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Jimmie Allen Flying Club Scholarship celebrates flight

Article | Jul 29, 2015

Sarah Wilson, the former corporate pilot turned open-cockpit barnstormer, initiated the $5,000 Jimmie Allen Flying Club Scholarship to encourage future pilots who also are looking for something different from their flying. The deadline to apply for the scholarship is Aug. 9.

IMC Club on verge of merger with EAA

Article | Jul 28, 2015

IMC Club began as a way to exchange real-world instrument flight rules discussions and now the popular monthly meetings and video lesson format is on the verge of merging with the EAA.

Lakeland AeroClub finds its place at AirVenture

Article | Jul 25, 2015

Ten young aviators learning about aviation from the Lakeland AeroClub in Florida flew two Pipers and three Cessnas to EAA AirVenture in Oshkosh, Wisconsin, from their home base at Central Florida Aerospace Academy high school on the grounds at Lakeland Linder Regional Airport.

Aircraft Spotlight

Article | Jul 19, 2015

For clubs looking for an affordable, tricycle-gear LSA to train new pilots or transition existing ones to Sport Pilot, the Ercoupe may be just what you’re looking for. The twin-tail and bubble canopy will attract your eye, but the linked rudder and ailerons and design to prevent stalls are what make it noteworthy. It has proved a popular plane for the Green Castle Aero Club in Oxford, Iowa, and Chief Instructor Terry Koehn shares the club’s experience with the airplane that was far ahead of its time.

Question of the Month

Article | Jul 19, 2015

Generating interest in your club is something that is important, whether the club is brand new or has been around for decades. One of the best ways to be known is through word of mouth, but that is a limited way to get your message out. Successful clubs raise awareness through a variety of methods – from traditional newsletters, to social media, or events. This month’s question of the month examines some of the various methods your club can utilize to generate interest and awareness for your club.

Club Spotlight

Article | Jul 19, 2015

Apparently Iowa is the place where dreams come true, whether it’s on a baseball diamond that Kevin Costner built in a cornfield or an airport operated by a flying club. In this month’s Club Spotlight, Green Castle Aero Club Chief Instructor Terry Koehn shares how his club operates the Green Castle Airport (IA24) where you must be a club member to be based there. It also maintains a fleet of seven aircraft ranging from an Aeronca Chief to a Piper Arrow, and has events like throwing pumpkins out of airplanes so they can raise scholarship money to teach teenagers to fly

Lakeland kids help build general aviation

Article | Jul 14, 2015

These young folks are going somewhere: Oshkosh, to be exact. They are helping keep general aviation strong and encouraging younger kids along the way.

Never Again: Speaking up

Pilot Magazine | Jul 07, 2015

I was influenced by the senior pilot to my right, who I believed had experience in dealing with decisions like this.

Up, up, and away

Pilot Magazine | Jul 01, 2015

The second type of airplane in which I had been checked out as a student pilot in 1954 was an 85-horsepower, 1946 Cessna 140 (N76283).

Question of the Month

Article | Jun 21, 2015

One of the key first steps in forming a flying club is identifying founding members. These members will be used to rally interest, guide the mission and ideals of the club, possibly help with club financing, and potentially act as future officers of the club. Most successful clubs target a few special individuals as founding members with particular areas of expertise. This month’s question of the month breaks down what to look for in finding founding members.

News From Headquarters

Article | Jun 21, 2015

When AOPA began the Flight Training Excellence Award in 2012, several flying clubs surfaced as award winning organizations and many more made the list of honor roll, much to AOPA’s surprise. The results showed what you already know – America’s flying clubs can be a great place to learn to fly. Does your club have what it takes to win this year’s award? Take the 2015 Flight Training Poll to put your club in the running for an award and you’ll be entered into a drawing to win a Jeppesen flight training kit, a David Clark headset, or a Sporty’s Flight Gear Bag.

