Flying Club Connector Newsletter: April 2013

6-Month Progress Report
By Adam Smith, Vice President Center for the Advancement of the Pilot Community

Six months have passed since the announcement of the AOPA flying clubs initiative at our 2012 Summit in Palm Springs, and this seems like an appropriate time to reflect on how things are going.

Question of the month
What is the Flying Club Network?

By Chris Lawler

AOPA's Flying Club Network is designed to provide information-sharing resources and support to club's throughout the country.

Monthly Poll

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Club Spotlight

Fueling from a 55-gallon drum (courtesy of Paramus Flying Club)

Club Spotlight: Flying a 182 For the Cost of a 172
By Steve Shapiro

The Paramus Flying Club keeps costs down by flying a Cessna 182 retrofitted with a SMA diesel engine. Using Jet A instead of 100LL the club has seen a 30 percent to 40 percent reduction in fuel costs.


Texas Toast: Monthly Breakfast Meeting Builds Camaraderie
By Steve Shapiro

If it's 8:30 a.m. and it's the first Saturday of the month, head on over to the Golden Corral in McKinney, TX. That's where you'll find members of the North Texas Flying Club.

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 and activities with the flying club community. Send stories to [email protected].

In the News

Detroit Tuskegee Airmen Glider Club
By Benét Wilson

The Detroit Tuskegee Airmen Glider Club, which operates under the auspices of the Tuskegee Airmen National Historical Museum, flies three Schweizer SGM 2-37 motorgliders donated by the U.S. Air Force Academy in 2003.

Flying Club Makes First Biodiesel Flight in United States
The Outer Banks Sentinel, March 6, 2013

AOPA's Flying Clubs Initiative, Where It's Going
AvWeb March 15, 2013

Aviation College Keeps Flying Club Operating
New Zealand Nelson Mail, March 15, 2013

Connecticut Club Celebrates 60th Anniversary
Stratford [CT] Star
, March 22, 2013
Dynon Employees Form Flying Club and Build A Glasair
General Aviation News, March 25, 2013
New Flying Club Looking for Aircraft Owners to Join
Stratford [CT] Star, March 22, 2013
  Top Tips from the March Webinar

In case you missed the March Webinar, Anatomy of a Flying Club, you can listen to it by clicking here. Steve Blonstein and Ashley Porath of the West Valley Flying Club, with its diverse fleet of 40+ airplanes and 40+ instructors, shared several best practices that have helped the club succeed. Here are the top tips that they shared:

  1. Have lots of social events to keep people involved.
  2. Offer a variety of membership opportunities with safety discount for flying each month.
  3. Consider an IT system hosted on the Cloud to reduce or eliminate paperwork for club forms and best of all, you won’t have to rely on local servers that can (and do) have tech problems from time to time.
  4. Create a separate planning group to organize fly-outs.

Say What? Refresh Your Communications Skills Flying at Uncontrolled Fields

Now that sequestration cuts are a reality, pilots who operate at airports where control towers are closing will experience those cuts first-hand. Beginning April 7, the shut-down of 149 contract air traffic control towers will begin and will occur weekly through May 5.

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