If making that deadline sounds like a big project for a small group of pilots, AOPA wants you to know that you won’t be going it alone. This article, the second of six about the 150 Flying Club Giveaway, will discuss two preliminary steps a flying club’s founders must take to create a club that will bring affordable flying to its members and be eligible to participate in the Flying Club 150 Giveaway.
For a club to enter the Flying Club 150 Giveaway, it must have a minimum of four members; have a named set of club officers including president, secretary, treasurer, safety officer, and maintenance officer; possess a set of bylaws (drafts are acceptable); receive a quote from AOPA Insurance; be listed as a “club in formation” on AOPA’s Flying Club Finder; and complete an online application. Note that a “club in formation” is defined as a club that is currently organizing and recruiting founding members. Established clubs are clubs that are already operating aircraft, and new members are not considered to be founding.
Pilots know the importance of starting up their aircraft using a checklist. The items that go into starting up a flying club also lend themselves to that approach. Following this checklist for starting a flying club will keep the founders on task. Reference material from the AOPA Flying Club Resource Library will be available to guide you as you check off each action item.
Pilots planning to attend EAA AirVenture in Oshkosh, Wisconsin, July 25 through 31 can learn more about flying clubs by stopping by AOPA’s campus at AirVenture and speaking with a You Can Fly representative.