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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.

Now taking off: 51st Aero Squadron flying club

Article | Apr 05, 2013

The 51st Aero Squadron LLC, a new flying club based at Alabama’s Bessemer Municipal Airport, has taken possession of its first aircraft—a low time, 1979 Piper Archer II. Founder Ed Murray began research on the idea in late November 2012.

Apr. 5, 2013, issue of 'AOPA ePilot' newsletter

Article | Apr 05, 2013

In This Issue: VOLUME 15, ISSUE 14 — April 05, 2013 'NO USER FEES' MOVEMENT BUILDS VFR not recommended AIRCRAFT 'SEQUESTERED' IN CUSTOMS LINE QUIZ ME: IPAD FOR IFR Safety >> Picture Perfect >> AOPA Live >> Click here for this week's custom content. Featured 'No user fees' movement builds on Capitol Hill At a time when general aviation is under attack by the federal government—from budget cuts disproportionately targeting GA airports to the FCC's proposed ban on 121.5 MHz ELTs—an offense is mounting on Capitol Hill in advance of what is likely the next salvo, user fees.

Apr. 5, 2013, issue of 'AOPA ePilot: Flight Training Edition' weekly newsletter

Article | Apr 05, 2013

In This Issue: VOLUME 13, ISSUE 14 — April 5, 2013 Low clouds, lower fuel Earhart namesake creates foundation Plane Spotter: Fairchild Metro Final Exam: Declaring an emergency Safety >> Picture Perfect >> AOPA Live >> Training Tips Low clouds, lower fuel You’re lost. Fortunately the person sitting next to you isn’t, because this is trying enough, even as a drill.

Industry innovator leads charmed aviation life

Article | Apr 04, 2013

Ronald Alexander’s charmed aviation life—which includes flying for the U.S. Air Force and Delta Air Lines, creating several aviation-related companies, collecting and restoring antique aircraft, and founding the Candler Field Museum—are among the reasons he will be one of three inductees into the Georgia Aviation Hall of Fame on April 27.

Event Spotlight: Texas Toast

Article | Apr 01, 2013

If it's 8:30 a.m. and it's the first Saturday of the month, head on over to the Golden Corral in McKinney, TX. That's where you'll find members of the North Texas Flying Club.

Club Spotlight: Flying a 182 For the Cost of a 172

Article | Apr 01, 2013

The Paramus Flying Club keeps costs down by flying a Cessna 182 retrofitted with a SMA diesel engine.

Say What? Refresh Your Communications Skills Flying at Uncontrolled Fields

Article | Apr 01, 2013

Now that sequestration cuts are a reality, pilots who operate at airports where control towers are closing will experience those cuts first-hand.

Question of the Month: What Is AOPA’s Flying Club Network?

Article | Apr 01, 2013

AOPA's Flying Club Network is designed to provide information-sharing resources and support to clubs throughout the country. The Network's vision is to expand the flying club community and we are beginning to see results.

Off and Running: How AOPA's Flying Club Initiative Is Making a Difference

Article | Apr 01, 2013

Six months have passed since the announcement of the AOPA flying clubs initiative at our 2012 Summit in Palm Springs, and this seems like an appropriate time to reflect on how things are going.

New Swamp Creek Flying Club builds own aircraft

Article | Apr 01, 2013

The new Swamp Creek Flyers flying club is forming from the ground up—including building its own aircraft. Seven employees of Arlington, Wash.-based Dynon Avionics recently bought a Glasair Sportsman kit aircraft, with plans for club members and employees to build it under the manufacturer’s Two Weeks to Taxi program.

Mar. 29, 2013, issue of 'AOPA ePilot' newsletter

Article | Mar 29, 2013

In This Issue: VOLUME 15, ISSUE 13 — March 29, 2013 172 to L-39: The jump to jets IFR quiz: Cross-country to Crescent City Safety report looks at loss of control QUIZ ME: PROCEDURE TURN NOT REQUIRED Safety >> Picture Perfect >> AOPA Live >> Click here for this week's custom content. Featured 172 to L-39: Making the jump to jets Diving from 17,000 feet, the airspeed increasing to more than three times what the pilot is used to in a Cessna 172, the instinct to pull out of the back side of a 6,000-foot-vertical loop is premature and aggressive.

Question of the month - September

Article | Mar 29, 2013

As far back as 1969, the FAA identified operating rules as an important part of a flying club’s organization. Today standard operating procedures (SOPs) are still an important aspect of a successful club.

