Flying Clubs are member run non-profit organizations which provides its members with affordable access to aircraft. Many clubs also provide flight training, flight planning facilities, pilot supplies and associated services, as well as organizing social functions such as fly-ins and fly-outs to other airports and destinations. Mackinac Island is an ideal destination for a fly-in/fly-out. With its scenic beauty, airport facilities, and idyllic location, Mackinac Island is a delightful way to clock some aviation hours.
While flying clubs are typically home to those who pursue flying as a hobby. However, many commercial pilots also get their start at flying club. Most flying clubs own and rent small general aviation aircraft. In North America and Europe. Some of the most popular such aircraft are the Cessna 152, the Cessna 172, and the Piper Cherokee. There are also some clubs which provide access to more specialized aircraft, such as vintage planes, aerobatic planes, helicopters and gliders. No matter what the purpose of the specific flying clubs, Mackinac Island is a desirable travel route.
The Mackinac Island Airport has a 3,500 foot, lighted, paved runway, capable of handling private and charter aircraft. Registration fees are required on a daily, weekly, and monthly basis. Mackinac Island Airport was first activated in 1940. It is in use today mainly as a tourist shuttle and air taxi. The airport is staffed September through May from 7:30AM until 5:30PM, and June through August from 8AM until 5PM. It’s an ideal weekend aviation getaway or a rather compressed daytrip for pilots seeking their aviation hours.
What better way to experience Lake Michigan than flying freely over it to your destination of Mackinac Island? Mackinac airport is ready to welcome you to this automobile-free island at any time. Why not try it? It’s faster than the ferry and you’ll enjoy your birds-eye view of the scenery.« Back To Articles