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Does your club have tax-exempt status?
In May we asked if there was an incident involving your club aircraft who would be responsible for paying the insurance deductible. The overwhelming majority, 62 percent of respondents, said the member or pilot in command would pay the deductible. 20 percent of clubs use a combination with both the club and the member paying a portion of the deductible, while 18 percent of respondents said the club would cover the entire deductible.
The Bakersfield Flying Club, based at Meadows
Field (KBFL) in Bakersfield, California, just added
a Redbird Simulator to bolster its training efforts. Club President William Woodbury describes what
it’s like to use the simulator and how it’s helping create new pilots and build the club’s membership base.
Freedom Flight: Flying the Hudson River Corridor
What better way to celebrate Memorial Day and those who have made the ultimate sacrifice to provide the freedoms we enjoy in the United States, including the freedom to fly, than a flight down the Hudson River past the new Freedom Tower being built at Ground Zero? Learn how the East Hill Flying Club used this popular sight seeing flight into an SFRA as a teaching tool to
build the skills of its newer pilots.
AOPA’s Flying Club Initiative continues to support the expanding network of flying clubs in the United States by contributing to a Flying Club Scholarship competition sponsored by Ground Effect Advisors. AOPA also is developing a host of tools that flying clubs will soon have to help boost membership and efficiency.
Ground Effect Advisors awarded Zachary (Zach) Piech, of Wilmington, North Carolina, and his prospective flying club, Cape Fear Flyers, $3,500 in products, services and support. The Flying Club Initiative, which is part of AOPA’s Center to Advance the Pilot Community (CAPCOM), played a key role in the scholarship competition, which received applications from 126 flying clubs.
New Jersey Flying Club to host a forum at Oshkosh
The 150th Aero Flying Club based at Morristown Municipal Airport (MMU) in New Jersey was formed in 1960 and continues to thrive as a non-profit flying club. Ed Gilroy, the club’s maintenance officer, will be presenting a forum at Oshkosh titled "Making a Flying Club Work". This is a great example of the flying club community that AOPA is promoting. This type of dedication to helping other individuals make their clubs successful is an important step in building a national network of flying clubs, and is a great opportunity to learn from a successful club. If you are going to be at Oshkosh, please join Ed on Wednesday in Forum Pavilion 3 at 10:00 AM.
Embry-Riddle Light Sport Research Project
A group of Embry-Riddle students are doing a study on the VANS RV-12 and the market it is competing in. The survey consists of eight questions that are designed to get feedback from light sport aircraft enthusiasts as well as anyone in the aviation community. The students will then take these results and provide them in a report that will be discussed in an Oshkosh forum later this year by Synergy Air. The survey link is below and thank you for your time in taking this survey.
Click here to take the survey
Words of Wisdom
AOPA’s flying club team is producing a starter kit to guide individuals through the process of starting a flying club. We are looking for “Words of Wisdom” from the Network community to include in the document. Send your thoughts to email@example.com.
Colorado Club Offers Sport Pilot Certificate Training
Aspen Flying Club press release, May 15, 2013
AOPA thanks our members for their continued support in protecting the freedom to fly.