February 13, 2013
Send Us Your News Each month we will share a roundup of stories about flying clubs, whether they are published in aviation media or local papers, and you can help. If your club has received some media coverage—newspaper, TV, radio, or online—let us know so we can share your accomplishments with the flying club community. Send stories to email@example.com.
Buying Into the Dream The January 2013 issue of AOPA Pilot features a story about the Michigan Flyers experience operating a Cessna 162 Skycatcher, the first LSA in the club’s fleet. It has been successful in attracting new members to the club that were interested in earning a Sport Pilot Certificate Members and everyone finds it fun to fly. However, there are a few quirks to be aware of and learn—like taking more care in calculating weight and balance, watching for the pitot tube, which is at eye level and easily blends into the color of hangars and ramps, and finding the right price point for hourly rental. To read more and watch the companion video, click here.
First Ever Flying Club Scholarship Offered Do you want to start a flying club? Ground Effect Advisors (GEA) is offering the Flying Club Scholarship as a tool to help give a new club some lift. The winning club will receive more than $3,500 worth of products and services from partners such as Sporty’s Pilot Shop, David Clark, Signature Flight Support, Cirrus Aircraft, Schedule Master, PilotEdge, LiveATC.com and AOPA. Applications are being accepted through May 1, 2013 with the winner being announced on June 1. For more information go to StartAFlyingClub.org or call 773.414.5000.
To read more about it, see the story in General Aviation News , Feb. 7, 2013.
Todd McClamroch talks with AvWeb about the Flying Club Scholarship AvWeb Podcast, Feb. 7, 2013
North Texas Flying Club: Tips Help Weather the Storm By Benét Wilson
With the economy continuing to struggle, clubs are looking for effective ways to keep costs low and keep flying affordable. The McKinney-based North Texas Flying Club has a flexible structure in how it leases aircraft that allows it to downsize or enlarge its fleet to match demand. One of the 11 AOPA Pathfinder Clubs is a great resource for tips on how to start a flying club or how to survive in a turbulent economy. Read more...
Are Flying Clubs the Answer? Air Facts Journal , Jan. 24, 2013
Skyhawk Flying Club in Omaha, NE has Memberships for Sale Pilots of America chat room, Jan. 24, 2013
New Flying Club in Lakeland, Florida Seeking Members Osprey Observer, Jan. 31, 2013 http://www.ospreyobserver.com/2013/01/pilots-and-aircraft-owners-needed-to-form-local-flying-club/
Flying Club in India Struggles to Survive without Flight Instructor The Hindu , Feb. 4, 2013
Montana Airport Manager, Chairman Want to Start a Flying Club The [Libby, MT] Western News, Feb. 6, 2013
Meet a Non-Pilot Getting into Aviation by Starting a Flying Club General Aviation News , Feb. 7, 2013
Light Sport Aircraft,
Pilot Training and Certification,
Movies and Television
As the cold weather chills AOPA’s Headquarters in Frederick, many of us are inside generating new resources for flying clubs.
In my house, every Friday night is “Movie Night.” While the movies are rarely educational (I don’t think I learned anything from the Lego Movie), we look forward to the weekly opportunity to spend time together. Why not use the same concept for your Flying Club (with the addition of education, of course)?
The Aircraft Spotlight feature looks at an airplane type and evaluates it across six areas of particular interest to flying clubs and their members: Operating Cost, Maintenance, Insurability, Training, Cross-Country, and Fun Factor.
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