Flying Club Connector Newsletter: March 2014

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News from Headquarters

Thinking of starting a flying club?

Just Released: “AOPA’s Guide to Starting a Flying Club.”

This online document has been developed to take much of the guess work out of forming a flying club and to identify the most important considerations when bringing a club from inception to full operation. Check it out online.

Meet AOPA’s New Flying Club Specialist

AOPA has been reorganizing our internal resources and has brought Brenda Tibbs over to the Flying Club Initiative. Brenda is a flight instructor and has served as an Aviation Technical Specialist in the Pilot Information Center for the past year. She is here to help Clubs with any questions you may have as we expand the pilot community through Flying Clubs.

Question of the month

Can someone provide a realistic per-hour cost of flying as a member of a club?

Chris Durney of Little Rock, AR asked this question on AOPA’s Flying Club Network Facebook Page and it generated a flurry of responses. Comments ranged from hourly costs for different aircraft to advantages of being part of a club versus renting, as well as how different organizational structures result in different costs.

Flying Clubs get personal treatment from Avemco®

Insure your flying club with Avemco and you'll have your own personal Flying Club Representative with a direct phone number to call when you need help or advice with your policy. See how easy we can make insuring your club.

Monthly Poll

Does your club own or lease the aircraft it operates?


Last month we asked how much your club charges for monthly dues. Of the respondents, 51 percent said their monthly dues are between $50 and $100; 25 percent said their dues are more than $100 per month; 18 percent have dues between $1 and $49; and 6 percent of respondents said their clubs don’t have monthly dues.

Flying Club Spotlight

Wings Over Missouri Shows What it Takes to Get Started

One of the goals of AOPA’s Flying Club Initiative is to help new clubs get started. Wings Over Missouri based in Jefferson City (KJEF) is in the midst of getting started. Chip Gentry, one of the three founding members shares some of the ways they have approached getting their club off the ground.

Love to fly VFR? Then Mobile FliteDeck VFR is for you.

The thoughtfully designed tablet interface was created by pilots for pilots. So it's easy to plan your route and do what you love—go flying! And a full US coverage is only $49. See for yourself—download a free trial.

Aircraft Spotlight

Mooney Bring Sports Car Appeal to Cross-Country Flying

The Mooney M20J provides Wings of Carolina a good platform for a mix of missions. Whether you are looking to use it to train for a commercial rating or get where you’re going quickly, the Mooney gets the job done with the appeal of a sports car.

Birds of a feather flock together. Flying club insurance, simplified.

If you're sharing aircraft ownership or access with a group, AOPA Insurance Services offers comprehensive coverage at competitive rates. AOPA Flying Club Insurance can accommodate clubs from three to a virtually unlimited number of pilots per plane. Call 800-622-2672 to create a policy that fits your club's needs.

Aircraft for Sale

Exclusive buying opportunity for Flying Club Network Members.

Offers accepted until midnight ET, Monday, March 31.

1963 Cessna 182F. 3022 TTAF, 713 since factory re-man engine 1977. 355 SProp overhaul 1991. Annual January 2014.

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Upcoming Webinar

How to Start a Flying Club
If you, or pilots you know, are thinking of starting a flying club, AOPA can help to take much of the guess work out of the daunting process. A brand new online publication, “AOPA’s Guide to Starting a Flying Club,” identifies the most important aspects to consider when bringing a club from inception to full operation.

Join Woody Cahall, AOPA Vice President, Pilot Information Center, as he discusses the flying club start-up process step-by-step, using the guidelines outlined in the new publication. Topics include: Organizing your club, building a budget, choosing the right aircraft, buying insurance, marketing tips to attract the members you desire, as well as a collection of sample documents, forms, and other useful resources, like sample operating rules and aircraft lease agreements.

Thursday, March 27, 2014
8:00 PM EDT

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In the News

Congressional Flying Club: Rising from the DC SFRA Ashes
By Benét Wilson

Located at Montgomery County Airpark in Gaithersburg, MD (KGAI), the Congressional Flying Club was devastated by the Washington, DC Special Flight Rules Area (SFRA) after 9/11. Although the club’s membership dropped from 70 members more than a decade ago to about 35 now, the club has managed to survive and continues to attract members.

Michigan Flyers Host Women in Aviation Events
Michigan Live, March 9, 2014
California Flying Club Donates $6,000 to Honor Flight
General Aviation News, Feb. 20, 2014
Canadian Flying Club Offers Flying Lessons
(Ontario) Brant News, Feb. 15, 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.


Online Flight Instructor Refresher Course (eFIRC) Gives CFIs Options

Did you know ASI’s online Flight Instructor Refresher Course (eFIRC) gives you a choice of electives for CFI renewal? Taking modules in the two years before your renewal makes the process more convenient and gives you more options on what electives to take. Learn about the stellar customer service and outstansing content available when you use eFIRC.

Have technical questions about Flying Clubs?
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