News from HQ: The Experimental Edition

There is approximately one month left of summer, and the flying fun continues! Following the 50th anniversary of EAA AirVenture in Oshkosh, WI, we are excited for the final AOPA Regional Fly-In of 2019 to be held September 13-14, 2019 in Tullahoma, TN (KTHA). In addition, we continue to host numerous Flying Clubs Workshops throughout the country. More details can be found below.

Experimental Aircraft and Flying Clubs

This month, we’ve worked with the EAA team to answer some frequently asked questions related to operating experimental aircraft in the flying club environment. Guest writers David Leiting, EAA Field Representative II, and Charlie Becker, EAA Director of Chapters, write about the possibility of operating experimental aircraft in a flying club and the important items to consider when looking to purchase a homebuilt aircraft for your club. Can my flying club purchase and build an airplane to operate? What considerations are there when operating an experimental aircraft in a flying club? How can we safely incorporate a homebuilt aircraft into our club? This edition focuses on answering questions around experimental airplanes being operated by flying clubs.

Last Call: Final AOPA Regional Fly-In of 2019

The final AOPA Regional Fly-In of 2019 is quickly approaching. Check out the website for more information and to learn about the new ground school sessions covering topics such as Aircraft Maintenance for Owners and Aerobatics and Upset Recovery. These sessions are all presented by CFIs, and attendees will earn ground endorsements and WINGS credit towards the flight review. Flying Clubs Director Steve Bateman and Manager Amber Kite will co-present the session Advanced VFR: Beyond 500NM, which will get into details on, literally, flying cross-country. Hope to see you there!

Flying Club Workshops

As you may know, the AOPA Flying Clubs team is hard at work putting on workshops across the country. Keep an eye out for an email inviting you to a Flying Club Workshop in your area. These events bring together clubs of different ages and sizes for guided discussions on topics such as managing and growing your club, strategic planning, operational best practices, budgeting, and much more. We’ve already held successful events in Frederick MD, Houston TX, Lake City FL, Livermore CA, and, Syracuse NY (KSYR). We’re planning on running more this year in Tullahoma TN, Dallas TX, Austin TX, Punta Gorda FL, and Vero Beach FL. If you live near the above towns and are interested in hearing more, please send us an email.

Limited-Time Offer on Garmin GDL 52 Portable SiriusXM/ADS-B Receiver 
(Special thanks to Dave Hubner for providing this flying clubs benefit)

Flying Clubs can get up to $700 in SiriusXM Aviation value!

The GDL 52 Weather receiver is a one-of-a-kind portable receiver that provides pilots with SiriusXM Aviation Weather, audio entertainment, and ADS-B Weather and Traffic to the Garmin Pilot and ForeFlight apps as well as select Garmin portables; simultaneously, supporting up to two displays.  

For a limited time only – Garmin is offering a $200 rebate on the GDL 52 Portable SiriusXM/ADS-B Receiver. The Garmin rebate is in addition to a 3-month SiriusXM trial, a free AOPA membership, and $200 SiriusXM rebate. A total value of up to $700! 

Offer Details:

  • 3-month free trial of SiriusXM Pilot Preferred weather service and All Access audio package or SiriusXM Pilot for ForeFlight weather service 

  • $400 in combined rebates

  • $200 from SiriusXM – available until December 31st

  • $200 from Garmin – available until September 28th

  • 1 free AOPA Membership 

With the SiriusXM suspend service, Flying Clubs may subscribe to SiriusXM Aviation weather for six months, suspend service at no charge, and then use the ADS-B weather for the other six months of the year. 

This means that a Flying Club can fly with SiriusXM weather when they need consistent, high resolution radar and other weather information without worrying about altitude limitations or line of sight restrictions. All for as little as $180 for six months.

For the complete limited-time offer details, visit the AOPA SiriusXM landing page.

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