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News from Headquarters

Article | Dec 21, 2014

As the cold weather chills AOPA’s Headquarters in Frederick, many of us are inside generating new resources for flying clubs.

Safety

Article | Dec 21, 2014

In my house, every Friday night is “Movie Night.” While the movies are rarely educational (I don’t think I learned anything from the Lego Movie), we look forward to the weekly opportunity to spend time together. Why not use the same concept for your Flying Club (with the addition of education, of course)?

Aircraft Spotlight

Article | Dec 21, 2014

The Aircraft Spotlight feature looks at an airplane type and evaluates it across six areas of particular interest to flying clubs and their members: Operating Cost, Maintenance, Insurability, Training, Cross-Country, and Fun Factor.

Hoover wins aviation's top prize

Article | Dec 15, 2014

After 70 years of achievements in aviation, the industry honored Robert A. “Bob” Hoover with its top award, the NAA Wright Brothers Memorial Trophy.

NAA honors Bob Hoover

Article | Nov 26, 2014

Tickets are available online for the Dec. 12 Wright Memorial Dinner in Washington, D.C., as the National Aeronautic Association honors R.A. "Bob" Hoover.

AOPA Foundation needs your help this #GivingTuesday

Article | Nov 25, 2014

The AOPA Foundation is taking part in #GivingTuesday this holiday season.

Bell Sky Pilots mark a milestone

Article | Nov 24, 2014

For a flying club in Reedley, California, right-sizing has been the answer for 50 years of affordable flying fun.

Pilots, community transform two Oregon airports

Advocacy | Nov 20, 2014

Two general aviation airports located two miles apart in a remote section of northeast Oregon are coming alive, thanks to pilots and area residents.

Kitsap Aviation Squadron offers 'great people, great airport'

Article | Nov 20, 2014

Bremerton National Airport in Bremerton, Washington, is home to the Kitsap Aviation Squadron.

Question of the Month

Article | Nov 15, 2014

On October 10, Lou Fausak posted on the AOPA Flying Club Facebook Page the following question: “How difficult are you folks finding it to get full time flight instructors? We have a terrible time even with the best pay scale (and SALARY) in Texas.” His club is in Dallas and Fort Worth. His question generated a range responses including comments on the need for instructors, whether benefits are included, as well as locations that may be hiring next summer.

Club Spotlight

Article | Nov 15, 2014

Based at Augusta Municipal Airport (3AU) in Wichita, Kansas, this club has named all four of its airplanes, and that’s not the only thing that makes GPAC a bit different from other flying clubs.

Clubs made Sporty's possible

Article | Nov 12, 2014

Sporty’s Pilot Shop founder Hal Shevers said he might never have made aviation his career if not for local flying clubs.

Texarkana Flying Club helps make GA affordable

Article | Nov 04, 2014

The Texarkana Flying Club focuses on showing the public that general aviation flying is affordable.

Back to the airport

Article | Oct 29, 2014

A touch of history, affordable flying, unique sightseeing, a good meal, and a community of pilots: Isn’t that what general aviation is all about?

Pilot Getaways: Gem of the South Atlantic Coast

Article | Oct 22, 2014

If you wanted to visit Jekyll Island in the early 1900s, you would have been out of luck unless your name appeared on a social registry with the likes of the Rockefellers, Vanderbilts, and Pulitzers. Now, all are welcome. Consider stopping by while you are in the area for AOPA's St. Simon Fly-In Nov. 8.

Formation education: Repurposed 'Yak club' trains, entertains

Article | Oct 20, 2014

RedStar is one of a handful of organizations authorized to provide the standardized training that earns a pilot formation flying credentials for airshows.

Aircraft for Sale

Article | Oct 17, 2014

Here are two reasonably priced airplanes that were donated to the AOPA Foundation that are for sale.

Club Spotlight

Article | Oct 16, 2014

The Flying Educators Flying Club has one club aircraft.

Aircraft Spotlight

Article | Oct 15, 2014

The Tiger seats four, has a 180-hp engine, and burns 10 gph.

Question of the Month

Article | Oct 15, 2014

Many clubs limit the number of reservations a member can have booked at one time, while others are less structured.

News from Headquarters

Article | Oct 15, 2014

Pilots came from all over to be at the Frederick Fly In. I spoke to people from Pennsylvania, New York, New Jersey, New Hampshire, Virginia, Delaware, and North Carolina.

Frederick Aero Club bills itself as a true flying club

Article | Oct 14, 2014

The Frederick Aero Club has structured itself to encourage members to fly regularly.

Yale Aviation traces back to World War I

Article | Oct 06, 2014

The Yale Aviation flying club can trace its roots back to 1916, the dawn of U.S. military aviation.

