News from Headquarters
There is nothing as certain as change
Over the past few weeks, I’ve talked with many of our AOPA flying club network clubs that had heard the news of the restructuring at AOPA as your association refocuses its efforts.
For those of you who haven’t heard, among the changes was the restructuring of our Center to Advance the Pilot Community. Although the change affected several of the department staff, I can assure you that our dedication to the flying club and flight school initiatives are alive and well and will continue to be a high priority for AOPA. I started the flying club initiative more than two years ago and am very pleased with the growth of the flying club network and our progress to provide services, resources, and guidance to both existing and developing clubs.
As we reorganize our internal resources please feel free to contact me with your concerns, questions, or curiosities. Woody.firstname.lastname@example.org or 301-695-2133.
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.
Question of the month
For those clubs that have a web site, are you seeing much benefit in having a site to help recruit new members?
This “Question of the Month” was submitted on the AOPA flying clubs Facebook Group on October 17 by Landon Lewis of Springfield, MO. The responses included practical advice about the benefit of a web page, as well as other marketing and recruiting techniques that other clubs have used.
Do you think your club will be around in 25 years?
In September we asked if your club has a daily minimum rate when members take a trip. 55 percent of clubs have don’t have daily minimums, while 45 percent do.
Three Times the Fun in Arkansas
The Sparrow Flying Club in Arkansas is a for-profit flying club that operates nine aircraft from three different airports. Club President David Jones discusses how the club has grown to 70 members in just five years and how it offers aircraft owners a way to share the costs with a broader community and have their airplanes fly more.
Special Delivery from the NASA Goddard Flying Club
Each year since 1989 members of the NASA Goddard Flying Club have held a donation drive at the space flight center in Greenbelt, Maryland and held an airlift, flying the clothes, toys, and food to those in need in other states. This year five airplanes flew to Reading, Pennsylvania to deliver the donations to the Hope Rescue Mission. An added bonus was a tour of the Mid-Atlantic Air Museum and lunch at the airport restaurant.
Tips from the October Webinar
In case you missed the October Webinar, Operating Rules for Flying Clubs, here are some of the tips David St. George, Manager and Chief Instructor with the award-winning East Hill Flying Club in Ithaca, NY shared on the process and importance of creating an outstanding set of operating rules for your club. You can listen to a replay by clicking here.
ASI’s Introduces its First Course Optimized for iPad
The Air Safety Institute’s new course, Weather Wise: VFR into IMC, is ASI’s first course optimized for use on the iPad and designed for touchscreen use, making it easier than ever to navigate. The course features commentary by Rod Machado and AOPA Pilot’s Tom Horne and explains common weather scenarios that can trap unsuspecting pilots, and helps them understand the complexity of decision making and pilot judgment.
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