Flying Club Connector Newsletter: January 2014

Flying Clubs Newsletter


News from Headquarters

Flying Club Initiative Plans to Build on Success in 2014

As AOPA’s Flying Club Initiative moves into its third year, AOPA Vice President for the Pilot Information Center Woody Cahall reviews the accomplishments in 2013 and gives a preview of what’s ahead for 2014.

Question of the month

It’s cold outside. Any tips for winter weather operations?

Winter generally offers smooth air, great visibility, and fewer convective systems. But that usually comes with colder temperatures, potentially icy or snowy runways, and a few additional steps on your preflight checklist. Staff at the Ponderosa Aero Club in Boise, Idaho, share some tips on flying during the winter.

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Flying Club Spotlight

After 40 Years, Community a Hallmark of the Ponderosa Aero Club

With eight aircraft, 175 members, and dozens of events throughout the year, Ponderosa Aero Club is very much a part of the aviation community in and around Boise, Idaho. From running Flight Instructor Refresher Clinics to Back Country flying seminars, as well non-aviation social events, fly-outs, and hosting events to introduce and inspire women in aviation, Ponderosa members are having fun, improving their skills, and sharing aviation. Members of the club’s staff and board of directors tell us about it in this month’s Club Spotlight.

Aircraft Spotlight

The Piper Malibu: Cabin-Class Cross Countries in a Flying Club

If you want to fly high and fast, Plus One Flyers based at four airports near San Diego, California, has the airplane for you – the Piper Malibu. Its high operating costs and the additional training needed to fly the airplane definitely make it a luxury for most clubs, but it’s an easy step up from other Piper products for those who want to fly at higher flight levels. With a pressurized cabin and the ability to get above the weather, the Piper Malibu will get where you’re going in style.

In the News

Nantucket Flying Association Part of the Local Community Even Without An Airplane
By Benét Wilson

The Nantucket Flying Association (NFA) might not have an airplane, but it has about 100 members and is an active member of the community on the island off the Massachusetts coast. Founded in 2004, President Chris McLaughlin has revived the club with a series of free activities like movie nights, guest speakers, and a summer camp for children. NFA is working with a flight school on the mainland to reignite the passion for general aviation for inactive pilots and inspire a new generation of aviators through partnerships with aviation organizations and local schools.

Royal Aero Club Offers Scholarships for Hang Gliding and Paragliding
Cross Country Flying, Jan. 7, 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.


Top 10 ASI Products For a Safer New Year

It maybe cliché to make New Year’s Resolutions, but it’s always a good idea to commit to improving safety. 2014 should be no different. Here’s a list of the Air Safety Institute’s Top 10 Products from 2013 that you can use to enhance your club’s safety education this year. And don’t worry, there will be plenty of new courses and videos coming this year as well.

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