In the News

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 memberservices@aopa.org.


From the Pages of AOPA Pilot

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.


In the News

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