

2

seats

1060

lbs, empty

VFR

capable

$85

hourly cost, wet

Piper Warrior II - N3033T

N3033T

Our Warrior, Trinity, is being flown primarily by student pilots, private pilots, as well as IFR students. Its clean panel and smooth flying capabilities make it a joy to fly and it will not disappoint you!


160

horsepower

118

KIAS Cruise

633

nm range

4

seats

1353

lbs, empty

IFR

capable

$100

hourly cost, wet

Piper Warrior II - N4347G

N4347G

Our second Warrior, Tonto, is being flown primarily by private pilots, and IFR students. Its modern avionics and handling abilities make it an excellent IFR trainer and cross country machine.


160

horsepower

118

KIAS Cruise

633

nm range

4

seats

1353

lbs, empty

IFR

capable

$110

hourly cost, wet

Membership

Anyone from Purdue can join our club, including faculty, staff, students, or the spouse of any of those people. Many of our members join with absolutely no flight experience and earn their private pilot certificate on our aircraft. Other members are already pilots and take our airplanes on trips or earn more certifications. No matter how much experience you have, Purdue Pilots is here to offer you a great flying experience!

Membership in PPI includes several benefits:

freedom

Freedom


Although we have our fair share of rules, our members are more or less free to fly our planes wherever they want, whenever they want, with whomever they want. You want to take a trip to San Francisco? Sure thing - we've even done that in the past! You want to take some of your friends with you so they can experience flying too? Not a problem, just make sure you check the weight and balance.

If you're a Purdue Flight student, you'll find that we have fewer weather restrictions than the aviation program and our planes are available to you 24/7.

insurance

Insurance


Purdue Pilots maintains an insurance policy to cover both the complete hull value of our aircraft and liability for our members.

  • $100 deductible for non-motion incidents
  • $500 deductible for in-motion incidents
  • $1,000,000 liability coverage for bodily injury and property damage

In the event of an incident, the club member flying the plane will be responsible for paying the deductible. However, our members are safe and responsible and this has never been an issue!

social

Support Group


PPI is, first and foremost, a club! We're all aviation enthusiasts and come from many areas. Members range from brand new freshman to tenured professors, aerospace engineers to liberal arts students, novice pilots to certified flight instructors. If you like airplanes, you'll fit right in regardless of the number of flight hours you've logged. Please, come join us at a club meeting and meet the group!

money

Low Costs


First, remember that we're covering your liability insurance (up to $1,000,000!). Second, joining PPI gives you an awesome support group of pilots! Finally, those $20 - $30 hourly savings do add up. If you're going for your private pilot certificate, you'll need at least 40 hours of flight training - flying one of our Warriors, you could save over $1200!


Purdue Pilots membership also comes with a few obligations:



Attendance

Meeting Attendance


Once you join PPI, you are required to attend at least half of our meetings. More specifically, we require that you show up to at least every other one. If you miss more than two meetings in a row, you face the risk of being grounded; you won't be able to fly our planes. Our meetings are short and fun; we discuss the club's state of affairs and then spend a few minutes on aviation quizzes, listening to guest speakers, or sharing our own stories. It'll be fun, we promise!

Dues

Semester Dues


PPI Membership isn't free. We wish it was, but flying airplanes isn't cheap. Dues are collected at the beginning of each semester (August and January); for returning members, the charge is $50 per semester. If you are new to the club, you pay a one-time initiation fee of $65 plus the $50 for the semester. We set aside the money we collect from dues and initiation to upgrade our airplanes' avionics and other hardware when needed.

To join...



Before you join, make sure you read a little about the club! You must be a Purdue student, faculty, staff, or the spouse of one of those people to join PPI. That is our only eligibility requirement. You may also want to look over our rules and regulations.

Joining Purdue Pilots is a very simple affair. Just follow these steps:
  • Fill out an application form and sign the Purdue release form
  • Gather $115 for your semester dues and initiation fee. First time members pay an initiate fee of $65 in addition to the $50 semester dues; we use this money to help pay for new equipment in our airplanes. We accept cash and checks (made out to Purdue Pilots, Inc.).
  • Come to one of our meetings and give the treasurer your filled-out forms and money.
  • The treasurer will give you a membership card and... you're part of the club! Congratulations!

Please contact us if you have any questions, and make sure you join the mailing list to receive announcements and such!

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