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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.

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.