Generating interest in your club is important, whether the club is brand new or has been around for decades. Successful clubs typically use a variety of methods.
AOPA’s Flying Club Finder is the largest online directory of flying clubs and a great way to put your club on the map. It’s a useful tool for anyone looking to find a flying club in a particular area.
A club may be listed as either a developed club or a ‘club in formation.’ Users may search for clubs using a map of the United States or by state, zip code, airport identifier, or club name. The finder allows existing clubs to list their location, available aircraft, rates, buy-ins, and other facts.
The flying club finder categorizes clubs into three groups:
AOPA Flying Club Network Clubs – These clubs have agreed to follow AOPA’s best practices for flying clubs, which are based on extensive research. These clubs are social organizations that operate on a not-for-profit basis. They are actively supported by AOPA, and are our first recommendation to members seeking a flying club.
Non-Network Flying Clubs – These clubs have chosen not to join the network and may be for-profit organizations. They receive a lower priority in search results, and typically have lower interest from prospective members.
Clubs in Formation – These are groups or individuals seeking to start a club in their area. Clubs generally need a few founding members to get off the ground, and this is an opportunity for founders to network and attract additional interested parties.
The finder lists a variety of details about clubs:
In the search bar at the top of the page, you can enter your airport name, identifier, or zip code. There also is a link to search flying clubs by state or you can use the map to find a club. On the map there are three symbols – a yellow pin indicates an AOPA Network Club, a black pin indicates a club in formation, and a grey pin indicates another type of flying club.
Once you search for a club or location, the map will zoom to the results. Advanced search options are available to help you further filter your results. The search results appear as pins on the map which can be expanded to view basic information about the club including name, number of members, number of aircraft, and contact information. More details can be found by clicking the ‘View Club’ link in the finder.
You can add your flying club or club in formation to the AOPA Flying Club finder by clicking the “Submit Your Club” link on the finder web page.