News from Headquarters
Flying Clubs: Old and New
In the 1920s and ‘30s there was a big push to promote flying clubs and several of those clubs are still operating today. AOPA’s Senior Vice President, Center to Advance the Pilot Community Adam Smith takes a look at how flying clubs have served as a social community that encourages participation in aviation and how AOPA’s Flying Club Initiative is sharing best practices among the 650 existing clubs in the U.S. and aims to get another 350 started by 2017.
Question of the month
What drives the cost of aircraft insurance for a club?
Insurance premiums are often the largest single expense item in a flying club’s annual budget. Understanding what an insurer looks at and how it may affect your club’s rates is good to know when shopping for a policy. Here’s a list of 10 different factors that influence how rates are calculated.
Operating Affordable Aircraft, and the Airport, in Upstate NY
The Cambridge Valley Flying Club is like few other clubs in the country. It not only operates two aircraft–a 172 and an Aeronca Champ–but it also runs the airport, Chapin Field (1B8) in Cambridge, New York. With low monthly dues and inexpensive hourly rates, as well as a community that maintains the grass runways, you may think you’ve landed in back in time. Club President Andrew Sparta and Treasurer Jim Sharkey share how the club is structured and explains the difference between field members and club members in this month’s Club Spotlight.
Sexy, Sleek, and Modern: The Diamond DA–40
The Capitol City Flyers based at Dane County Regional Airport (MSN) in Madison, Wisconsin, were looking to add something fast, modern, and good looking to compliment its Piper Archer and Cessna 182. The choice was the Diamond DA–40.
Operating Rules for Flying Clubs
At the heart of every successful flying club lies a good set of operating rules for its members. They will usually document the club's rules for aircraft scheduling, requirements for member currency and proficiency, and how to handle situations like fueling, bad weather and unplanned maintenance events. This webinar will be presented by David St. George, Manager and Chief Instructor with the award-winning East Hill Flying Club in Ithaca, NY. Whether a new club just getting started, or a mature club looking to improve, David aims to guide you through the process of creating an outstanding set of operating rules for your club.
Thursday, October 24, 2013
8:00 PM EDT
Flying Club at Lawrence-Livermore Lab Offers Variety of Aircraft and Memberships
By Benét Wilson
Employees at Lawrence-Livermore National Laboratory in California have a flying club with more than 100 members. Founded in the 1950s, the Flying Particles offer seven different types of memberships and use a reservation fee system for booking airplanes.
ASI Now Offers Downloadable Safety Presentations
Chances are, you’ve participated in one of the Air Safety Institute’s free safety education programs–either online or at an in-person seminar. With more than 1,000,000 contacts into the pilot community each year, the Air Safety Institute has tremendous reach. But, we can’t possibly get to every city. Our in-person seminars are presented in 100 cities nationwide, based on the locations with the largest pilot population. If you don’t live near one of those cities here’s your chance to present safety education to your flying club–and we’ve already created the content for you!
AOPA thanks our members for their continued support in protecting the freedom to fly.