Last week at the AOPA Aviation Summit, our new Center to Advance the Pilot Community announced it was creating a network of flying clubs as part of a long-term initiative to facilitate flying club growth, which, in turn, will help grow the pilot population. Center Senior Vice President Adam Smith did a PowerPoint presentation, “Special Interest Education: AOPA Flying Club Network,” to show benefits including the ability to share information and resources.
A mere week after starting the AOPA Flying Club Network Facebook group, we’re already at 639 (sorry, make that 644) members and growing. The group was created to start a conversation among flying clubs and those who want to start or join a flying club, and what a conversation it’s been so far. Topics already covered include:
- Templates/models to create a club;
- Aircraft used by flying clubs
- Financing and insurance;
- Setting club dues;
- Attracting new members;
- What members expect from clubs; and
- Finding the time to fly.
So join the Facebook group, pass along your Twitter handle for our flying clubs list, and go here to join our email list to be updated on the latest news and events within AOPA’s Flying Club initiative.