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Unravelling the Mystery of Flying Club Paperwork

As we talk with flying club enthusiasts around the country, the one question we hear repeatedly is, "Can we get some guidance on filling out the paperwork required to set up a club?" This webinar has been organized to answer that question. Ray Speciale, AOPA Counsel and CPA, and also a pilot, himself, will discuss organizational forms such as the 501c3, as well as others. You will have the opportunity to ask questions via text. We look forward to your participation.

Approx. 1 hour

Topics:  Flying Club, Aviation Industry

Flying Club Insurance

Insurance for Flying Clubs

Discover what drives the cost of flying club insurance. Find out what types of coverage are available, and which ones are best for your club. Join Bill Snead, President, AOPA Insurance Services, to explore what your options are.

Approx. 1 hour

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How to Start a Flying Club

If you, or pilots you know, are thinking of starting a flying club, AOPA can help to take much of the guess work out of the daunting process. A brand new online publication, “AOPA’s Guide to Starting a Flying Club,” has identified the most important aspects to consider when bringing a club from inception to full operation.

Join Woody Cahall, AOPA Vice President, Flight Operations, as he discusses the flying club start-up process step-by-step, using the guidelines outlined in the new publication. Topics include: Organizing your club, building a budget, choosing the right aircraft, buying insurance, marketing tips to attract the members you desire, as well as a collection of sample documents, forms, and other useful resources, like sample operating rules and aircraft lease agreements.

Approx. 1 hour

Topics:  Flying Club, Aviation Industry

Operating rules for flying clubs

Operating Rules for Flying Clubs

At the heart of every successful flying club lies a good set of operating rules for its members. They will usually document the club's rules for aircraft scheduling, requirements for member currency and proficiency, and how to handle situations like fueling, bad weather and unplanned maintenance events. This webinar will be presented by David St George, Manager and Chief Instructor with the award-winning East Hill Flying Club in Ithaca, NY. Whether a new club just getting started, or a mature club looking to improve, David aims to guide you through the process of creating an outstanding set of operating rules for your club.

Approx. 1 hour

Building a Flying Club Community

Building a Flying Club Community

Steve Blonstein, General Manager of the West Valley Flying Club, will discuss how the club keeps members engaged. The club uses unique events like the California passport program, Women of West Valley, and social events to build a vibrant club community.

Approx. 1 hour

Topics:  Flying Club, Aviation Industry

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Flying Club Webinar Marketing and Media Relations

Join Steve Hedges, AOPA Director of Communications, as he discusses flying club Marketing and Media relations. Steve will provide an overview of the best marketing techniques for flying clubs, and answer some of the top questions AOPA receives on media relations.

Approx. 1 hour

Topics:  Flying Club, Aviation Industry

Webinar on Flying Club Accounting

Flying Club Accounting

Join Ray Speciale, a CPA and aviation attorney, as he discusses flying club accounting practices. Ray will provide an overview of the best accounting practices for flying clubs, and answer some of the top questions AOPA receives on the topic.

Approx. 1 hour

Topics:  Flying Club, Aviation Industry

Flying Club Insurance

Flying Club Insurance

Insurance has been identified as a major area of interest for flying clubs. Join Kathy McNeil, AOPA insurance account manager, for a discussion of the top 10 factors that influence flying club insurance. This free webinar will be suitable for both established clubs and those thinking of starting a new club. It will include tips on how to build a better relationship with your underwriter, which can lead to better coverage and premiums.

Approx. 1 hour

Topics:  Flying Club, Aviation Industry

attracting young people to aviation

Attracting Young People into Aviation

Joining AOPA's Adam Smith will be Glen Marsh, founder of the Candler Field Flying Club of Williamson, Georgia. CFFC has placed special emphasis on young people and a large proportion of their membership is under the age of 20. Webinar attendees will learn the secrets to CFFC's success, and there will also be discussion of what other flying clubs are doing to attract a new generation of pilots.

Approx. 1 hour

Effective Club Leadership

Effective Club Leadership

Join Marc Epner, president of Leading Edge Flying Club, as he discusses how to keep your club operating at its peak through effective management. Epner and a group of six individuals started with one airplane and built Leading Edge Flying Club into an organization with 75 members and four aircraft. Adam Smith joined Marc as he discussed the ins and outs of leading and managing a successful club.

1 hour

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Anatomy of a Flying Club

Look behind the scenes at one of the country’s largest flying clubs with Steve Blonstein of California’s West Valley Flying Club. West Valley has been in operation for more than 40 years, helping 10,000 members stay involved with aviation. Adam Smith, senior vice president of the Center to Advance the Pilot Community, and Blonstein will discuss the day-to-day operations of the club, which includes a diverse fleet of 40-plus airplanes and instructors.

40 mins

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Selecting the Right Flying Club Aircraft

Adam Smith and Marc Epner from Leading Edge Flying Club discussed the selection process when choosing aircraft types. Drawing on the experience of the Leading Edge Flying Club located near Chicago, as well as information gleaned by AOPA pilots, the webinar covered analyzing, selecting, maintaining and insuring the best aircraft for use among the more than 650 flying club found in the United States.

40 mins

top 10 tips to improve your flying club

10 Top Tips to Improve Your Flying Club

Top AOPA aviation experts hosted a webinar at 8 pm Jan. 9, 2013 to discuss 10 best practices for flying clubs as part of AOPA’s initiative to support and expand the approximately 650 flying clubs now operating in the U.S. Flying Clubs are favored by both veteran and new pilots as an affordable way to pursue their flying pastime in a variety of different planes. Many clubs also offer initial instruction to student pilots, as well as club fly-in activities and other events that help support general aviation. “We know that there is a great pool of expertise out there among those who have operated flying clubs for a long time,” said Adam Smith, AOPA’s senior vice president of the Center to Advance the Pilot Community. “We recently launched the AOPA Flying Club Network because we feel it’s one of the best ways to support clubs.”

40 mins

starting a flying club

Starting a Flying Club

Flying clubs are a big part of AOPA’s new Center to Advance the Pilot Community, which was created to help build the pilot population. AOPA is hosting a series of webinars for flying clubs of all types. This is the first of several webinars on various flying club topics. Find out what's involved in starting a flying club. In addition to AOPA staff, the webinar panel includes counsel on legal and entity concerns as they apply to clubs. You'll also hear from the director of a successful, new flying club as he shares his experiences.

1 hr. 33 mins

LSA and Experimentals in Clubs

Experimentals and LSAs in a Club Environment

Can an Experimental Aircraft or a Light Sport Aircraft be a good addition to your flying club? Learn about the benefits and pitfalls of incorporating these and other types of aircraft into your club.

Approx. 1 hour