Club Spotlight

Article | Jun 21, 2015

Starting a flying club doesn’t have to take a long time. Just ask the Emporia Flying Club in Kansas. In about two months they went from discussing the club as a concept to having 14 members and a Cessna 172 available to fly. In this month’s Club Spotlight, Emporia Flying Club President Rick Vilander shares how the club formed so fast.

Aircraft Spotlight

Article | Jun 21, 2015

The yellow and blue colors of the Boeing Stearman are iconic. It trained a generation of pilots that went to went to war, and has been a staple of the General Aviation world for the past 70 years as a crop duster, barnstormer, and air show performer. In Morris, Illinois, you can add flying club aircraft to that list. Blue Sky Aero Flying Club owner and Chief Instructor Cindy Limbach talks about operating a Stearman in a flying club.

Any change to ATC system must protect GA, AOPA says

Article | Jun 15, 2015

The chairman of the House Transportation and Infrastructure committee announced June 15 that he would seek to separate ATC functions from the FAA.

President's Position: Back at the controls

Pilot Magazine | Jun 03, 2015

People who have earned their pilot certificates continue to consider themselves pilots—even when they haven’t flown for decades. And that’s because, almost universally, they love aviation and want to fly again.

Applications open for AOPA scholarships

Article | May 22, 2015

Applications are now open for almost $120,000 worth of scholarships that will help student pilots and teens achieve their aviation goals.

Question of the Month

Article | May 17, 2015

This is a question that pops up often in conversation with developing flying clubs. Most clubs fall into two primary categories, equity and non-equity. Equity, meaning the club is the sole owner of the aircraft as represented on the aircraft registration. Non-equity, implying the club leases its aircraft from the owner/owners. Clubs can also be a hybrid of equity and non-equity, where the club owns one aircraft and leases another; generally clubs falling into this category are still considered an equity club because of the stake in the one equity aircraft. Both equity and non-equity clubs have various benefits and shortcomings.

Club Spotlight

Article | May 17, 2015

Despite its name, the FAA Flying Club is not what you think. Originally formed by FAA employees more than 50 years ago, it has no formal ties to the agency anymore. The club operates a Piper Warrior and is open to anyone—FAA staff, other government employees, or the general public. FAA Flying Club President Mike Hilton talks about getting his club back on a solid financial footing and demystifies flying in the DC SFRA.

Aircraft Spotlight

Article | May 17, 2015

If your club is looking for a low-cost trainer, the Cessna 150/152 often comes to mind. But don’t overlook the Piper Tomahawk. When Piper was designing its replacement to the aging Cherokee 140 training fleet in the late 1970s, it surveyed flight instructors and incorporated their input. The result was a reliable trainer that is more spinnable than a 150/152. Nearly 2,500 were made in the five years it was produced. Graham Wilson, chief flight instructor for Windsor Flying Club in Windsor, Ontario, Canada, shares their experience with this T-tail trainer.

News From Headquarters

Article | May 17, 2015

AOPA’s You Can Fly serves as the umbrella for many of our activities designed to get people flying and keep them flying. It includes things like support for flying clubs and flight schools, the Rusty Pilots program to get lapsed pilots back in the air, and our Reimagined Aircraft initiative. It includes a small group of AOPA Ambassadors to bring these programs to life on a very grassroots level. In Florida, AOPA Ambassador Jamie Beckett helped a group of pilots launch a new flying club in just a few weeks. Ambassadors like Jamie are all over the country and are one of many resources available to you.

President's Position: Ambassadors for GA

Pilot Magazine | May 06, 2015

Helping flying clubs get started or expand isn’t the only way the AOPA Ambassadors can make a meaningful difference.

Food flight

Article | May 05, 2015

There are no dues, and no rules, except to “fly safe” in the South Carolina Breakfast Club. Just enjoy the fun, the fellowship, some flying, and a home-cooked southern breakfast.

Faro offers flight schools, clubs 'old for new' headset deal

Article | Apr 29, 2015

Faro Aviation is offering flight schools and flying clubs an "old for new" headset exchange program.