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Jordan chapter joins IAOPA ranks

Article | Aug 28, 2013

A chapter in Jordan has been approved as the seventy-second affiliate of the International Council of Aircraft Owners and Pilots Associations.

NH Flying Association: Limited membership, more aircraft access

Article | Aug 23, 2013

The New Hampshire Flying Association limits membership to 17 so members have better access to its fleet.

Foster teens' adventure in GA

Article | Aug 20, 2013

Twenty-four teens in foster care got a general aviation adventure thanks to a partnership between the Kitsap Aviation Squadron and Teen Reach Adventure Camp.

Seagull Flying Club: Ownership that shares assets

Article | Aug 16, 2013

The cost of a membership in the Seagull Flying Club is between $12,000 and $14,000. Members pay $140 a month in dues. But the real bargain is hourly cost for the airplanes: The Cessna 172 costs $22 an hour, and the Bonanza costs $42 an hour.

Take the Weather Challenge

Article | Aug 14, 2013

Do your eyes glaze over when you hear about Skew-T diagrams? Yawn at hearing about moist adiabatic lapse rates? Then gather your flying clubs members and soak up some practical weather knowledge with the Air Safety Institute’s “Weather Challenge” fall seminar, brought to you by AOPA Insurance Services.

How to reduce maintenance costs and downtime?

Article | Aug 14, 2013

Maintenance is a key cost associated with flying club operations that can be controlled through effective management. A maintenance officer is normally assigned to manage the club aircraft to track inspections, maintenance issues, and scheduling. In the club environment especially with older aircraft, maintenance squawks can add up quickly, potentially keeping an aircraft grounded.

Innovation and Inspiration, Oshkosh Invigorates Aviation Community

Article | Aug 14, 2013

I recently returned from my thirteenth AirVenture in a row but, in many ways, this one was a whole new experience.

Maine Flying Club Funds Airport Through Annual Fly-In

Article | Aug 14, 2013

The Bowman Field Flying Club is a bit unusual. It doesn’t operate any aircraft. It did once, but that was so long ago that airport manager and flying club treasurer Ken Lyman can’t remember when.

East Hill Flying Club: Recruiting is the heart of the beast

Article | Aug 09, 2013

An award-winning flight school, social memberships, and a strong fleet are among the reasons to join Ithaca, N.Y.-based East Hill Flying Club.

Will we all be flying diesels?

Pilot Magazine | Aug 01, 2013

Does the rise of the Jet A-burning diesel aircraft engine signal an evolution or a revolution for today’s avgas-powered airplanes? Neither, according to a series of interviews with diesel-engine manufacturers and experts.

Aerovalley Flying Club: Keeping the eternal flame for flying

Article | Jul 29, 2013

Dry leasing aircraft from club members is a way Texas-based Aerovalley Flying Club keeps costs low.

Sporty's supports AOPA Flying Club Initiative, Aviation Summit

Article | Jul 26, 2013

Sporty’s has pledged to support AOPA’s Flying Club Initiative, a nationwide effort to promote existing flying clubs and launch new ones. In particular, Sporty’s will be a co-sponsor of AOPA’s Flying Club Connector e-newsletter.

Solo over both poles

Article | Jul 23, 2013

A solo polar pilot has completed a quest to add 90 degrees north to a logbook already marked with the South Pole.

International Flying Club: Low cost, minimal dues

Article | Jul 19, 2013

Chicago’s International Flying Club is a low-cost option for pilots and students.

Club Spotlight

Article | Jul 16, 2013

Crossroads Flying Club based at Double Eagle Airport (KAEG) in Albuquerque, New Mexico, isn’t for everybody. It’s a small club in which members pay a high equity stake to gain access to two high-performance aircraft—a 250-hp Socata Trinidad TB20 and a 300-hp, six-seat Piper Lance. Club President Bob Rausch explains how the club works and why it’s a great alternative to owning your own aircraft.

Question of the Month

Article | Jul 16, 2013

The AOPA Flying Club Finder is being developed as a comprehensive one stop resource for finding flying clubs in the country. Its primary goal is to be a marketing tool, helping prospective club members find a flying club in their geographic area of interest. 

Buttonville Flying Club: Safety, mentorship, and having fun

Article | Jul 15, 2013

Ultra low dues and access to members’ fleet are among the benefits of joining Canada’s Buttonville Flying Club.

Event

Article | Jul 12, 2013

A Fly-out to the Biggest Fly-In in the World: Oshkosh

News from HQ

Article | Jul 12, 2013

An interesting letter arrived at AOPA Headquarters earlier this year from a French organization called the Fédération Française Aéronautique.

