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AOPA ANNOUNCES 2015 FLIGHT TRAINING EXCELLENCE AWARD WINNERS

News release | Nov 02, 2015

AOPA is pleased to announce the winners of the fourth annual Flight Training Excellence Awards to top flight schools and instructors.

‘Fly aerobatics’

Article | Oct 21, 2015

There is much to gain when a pilot hones skills for aerobatic competition.

Club Spotlight

Article | Oct 18, 2015

The Central Florida Flying Club was formed just a few months ago. And one of the most important things it does is the clean the bugs off the airplane after each flight. It might sound simple, and perhaps even trivial, but it’s all about creating a culture of camaraderie and respect for the aircraft, club rules, safety, and most importantly fellow members.

Aircraft Spotlight

Article | Oct 18, 2015

It’s fast, it’s roomy, it has the latest technology and it looks great, not too mention it has an aircraft parachute. The Cirrus SR22 is what modern GA aircraft look like in the 21st Century. It’s also more expensive than other aircraft and has some unique flight and maintenance characteristics. Leading Edge Flyers President Marc Epner and Cirrus owner Mike Barbarone share their experience operating the SR22 in a club environment.

Question of the Month

Article | Oct 18, 2015

When creating the formal organization of your flying club, there are several options. Should the club organize as an LLC or a corporation? It is one of the most important decisions a club in formation will need to make and this month’s Question of the Month looks at the differences between the two.

News From Headquarters

Article | Oct 18, 2015

The final AOPA Regional Fly-In of 2015 took place in Tullahoma, Tennessee this month, and despite some challenging weather, flying club members mingled with other pilots, including several with ties to the country music industry. The event was a great end to a successful regional fly-in year in which flying clubs were able to learn from each other and share ideas and best practices. Although this year’s fly-ins have come to a close, planning has already begun for the four regional fly-ins for 2016.

Seaplane Pilots Association moving to Winter Haven lakefront

Article | Oct 14, 2015

The Seaplane Pilots Association struck a deal to move from its landlocked Lakeland, Florida, headquarters to a more float-friendly Winter Haven facility on Lake Hartridge.

Wheels Up unveils breast cancer awareness 'Pink Plane'

Article | Sep 29, 2015

Wheels Up is taking breast cancer awareness to new heights when the membership-based private aviation company’s specially outfitted pink Beechcraft King Air 350i takes off to invite contributions Oct. 1.

Pilot Briefing: Flying Clubs

Pilot Magazine | Sep 29, 2015

Tucked into the rolling hills of Middle Tennessee is a flying club that is creating excitement in the local flying community.

Can-do attitude: Colorado Springs Fly-In ‘awesome, amazing’

Article | Sep 26, 2015

More than 2,150 attendees reveled in Colorado-blue skies, warm temperatures, and the happy camaraderie of aviation enthusiasts out for a fly-in. “I would do this every week,” claimed Colorado Jet Center manager Aaron Wood, whose fixed-base operator was a host for the fourth 2015 AOPA Fly-In. “This is at the heart of what we’re all about. There are wings everywhere!”

'From barnstormers to jets'

Advocacy | Sep 21, 2015

A Texas airport named for a pioneering aviation family is marking a century of continuous operation in 2015.

Question of the Month

Article | Sep 20, 2015

Every flying club must answer what type of aircraft the club should get. While the process is exciting, there are several things to consider. Most importantly, the aircraft should meet the mission of the club, whether it’s primary training, cross-country travel, or something more unique such as offering taildraggers. But just as important is making sure you have a clear understanding of the club’s finances. This month’s Question of the Month provides some useful tips on how to start your search for the perfect airplane for your club.

Club Spotlight

Article | Sep 20, 2015

The Gateway Flying Club has been around since 1976 and like many clubs, faced some challenges when the economy took a downturn over the past several years. Based at Anoka County Blaine Airport (KANE) in Anoka, Minnesota, the club weathered the storm by making adjustments to it finances, including a dry hourly rate and new member specials. Club President Chris Baye and Board Member-at-Large Curt Stoltz share how the club continues to succeed after nearly 40 years.

Aircraft Spotlight

Article | Sep 20, 2015

The Cessna 177 Cardinal might just be the Goldilocks of Cessna single-engines. It’s bigger than the C-172, but not as fast as the C-182. It fits somewhere in between and provides a nice cross-country aircraft with good speed and economical performance. It makes a reliable IFR trainer and in a pinch can be used for primary students as well. Gateway Flying Club President Chris Baye and Member-at-Large Curt Stoltz share their experience with the Cardinal.

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.