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.
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.
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.
Looking ahead to the next 12 months, do you expect your membership to:
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.
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.
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.
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
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
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.
AOPA thanks our members for their continued support in protecting the freedom to fly.