YNG Warriors to Wings Flying Club works to take off

Article | Jul 08, 2013

The founder of Ohio’s YNG Warriors to Wings Flying Club hopes to teach veterans to learn to fly.

Eagle Air Flying Club: Come fly with us

Article | Jul 01, 2013

The Eagle Air Flying Club has two membership levels for pilots wanting to fly basic and high-performance aircraft.

Knoxville Flyers: A phoenix rising from the ashes

Article | Jun 21, 2013

Knoxville Flyers is now thriving, but it was in danger of shutting down after a 30-year run, plagued by the recession and a declining membership.

GACE Flying Club offers social, financial incentives

Article | Jun 18, 2013

The GACE Flying Club, which grew from a club for Grumman employees, prides itself on offering members low-cost, safe flying and social events.

Question of the Month

Article | Jun 10, 2013

Chris Lawler, AOPA's Flying Club manager, explains what makes a 501(c)(3) a tax-exempt charitable organization; what makes a 501(c)(7) a social organization; and what advantages a flying club may receive by organizing as a tax-exempt organization.

Safety

Article | Jun 10, 2013

A single thunderstorm can contain almost every weather-related hazard to pilots--high winds, limited visibility, hail, microbursts, and icing just to name a few. The Air Safety Institute just completed Storm Week, its weeklong education campaign to raise awareness of thunderstorms. Now is the perfect time to hold a club safety seminar and utilize the many ASI tools to help understand how ATC and weather briefers can steer you clear of the storms or help pilots make the decision to stay on the ground.

Event Spotlight

Article | Jun 10, 2013

What better way to celebrate Memorial Day and those who have made the ultimate sacrifice to provide the freedoms we enjoy in the United States, including the freedom to fly, than a flight down the Hudson River past the new Freedom Tower being built at Ground Zero? Learn how the East Hill Flying Club used this popular sight seeing flight into an SFRA as a teaching tool to build the skills of its newer pilots.

Club Spotlight

Article | Jun 10, 2013

The Bakersfield Flying Club, based at Meadows Field (KBFL) in Bakersfield, California, just added a Redbird Simulator to bolster its training efforts. Club President William Woodbury describes what it's like to use the simulator and how it's helping create new pilots and build the club's membership base.

News From HQ

Article | Jun 10, 2013

AOPA's Great Lakes Regional Manager Bryan Budds can't do his job without the MANG Aero Club, based at Willow Run Airport (KYIP) in Ypsilanti, Michigan. That's because he needs to travel throughout his region attending aviation events like conferences, safety seminars, and fly-ins, and he does so using the club's Piper Archer or Cessna 172. This month Bryan explains how the seven regional managers can help your club.

Sparrow Flying Club offers light sport aircraft rental

Article | Jun 06, 2013

Sparrow Flying Club uses a unique for-profit business model to keep flying costs low for members.

Smoke Eagles Flying Club: Good friends, good airplanes

Article | Jun 04, 2013

Low-cost flying, a refundable buy-in fee, and dues that cover fixed operating costs are benefits of being a member of the Smoke Eagles Flying Club.

IMC Club concept takes off

Article | Jun 04, 2013

The IMC Club, designed to help pilots leverage and enjoy their instrument ratings through organized hangar flying meetings, has grown to 65 chapters, with three more to open soon.

Cool Stuff: Flight school caters to middle, high school students

Article | Jun 01, 2013

Rohan Bhatia's parents wanted him to become a lawyer or doctor, but certainly not a pilot. They thought it was just too dangerous. But Bhatia has flown high ever since he caught the aviation bug after receiving a model airplane.

Flying club scholarship winner announced

Article | May 30, 2013

Two prospective flying clubs have been given scholarships from Ground Effect Advisors to help them get their efforts off the ground.

Guide to AOPA's new website

Article | May 29, 2013

AOPA's new website design and the technology powering it are geared to make it easier for you to find aviation information. Check out this guide to quickly become acquainted with the new website.

Calif. glider flying club’s dues cover flight training

Article | May 28, 2013

The Associated Glider Clubs of Southern California (AGCSC) is a winch-launching flying club that offers training to new pilots as part of the standard membership dues.

Dynon employees launch flying club with homebuilt Glasair

Article | May 20, 2013

Seven employees at Woodinville, Wash.-based Dynon Avionics who formed the Swamp Creek Flying Club have finished building a Glasair Sportsman under its Two Weeks To Taxi program and have begun flying.