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Safety

Article | Apr 23, 2014

According to the most recent Joseph T. Nall Report, in 2010 there were 43 accidents involving weather, and 28 of them were fatal. In fact, weather accidents are the most consistently fatal types of accidents.

News from Headquarters

Article | Apr 21, 2014

AOPA hosted a breakfast meeting at Sun 'n Fun for flying club enthusiasts.

Women form club within West Valley Flying Club

Article | Apr 11, 2014

Female pilots and enthusiasts who belong to California's Palo Alto West Valley Flying Club formed the Women of West Valley for camaraderie and to encourage more to fly.

Membership News & Notes: AOPA supports Able Flight

Pilot Magazine | Apr 04, 2014

AOPA President Mark Baker presented an $8,000 check to Able Flight Executive Director Charles Stites to help the organization with its efforts to offer free flight training to the disabled.

75 Years: The first to sign up

Pilot Magazine | Apr 04, 2014

Seventy-five years after its founding in May 1939, a dozen charter members remain active on AOPA’s membership rolls

75 Years: There at the beginning

Pilot Magazine | Apr 04, 2014

The Pylon Club—a flying club based at Patco Field in Norristown, Pennsylvania—was having another of its fly-outs.

President's Position: What’s past is prologue

Pilot Magazine | Apr 04, 2014

Most of us weren’t born in May 1939 when a handful of pilots gathered around a table to formalize a commitment they’d long since made—to protect the freedom to fly.

Be a member of the club

Article | Apr 03, 2014

AOPA sees the formation and promotion of flying clubs as a key initiative to bring more people into the flying community.

AOPA members love their pancakes

Article | Apr 02, 2014

More than 200 attendees packed AOPA's Big Yellow Tent on April 2 to feast on free pancakes at the association's first breakfast at Sun 'n Fun, which featured a Q-and-A session with AOPA President Mark Baker.

Fly for $300 a month, Baker says

Article | Apr 02, 2014

With the high cost of avgas and new aircraft prices soaring, is it possible to fly for $200 or $300 a month? "The answer is, you can," said AOPA President Mark Baker at a panel discussion April 1.

Meet Rod Machado, join Baker for pancakes at AOPA campus

Article | Mar 31, 2014

Attendees can meet with flight instructor and author Rod Machado or join AOPA President Mark Baker for a pancake breakfast as part of AOPA’s expanded offerings at the 2014 Sun ‘n Fun International Fly-in and Expo.

Dawn Patrol Flying Club: More affordable, accessible flying

Article | Mar 31, 2014

Affordable flying costs, a strong social aspect, and camaraderie among members are among the reasons for joining Michigan’s Dawn Patrol Flying Club.

Sporty’s pays first rebates to flying clubs

Article | Mar 24, 2014

The first checks from the Sporty’s Flying Club Rebate Program have been sent.

Clemson University club flies high after 87 years

Article | Mar 17, 2014

A storied history, low-cost flight training, and strong support from the school community add up to success for South Carolina’s Clemson University Flying Club.

Answers for Pilots: Introducing AOPA's Guide to Starting a Flying Club

Article | Mar 17, 2014

AOPA has a new guide to starting a flying club with an extensive section explaining the various types of aviation insurance a flying club might need, and specific information on AOPA's new flying club insurance available through AOPA Insurance Services.

Aircraft Spotlight

Article | Mar 15, 2014

Club President John Gaither shares Wings of Carolina’s experience with the M20J.

Club Spotlight

Article | Mar 15, 2014

Wings Over Missouri will be an equity-based flying club registered as a 501(c)(7) nonprofit corporation.

Question of the Month

Article | Mar 15, 2014

What is a realistic per-hour cost of flying as a member of a club?

News from Headquarters

Article | Mar 15, 2014

Brenda Tibbs has been appointed as AOPA's new flying club specialist.

Aircraft for Sale

Article | Mar 14, 2014

AOPA Flying Club Network members have first opportunity to buy donated aircraft.

