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FAA names 2015 National General Aviation Award honorees

Article | Mar 20, 2015

The FAA has announced the individuals who are the 2015 National General Aviation Award honorees, recognized for their contributions to GA.

UAV innovator to receive aero club award

Article | Mar 17, 2015

The Aero Club of New England announced that it will bestow its Godfrey L. Cabot Award on Abraham E. Karem, president of Karem Aircraft.

News From Headquarters

Article | Mar 15, 2015

The start of spring can only mean one thing – Sun ‘n Fun is just around the corner. The annual “Spring Break for Pilots” is the start of the fly-in season for AOPA. The week-long event in Lakeland, Florida is the first of seven AOPA events this year. Learn more about the seminars and activities AOPA has planned for flying clubs this year.

Club Spotlight

Article | Mar 15, 2015

The Palm Springs Aviators Inc. Flying Club was incorporated less than three months ago. Since it was founded in December with 5 members, the club is on the verge of doubling its membership and has been featured on local TV news and in the newspaper. Club President Kent Pramhus shares some of the steps the club is taking to get off the ground.

Aircraft Spotlight

Article | Mar 15, 2015

For a cost-conscience flying club looking to offer advanced training or do some cross country flying, the Piper Arrow may be exactly what you’re looking for. While there are faster or bigger aircraft, the Arrow offers an easy step up from a Cherokee to a complex airplane, it has a decent useful load, and it’s inexpensive to operate. Dave Sanders of the Bay Area Aero Club in Pearland, Texas shares their experience.

Question of the Month

Article | Mar 15, 2015

The Pittsburgh Flying Club is looking to get a new aircraft and Frank Beresnyak asked for help on the AOPA Facebook Flying Club page. He detailed the club’s current cost structure and what it would be for each aircraft and asked, “If given the choice between the 172 and 182, which would you choose? Would an increase in dues cause you to go elsewhere to rent/fly?” Several club members provided useful ideas on how to best make the decision.

Pilot Christopher Hart confirmed as NTSB chairman

Advocacy | Mar 12, 2015

AOPA welcomed the U.S. Senate’s unanimous confirmation March 12 of Christopher Hart, a pilot and former FAA executive, as the thirteenth chairman of the NTSB.

Maine pilots hold eighth annual forum

Advocacy | Mar 11, 2015

Snow and a record cold February proved no obstacle for 65 Maine aviators who turned out Feb. 28 for the Eighth Annual Maine Aviation Forum.

News from Headquarters

Article | Feb 15, 2015

One of the things common in people who restore things – aircraft, automobiles, or antiques – is a love for the process of breathing new life into a dream forgotten years ago. AOPA Flying Club Manager Kelby Ferwerda talks about how restoring his 50-year old BMW motorcycle is similar to reigniting the spark in pilots who’s flying has lapsed. Learn more about how your flying club could host a Rusty Pilot Clinic to get pilots back in the cockpit and possibly generate new members for your club.

Aircraft Spotlight

Article | Feb 15, 2015

The Cessna 150 has been used to teach pilots to fly for decades and is still going strong. It is durable, simple to fly to and inexpensive to operate. It may not be fancy, but most pilots have a soft spot for this reliable little trainer. Pocono Mountains Flying Club President Paul Houle shares how his club is creating new pilots with the venerable Cessna 150.

Question of the Month

Article | Feb 15, 2015

With spring around the corner, we know the winds will be gusting. Besides practicing your tie down knots, Flying Club Manager Kelby Ferwerda asked on the AOPA Facebook Flying Club Page how do you keep your members engaged when it’s just too windy to fly safely? Although it seems like a few club members have cabin fever and can’t wait for spring, there are several good ideas worth checking out.

Club Spotlight

Article | Feb 15, 2015

When someone is willing to travel 90 miles to become a member of your club and take flight lessons, you must be doing something right. The Pocono Mountains Flying Club in northeast Pennsylvania is doing a lot right, and has a model worth replicating if you are interested in starting a club with low rates and a focus on flight training.

AOPA offers flying club aircraft financing

Article | Jan 28, 2015

AOPA is offering special aircraft financing for flying clubs as a way to help new flying clubs acquire quality aircraft while aiding existing clubs that want to expand their fleets.

Sporty’s offers refurbished 172s

Article | Jan 28, 2015

Sporty’s has struck a chord with flight schools and others looking for an affordable, like-new aircraft.

Event

Article | Jan 18, 2015

When most people look to the sky during Christmas time, it’s in hopes of seeing Santa’s sleigh. For the people in Thomaston, Georgia, December is a time to take to the skies while helping less fortunate members of the community.

Question of the Month

Article | Jan 18, 2015

Michael Vanderweide noted on AOPA’s Flying Club Facebook Page that his club, based in Virginia, has a Stratus 2 and iPad and hangar temperatures can exceed the 30 degree minimum and the 100 degree maximum that this equipment is supposed to be stored in, and he’s looking for suggestions to keep these two things warm during the winter and cool during the summer in a hangar. His question generated several responses. See what other flying clubs suggested.

Club Spotlight

Article | Jan 18, 2015

The Bakersfield Flying Club was recently named one of the top 10 flight schools in the country. Flight Instructor William Woodbury talks about what makes the club’s flight training successful, including its Redbird Simulator, a structured training program, and the camaraderie of a club environment.

News from Headquarters

Article | Jan 18, 2015

When talking to flying clubs, a question that is always ask is, “What makes your club special?” The camaraderie between the members and leaders are one of the biggest benefits to being part of a club, as well as a sense of ownership and empowerment.

Endurance profile

Article | Jan 16, 2015

For one Maine pilot, the opportunity to be the guest speaker at the monthly meeting of the University of Maine's University Flying Club offered a trip down memory lane and a sense of reassurance as to aviation's future.

Nine habits of successful students

Article | Jan 13, 2015

Are you setting yourself up to achieve your flight training goals in 2015? You can take the reins of your flight training and tackle challenges faster by adopting habits that set you up for success.

Father, son solo on same day

Article | Jan 06, 2015

A five-hour round-trip drive to the airfield makes scheduling lessons difficult, but the payoffs include an unobstructed view of Mt. Fuji and the satisfaction of father and son accomplishing goals together.

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.

Pilot Briefing: Flying Clubs

Pilot Magazine | Dec 05, 2014

One of the most iconic names in aviation might never have become known if not for flying clubs.

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.