News from Headquarters
What is a flying club – really?
One of the most common questions these days is what, exactly, is a flying club. There’s no one easy answer or definition. AOPA’s Vice President, Pilot Information Center, Woody Cahall explains the complexity by looking at IRS classifications, FAA and state definitions, and comes to a simple conclusion.
Question of the month
What currency requirements are recommended for members of a flying club?
This "Question of the Month" was submitted on the AOPA flying clubs Facebook Group on August 15 by Jonathan Bradbury, president of the Grasshopper Flying Club of Wappinger Falls, NY. Jonathan indicated the club was having a spirited debate about the pros and cons of implementing a yearly checkout with a club instructor, and wondered about the experience of other clubs.
Does your club have a Facebook Page?
In August we asked if your club has a daily minimum rate when members take a trip. Out of 77 respondents, 51 percent of clubs have daily minimums, 49 percent don’t have any minimums.
81 Years of History at the Reading Aero Club in Pennsylvania
The Reading Aero Club in Pennsylvania is one of the oldest in the country. Started in 1932 with an OX-5 powered Travelair, club members flew airmail, searched for submarines off the New Jersey coast during World War II, and continue to serve the public with pilots participating in Angel Flight and charitable flight organizations—all in club aircraft. Club President Ted Hershberger talks about the club’s long history and some of the things it has done to educate the public about aviation.
Adding a tailwheel to your club: The Citabria
This month we are starting a new feature—the Aircraft Spotlight. We will pick an aircraft that a flying club is operating that is outside the usual Piper Cherokee or Cessna 172, and evaluate it based on seven categories: Operating Cost, Maintenance, Insurability, Training, Cross-Country Travel, and Versatility.
The East Hill Flying Club based at Tompkins County Airport (ITH) in Ithaca, New York, operates two Cessna 152s, three C-172s, a Mooney 201, a Flight Design CTLS LSA, a twin-engine Piper Seneca II, and a Citabria. President David St. George discusses the pros and cons about adding the Citabria to its fleet to offer club members a tailwheel aircraft.
How to build community in your flying club
Steve Blonstein, General Manager of the West Valley Flying Club, will discuss how the club keeps members engaged. The club uses unique events like the California passport program, Women of West Valley, and social events to build a vibrant club community.
Tuesday, September 17, 2013
8:00 PM EDT
Save the Date!
What: AOPA Flight Training and Pilot Community Summit
Who: Flight Training Professionals, Flying Club Leaders, Industry Representatives and Aviation Innovators
When: October 9, 2013 from 1:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. (the day before AOPA Aviation Summit)
Where: Ft.Worth Convention Center
The Air Safety Institute (ASI) is taking its message to YouTube, Facebook and even creating a few rhymes in a new PSA about vacation flying. Check out the creative ways ASI is using social media to make flying safer.
AOPA thanks our members for their continued support in protecting the freedom to fly.