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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.

RFTS Flying Club provides lower-cost flying

Article | Dec 20, 2013

Washington state’s RFTS Flying Club works to offer members lower-cost flying.

Question of the Month

Article | Dec 20, 2013

Here is a sample of what some clubs are doing this holiday season.

Are your Takeoffs as Good as your Landings?

Article | Dec 16, 2013

Takeoff is consistently the phase of flight with the second-highest number of pilot-related accidents.

Litchfield Hills Aero Club makes ballooning affordable

Article | Dec 16, 2013

The Litchfield Hills Aero Club was formed to attract more people into ballooning, and help them do it economically.

News from Headquarters

Article | Dec 11, 2013

The basics haven’t changed—flying clubs are still a cost-effective way to fly and enjoy the company of your fellow aviators.

Candler Field Flying Club targets young people

Article | Dec 03, 2013

Candler Field Flying Club is a young group focused on teaching young people to fly.

Foundation Focus: What have we done for you lately?

Pilot Magazine | Dec 01, 2013

What have we done for you lately? That’s a question that every membership association and charitable foundation should be prepared to answer.

Land-O-Lakes Flying Club: Private flying at economical rates

Article | Nov 22, 2013

The Land-O-Lakes Flying Club thrives with capped membership and a balanced fleet.

Around the world in 25 days

Pilot Magazine | Nov 19, 2013

How do you approach a flight around the world—do you fly from dawn to dusk, set a leisurely schedule with lots of time for sightseeing, or shoot for something in between?

Nantucket Flying Association: No aircraft yet, but promotes GA

Article | Nov 18, 2013

Although the Nantucket Flying Association has no aircraft, it still considers itself a flying club.

Question of the Month

Article | Nov 13, 2013

What began as a discussion of flying club web sites and recruitment evolved into a larger discussion of other marketing techniques.

Event Spotlight

Article | Nov 11, 2013

Five aircraft loaded with clothes, blankets, food, and toys left airports around Maryland and flew to Carl A. Spaatz Field in Reading, Pennsylvania. It was part of the NASA Goddard Flying Club’s annual Wings of Warmth event.

Club Spotlight

Article | Nov 11, 2013

The Sparrow Flying Club is a for-profit club that provides aircraft owners an opportunity to defray the costs of ownership by leasing their planes to the club.

Small airplane lands on cargo ship, cameras rolling

Article | Nov 07, 2013

Conditions were just right, so Jaap Rademaker decided to go for it: With cameras rolling, he set up for the approach to the deck of a cargo ship.

JA Aero Club's creation inspired by AOPA research

Article | Nov 05, 2013

The Sugar Grove, Ill.-based JA Aero Club was created in part because of AOPA's 2012 research on flying clubs.

Flying Club of Kansas City: Making flying affordable

Article | Oct 30, 2013

Flying Club of Kansas City uses shared ownership to provide low-cost flying.

Question of the Month

Article | Oct 18, 2013

A look at the factors that affect insurance rates for flying clubs.

Air Safety Institute offers downloadable presentations

Article | Oct 17, 2013

The Air Safety Institute has launched a new way to bring its free safety education content to anyone interested in sharing general aviation safety information at local community events.

Pittsburgh Flying Club: Your friends in high places

Article | Oct 14, 2013

The Pittsburgh Flying Club focuses on offering low-cost flying in well-maintained aircraft.

The best flight training has to offer

Article | Oct 12, 2013

The San Carlos Flight Center and Conor Dancy won AOPA's top flight training awards.

SocialFlight announces online events, new partnership

Article | Oct 12, 2013

SocialFlight has added online events and a partnership with IMC Clubs to its repertoire.

AOPA unveils new pilot life cycle research

Article | Oct 10, 2013

AOPA's Adam Smith presented the findings from a new study that looks at the pilot life cycle.

Baker splashes in—literally

Slideshow | Oct 07, 2013

AOPA President Mark Baker attended the newly launched Lake Gaston Resort Seaplane Splash-In Oct. 5 in southern Virginia and, flying in a 1947 Republic Seabee, literally splashed in.

Italian aero club marks century of seaplane flying

Article | Oct 02, 2013

A hundred years of seaplane flying from a lake renowned as one of Europe's most stunning resorts was to be celebrated Oct. 5.

A Passion for Flight

Pilot Magazine | Oct 01, 2013

Mark Baker’s entry into general aviation is classic, quintessential—a textbook case. As a kid he rode his bicycle to the airport and sidled up to the old guys there to hear flying stories while he freely poked around the airplanes, bumming rides when he could.

Flying Particles: Safe aircraft at a low cost

Article | Sep 27, 2013

One of the Flying Particles flying club's goal is to provide safe aircraft at the lowest reasonable cost.

Daniel Boone Flying Club: Helping people experience joy of flight

Article | Sep 23, 2013

The Daniel Boone Flying Club's goal is to encourage and enable the most people to experience the unique joy of flight.

Kalamazoo High Flyers Club: Phoenix rising from the ashes

Article | Sep 13, 2013

Purging inactive members and recruiting new ones, reaching out to other organizations, and encouraging active participation are among the things that brought Michigan’s Kalamazoo High Flyers Club back from the brink of shutting down.

Vermont airport revitalized

Article | Sep 11, 2013

A once-decrepit airport in southern Vermont has a new name, a new mission, and a new look.

Club Spotlight

Article | Sep 11, 2013

A look at the history of the Reading Aero Club based at Reading Regional Airport (RDG) in Pennsylvania.

AOPA offers flight training 'Summit before the Summit'

Article | Sep 10, 2013

AOPA’s Center to Advance the Pilot Community will hold an event before the annual Aviation Summit.

Now taking off: Monticello Flying Club

Article | Sep 09, 2013

Virginia’s new Monticello Flying Club offers a model for starting an organization.

Safety

Article | Sep 09, 2013

Read what the AOPA Foundation is doing in through social media.

Question of the Month

Article | Sep 06, 2013

Various opinions from club members about currency requirements.

AOPA club network marks milestone

Article | Sep 04, 2013

More than 400 flying clubs are now connected through AOPA’s Flying Club Network, and a new online tool makes finding them easier than ever.

Glenwood Flyers: A less-expensive way to fly

Article | Aug 30, 2013

Colorado’s Glenwood Flyers was created on the basis of finding a less expensive way to fly.

A passion for flight

Article | Aug 29, 2013

Mark Baker, set to be appointed as AOPA's fifth president and CEO Sept. 6, is committed to ensuring open access to aviation.