Forums to advance aviation set at Sun ’n Fun

Article | Mar 27, 2013

No doubt you have heard about The Center to Advance the Pilot Community, AOPA’s energetic and far-reaching initiative to increase the number of student pilots who go on to earn a pilot certificate, and to reverse the decline in the number of active pilots. So, consider yourself invited to meet the center’s team members and participate in four forums that they will present at the thirty-ninth annual Sun ’n Fun Fly-in and Expo, April 9 through 14 at Florida’s Lakeland Linder Regional Airport.

Wings of Carolina Flying Club: Safe, low-cost flying

Article | Mar 25, 2013

Sanford, N.C.-based Wings of Carolina Flying Club, started in 1961, has a simple goal: provide safe aeronautical training, low-cost aviation education, inexpensive hourly aircraft rates, and flying fun. The nonprofit club, which operates as a 501(c)(7), currently has 350 members—and that number grows daily, said president Jan Squillace.

Mar. 22, 2013, issue of 'AOPA ePilot' newsletter

Article | Mar 22, 2013

In This Issue: VOLUME 15, ISSUE 12 — March 22, 2013 SEQUESTER'S PERSONAL TOLL IFR FIX: A 'PREDETERMINED MANEUVER' ABC STORY ON CRASHES FLAT WRONG QUIZ ME: MAX SPEED Safety >> Picture Perfect >> AOPA Live >> Click here for this week's custom content. Featured Harrison Ford rallies support for ATC towers "It's about safety and jobs," reiterated Harrison Ford time and time again as he addressed the House General Aviation Caucus March 19.

Custom content for the Mar. 22, 2013, issue of 'AOPA ePilot' newsletter

Article | Mar 22, 2013

training tips An elegant arrival Pointers were offered in the March 15 Training Tip for your first solo experience flying to a busy airport, and what that might be like during “prime time,” or a period of peak activity. Whether you arrive at times when activity is slack or speedy can dictate many operational details, from the class of airspace in effect to the kinds of flight operations permitted (such as noise-abatement rules or any possible restriction on touch-and-go practice).

Behind the eight ball? Flying club thrives

Article | Mar 20, 2013

The Eight Ball Flying Club, based out of California’s Van Nuys Airport, was started in 1962 by three members who shared a single Cessna 180. In 1979, the then-five members bought a brand new Cessna 172 that the club still has today.

Mar. 15, 2013, issue of 'AOPA ePilot' newsletter

Article | Mar 15, 2013

In This Issue: VOLUME 15, ISSUE 11 — March 15, 2013 MARS EXPLORATION WINS TROPHY CONTROLLER SAVES RECOGNIZED HALT SEQUESTRATION CUTS TARGETING GA QUIZ ME: PILOTAGE Safety >> Picture Perfect >> AOPA Live >> Click here for this week's custom content. Letter to AOPA members from chairman of the board: As the AOPA Board of Trustees begins the search for the association's fifth president, board Chairman Bill Trimble lays out AOPA's commitment to advocacy efforts that protect our freedom to fly, the association's economic state, and its plans for the future to "focus on our core member, the pilot who enjoys flying his owned or rented piston single as many hours as he or she can afford." Read more >> Featured Curiosity captures Collier: Possible life on Mars? Sometimes the planets line up just right.

Detroit Tuskegee Airmen Glider Club on a mission

Article | Mar 12, 2013

The Detroit Tuskegee Airmen Glider Club, which operates under the auspices of the Tuskegee Airmen National Historical Museum, flies its three Schweizer SGM 2-37 motorgliders donated by the U.S. Air Force Academy.

Mar. 8, 2013, issue of 'AOPA ePilot' newsletter

Article | Mar 08, 2013

In This Issue: VOLUME 15, ISSUE 10 — March 8, 2013 ‘We got a rogue vehicle’ GA 'HIKE' ACROSS AMERICA Tackling windy weather operations Quiz Me: Standard-rate turn Safety >> Picture Perfect >> AOPA Live >> Click here for this week's custom content. Featured ‘We got a rogue vehicle’: ATC honored for assists An airliner about 10 seconds—and 100 feet—from touchdown aborted the landing at after a Jeep Grand Cherokee crashed through a locked gate at Philadelphia International Airport and barreled down Runway 9R with the aircraft approaching behind it.

