News from Headquarters
AOPA Indy Fly-in Features Discussions about 3rd Class Medicals, How to Start a Club
Pilots from all over the Midwest flew to AOPA’s second regional Fly-In on May 26 in Indianapolis, Indiana, which featured a number of seminars. Of particular interest was the discussion about the 3rd Class Medical and how any changes may affect what aircraft a club might choose. AOPA Flying Club Specialist Brenda Tibbs shares some highlights of the presentations in this month’s News From HQ.
Question of the month
Does your club offer reduced dues for A&P's who work on the club aircraft?
Brendan Keegan of the Baylor Flying Association asked on the AOPA Flying Club Network Facebook Page, “When looking into a club that has at least one A&P and at least one IA within the membership, do these individuals regularly volunteer their time for annuals and 100 hours? Do they get a reduction in dues? What is the general consensus?”
It’s a good question, but it only generated a couple of responses. What do you think? Post your reply on the Facebook Group and we'll share what we learn in July.
College Students Start Flying Club in North Dakota
Nick Coyle is a 20-year-old senior majoring in Commercial Aviation at the University of North Dakota. The school operates dozens of aircraft for training its students, but Nick wanted an inexpensive way to fly on his own. He and a fellow senior decided to start a flying club that college students could afford and this April it literally took off. The Green and White Flight club acquired its first aircraft—a 1978 Cessna 172—and has 15 members paying dues of $65 a month and $39 an hour dry to fly the plane. Learn more about how Nick got the club started and off the ground.
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Do flying clubs make flight training more affordable?
By Benét Wilson
Students across the country are turning to flying clubs as a less expensive option for flight training. There are many reasons, but one of the benefits is the instructors. Many students found the continuity and quality of instructors helped them earn their license quickly, which in turn reduced the cost of achieving a private pilot’s certificate.
Club Insurance, simplified
Supporting flying clubs is an important part of AOPA's mission to keep aviation accessible and affordable for more pilots. Working closely with AOPA’s experts in the Pilot Information Center, AOPA Insurance Services has created an insurance plan that makes it easy to manage your club’s insurance needs no matter how many aircraft or members are involved.
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