AOPA Unveils New Guide To Start Flying Clubs

News release | Mar 12, 2014

The Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association (AOPA) released on Wednesday a helpful new tool that will steer members through the critical steps of starting a flying club. “AOPA’s Guide to Starting a Flying Club” identifies the most important aspects to consider when bringing a club from inception to full operation.

Turnout strong at 'Fly it Forward' events

Article | Mar 12, 2014

AOPA regional managers “flew it forward” to give women and girls their first taste of aviation during Women of Aviation Worldwide Week.

New guide helps pilots start, run flying clubs

Article | Mar 12, 2014

AOPA has released a comprehensive guide to help members navigate the launch and operation of their own flying clubs.

Cost comparison

Pilot Magazine | Mar 11, 2014

A visitor pulled up to my hangar in an S-class Mercedes recently with a few questions—and assumptions—about flying.

Tucson Soaring Club: Growing the sport of gliders

Article | Mar 10, 2014

The Tucson Soaring Club is trying to grow the sport by training the next generation of glider pilots.

Scholarships open for students, vets, women

Article | Feb 28, 2014

High school, college, and flight training students, along with veterans and women, are eligible for scholarships with upcoming deadlines.

Congressional Flying Club: Rising from the DC SFRA ashes

Article | Feb 21, 2014

The Congressional Flying Club, hurt by the implementation of the Washington, D.C., Special Flight Rules Area, has managed to be revitalized.

Weather Watch: Trouble on top

Pilot Magazine | Feb 18, 2014

Flying in on-top conditions is always held up as some sort of Holy Grail.

Skies Unlimited: Quality flying with simple aircraft

Article | Feb 18, 2014

The new Skies Unlimited club targets members interested in simply flying.

Club Spotlight

Article | Feb 15, 2014

For 75 years, the members of the Concord Flying Club at Buchanan Field (KCCR) in Concord, CA have flown a variety of aircraft.

News from Headquarters

Article | Feb 15, 2014

No doubt that the social aspects of a club are high value.

Question of the Month

Article | Feb 15, 2014

Where does a club with no clubhouse keep the keys?

Foundation Focus: If you believe

Pilot Magazine | Feb 12, 2014

Perhaps the most famous group of American pilots in World War I was the 94th Aero Squadron.

Bakersfield Flying Club raises funds for Honor Flights

Article | Feb 07, 2014

A raffle held by the Bakersfield Flying Club raised $6,000 to send five World War II veterans to Washington, D.C.

Fairmount club: Getting more students into airplanes

Article | Jan 28, 2014

The goal of the Fairmount Flying Club is to get more students into general aviation aircraft.

Henry Ogrodzinski, lifetime aviation advocate, has died

Article | Jan 23, 2014

The aviation community is mourning the loss of one of its most devoted advocates with the death of Henry M. Ogrodzinski.

Scholarship winner starts new flying club

Article | Jan 22, 2014

Ground Effect Advisors scholarship winner Zachary Piech has started the Cape Fear Flyers Flying Club.

Commitment to Safety

Article | Jan 16, 2014

Resolve to be more active in safety education—and encourage your fellow flying club members to do the same.

Piper Malibu

Article | Jan 16, 2014

If you want to fly high and fast, Plus One Flyers based at four airports near San Diego California, has the airplane for you – the Piper Malibu.

Ponderosa Aero Club

Article | Jan 16, 2014

With eight aircraft, 175 members, and dozens of events throughout the year, Ponderosa Aero Club is very much a part of the aviation community in and around Boise, Idaho.

News from Headquarters

Article | Jan 15, 2014

The AOPA initiative to promote and provide resources to flying clubs is beginning its third year.

Hat in the Ring helps fund GA programs

Article | Jan 10, 2014

The Hat in the Ring Society helps fund programs to preserve general aviation.

Chandelle Flying Club touts convenient, economical flying

Article | Jan 03, 2014

The Chandelle Flying Club was created to offer members convenient, economical flying.

Flying club leaders share advice for effective clubs

Article | Dec 27, 2013

Leaders from 10 flying clubs across the country offer advice to new and existing organizations.