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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.

AOPA launches 72nd IMC Club chapter

Article | Aug 29, 2013

AOPA headquarters has formed to become the 72nd IMC Club chapter.

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.