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FREDERICK, MD –The Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association (AOPA) announced new benefits and tools now available to flying clubs.
AOPA is making it easier than ever for pilots to find their ideal flying club. The updated AOPA Flying Club Finder offers new filters to let pilots search for exactly the kind of club and amenities they’re looking for. From flight training to tailwheels or light sport aircraft, the new AOPA Flying Club Finder offers sophisticated search functions and updated interactive map features so pilots can quickly identify and connect with the best clubs in their area. Anyone can use the Flying Club Finder and there’s no fee to list a club. As an added benefit, AOPA Flying Club Network members receive premium listings.
For those who want to start a flying club or grow an existing one, AOPA also announced a new Resource Library with detailed information about starting and operating a flying club. The library breaks down the sometimes overwhelming process into clear, manageable steps that correspond to AOPA’s new Checklist for Starting a Flying Club. In addition to step-by-step guidance for creating a successful club, the library includes sample bylaws, articles of incorporation, lease agreements, and other useful documents.
The AOPA Flying Club Network is part of AOPA’s collection of You Can Fly programs designed to get people flying and keep them flying.Together with other You Can Fly Programs such as the AOPA Flight Training Initiative, AOPA High School Initiative, and Rusty Pilots program, the AOPA Flying Club Network makes general aviation more accessible and affordable. The You Can Fly initiative is supported by donations to the AOPA Foundation. 
“We are 100 percent committed to welcoming newcomers into aviation and keeping today’s pilots in the air,” said Katie Pribyl, AOPA senior vice president in charge of the You Can Fly programs. “That’s why we’re investing in the resources, tools, and innovations to make flying easier, more fun, and more affordable.”
In 2015 alone, AOPA’s You Can Fly programs have helped launch nine new flying clubs, welcomed over 3,200 lapsed pilots back to flying, hosted 97 Rusty Pilots seminars, honored the nation’s best flight instructors and schools, and brought together educators from across the country to cooperate on bringing aviation education into high schools nationwide. 
Joining the AOPA Flying Club Network is free and clubs can sign up online.
Since 1939, AOPA has protected the freedom to fly for thousands of pilots, aircraft owners and aviation enthusiasts. AOPA is the world’s largest aviation member association, with representatives based in Frederick, Md., Washington, D.C., Wichita, Kans., and seven regions across the United States. AOPA provides member services that range from advocacy at the federal, state, and local levels to legal services, flight planning products, safety programs and award-winning media. To learn more, visit  
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