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Aircraft Spotlight

Article | Mar 15, 2014

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

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.

Question of the Month

Article | Feb 15, 2014

Where does a club with no clubhouse keep the keys?

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.

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.

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.