Although the Sept. 1 deadline for submitting your application is still weeks away as this article is being published, getting an early start on your application by registering on the application page and reviewing the information you will be required to provide is strongly recommended.
The application form consists of two sections: one that identifies and locates your club, and provides contact information; and another in which you will respond to 14 questions (in 500 words or less for each question) designed to ensure your club meets eligibility requirements. Look over the questions early in the process. They can help you think through the process of starting your flying club.
Keep in mind that the judges—three or more subject-matter experts to be selected by AOPA—will look for answers that indicate familiarity with guidance provided in the AOPA Flying Club Resource Library, and AOPA's Guide to Starting a Flying Club.
Here are two tips for applying: First, to confirm that your club is registered as a “club in formation” as required, be sure to complete the information about your club just as you did when you registered in the AOPA Flying Club Finder.
Second, give careful thought to how you will respond to Question 9. In the event that the judging results in a tie, the quality of answers to Question 9 (on safety) will be used to determine the winner of the Flying Club 150 Giveaway. The winning club will be notified on or about Oct. 1.