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Event Spotlight

Article | May 13, 2013

"My mantra is participation," Fox Flying Club President Chris Thomsen said. "People don't fly because they don't have money. I think they get bored and eventually if you let all of your life's other events take over, they will."

In the News

Article | May 13, 2013

AOPA Flying Club Network's Facebook group reaches milestone

Club Spotlight

Article | May 13, 2013

The Bowman Eagles was formed 10 years ago for one purpose--to have tailwheel aircraft available to fly.

News from HQ

Article | May 13, 2013

Flying back to Maryland from Sun ’n Fun in my trusty old Cessna 180, I took a small detour and dropped in at Peach State Aerodrome (GA2) in Williamson, Georgia.

T-Craft Aero Club: Putting wings on your dreams

Article | May 08, 2013

The T-Craft Aero Club, based in Nampa, Idaho, started in 1975 with 20 members and two aircraft.

Be a part of AOPA's Flying Clubs Discussions at Sun 'n Fun

Article | May 03, 2013

My wife and I are both of British extraction, we met and began dating when members of a small flying club in central Scotland. I’ve sometimes joked that Janet and I are the ultimate expression of how flying clubs can create lasting relationships! Like many British pilots, both of us came over to Florida for flight training.

Question of the Month

Article | May 03, 2013

Can we operate an experimental aircraft in a flying club environment? This is common question from AOPA members who are thinking about adding an experimental aircraft or an E-LSA to their flying club fleets or starting up a club with one. The answer is yes, and no.

Club Spotlight

Article | May 03, 2013

Controlling fuel costs is an issue everyone in general aviation is constantly facing, particularly flying clubs. The T-Craft Aero Club in Nampa, Idaho, has found a way to both save money and stabilize hourly rates by purchasing their fuel by the tanker load.

Cub Scouts Get First Flight Courtesy of the Warrington Flying Club

Article | May 03, 2013

As any general aviation pilot can tell you, building the pilot population is a critical issue for our future. Some of the best ways to do that are to reach outside the aviation community and to educate and inspire children about the wonder of flight.

Letters

Article | May 01, 2013

Remembrances of the fight to save Meigs Field in Chicago brought back memories for many readers. I was crushed when the airport was destroyed by the self-glorified mayor.

Skyhaven Flying Club: Safe, fun flying, continuous learning

Article | Apr 30, 2013

New Hampshire's Skyhaven Flying Club, based at Skyhaven Airport in Rochester, is unified by the goal of continuing to learn about aviation in a safe and fun manner, along with passing on knowledge to the next generation of pilots.

The show must go on

Article | Apr 25, 2013

Even though some large airshows have canceled their events for the year because of sequestration budget cuts, many smaller events are taking place around the country.

Apr. 19, 2013, issue of 'AOPA ePilot' newsletter

Article | Apr 19, 2013

In This Issue: VOLUME 15, ISSUE 16 — April 19, 2013 Fly the new Just Aircraft SuperSTOL IFR Fix: Controlled airspace, sort of MEDICAL PETITION SUPPORT WANING AT FAA? QUIZ ME: IMPORTING AN AIRPLANE Safety >> Picture Perfect >> AOPA Live >> Click here to view this week's custom content. Featured Fly the new Just Aircraft SuperSTOL The landing procedure in Just Aircraft's new SuperSTOL seems nothing short of suicidal.

Apr. 12, 2013, issue of 'AOPA ePilot' newsletter

Article | Apr 12, 2013

In This Issue: VOLUME 15, ISSUE 15 — April 12, 2013 Zenith breaks from STOL mold Burt Rutan developing new seaplane HISTORIC AIRPORT TO REMAIN OPEN QUIZ ME: CFII CURRENCY Safety >> Picture Perfect >> AOPA Live >> Click here for this week's custom content. Sun 'n Fun News Zenith breaks from STOL mold Zenith Aircraft Co.

AOPA Flying Club Network’s Facebook group reaches milestone

Article | Apr 12, 2013

As the AOPA Flying Club Network’s Facebook group celebrates its six-month anniversary, members offer why they joined the group and why it has become a vital resource for new and existing clubs. The group’s membership went from zero to 644 in the first week it started, and currently has 1,820 members.

