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AOPA's research has shown us that flying club leaders are hungry to learn more about the practical experiences of other clubs. So we have created this monthly e-newsletter to keep you connected with useful news, information, and good ideas from flying clubs around the nation.
How do we build a better relationship with our local FBO?
Some full service FBOs may view clubs as competitors and a threat to income, particularly if a club has a flight training program or does its own maintenance. But there are a few simple solutions that can help ease tensions and build a good relationship that benefits both the club and the FBO. Patrick Timmerman, AOPA Sr. Technical Specialist, gives some ideas.
Our surveys reveal that 83 percent of Flying Clubs use an online scheduler. In this month's poll, we would like to learn which scheduler you use.
Each month we will spotlight one flying club, providing basic information about how the club is organized and how it operates, in an effort to share some of the secrets of its success. Or first club is the Blues Skies Aviation Association based at Solberg Airport (N51) in Readington, New Jersey. The club was founded in 1957 and currently operates three aircraft and has 44 active members. Here is our Q&A with Club President Jeff Lavine.
By Steve Schapiro
For pilots living in colder climates this time of year, the idea of a quick jaunt to a tropical island for a few days would be the perfect holiday gift. But you don't have to live where it's cold to take some R&R in a tropical paradise. The Bahamas is a year-round destination for two clubs are based at Page Field (MFMY) in Fort Myers, Florida. The Sundowners and the Fort Myers Flying Club hosted their latest Bahamas Fly-Out the weekend of the December 7th though 9th.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
By Benét Wilson
AOPA recently created the AOPA Flying Club Network Facebook group, and one of the members—Sam Wiltzius (@wiredforflight)—sent a comment that turned into this post. The Winnebago Flying Club has been around since 1978, but wanted to do something in the area of new member recruitment and show people what they can do with a pilot certificate, said Wiltzius. With many memories of Door County, Wis., which has beautiful foliage, “I came up with the idea to fly over the foliage and do a video for … our club,” Wiltzius said. Watch the Winnebago Flying Club’s video on the blog.
The Reading Aero Club in Pennsylvania Celebrates 80th AnniversaryReading Eagle - Sept. 22, 2012
Series on Declining Pilot Population Highlights AOPA Flying Club InitiativeAirFacts - Oct. 4, 2012
Flying Magazine Editor Blogs Flying Clubs Great Hope for GAFlying Going Direct Blog - Nov. 20, 2012
N.C. Flying Club Looks to Add LSA to Recruit New MembersSmokey Mountain News - Nov. 21, 2012
S.C. Breakfast Flying Club Serves Up Home-Cooked Meals at Airports Since 1938General Aviation News - Dec. 4, 2012
Flying Club in British Columbia Creates Training ProgramMerritt Herald - Dec. 5, 2012
Historian Blogs About the "Doughnut Club" - a Local Flying Club in 1945Southeast Missourian - Dec. 6, 2012
"Top 10 Tips to Improve your Flying Club"Adam Smith, Senior Vice President of the Center to Advance the Pilot Community will join other flying club experts to share tips and tactics to improving your flying club. Register to find out which tips will help your club reach its full potential. Wednesday, January 9, 2013 8:00 P.M.
When your flying club gets together for hangar flying sessions and safety meetings, there is likely a lot of story-telling from pilots who have "been there, done that." In flying, as with many things in life, it's a good idea to learn from the mistakes of others. The latest installment in the Air Safety Institute's (ASI's) Real Pilot Story series of videos helps pilots do just that, and is a must-see before flying this winter.
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