Read about getting a flying club started, tips on finding club members, an overview on what's involved in managing a club, and examples of how to equitably divide responsibilities among members.
Here are some suggestions on how to identify the kind of aircraft that best suits your club, and tips on finding financing that works for you.
Finances; relationships with the FBO and other pilots; aircraft scheduling; safety and proficiency—these are some of the likely areas in which problems can develop. Read how to anticipate and help prevent them.
Part 43, Appendix A, Paragraph C of the Federal Aviation Regulations authorizes the holder of a pilot certificate to perform preventive maintenance on any aircraft owned or operated by him or her provided it is not used under Part 121, 127, 129, or 135. In addition, AOPA has an online publication titled, " A Pilot's Guide to Preventive Maintenance" that offers more information.
Who's responsible for aircraft scheduling, maintenance, and record-keeping? What kinds of club outings and activities can be planned?
There are three categories of flying club costs: Capitalized costs, fixed costs, and operating costs. Read about what expenses each includes and how to plan a club budget.
Find out whether your club qualifies for tax exempt status.
Most insurance companies consider aircraft ownership by more than three persons to be a flying club. Insurance rates are different for flying clubs than for individuals. Find out more here.
Safety information and safety standards should be included in the club's bylaws or standard operating procedures manual.
Should your club use its aircraft for flight training? Read about the potential benefits and challenges.
Activities that promote your club will keep your members involved, as well as attract new members. Here are some ideas to get you started.
These sample Articles of Incorporation and Bylaws may be used as guides for any flying club.
These sample flight rules can be easily modified to fit the unique needs of your flying club.
AOPA thanks our members for their continued support in protecting the freedom to fly.