The BFC meets the 2nd Wednesday of every month at 6:30pm. The meetings are held at the Brookings Airport terminal. (Any meeting date/time changes will be posted on our website.) The BFC owns a hangar and a Cessna 172 aircraft which can be rented by qualified club members.

The mission of the BFC is to promote interest and abilities in the field of aviation.

The BFC annually hosts “Airport Day” which typically is held on the Sunday after the Azalea Parade, on Memorial Day weekend in May. Airplane and helicopter rides are offered for a nominal price. Children under 12 can fly for free. Flying members volunteer their time and their aircraft to provide rides to the general public. The BFC organizes the event, pays for all fuel consumed and provides insurance. All proceeds of this event go toward scholarships for local students which express an interest in the field of aviation.

The BFC also promotes an 8th grade field trip in the spring that educates/enlightens local Brookings students to the field/career of aviation. The students are given a hands-on tour of the airport. Various stations are set up explaining the parts of an airplane, airplane pre-flight, airport operations, navigation, flight planning, and employment opportunities in the field of aviation.

Rental Aircraft


The club owns a 1978 Cessna 172N Skyhawk, is IFR equipped. The plane is equipped with a Lycoming O-320 rated at 160 hp. In July 2005, the engine was replaced with a re-manufactured engine. In April 2007, a brand new Garmin GPS 430W was installed and is instrument certified. The club is very active in flying instruction. The plane is used for both student instruction, and member rental. The plane rents for $110.00 / hour wet, and requires club membership, and a checkout by the club before renting. The plane was repainted in January 2003.

Board of Directors


Nelson Sprague

Member since () - President since 2017

From CT. Graduate Texas A&M BS, Golden Gate University MPA, Embry Riddle University MBA. Soloed in 1955, USAF 29 years, pilot over 8,000 hours total time in over 30 aircraft (four, two and single engine). ATP. Vietnam vet 1965 – 1967. Licensed General Contractor California 20 years. AOPA member since 1955. Retired in Brookings 2013.

Vice President

Kyle Rice

Member since 2016 - Vice President since 2017

Owns Triook, a local IT business. First started flying in 2016. Frequently pushes for integration of new technologies into the club and the club aircraft to enhance safety and member experience.


George Luks

Member since 2018 - Treasurer since 2019

George Luks began flying in the early 1970s, and remarks that he remembers when Seattle Airport became a “TCA”. He holds airplane single-engine land, airplane single-engine sea, airplane multi-engine land, and instrument ratings.


Alan Nidiffer

Member since () - Secretary since ()

Alan Nidiffer has elected not to provide biographical information for the website at this time.


John Ward

Member since 2016 - Officer-at-large since 2019

Previously a corporate executive who moved into Commercial aviation. Has commercial and instructor experience over the past 16 years. Flown commercial aircraft for the same. Leads in training programs for new and advanced pilots, including Drone programs ,“rusty” pilot updates and Companion flyers training. A Certified Secondary Education Teacher with secondary, college and University experience.

Documents & Information

Mailing Address

Brookings Flying Club
P.O. Box 302
Brookings, Oregon 97415