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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.

Finalists chosen for flying club scholarship

Article | May 17, 2013

Wheeling, Ill.-based Ground Effect Advisors has chosen 10 finalists to win a scholarship with more than $3,500 worth of products and support to start a flying club.

DTC DUAT supports AOPA's Flying Clubs Initiative

Article | May 16, 2013

DTC DUAT, the popular pilot-weather and flight-planning information service, has stepped forward to support AOPA's core mission to protect the freedom to fly.

DTC DUAT Supports AOPA’s Flying Clubs Initiative (13-2-014)

News release | May 15, 2013

DTC DUAT, the popular pilot-weather and flight-planning information service, has stepped forward to support the Aircraft Owners and Pilot Association’s core mission to protect the freedom to fly.

Program encourages pilots to fly to all 59 SC airports

Article | May 14, 2013

Pilots can win prizes, see new locales, and sharpen their flying skills under the South Carolina Aviation Association's new ambassadors program.

Tidewater Flying Club: Offering low-cost flying, ownership

Article | May 14, 2013

Tidewater Flying Club, based out of Newport News/Williamsburg International Airport, was formed in 1967 to promote and encourage interest in airplane operation and ownership for the benefit of its members.

Question of the Month

Article | May 13, 2013

Discovery flights can be a great way to give potential club members the opportunity to experience a flight in your aircraft.

Event Spotlight

Article | May 13, 2013

"My mantra is participation," Fox Flying Club President Chris Thomsen said. "People don't fly because they don't have money. I think they get bored and eventually if you let all of your life's other events take over, they will."

In the News

Article | May 13, 2013

AOPA Flying Club Network's Facebook group reaches milestone

Club Spotlight

Article | May 13, 2013

The Bowman Eagles was formed 10 years ago for one purpose--to have tailwheel aircraft available to fly.

News from HQ

Article | May 13, 2013

Flying back to Maryland from Sun ’n Fun in my trusty old Cessna 180, I took a small detour and dropped in at Peach State Aerodrome (GA2) in Williamson, Georgia.

T-Craft Aero Club: Putting wings on your dreams

Article | May 08, 2013

The T-Craft Aero Club, based in Nampa, Idaho, started in 1975 with 20 members and two aircraft.

Club Spotlight

Article | May 03, 2013

Controlling fuel costs is an issue everyone in general aviation is constantly facing, particularly flying clubs. The T-Craft Aero Club in Nampa, Idaho, has found a way to both save money and stabilize hourly rates by purchasing their fuel by the tanker load.

Cub Scouts Get First Flight Courtesy of the Warrington Flying Club

Article | May 03, 2013

As any general aviation pilot can tell you, building the pilot population is a critical issue for our future. Some of the best ways to do that are to reach outside the aviation community and to educate and inspire children about the wonder of flight.

Question of the Month

Article | May 03, 2013

Can we operate an experimental aircraft in a flying club environment? This is common question from AOPA members who are thinking about adding an experimental aircraft or an E-LSA to their flying club fleets or starting up a club with one. The answer is yes, and no.

Be a part of AOPA's Flying Clubs Discussions at Sun 'n Fun

Article | May 03, 2013

My wife and I are both of British extraction, we met and began dating when members of a small flying club in central Scotland. I’ve sometimes joked that Janet and I are the ultimate expression of how flying clubs can create lasting relationships! Like many British pilots, both of us came over to Florida for flight training.

Letters

Article | May 01, 2013

Remembrances of the fight to save Meigs Field in Chicago brought back memories for many readers. I was crushed when the airport was destroyed by the self-glorified mayor.

Skyhaven Flying Club: Safe, fun flying, continuous learning

Article | Apr 30, 2013

New Hampshire's Skyhaven Flying Club, based at Skyhaven Airport in Rochester, is unified by the goal of continuing to learn about aviation in a safe and fun manner, along with passing on knowledge to the next generation of pilots.

The show must go on

Article | Apr 25, 2013

Even though some large airshows have canceled their events for the year because of sequestration budget cuts, many smaller events are taking place around the country.

Apr. 19, 2013, issue of 'AOPA ePilot' newsletter

Article | Apr 19, 2013

In This Issue: VOLUME 15, ISSUE 16 — April 19, 2013 Fly the new Just Aircraft SuperSTOL IFR Fix: Controlled airspace, sort of MEDICAL PETITION SUPPORT WANING AT FAA? QUIZ ME: IMPORTING AN AIRPLANE Safety >> Picture Perfect >> AOPA Live >> Click here to view this week's custom content. Featured Fly the new Just Aircraft SuperSTOL The landing procedure in Just Aircraft's new SuperSTOL seems nothing short of suicidal.

Apr. 12, 2013, issue of 'AOPA ePilot' newsletter

Article | Apr 12, 2013

In This Issue: VOLUME 15, ISSUE 15 — April 12, 2013 Zenith breaks from STOL mold Burt Rutan developing new seaplane HISTORIC AIRPORT TO REMAIN OPEN QUIZ ME: CFII CURRENCY Safety >> Picture Perfect >> AOPA Live >> Click here for this week's custom content. Sun 'n Fun News Zenith breaks from STOL mold Zenith Aircraft Co.

AOPA Flying Club Network’s Facebook group reaches milestone

Article | Apr 12, 2013

As the AOPA Flying Club Network’s Facebook group celebrates its six-month anniversary, members offer why they joined the group and why it has become a vital resource for new and existing clubs. The group’s membership went from zero to 644 in the first week it started, and currently has 1,820 members.

Sun ’n Fun news briefs

Article | Apr 11, 2013

Sun n Fun news briefs Mayor proclaims WASP commemoration day Lakeland, Fla., Mayor Gow Fields proclaimed April 11 Women in Air Service 70th Anniversary Commemoration Day.

Chicago club meets in Florida

Article | Apr 10, 2013

Members of the Sunday Morning Breakfast Club (see “Will fly for food,” January AOPA Pilot) are visiting Sun ’n Fun this week—and they’ll be gathering at the AOPA tent at 1 p.m. each day.

Redbird launches AOPA Jay, growing sim community

Article | Apr 10, 2013

Students and pilots who want to practice fly-in procedures to events like Sun ’n Fun or EAA AirVenture, brush up their basic flight maneuvers, or test their skills with new flight situations have a new option for a personal flight simulator, Redbird Flight Simulations announced April 10. Redbird officially launched the AOPA Jay, a single out-of-the-box unit, during the Sun ’n Fun International Fly-In & Expo in Lakeland, Fla.