AOPA ANNOUNCES 2014 FLIGHT TRAINING SCHOLARSHIP WINNERS

News release | Oct 04, 2014

The Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association (AOPA) Foundation Saturday awarded $65,000 in flight training scholarships to prospective pilots from eight states as part of its program to expand the pilot community and support flight training.

Airport stories: It’s a good day

Pilot Magazine | Oct 03, 2014

Any day at the Alexandria, Indiana, airport is a good day for members of the Central Indiana Soaring Society.

Flying Clubs: Beechcraft, Cessna flying clubs merge

Pilot Magazine | Oct 03, 2014

Two venerable flying clubs in Wichita are looking to the future after they merged into the Textron Aviation Employees’ Flying Club.

AOPA ANNOUNCES 2014 FLIGHT TRAINING EXCELLENCE AWARD WINNERS

News release | Oct 01, 2014

The Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association (AOPA) has awarded its third annual Flight Training Excellence Awards to top flight schools and flight instructors ranked by more than 3,600 flight students who voluntarily reviewed their flight training experience through an AOPA online poll.

OpenAirplane gains traction

Article | Sep 25, 2014

Just over a year after launch, OpenAirplane has 71 aircraft rental locations and counting, with a new location joining each week.

Air Force flying club expands membership to civilians

Article | Sep 22, 2014

The Robins Aero Club has opened membership to civilians in the Georgia area as a way to survive.

Aviation expo highlights busy Kansas agenda

Advocacy | Sep 18, 2014

The 2014 Kansas Aviation Expo will reach far beyond geographic boundaries when it celebrates the state’s proud tradition of aeronautical enterprise.

Catholic Aviation Association combines GA, faith

Article | Sep 17, 2014

The Catholic Aviation Association wants to use faith, flying, and fellowship to promote general aviation.

Club Spotlight

Article | Sep 17, 2014

The Silver City Flying Club in central Connecticut rotates two aircraft between two airports.

Question of the Month

Article | Sep 16, 2014

What do flying clubs think of Planesharing companies?

News from Headquarters

Article | Sep 15, 2014

There is no shortage of pilots in eastern Washington, but there does seem to be a scarcity of clubs in that part of the country.

Waypoints: New again

Pilot Magazine | Sep 04, 2014

By the time you read this, some lucky pilot will be contemplating a future flying our Debonair Sweepstakes airplane, the twentieth such sweepstakes airplane we have delivered to a member since 1993.

Hokie Flying Club: Promoting aviation, proficiency

Article | Sep 03, 2014

The Hokie Flying Club helps promote aviation by offering low-cost flying for members.

New South Dakota flying club takes off

Article | Aug 25, 2014

The Brown County Flying Club is the one of the newest available to pilots in South Dakota.

Beechcraft, Cessna flying clubs merge

Article | Aug 20, 2014

Two venerable flying clubs have merged to form the new Textron Aviation Employees' Flying Club.

Shameless Sausages, oh my!

Article | Aug 13, 2014

There are lots of reasons to attend the AOPA Fly-In Aug. 16 at Spokane's Felts Field, and a clever little food truck called Shameless Sausages is just one of them.

Club Spotlight

Article | Aug 11, 2014

The Minneapolis flying club, Cloud 7, is based at Flying Cloud Airport (KFCM) in Eden Prairie, MN.

Question of the Month

Article | Aug 11, 2014

Do flying clubs require background or credit checks?

‘152Reimagined’ intrigues pilots at AirVenture

Article | Aug 07, 2014

AOPA’s ‘152Reimagined,’ a yellow-and-black refurbished Cessna 152, caused a flurry of excitement at the association’s exhibit during EAA AirVenture.

News from Headquarters

Article | Aug 06, 2014

Read about flying club meetings at EAA Air Venture, Oshkosh 2014

Flywell Flying Club: Own the airplane, share the cost

Article | Aug 06, 2014

Minnesota’s Flywell Flying Club offers ownership shares for up to 40 members.

Briefing: Flight for a cause

Pilot Magazine | Jul 31, 2014

Two pilots from Fairbanks, Alaska, are flying to EAA AirVenture in Oshkosh this summer, and they’ve decided to make the journey a fundraiser for the Wounded Warrior Project.

Financing, insurance options offered for ‘Reimagined Aircraft’

Article | Jul 30, 2014

As part of AOPA’s “Reimagined Aircraft” effort to open the door to flying and aircraft ownership for more people by refurbishing older aircraft and putting them in a flying club or partnership, the association is offering financing and insurance options.

Baker: Medical reform is AOPA's top priority

Article | Jul 30, 2014

AOPA President Mark Baker reiterated his position that the FAA must respond to the association’s request for action on the long-dormant third class medical reform petition.