Flying club's Cessna 182 makes biofuel flight

Article | Mar 07, 2013

Kill Devil Hills, N.C., was the site of another aviation milestone March 2 when a Cessna 182 retrofitted with a SMA diesel engine landed at First Flight Airport (KFFA). Pilots say it is the first flight powered by cooking-oil-based SkyNRG biofuel in a piston engine, and the first biofuel flight for an SMA diesel-cycle engine.

Capitol City Flyers: Offering safe, accessible, affordable aircraft

Article | Mar 05, 2013

Madison, Wis.-based Capitol City Flyers flying club, formed Oct. 31, 1959, uses an equity shares-based structure to operate its flying club, which offers affordable aircraft.

AOPA leaders present at Northwest Aviation Conference

Advocacy | Feb 28, 2013

AOPA had a big presence at the thirtieth annual Northwest Aviation Conference and Trade Show Feb. 23 and 24, in Puyallup, Wash., including a keynote address from CEO Craig Fuller.

Twenty-One Flyers celebrates sixtieth anniversary

Article | Feb 26, 2013

The 60-year-old Twenty-One Flyers flying club, begun as an outpost for Sikorsky Aircraft employees, promotes the cooperative approach among its members, where everyone takes an active role in the management of the club, along with maintenance of the club aircraft.

Feb. 22, 2013, issue of 'AOPA ePilot' newsletter

Article | Feb 22, 2013

In This Issue: VOLUME 15, ISSUE 8 — February 22, 2013 Student pilot who hit SUV earns ticket IFR Fix: No shaded area TSA urged to break security impasse Quiz Me: Unusable fuel Safety >> Picture Perfect >> AOPA Live >> Click here for this week's custom content. Featured Student pilot who hit SUV earns ticket On final approach to landing at Northwest Regional Airport in Texas, Will Davis felt a thud, but he didn’t think he had hit anything substantial.

Rome by air

Article | Feb 21, 2013

Flying over the Vatican, Colosseum, Roman Forum, and Appian Way at 3,000 feet offers a view of Rome few--including pilots--can experience. Flying (or learning to fly) in Italy is not easy or cheap.

Feb. 15, 2013, issue of 'AOPA ePilot' newsletter

Article | Feb 15, 2013

In This Issue: VOLUME 15, ISSUE 7 — February 15, 2013 Peaks, grizzlies, tricky approach UAS in the USA ‘Sequester’ impacts loom Quiz Me: MVAs Safety >> Picture Perfect >> AOPA Live >> Click here for this week's custom content. Featured Peaks, grizzlies, a wolf, and a nerve-wracking approach Pines flash by in the periphery as Chet Todd approaches Cabin Creek Landing’s Runway 20.

A flying club is born

Article | Feb 13, 2013

Retired Air Force officer and Iraq veteran David Miller is hoping that his dream to create a flying club will take off by May. He’s basing the new club at Florida's Lakeland Linder Regional Airport, also home of Sun 'n Fun.

Chart Challenge: Live

Article | Feb 13, 2013

In most regions of the country, pilots are experiencing weather this time of year that is not conducive to flying. But there are plenty of ways to stay proficient in your aviation knowledge even on the ground.

Club Spotlight: Flabob Aero Club

Article | Feb 13, 2013

The club’s 1946 J-3 Cub The Flabob Aero Club has been operating for about three years and grown quickly with more than 100 members. Its relationship with the non-profit Wathen Center provides extremely low costs, and the club operates an interesting mix of aircraft.

Event Update

Article | Feb 13, 2013

Last month in the Event Spotlight we reported on how the Leading Edge Flying Club outside of Chicago made the most of an IFR day for its scheduled multi-club breakfast fly-out to meet members of the Wisconsin-based Capitol City Flyers, Winnebago Flying Club and Baraboo Flying Club. The event was rescheduled January 26 and had 20 aircraft from 12 clubs participating! There were 172's, LSA's, C-180's, a C-310, Piper Archer, Cirrus SR20 & 22's, a Rockwell Commander, RV-10, and Diamond DA-40's carrying 46 people to Janesville, Wisconsin, (KJVL), including AOPA’s Adam Smith.

In the News

Article | Feb 13, 2013

Send Us Your News Each month we will share a roundup of stories about flying clubs, whether they are published in aviation media or local papers, and you can help. If your club has received some media coverage—newspaper, TV, radio, or online—let us know so we can share your accomplishments with the flying club community.

News from HQ

Article | Feb 13, 2013

East Hill members have access to a Piper Seminole for multi-engine training.