Sun ’n Fun news briefs

Article | Apr 11, 2013

Sun ’n Fun news briefs Mayor proclaims WASP commemoration day Lakeland, Fla., Mayor Gow Fields proclaimed April 11 “Women in Air Service 70th Anniversary Commemoration Day.” Attending were (left to right): Florence Elion Mascott, Dora Dougherty, Bernice “Bee” Haydu, Elizabeth “Betty Wall” Strohfus, Nell S. Bright, Barry Vincent Smith, and Kathleen Hilbrandt.

Chicago club meets in Florida

Article | Apr 10, 2013

Members of the Sunday Morning Breakfast Club (see “Will fly for food,” January AOPA Pilot) are visiting Sun ’n Fun this week—and they’ll be gathering at the AOPA tent at 1 p.m. each day.

Redbird launches AOPA Jay, growing sim community

Article | Apr 10, 2013

Students and pilots who want to practice fly-in procedures to events like Sun ’n Fun or EAA AirVenture, brush up their basic flight maneuvers, or test their skills with new flight situations have a new option for a personal flight simulator, Redbird Flight Simulations announced April 10. Redbird officially launched the AOPA Jay, a single out-of-the-box unit, during the Sun ’n Fun International Fly-In & Expo in Lakeland, Fla.

Now taking off: 51st Aero Squadron flying club

Article | Apr 05, 2013

The 51st Aero Squadron LLC, a new flying club based at Alabama’s Bessemer Municipal Airport, has taken possession of its first aircraft—a low time, 1979 Piper Archer II. Founder Ed Murray began research on the idea in late November 2012.

Apr. 5, 2013, issue of 'AOPA ePilot' newsletter

Article | Apr 05, 2013

In This Issue: VOLUME 15, ISSUE 14 — April 05, 2013 'NO USER FEES' MOVEMENT BUILDS VFR not recommended AIRCRAFT 'SEQUESTERED' IN CUSTOMS LINE QUIZ ME: IPAD FOR IFR Safety >> Picture Perfect >> AOPA Live >> Click here for this week's custom content. Featured 'No user fees' movement builds on Capitol Hill At a time when general aviation is under attack by the federal government—from budget cuts disproportionately targeting GA airports to the FCC's proposed ban on 121.5 MHz ELTs—an offense is mounting on Capitol Hill in advance of what is likely the next salvo, user fees.

Apr. 5, 2013, issue of 'AOPA ePilot: Flight Training Edition' weekly newsletter

Article | Apr 05, 2013

In This Issue: VOLUME 13, ISSUE 14 — April 5, 2013 Low clouds, lower fuel Earhart namesake creates foundation Plane Spotter: Fairchild Metro Final Exam: Declaring an emergency Safety >> Picture Perfect >> AOPA Live >> Training Tips Low clouds, lower fuel You’re lost. Fortunately the person sitting next to you isn’t, because this is trying enough, even as a drill.

Industry innovator leads charmed aviation life

Article | Apr 04, 2013

Ronald Alexander’s charmed aviation life—which includes flying for the U.S. Air Force and Delta Air Lines, creating several aviation-related companies, collecting and restoring antique aircraft, and founding the Candler Field Museum—are among the reasons he will be one of three inductees into the Georgia Aviation Hall of Fame on April 27.

Event Spotlight: Texas Toast

Article | Apr 01, 2013

If it's 8:30 a.m. and it's the first Saturday of the month, head on over to the Golden Corral in McKinney, TX. That's where you'll find members of the North Texas Flying Club.

Club Spotlight: Flying a 182 For the Cost of a 172

Article | Apr 01, 2013

The Paramus Flying Club keeps costs down by flying a Cessna 182 retrofitted with a SMA diesel engine.

Say What? Refresh Your Communications Skills Flying at Uncontrolled Fields

Article | Apr 01, 2013

Now that sequestration cuts are a reality, pilots who operate at airports where control towers are closing will experience those cuts first-hand.