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Aircraft Spotlight

Article | Apr 26, 2016

the Cessna 150 is an attractive aircraft to either start a flying club or add to your fleet. The 150 has been used to teach pilots to fly for decades and is still going strong. It is durable, simple to fly, and inexpensive to operate.

News from HQ

Article | Feb 24, 2016

Flying clubs come in all shapes and sizes, and two newly formed flying clubs in California illustrate this point well.

Aircraft Spotlight

Article | Feb 24, 2016

To people outside of the aviation world, any general aviation aircraft is a Piper Cub.

Training Tip: Flight training FAQs

Article | Jan 04, 2016

What’s the status of your flight training program as 2016 opens? Student pilots frequently ask this question as a new year begins.

Congressional keeps flying club fun

Article | Dec 29, 2015

There are flying clubs and then there are flying clubs. For Congressional Flying Club's aviation aficionados, the social scene and the journey, rather than the destination, are paramount.

Aircraft Spotlight

Article | Dec 20, 2015

The Bonanza’s little sister makes quite a good club aircraft. The Debonair is fast, easy to fly, can carry a big load, and serve as a solid commercial, complex, high performance or IFR trainer. Perhaps that’s why the Wingedfoot Aero Club (now Aero Fliers) bought one brand new in 1966 and still has it nearly 50 years later.

Training Tip: Checking it twice

Article | Dec 18, 2015

A long holiday weekend or vacation period can provide a convenient time to make some headway toward a flight training goal.

Gulfstream to trim 1,100 jobs

Article | Dec 03, 2015

Business jet manufacturer Gulfstream will trim 1,100 jobs, but testing of its new 18-passenger G500 will proceed as planned.

Club Spotlight

Article | Nov 22, 2015

When Al Waterloo bought a 2004 Cirrus SR20, his goal was to operate a flight school on the South Side of Chicago at Lansing Airport (IGQ). The airplane wasn’t flying enough so he decided to form a flying club and looked to the Cirrus Jump Start program as a model. The club is still in formation, but it has about a half dozen members and mixes primary training and cross-country flying. Learn how Al is making the transition to a flying club in this month’s Club Spotlight.

Question of the Month

Article | Nov 22, 2015

The mission statement of a flying club defines its purpose, and plays a tremendous role in maintaining a consistent vision. This month’s Question of the Month explains the importance of a mission statement and provides tips for what to include.

Wyoming's Hot Springs County Airport opens

Advocacy | Nov 17, 2015

Aviation safety was enhanced and night operations began when the new Hot Springs County Airport near Thermopolis, Wyoming, opened to the public Nov. 7.

Gulfstream announces cabin, performance enhancements

Article | Nov 16, 2015

Gulfstream has revised the G600 cabin after customer input during the past year, and added guidance software for tighter approaches in the G650 and G650ER.

Pilot sends free patches to new fliers

Article | Oct 26, 2015

Jim Johnson of Reidsville, North Carolina, sends free embroidered pilot patches to new private pilots to celebrate their achievements.

Answers for Pilots: Holiday flights with family

Article | Oct 19, 2015

Ways to minimize stress and distractions when flying with the family

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.

Idaho crash claims popular air race pilots

Article | Oct 13, 2015

The air racing community is mourning the loss of two veteran women air racers and the pilot husband of one in an Oct. 8 cross-country accident.

Safety Pilot: The annual brush-up

Pilot Magazine | Sep 29, 2015

Feeling a bit rusty? Or, perhaps you’re the self-proclaimed ace of the base. How about an honest second opinion?

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.

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.

Like father, like son

Article | Sep 08, 2015

The similarities between Rick Mihalinac’s logbook and his late father’s pilot logbook are uncanny: Both had 69.5 hours of flight time when they took their private pilot checkrides; both of their checkrides lasted 1.2 hours; and Mihalinac’s checkride took place on Aug. 27—40 years to the day of his father’s first solo.

Training Tip: A scattering of storms

Article | Sep 08, 2015

If you determine that you and a storm are heading for the same destination, go elsewhere. Don’t get caught in a race to the field.

Pilot Getaways: Powder & the Polar Express

Article | Sep 08, 2015

In the corner of Colorado at the base of the imposing San Juan Mountains, Durango serves as a gateway to a huge array of unique adventures.

Brief, file, and shop

Article | Sep 02, 2015

An online flight planning service and an aviation real estate specialist have joined forces to put hangar homes and other listings on the planning map.

Filmmakers want to bring 'Flight of Passage' to big screen

Article | Aug 26, 2015

Two filmmakers want to bring Rinker Buck's iconic Flight of Passage to the silver screen, and they are asking for your help to make it happen.

Safety

Article | Aug 16, 2015

Proper planning and understanding your experience and skill level are something every flying club member should understand. In this Air Safety Institute Real Pilot Story: From Miscue to Rescue, a low-time pilot takes you along on a personal and emotional journey as he reflects how a series of delays, poor decisions, and lack of preparation turned the four-hour cross-country flight into a 30-hour survival crisis for him and his family.

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.

Aviation for a new generation

Article | Aug 11, 2015

“We want kids to learn, but we want them to be passionate, so it has to be fun for them," says flight instructor MayCay Beeler.

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.

Mental gymnastics

Article | Jul 30, 2015

Mastering the mental discipline required to score well in aerobatic competition is arguably both the greatest challenge, and the greatest reward.

Training Tip: Precip's potential pitfalls

Article | Jul 24, 2015

Many student pilots ask: Is precipitation a no-go item for VFR flight?

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.

Tragedy over South Carolina

Article | Jul 08, 2015

A father and son were killed when a U.S. Air Force F-16 and a Cessna 150 collided over South Carolina July 7.

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.

Fly like a fighter: 'Unable'

Fly like a fighter | Jul 06, 2015

Even in a T-38 jet trainer, sometimes the appropriate response to a clearance is, "Unable," recalls retired Air Force pilot Larry Brown.

The ‘see and avoid’ rules

Pilot Magazine | Jul 06, 2015

Faithful readers of this column recognize that over many years I have reviewed for pilots and aircraft owners the general operating and flight rules of the federal aviation regulations.

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.

AV8R profile

Article | Jun 17, 2015

Ryan Flynn, 16, of Louisville, Kentucky, and his family have traveled the world in commercial jets.

Pilot Briefing: Start 'em young

Pilot Magazine | Jun 09, 2015

Passion for flying starts at a young age, like that of the junior high students in the Pittsburgh Gifted Center.

Training Tip: The M in MVFR

Article | Jun 08, 2015

It’s not just the possibility of a VFR pilot encountering instrument meteorological conditions that raises the risk profile of flight in marginal VFR conditions.

AOPA Homecoming draws thousands to airport

Article | Jun 06, 2015

A steady breeze and partly sunny skies brought welcomed relief to AOPA Homecoming Fly-In attendees from the Mid-Atlantic region who had been deluged with a week’s worth of rain. More than 3,300 people attended the Frederick, Maryland, event, with 375 aircraft flying in.