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Club Spotlight

Article | Feb 15, 2015

When someone is willing to travel 90 miles to become a member of your club and take flight lessons, you must be doing something right. The Pocono Mountains Flying Club in northeast Pennsylvania is doing a lot right, and has a model worth replicating if you are interested in starting a club with low rates and a focus on flight training.

AOPA offers flying club aircraft financing

Article | Jan 28, 2015

AOPA is offering special aircraft financing for flying clubs as a way to help new flying clubs acquire quality aircraft while aiding existing clubs that want to expand their fleets.

Sporty’s offers refurbished 172s

Article | Jan 28, 2015

Sporty’s has struck a chord with flight schools and others looking for an affordable, like-new aircraft.

Event

Article | Jan 18, 2015

When most people look to the sky during Christmas time, it’s in hopes of seeing Santa’s sleigh. For the people in Thomaston, Georgia, December is a time to take to the skies while helping less fortunate members of the community.

Question of the Month

Article | Jan 18, 2015

Michael Vanderweide noted on AOPA’s Flying Club Facebook Page that his club, based in Virginia, has a Stratus 2 and iPad and hangar temperatures can exceed the 30 degree minimum and the 100 degree maximum that this equipment is supposed to be stored in, and he’s looking for suggestions to keep these two things warm during the winter and cool during the summer in a hangar. His question generated several responses. See what other flying clubs suggested.

Club Spotlight

Article | Jan 18, 2015

The Bakersfield Flying Club was recently named one of the top 10 flight schools in the country. Flight Instructor William Woodbury talks about what makes the club’s flight training successful, including its Redbird Simulator, a structured training program, and the camaraderie of a club environment.

News from Headquarters

Article | Jan 18, 2015

When talking to flying clubs, a question that is always ask is, “What makes your club special?” The camaraderie between the members and leaders are one of the biggest benefits to being part of a club, as well as a sense of ownership and empowerment.

Endurance profile

Article | Jan 16, 2015

For one Maine pilot, the opportunity to be the guest speaker at the monthly meeting of the University of Maine's University Flying Club offered a trip down memory lane and a sense of reassurance as to aviation's future.

Nine habits of successful students

Article | Jan 13, 2015

Are you setting yourself up to achieve your flight training goals in 2015? You can take the reins of your flight training and tackle challenges faster by adopting habits that set you up for success.

Father, son solo on same day

Article | Jan 06, 2015

A five-hour round-trip drive to the airfield makes scheduling lessons difficult, but the payoffs include an unobstructed view of Mt. Fuji and the satisfaction of father and son accomplishing goals together.

News from Headquarters

Article | Dec 21, 2014

As the cold weather chills AOPA’s Headquarters in Frederick, many of us are inside generating new resources for flying clubs.

Safety

Article | Dec 21, 2014

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)?

Aircraft Spotlight

Article | Dec 21, 2014

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.

Hoover wins aviation's top prize

Article | Dec 15, 2014

After 70 years of achievements in aviation, the industry honored Robert A. “Bob” Hoover with its top award, the NAA Wright Brothers Memorial Trophy.

Pilot Briefing: Flying Clubs

Pilot Magazine | Dec 05, 2014

One of the most iconic names in aviation might never have become known if not for flying clubs.

NAA honors Bob Hoover

Article | Nov 26, 2014

Tickets are available online for the Dec. 12 Wright Memorial Dinner in Washington, D.C., as the National Aeronautic Association honors R.A. "Bob" Hoover.

AOPA Foundation needs your help this #GivingTuesday

Article | Nov 25, 2014

The AOPA Foundation is taking part in #GivingTuesday this holiday season.

Bell Sky Pilots mark a milestone

Article | Nov 24, 2014

For a flying club in Reedley, California, right-sizing has been the answer for 50 years of affordable flying fun.

Pilots, community transform two Oregon airports

Advocacy | Nov 20, 2014

Two general aviation airports located two miles apart in a remote section of northeast Oregon are coming alive, thanks to pilots and area residents.

Kitsap Aviation Squadron offers 'great people, great airport'

Article | Nov 20, 2014

Bremerton National Airport in Bremerton, Washington, is home to the Kitsap Aviation Squadron.

Question of the Month

Article | Nov 15, 2014

On October 10, Lou Fausak posted on the AOPA Flying Club Facebook Page the following question: “How difficult are you folks finding it to get full time flight instructors? We have a terrible time even with the best pay scale (and SALARY) in Texas.” His club is in Dallas and Fort Worth. His question generated a range responses including comments on the need for instructors, whether benefits are included, as well as locations that may be hiring next summer.

Club Spotlight

Article | Nov 15, 2014

Based at Augusta Municipal Airport (3AU) in Wichita, Kansas, this club has named all four of its airplanes, and that’s not the only thing that makes GPAC a bit different from other flying clubs.

Clubs made Sporty's possible

Article | Nov 12, 2014

Sporty’s Pilot Shop founder Hal Shevers said he might never have made aviation his career if not for local flying clubs.

Texarkana Flying Club helps make GA affordable

Article | Nov 04, 2014

The Texarkana Flying Club focuses on showing the public that general aviation flying is affordable.

Back to the airport

Article | Oct 29, 2014

A touch of history, affordable flying, unique sightseeing, a good meal, and a community of pilots: Isn’t that what general aviation is all about?