Flying Club Connector Newsletter: February 2014

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VOLUME 2 ISSUE 2 FEBRUARY 2014

News from Headquarters

Social Aspects of Clubs – High Value or Just a Hassle?

With winter weather limiting flying hours, the social aspect of a club becomes a more important tool to keep flying club members engaged. AOPA Vice President for the Pilot Information Center Woody Cahall answers the question, are social activities high value or high maintenance?

Question of the month

If you don't have access to a clubhouse, FBO-rented space, empty hangar, etc., where do you keep the aircraft keys, logbook, other documents and important items for your club?

This question on AOPA’s Flying Club Facebook Group Page generated a few responses – everything from each member having a set of keys to keeping materials in a lockbox next to the aircraft.

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

Does your club own or lease the aircraft it operates?

 
 

Last month we asked how much your club charges for monthly dues. Of the respondents, 51 percent said their monthly dues are between $50 and $100; 25 percent said their dues are more than $100 per month; 18 percent have dues between $1 and $49; and 6 percent of respondents said their clubs don’t have monthly dues.

 
Flying Club Spotlight

Three for the Money: Concord Flying Club’s Unique Fleet

For 75 years, the members of the Concord Flying Club have flown a variety of aircraft—a collection that started with a J-4 Cub and has included a Bellanca Cruisair, Cessna 140s, 170s, and Mooney’s. The club even had the same 172 in the fleet for 50 years! Today the equity-based club of 33 members operates a Bonanza A-36, a C-182, and a Van’s RV-7A (which you can read more about in the aircraft spotlight).



Aircraft Spotlight

Experimental Possibilities: The RV-7A

Most clubs can’t get insurance to operate an experimental aircraft, but if you have a small equity-based club it might be possible. So the next question is, what type of aircraft should you get? Why not go with the best selling homebuilt of all time. That’s what the Concord Flying Club in California chose to do when it purchased an RV-7A. It’s fast, it doesn’t burn much fuel, and the members love flying it.



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

Scholarship Winner Starts New Flying Club
By Benét Wilson

Zachary Piech of Wilmington, N.C., who won the Ground Effect Advisors Flying Club Scholarship in May 2013, has launched the Cape Fear Flyers Flying Club. The club, running for three months, has 10 members, including two flight instructors, and a Diamond DA40. Members hope to add another DA40 this spring.



 
Fractional Ownership Co. Aviation Access Project Opens Flight Center in SC
General Aviation News, January 23, 2014
Canadian Flying Club Offers 10-Week Ground School
Drayton Valley Western Review, Jan. 20, 2014


Did you know that many Flying Club members can further protect themselves by carrying a Renter’s Insurance policy? Non-Owner (Renter ‘s) policies cover deductibles and physical damage to the aircraft, loss of use, subrogation actions, and a wide range of personal injury and property damage claims that might be brought against the pilot, including injury to other flying club members. AOPA Insurance Services helps Flying Clubs and their members, no matter how small or large. Click here or call 800-622-2672 today to see if Non-Owner/Renters insurance is right for you.


Safety

ASI Unveils a New Safety Seminar Series

Air Safety Institute’s new seminar, Accident Case Study: Live, aims to put a new spin on safety-oriented accident analysis. Working with several compelling real-life cases, presenter and audience will play the role of accident investigator. The presentatIons are a great opportunity for a group outing for your club in which you can increase your knowledge and enjoy some camaraderie.

 
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