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Baker delivers association update over coffee and donuts

Article | Apr 23, 2015

There's a fundamental law in aviation that if you offer coffee and donuts, pilots will come. That was true April 22 for more than 250 AOPA members at Sun 'n Fun who came to see AOPA President Mark Baker give an update on the association.

Event

Article | Apr 19, 2015

AOPA’s Rusty Pilot courses are designed to reignite the passion of pilots who have let their currency lapse. Several flying clubs have hosted these seminars recently as a way to gain recognition in the aviation community, recruit new members, and to strengthen General Aviation as a whole. And there’s an added benefit for current pilots – the course serves as the ground portion of the biennial flight review, making it a great club activity for your current members as well.

Club Spotlight

Article | Apr 19, 2015

Hawaii is one of the most beautiful places on earth—and it looks even better by air. With 14 public use airports on the eight islands, there are plenty of opportunities for general aviation pilots. Moore Air is a for-profit company that offers aircraft rental, but also has a flying club to help keep rates low for frequent flyers and visitors to the islands. Moore Air owner and president Mark Jones shares how it all works and what it’s like to fly in Hawaii.

Question of the Month

Article | Apr 19, 2015

There were two finance-related questions that were posed recently on the AOPA Facebook Flying Club page and we thought we’d share them both to help generate a discussion and remind clubs that there are many resources at AOPA, from flying club webinars to staff at the Pilot Information Center that can help answer your questions. Read the April Question of the Month to see what suggestions were made regarding finances.

Safety

Article | Apr 19, 2015

Flying Club members are more likely to have opportunities to fly different aircraft, and getting the proper transition training can make a big different. ASI has created a new online course, Transitioning to Other Airplanes, to help pilots – whether your stepping up to a more advanced aircraft, stepping down to something lighter and less powerful, moving to an experimental, or transitioning to different avionics it’s important to know what to expect.

Pilot Getaways: R & R in a sleepy sanctuary

Article | Apr 06, 2015

Flying to Dauphin Island, a quiet escape 30 miles south of Mobile, Alabama, is an opportunity to ditch traffic, seek serenity, and enjoy outstanding Gulf seafood, according to the experts at Pilot Getaways.

Volunteers make Michigan airport a fun classroom

Advocacy | Apr 02, 2015

Pilots and other volunteers introduced aviation to about 80 students who took field trips to Michigan's Ann Arbor Municipal Airport.

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.