News from Headquarters
Speaking From Experience: AOPA President Baker
AOPA President Mark Baker has first hand experience with flying clubs—he was a member of the Tailwinds Flying Club in Lake Elmo, Minnesota. He shares a bit of his aviation background from owning his first airplane, to the benefits and camaraderie he found as a flying club member.
Question of the month
What holiday events have been successful in bringing family and friends to your flying club?
We posted the “Question of the Month” on the AOPA flying clubs Facebook Group on December 12 to hear how you create camaraderie during the holidays. Here is a sample of what some clubs are doing this holiday season.
With holiday parties a traditional event for most flying clubs, we were wondering, how many social (non-flying) events your club does each year?
Last month we asked if you think your club will be around in 25 years. 61 percent of respondents believe their clubs will pass the test of time, while 39 don’t think so.
Debate Team. Drama Club. Flying Club? Oregon State Flying Club has its Roots as a Student Organization
The Oregon State Flying Club can trace its roots to 1942, even though it officially came into existence in 1952. Started as a student association of the university, it is still going strong more than 60 years later. Although the structure has changed (it is no longer a university club and its membership has expanded to include the neighboring Linn-Benton Community College), the mission remains the same—provide safe and inexpensive flying to the university communities. Club President Thomas Linder tells us all about it in this month’s Club Spotlight.
Aerobatics Anyone? Fly a Club-Owned Pitts Special S2-B
If you’re looking to get into competition aerobatics or just want to do some rolls and spins in a fun little airplane, the Eagle Sport Aviation Club is the club for you. It has a Pitts S2-B based at Deland Municipal Airport (DED) in Deland, Florida, with reasonable rates.
How often do you think about your takeoffs and landing techniques? Do you calculate takeoff and landing distances before your flight? When was the last time you practiced a short-field takeoff or landing? The Air Safety Institute's new video series begins with Takeoffs and Landings: Determing and Abort Point. With winter weather limiting flying opportunities, now is a perfect time to use the videos for your flying club’s next safety meeting.
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