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How to reduce maintenance costs and downtime?

Article | Aug 14, 2013

Maintenance is a key cost associated with flying club operations that can be controlled through effective management. A maintenance officer is normally assigned to manage the club aircraft to track inspections, maintenance issues, and scheduling. In the club environment especially with older aircraft, maintenance squawks can add up quickly, potentially keeping an aircraft grounded.

Innovation and Inspiration, Oshkosh Invigorates Aviation Community

Article | Aug 14, 2013

I recently returned from my thirteenth AirVenture in a row but, in many ways, this one was a whole new experience.

Maine Flying Club Funds Airport Through Annual Fly-In

Article | Aug 14, 2013

The Bowman Field Flying Club is a bit unusual. It doesn’t operate any aircraft. It did once, but that was so long ago that airport manager and flying club treasurer Ken Lyman can’t remember when.

East Hill Flying Club: Recruiting is the heart of the beast

Article | Aug 09, 2013

An award-winning flight school, social memberships, and a strong fleet are among the reasons to join Ithaca, N.Y.-based East Hill Flying Club.

Will we all be flying diesels?

Pilot Magazine | Aug 01, 2013

Does the rise of the Jet A-burning diesel aircraft engine signal an evolution or a revolution for today’s avgas-powered airplanes? Neither, according to a series of interviews with diesel-engine manufacturers and experts.

Aerovalley Flying Club: Keeping the eternal flame for flying

Article | Jul 29, 2013

Dry leasing aircraft from club members is a way Texas-based Aerovalley Flying Club keeps costs low.

Sporty's supports AOPA Flying Club Initiative, Aviation Summit

Article | Jul 26, 2013

Sporty’s has pledged to support AOPA’s Flying Club Initiative, a nationwide effort to promote existing flying clubs and launch new ones. In particular, Sporty’s will be a co-sponsor of AOPA’s Flying Club Connector e-newsletter.

Solo over both poles

Article | Jul 23, 2013

A solo polar pilot has completed a quest to add 90 degrees north to a logbook already marked with the South Pole.

International Flying Club: Low cost, minimal dues

Article | Jul 19, 2013

Chicago’s International Flying Club is a low-cost option for pilots and students.

Club Spotlight

Article | Jul 16, 2013

Crossroads Flying Club based at Double Eagle Airport (KAEG) in Albuquerque, New Mexico, isn’t for everybody. It’s a small club in which members pay a high equity stake to gain access to two high-performance aircraft—a 250-hp Socata Trinidad TB20 and a 300-hp, six-seat Piper Lance. Club President Bob Rausch explains how the club works and why it’s a great alternative to owning your own aircraft.

Question of the Month

Article | Jul 16, 2013

The AOPA Flying Club Finder is being developed as a comprehensive one stop resource for finding flying clubs in the country. Its primary goal is to be a marketing tool, helping prospective club members find a flying club in their geographic area of interest. 

Buttonville Flying Club: Safety, mentorship, and having fun

Article | Jul 15, 2013

Ultra low dues and access to members’ fleet are among the benefits of joining Canada’s Buttonville Flying Club.

Event

Article | Jul 12, 2013

A Fly-out to the Biggest Fly-In in the World: Oshkosh

News from HQ

Article | Jul 12, 2013

An interesting letter arrived at AOPA Headquarters earlier this year from a French organization called the Fédération Française Aéronautique.

YNG Warriors to Wings Flying Club works to take off

Article | Jul 08, 2013

The founder of Ohio’s YNG Warriors to Wings Flying Club hopes to teach veterans to learn to fly.

Eagle Air Flying Club: Come fly with us

Article | Jul 01, 2013

The Eagle Air Flying Club has two membership levels for pilots wanting to fly basic and high-performance aircraft.

Knoxville Flyers: A phoenix rising from the ashes

Article | Jun 21, 2013

Knoxville Flyers is now thriving, but it was in danger of shutting down after a 30-year run, plagued by the recession and a declining membership.