If your club airplane has an incident who would pay the deductible?
In April we asked for your opinion about adding a helicopter to your fleet. 25 percent of clubs embraced the idea and 12 percent would at least consider it, but 63 percent of clubs were completely disinterested. We don’t know of a single flying club that has a helicopter, let us know if you find one out there!
Taildraggers-only Flying Club
There was a time decades ago when most pilots learned to fly in a taildragger. If you wanted to rent one, they weren’t hard to find. That’s not as true today, which is why the Bowman Eagles was formed. It is a flying club that only operates tailwheel aircraft with a simple purpose–offer pilots an opportunity to do some basic, fun flying at an affordable price.
Using Fly-Outs and Facebook to Connect Pilots and Build Confidence
For the Fox Flying Club in Illinois, it’s all about participation. It carefully plans fly-outs and encourages members to use its Facebook page to find mentors and safety pilots so newer pilots can build skills and confidence–whether it’s flying into Class C airspace, flying at night or planning a long cross country. The result, 85 percent of its members are current at any one time and more pilots are getting IFR ratings.
AOPA 2013 Flight Training Excellence Awards
Last year AOPA introduced the Flight Training Excellence Awards to recognize the best schools and flight instructors in the country.
The national award winners were selected from over 2,400 nominations using a rigorous point–allocation system. When the final scores were tallied, we were especially pleased to see East Hill Flying Club of Ithaca, NY as one of the top 10 flight training providers in the country. This reflected credit not just to EHFC, but on the high standards at many flying clubs.
This year’s awards process is now underway with the opening of the 2013 Flight Training Excellence Poll. We are asking everyone that has received flight instruction in the past 2 years to share feedback about their experience. For more information visit here.
The deadline to complete the poll is Aug. 9 and award winners will be announced at AOPA Summit, October 10 – 12. Participants do not have to be AOPA members.
Another Flying Club off the Ground
Welcome to another new flying club–the Monticello Flying Club at the Charlottesville-Albemarle Airport in (KCHO) Virginia! The non–profit 501(c)7 club incorporated on April 22, 2013. It has several people already committed to be members and is seeking more prior to starting to fly in June. The club was founded to create an opportunity for local pilots to come together and fly, as well as share their enthusiasm and interest in aviation by attending social events.
The club has Regular Members who have paid more to be able to fly the aircraft, and has an Associate Member level for family and social members. A goal is to limit Regular Membership to a number that results in around 200 hours per year on each aircraft and never more than 100 regular members. The club has negotiated discounted rental rates for a C–172 and a Piper Arrow from a local flight school and is negotiating a lease on a 180-hp aircraft. Cookouts are scheduled the first Saturday of each month from 11:00am-1:00pm outside of the Charlottesville Flight Center at the airport.
To learn more about Monticello Flyers click here.
126 Groups Apply for Flying Club Scholarship
General Aviation News, May 3, 2013
Club Hosts Wings and Wheels Event with incentives for new members
Lodi [California] News-Sentinel, May 3, 2013
In case you missed the April Webinar, From Surviving To Thriving; A Guide to Effective Club Leadership, you can listen to it by clicking here.. Here are some of the tips Marc Epner, President of Leading Edge Flying Club, shared that will help keep your club operating at its peak through effective leadership:
1. Understand Leadership v. Management.
2. Officers and Board of Directors—have Diversity.
3. Succession Plan.
4. Culture is key to achieving goals. The club is about:
AOPA thanks our members for their continued support in protecting the freedom to fly.