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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

west valley flying club

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

flying club fleet

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

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