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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.

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.

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.

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.

IMC Club launches 'Brown Jacket' mastery award

Article | Feb 12, 2013

Membership in this club is a fashion statement, and a statement of instrument flying proficiency that goes above and beyond the minimum.

What the heck is an exculpatory clause?

Article | Feb 11, 2013

In the past, when it came to signing agreement releases, the advice was to "sign it and don’t worry about it because it will never hold up in court." The law is changing, and more than ever these releases are being enforced.

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

Article | Feb 08, 2013

In This Issue: VOLUME 15, ISSUE 6 — February 8, 2013 Sherpa strikes China certification dealF-15s, a taxicab, and a road graderIndustry responds to ‘loophole’ chargeQuiz Me: VFR fuel requirements Safety >> Picture Perfect >> AOPA Live >> Click here for this week's custom content. Featured Sherpa strikes China deal for certification Perhaps you’ve seen it—a Piper Cub lookalike so big you have to use the landing gear as a ladder to reach the cockpit.

NC86 Flying Club: Flying as cheaply as possible

Article | Feb 05, 2013

The NC86 flying club, formed in 1987 and based at North Carolina's Lake Norman Airport, has a simple objective: to fly as cheaply as possible, said treasurer Bob Joyner.

Want to start a flying club? Here's a scholarship

Article | Jan 30, 2013

If you’ve been thinking about starting a flying club, there may be no better time—especially if you could win a new scholarship that might help ensure your club's success.

Fox Flying Club: Best-kept secret at DuPage Airport

Article | Jan 28, 2013

Illinois-based Fox Flying Club uses its fleet of modern, well-maintained aircraft with advanced radio and navigation avionics at reasonable rates to attract members and new pilots.

Jan. 25, 2013, issue of 'AOPA ePilot' newsletter

ePilot Newsletter | Jan 25, 2013

In This Issue: VOLUME 15, ISSUE 4 — January 25, 2013 David Clark: Under pressureIFR Fix: Detonating, and ditchingGPS tracking to speed Alaska rescuesQuiz Me: Cleared into Class B Safety >> Picture Perfect >> AOPA Live >> Click here for this week's custom content Featured David Clark: Under pressure Perched at the edge of a capsule 128,100 feet above the Earth, Felix Baumgartner marveled at how small it all looks, waved, bent his knees, and dropped into space. He broke the sound barrier in seconds, protected from a near-vacuum that would have boiled his blood in an instant only by a David Clark Co.

California flying club offers flight training scholarship

Article | Jan 23, 2013

California's San Carlos Flight Center hopes to transform a high school student into a private pilot this summer through a full flight training scholarship

TSS Flying Club: Affordable flying, shared flights

Article | Jan 22, 2013

Gaithersburg, Md.’s TSS Flying Club prides itself on providing members partial-ownership in a fleet of well-maintained, modern aircraft. Members also get the chance to participate in shared flights, group trips, and social events.

Accident Case Study: In Too Deep

Article | Jan 14, 2013

If you or your flying club members think you’re immune to being a victim of VFR into IMC because you have an instrument rating, think again. In 2010, there were 29 VFR into IMC accidents involving general aviation aircraft, and 21 of those – or 72 percent – were fatal.

Club Spotlight: Wings of Carolina

Article | Jan 14, 2013

Fueling up before departing on a dawn patrol flight. Wings of Carolina operates out of Raleigh Executive Jetport at Sanford-Lee County Airport, a non-towered filed with a 6,500-foot runway.

Event Spotlight

Article | Jan 14, 2013

Wisconsin Aviation's conference room turned into a private dining room as members from the Capital City Flyers and Leading Edge Flying Club share flying stories over breakfast.

North Texas Flying Club

Article | Jan 14, 2013

The North Texas Flying Club, formed in May 1999, has structured itself to swell and shrink along with the economy as a way to ensure its survival.

In the News

Article | Jan 11, 2013

Send Us Your NewsEach 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 Headquarters

Article | Jan 11, 2013

Chris Lawler introduces himself as the new program manager of the AOPA’s Flying Club network, an initiative that is an important step in addressing the decline in the pilot population.

Question of the Month

Article | Jan 11, 2013

Is my club required to do 100-hour inspections when conducting flight instruction in club aircraft?

Jan. 11, 2013, issue of 'AOPA ePilot' newsletter

Article | Jan 11, 2013

In This Issue: VOLUME 15, ISSUE 2 — January 11, 2013 Secret 'no-fly zone'?Life in the airwaysFCC addresses 121.5 MHz ELTsQuiz Me: Radar service terminated Safety >> Picture Perfect >> AOPA Live >> Click here for this week's custom content. Featured Secret no-fly zone? Pilot arrested, fights back A swarm of law enforcement vehicles awaited Robin Fleming as he landed his sailplane at South Carolina's Hartsville Regional Airport on July 26, 2012.

New infrared system turns night into day

Article | Jan 10, 2013

Cessna Aircraft's Jan. 7 announcement that the Astronics Max-Viz enhanced vision systems are now available on the 172, 182, and 206 models gives pilots one more tool to improve safety.

