Flying clubs have long been a good way for pilots to reduce expenses and foster fellowship. But:
- A few weeks ago one of our members, too cheap to take the airplane into a heated hangar for deicing, attacked the wing with a scraper. I discovered this while deicing the airplane in said hangar. "Nobody ever told me not to do that" was his weak defense. Then "What do you recommend rather than paying $25 and waiting an hour?" My angry reply: "Pay $25 and wait an hour, just like I am doing right now!" The damage is cosmetic but...
- A few weeks ago one of the members closed the rear door to the Cherokee Six with his hand on the plexiglas; of course the hand went right through. Not bothering to see if it was airworthy, he flew it home, and several other members flew it later. When I saw the damage I grounded the airplane. He took on the responsibility of repairing it, but he did it on the cheap and it looks like crap. I hate it when people do this to their own airplanes, but this is my airplane!
- Now the POH in our Archer is missing. Lots of finger pointing but nobody taking any responsibility. I grounded the airplane until it is found. This is an insurance company's dream come true, right? A legal excuse to deny any claim.