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Aerobatic budget

Article | Sep 03, 2015

Competing in the aerobatic box requires dollars, and lots of them. Where there’s a will, and perhaps a willingness to share, there’s a way.

Eustace to be honored for record free fall

Article | Sep 02, 2015

Alan Eustace, whose free-fall jump set a world record in October 2014, will receive the Aero Club of Northern California's Crystal Eagle Award.

License to Learn: I'm a fan

Pilot Magazine | Sep 01, 2015

My experience suggests that students who join flying clubs are more likely to complete their training compared to attending traditional flight schools.

AOPA Foundation awards grants for training scholarships

Article | Aug 20, 2015

The AOPA Foundation has selected two nonprofits to receive the first $5,000 grants from a new program supporting organizations that offer scholarships to their members.

News From Headquarters

Article | Aug 16, 2015

Last month, many flying club members made the journey to Oshkosh, Wisconsin, for EAA’s AirVenture. AOPA’s Flying Club Manager Kelby Ferwerda was one of those pilots who flew up the Chicago coastline to rock his wings over Fisk en route to a week of camping under the wing of his Cessna 182 in the North 40. Amidst all the aerial demonstrations, new technology and cool gadgets vendors had for sale, it was the little things that made this year memorable – the weather, the sites and sounds, and most of all the flying club members that participated in AOPA’s events.

Aircraft Spotlight

Article | Aug 16, 2015

if your club is looking to diversify its fleet and offer something a little different, the Citabria could fit the bill. It’s a design that harkens back to the earlier, simple days of aviation, yet it has modern touches. It’s a reliable taildragger for those that want a tailwheel endorsement, it’s economical to operate, and the tandem seating and stick provide pilots quite a different experience from flying a Cessna or Piper. East Hill Flying Club President David St. George shares his club’s experience with the Citabria.

Question of the Month

Article | Aug 16, 2015

Insurance premiums are often the largest single expense item in a flying club’s annual budget. Understanding what an insurer looks at and how it may affect your club’s rates is a good to know when shopping for a policy. Here’s a list of 10 different factors that influence how rates are calculated.

Humble pie

Article | Aug 10, 2015

Turning the wrong way in the aerobatic box makes competition, in the sense of being competitive, difficult. A sense of humor and resilient ego come in handy.

Aviation Legends: The world according to Clay Lacy

Pilot Magazine | Aug 10, 2015

Aviation legend Clay Lacy has become synonymous with jet aircraft and Southern California, so it’s with some surprise that when he appears at a Wichita Aero Club luncheon, he’s introduced as a native son.

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.