Flying Club Connector Newsletter: July 2013

Oshkosh Events

Join the AOPA flying clubs team at Oshkosh
Adam Smith, Woody Cahall, and Chris Lawler from the AOPA staff are all making plans for the annual pilgrimage to Oshkosh. We’ll be in the AOPA tent throughout the week ready to answer all your flying club related questions. Stop by and say hello! The tent is located in booth 193 through 195 outside of Hangar C.

Flying Clubs Breakfast
All flying club leaders and members are invited to a Flying Clubs breakfast hosted by AOPA on Tuesday July 30th, 8:30AM to 10:00AM. In addition to a free breakfast, we’ll provide an update on the AOPA flying clubs initiative, followed by a Q&A panel discussion with leaders of several successful flying clubs. Please RSVP for this event at AOPA Flying Club Network breakfast.

Forum presentation
The 150th Aero Flying Club has been thriving at Morristown Municipal Airport (MMU) in New Jersey since 1960. Ed Gilroy, the club’s maintenance officer, is presenting a forum at Oshkosh titled "Making a Flying Club Work". This is a great opportunity to learn from a successful, long established club. The presentation is on Wednesday, July 31, in Forum Pavilion 3 from 10:00 AM to 11:15 AM.

Happy Hour
Air show star Mike Goulian is a great supporter of AOPA and kindly offered the use of his Whelen-sponsored hospitality trailer on the flight line in the Vintage area. This was too good to refuse! Join us for some good food and ice cold beverages during “Happy Hour” on Thursday, August 1 from 5:00PM to 7:00PM. Please RSVP for this event at Center to Advance the Pilot Community Happy Hour.


News from HQ

Lessons From the French Federation of Flying Clubs
An interesting letter arrived at AOPA Headquarters earlier this year from a French organization called the Fédération Française Aéronautique. The letter explained that the FFA represents 41,000 of the 45,000 private pilots in France, and is responsible for overseeing a national network of 600 flying clubs. The FFA’s leaders had become aware of AOPA’s growing interest in flying clubs, and wondered if we would like to share information and ideas.



Question of the month
What is the AOPA Flying Club Finder and how can it help my club?

The AOPA Flying Club Finder is a national marketing tool designed to help flying clubs find new members. A new, upgraded version has been launched with new features and functions.

Monthly Poll

Looking ahead to the next 12 months, do you expect your membership to:

  Grow Decline Stay the same  

In June we asked what type of non-profit status your club holds? Out of 78 respondents: 45 percent of clubs are 501 (c)(7) Social Clubs, 38 percent are not non-profit organizations, and 17 percent are 501 (c)(3) Charitable organizations.


Club Spotlight
A club based around High-Performance aircraft

Crossroads Flying Club based at Double Eagle Airport (KAEG) in Albuquerque, New Mexico, isn’t for everybody. It’s a small club in which members pay a high equity stake to gain access to two high-performance aircraft—a 250-hp Socata Trinidad TB20 and a 300-hp, six-seat Piper Lance. Club President Bob Rausch explains how the club works and why it’s a great alternative to owning your own aircraft.

Event Spotlight

Flying Into Oshkosh

Oshkosh is a pilgrimage all pilots should make, and can be a great fly-out destination for your flying club. Colin Maitland of the Capitol City Flyers in Madison, Wisconsin offers some tips for flying club members thinking of flying the famous Ripon Arrival into Oshkosh. Flying Club Finder.


Upcoming Webinar

Flying Club Marketing
Join Steve Hedges, AOPA Director of Communications, as he discusses flying club Marketing techniques. Steve will provide an overview of the best marketing techniques for flying clubs, and answer some of the top questions AOPA receives on the topic.

Tue, Aug 27, 2013 8:00 PM EDT

Click Here to Register
Tips from the June Webinar

In case you missed the June Webinar, Flying Club Insurance, you can listen to it by clicking here.. Here are some of the tips Kathy McNeil from AOPA Insurance Services shared on what you need to know about insurance:
  • Build a relationship with your underwriter – the better your broker understands your club and how your members fly, the better rates they can negotiate.
  • Be clear with your members on who is responsible for the deductible in the case of an incident.
  • A club should plan to shop its insurance coverage about once every three years.

In the News

Aviation gains hard fought tax victory in Pennsylvania
AOPA, July 10, 2013

Indiana Flying Club Promotes Summer Camp with Airplane in Town Square
Stacey Page Online, June 7, 2013

NY Piston & Props Event Raises Money for Flight Training Scholarships
Fox News 23 Albany, New York, June 22, 2013
British Flying Club Open House Attracts New Members
Wisbech (UK) Standard, June 25, 2013
Blog Calls AOPA Flying Club Initiative “Brilliant and Critically Important”
Airplanista blog, June 28, 2013

AOPA Regional Efforts Pay Off

Some of AOPA’s finest work to address the cost of flying is done at the state advocacy level. Our team is often working to defend aviation against the imposition of new taxes and fees; but we are always happiest when an existing tax or fee can be eliminated. In recent weeks these efforts have seen an avgas tax reduction of 50 cents per gallon in Indiana, and an exemption from sales tax on aircraft parts and services in Pennsylvania.
Our newly appointed Regional Manager for the Eastern USA, Sean Collins, has immediately leapt to work in several states. Here’s a glimpse of some policy issues he is working:
  • In Maine, a coveted Sales & Use Tax exemption on aircraft purchases, maintenance, and parts is about to expire, and AOPA seeks a 20 year extension. 90 percent of lower-house members voted in support of this action, which is still clearing final hurdles in the budget reconciliation process.
  • Meanwhile, our state legislative advocacy team also worked to kill a proposal to repeal a similar exemption in Massachusetts, along with a renewed proposal in Maryland for a ‘luxury tax’ that targeted GA aircraft along with fur coats, and a list of other goods.
  • We continue to work with the New York Aviation Management Association (NYAMA) to support the Aviation Jobs Act - legislation aimed at broadening the tax exemption on maintenance to include aircraft sales.
Members can stay up-to-date on all these efforts and more at the Airports and State Advocacy page on AOPA’s website

Free Tool to Help Clubs with Flight Training>

Don’t forget that AOPA has a program that gives all student pilots six free issues of AOPA Flight Training magazine and a complimentary six-month AOPA membership. All flying clubs are welcome to participate in the program, and can order personalized enrollment cards to promote your flight training efforts by following this link.



New Electronic Flight Instructor Refresher Course (eFIRC)

The Air Safety Institute (ASI) launched a new online Flight Instructor Refresher Course (FIRC) on July 1 that makes taking the course more fun and convenient. Among the many advantages are it’s accessible by computer, tablet, or mobile device, and you can start it at anytime, rather than having to wait until four months before your certificate expires.

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