Flying Club Connector Newsletter: April 2014

Flying Clubs Newsletter


News from Headquarters

Starting Your Day at Sun ‘n Fun Learning How to Start a Club

It may have been early, but many AOPA members turned out for eggs and danish at Sun ‘n Fun to hear from successful flying club officers about what it takes to get a club up and running. AOPA Flying Club Specialist Brenda Tibbs shares the experience in this month’s News From Headquarters.

Question of the month

What GA airplane were you meant to fly?

Of all the pioneering general aviation aircraft ever produced, which model are you meant to fly? The AOPA Aircraft Personality Quiz, brought to you by Pilot Insurance Center, matches you with the perfect aircraft for your style, temperament, and aviation ambitions. Strap in, enjoy the ride, and let the result astonish you. Then share it with your friends.

Flying Clubs get personal treatment from Avemco®

Insure your flying club with Avemco and you'll have your own personal Flying Club Representative with a direct phone number to call when you need help or advice with your policy. See how easy we can make insuring your club.

Monthly Poll

What type of flight training does your club offer?


Last month we asked if your club owns or leases its aircraft. Of the respondents, 84 percent of clubs own their aircraft, while 16 percent lease.

Flying Club Spotlight

Lehigh Valley Flying Club Shows How to Refresh Your Fleet and Membership

When the economy slowed and high fuel costs resulted in a reduction in flying hours, the Lehigh Valley Flying Club in Allentown, Pennsylvania, made adjustments. It reduced its fleet, and surveyed its members to get a sense of what aircraft would best support the membership. The club also created incentives to keep active members current and to recruit new members. Club President Phil Ritts and Secretary Steve Mays share Lehigh Valley’s formula for refreshing its fleet, engaging existing members, and recruiting new ones.

Love to fly VFR? Then Mobile FliteDeck VFR is for you.

The thoughtfully designed tablet interface was created by pilots for pilots. So it's easy to plan your route and do what you love—go flying! And a full US coverage is only $49. See for yourself—download a free trial.


Event Spotlight

Idaho Club Inspires Women with Fly it Forward Event

On a windy Saturday in early March, the Jackson Jet Center at Boise Air Terminal/Gowen Field (KBOI) was abuzz with activity and energy. A fleet of nine aircraft—mostly Cessnas, a Piper Cherokee and two Kitfoxes—was busy giving rides all day. An FBO with an active ramp isn’t unusual, but the passengers were. They were all women.

Birds of a feather flock together. Flying club insurance, simplified.

If you're sharing aircraft ownership or access with a group, AOPA Insurance Services offers comprehensive coverage at competitive rates. AOPA Flying Club Insurance can accommodate clubs from three to a virtually unlimited number of pilots per plane. Call 800-622-2672 to create a policy that fits your club's needs.

In the News
Sporty’s Issues First Flying Club Rebates
General Aviation News, April 13, 2014
Company Partners with Flying Clubs to Create Ride Share Program
BetaBoston (Boston Globe online), April 7, 2014
Florida Aviation High School Aero Club Restoring Super Cub
The (Lakeland) Ledger, April 2, 2014
British Club Celebrates 85th Anniversary by Taking Reporter Flying, March 24, 2014
Valley Aero Club Hopes to Revitalize Bay City Airport
Michigan Live, March 24, 2014

Club Insurance, simplified
Supporting flying clubs is an important part of AOPA's mission to keep aviation accessible and affordable for more pilots. Working closely with AOPA’s experts in the Pilot Information Center, AOPA Insurance Services has created an insurance plan that makes it easy to manage your club’s insurance needs no matter how many aircraft or members are involved. Learn more.


Reading Tea Leaves – Learn How to Interpret Weather Charts Before You Go

Weather is the most critical and complex variable affecting your flying, and weather accidents are the most consistently fatal types of accidents. Learn how to read and interpret weather charts to formulate a clear, big picture understanding of fronts and weather patterns before your flight by taking the Air Safety Institute’s Weather Wise: Air Masses and Fronts free online course.

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