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Question of the Month

Article | Sep 20, 2015

Every flying club must answer what type of aircraft the club should get. While the process is exciting, there are several things to consider. Most importantly, the aircraft should meet the mission of the club, whether it’s primary training, cross-country travel, or something more unique such as offering taildraggers. But just as important is making sure you have a clear understanding of the club’s finances. This month’s Question of the Month provides some useful tips on how to start your search for the perfect airplane for your club.

Club Spotlight

Article | Sep 20, 2015

The Gateway Flying Club has been around since 1976 and like many clubs, faced some challenges when the economy took a downturn over the past several years. Based at Anoka County Blaine Airport (KANE) in Anoka, Minnesota, the club weathered the storm by making adjustments to it finances, including a dry hourly rate and new member specials. Club President Chris Baye and Board Member-at-Large Curt Stoltz share how the club continues to succeed after nearly 40 years.

Aircraft Spotlight

Article | Sep 20, 2015

The Cessna 177 Cardinal might just be the Goldilocks of Cessna single-engines. It’s bigger than the C-172, but not as fast as the C-182. It fits somewhere in between and provides a nice cross-country aircraft with good speed and economical performance. It makes a reliable IFR trainer and in a pinch can be used for primary students as well. Gateway Flying Club President Chris Baye and Member-at-Large Curt Stoltz share their experience with the Cardinal.

Aerobatic budget

Article | Sep 03, 2015

Competing in the aerobatic box requires dollars, and lots of them. Where there’s a will, and perhaps a willingness to share, there’s a way.

Eustace to be honored for record free fall

Article | Sep 02, 2015

Alan Eustace, whose free-fall jump set a world record in October 2014, will receive the Aero Club of Northern California's Crystal Eagle Award.

License to Learn: I'm a fan

Pilot Magazine | Sep 01, 2015

My experience suggests that students who join flying clubs are more likely to complete their training compared to attending traditional flight schools.

AOPA Foundation awards grants for training scholarships

Article | Aug 20, 2015

The AOPA Foundation has selected two nonprofits to receive the first $5,000 grants from a new program supporting organizations that offer scholarships to their members.

News From Headquarters

Article | Aug 16, 2015

Last month, many flying club members made the journey to Oshkosh, Wisconsin, for EAA’s AirVenture. AOPA’s Flying Club Manager Kelby Ferwerda was one of those pilots who flew up the Chicago coastline to rock his wings over Fisk en route to a week of camping under the wing of his Cessna 182 in the North 40. Amidst all the aerial demonstrations, new technology and cool gadgets vendors had for sale, it was the little things that made this year memorable – the weather, the sites and sounds, and most of all the flying club members that participated in AOPA’s events.

Aircraft Spotlight

Article | Aug 16, 2015

if your club is looking to diversify its fleet and offer something a little different, the Citabria could fit the bill. It’s a design that harkens back to the earlier, simple days of aviation, yet it has modern touches. It’s a reliable taildragger for those that want a tailwheel endorsement, it’s economical to operate, and the tandem seating and stick provide pilots quite a different experience from flying a Cessna or Piper. East Hill Flying Club President David St. George shares his club’s experience with the Citabria.