July 31, 2012
By Ian J. Twombly
“We’ve gone from our infancy to adolescence.” That was the message from the Society of Aviation and Flight Educators Director Doug Stewart at the group’s annual dinner on July 26 at EAA AirVenture in Oshkosh, Wis.
Stewart detailed the group’s future plans that came about as part of a strategic planning exercise undertaken this year. The three-year plan calls for a leadership succession plan and an increase in membership, among other things. Stewart said a membership committee was formed in response to the initiative.
The group also awarded the Founder’s Award, and two service awards during the event. James Goodwin won the Founder’s Award for his donation of a charity ride in a P-51 in support of SAFE. Alan Davis and Sherry Rossiter won the service awards for their volunteer efforts for the group.
Guests included many industry and government representatives, including the FAA’s Mel Cintron and NTSB member Dr. Earl Weener, both of whom made remarks.
Flight Training Editor Ian J. Twombly joined AOPA in 2003 and is an instrument flight instructor.
As the cold weather chills AOPA’s Headquarters in Frederick, many of us are inside generating new resources for flying clubs.
In my house, every Friday night is “Movie Night.” While the movies are rarely educational (I don’t think I learned anything from the Lego Movie), we look forward to the weekly opportunity to spend time together. Why not use the same concept for your Flying Club (with the addition of education, of course)?
The Aircraft Spotlight feature looks at an airplane type and evaluates it across six areas of particular interest to flying clubs and their members: Operating Cost, Maintenance, Insurability, Training, Cross-Country, and Fun Factor.
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