Top 10 tips for flying clubs

Article | Jan 08, 2013

AOPA aviation experts will host a webinar at 8 p.m. Jan. 9 to discuss best practices for flying clubs as part of AOPA’s initiative to support and expand the approximately 650 flying clubs now operating in the U.S.

Lexington Flying Club targets low-cost flying, education

Article | Jan 07, 2013

The Lexington Flying Club, formed at Kentucky’s Blue Grass Airport in 1953, strives to offer its members low-cost flying, safety training, and continuing pilot education, according to President Mike Proctor.

Jan. 4, 2013, issue of 'AOPA ePilot' newsletter

Article | Jan 04, 2013

In This Issue: VOLUME 15, ISSUE 1 — January 4, 2013 Looking ahead to 2013 Outsmart your chart Fuller’s take on Day One in Washington Quiz Me: Braking action report Safety >> Picture Perfect >> AOPA Live >> Click here for this week's custom content. Featured Looking ahead to 2013 This will be a pivotal year for AOPA.


Pilot Magazine | Jan 01, 2013

letters.html A former AOPA vice president of public relations, Charles Spence, celebrated the life of William Piper Sr. on the seventy-fifth anniversary of Piper Aircraft.

Will fly for food

Pilot Magazine | Jan 01, 2013

For the Sunday Morning Breakfast Club, breakfast is the most important meal of the day.

Industry analysts offer predictions for 2013

Article | Dec 27, 2012

The general aviation industry saw its highs and lows in 2012, including the defeat of user fees (again), the third class medical petition, a slow recovery for aircraft sales, and new products. Industry analysts weighed in on what they thought would be the big issues facing GA in 2013.

Concord Flying Club: Safe, affordable flying since 1939

Article | Dec 27, 2012

When California-based Concord Flying Club was grounded after the attack on Pearl Harbor, members moved the aircraft to another airport where they could continue flying. Decades later, the thriving club has 35 flying members and three aircraft.

A look back at GA travels around the world

Article | Dec 20, 2012

In 2012, AOPA staff traveled the world to offer advice to budding aviation communities, report on emerging technology, and step into the shoes of pilots who fly over different topography and in a foreign regulatory landscape.

Plus One Flyers: 'Premier flying club' of SoCal

Article | Dec 18, 2012

For those considering forming a flying club, Plus One Flyers President Lawrence Massaro said the foundation for a successful enterprise is a business plan that is followed closely.

Logbook apps

Article | Dec 18, 2012

Members of the AOPA Flying Club Network Facebook group offered recommendations for logbook apps.

Question of the Month: How do we build a better relationship with our local FBO?

Article | Dec 15, 2012

Some FBOs may view clubs as competitors and a threat to income, particularly if a club has a flight training program or does its own maintenance. But there are a few simple solutions that can help ease tensions and build a good relationship that benefits both the club and the FBO. Patrick Timmerman, AOPA Sr. Technical Specialist, gives some ideas.

In the News

Article | Dec 15, 2012

A monthly collection of articles about flying clubs from around the Web.

Our Flying Club Initiative

Article | Dec 15, 2012

AOPA's research has shown us that flying clubs leaders are hungry to learn more about the practical experiences of other clubs. So we have created this monthly e-newsletter to keep you connected with useful news, information, and good ideas from flying clubs around the nation. We have set ourselves a goal to grow the number of flying clubs to 1,000 within the next five years, and are working on a Starter Kit plus other resources that will help new clubs get started. Read more about what we have been working on and the myriad tasks that need to be accomplished in bringing a new program to life.

Ambushed by Ice

Article | Dec 15, 2012

When your flying club gets together for hangar flying sessions and safety meetings, there is likely a lot of story-telling from pilots who have "been there, done that." In flying, as with many things in life, it's a good idea to learn from the mistakes of others. The latest installment in the Air Safety Institute's (ASI's) Real Pilot Story series of videos helps pilots do just that, and is a must-see before flying this winter.

Club Spotlight: Blues Skies Aviation Association

Article | Dec 15, 2012

Each month we will spotlight one flying club, providing basic information about how the club is organized and how it operates, in an effort to share some of the secrets of its success. Or first club is the Blues Skies Aviation Association based at Solberg Airport (N51) in Readington, New Jersey. The club was founded in 1957 and currently operates three aircraft and has 44 active members. Here is our Q+A with Club President Jeff Lavine.

Organizing a Fly-Out to the Bahamas

Article | Dec 15, 2012

For pilots living in colder climates this time of year, the idea of a quick jaunt to a tropical island for a few days would be the perfect holiday gift. But you don’t have to live where it’s cold to take some R&R in a tropical paradise. The Bahamas is a year-round destination for two clubs are based at Page Field (KFMY) in Fort Myers, Florida. The Sundowners and the Fort Myers Flying Club hosted their latest Bahamas Fly-Out the weekend of the Dec. 7 - 9.

Future of GA sparks debate at Wichita event

Article | Dec 13, 2012

Will Wichita, Kan., remain the Air Capital of the World? What kind of a role will diesel or electric aircraft play in GA's future? Leading industry figures debate.

Flying 20 Club: An oldie but goodie

Article | Dec 10, 2012

Pilots in this flying club are billed by Tach time, as opposed to Hobbs time. Where can we sign up?