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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.

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.

IMC Club chapter leaders to meet in Texas

Article | Aug 21, 2013

IMC Club will hold its first annual meeting of chapters' leaders Oct. 28 in San Marcos, Texas.

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.