News From HQ: Back to Your Roots

Back in the Studio, Tearing up the Airwaves

Drew and Steve made their way back to the studio in a big way to record a fresh series of episodes for Flying Clubs Radio! The theme of this mini-series is all about how flying clubs can help secure the future of aviation for generations to come. Check these out!

Episode 18 – Intro: Own Your Aviation Journey with Flying Clubs

Gotta start somewhere. Steve and Drew dust off their microphones, break down the series and do their best to give you a convincing reason to listen to each one.

Episode 19 – Places For All Faces

As flying club members, we all know how awesome flying and aviation is. The question is, how can we share aviation with people from diverse backgrounds? This episode dives into how flying clubs have a unique opportunity to get more people over the airport fence and engaged in aviation.

Episode 20 – Is Our Club Still Viable?

Are you sitting down? You might want to for this one! Steve recaps some of the hard hitting points from his Question of the Month article he wrote back in May. We live in an ever-changing world, and the past 18 months have showed us just how quickly our lives can change. We argue in episode 20 that your club may need to change and adapt to continue to thrive in the future. Listen in and challenge yourself and your club to look inwards and see how you can build a club welcoming to future members.

Episode 21 – Making Your Club Attractive to Younger Members

Have you ever wondered what the average age of the pilot population of the US is? Spoiler, it’s around 44 years old. What is the average age of your flying club? Your club may be getting older and wiser and there is certainly nothing wrong with that, but wouldn’t it be a good idea to get some “fresh blood” in the mix? In this episode discuss what younger members might be looking for in a flying club and how your club can do some simple things to accommodate the younger pilots out there.

Episode 22 – You Got Your License, Now What?

You did it! Congratulations on earning that certificate. You showed your designated pilot examiner that you have “the right stuff” to be a pilot. What are you going to do with that “stuff” now? Access to airplanes to a new pilot can be a little limiting if you don’t know where to look. In this episode, Steve and Drew talk about how flying clubs are a logical next step for newly minted pilots and talk about their personal experiences with their clubs.


Hight School Symposium Season is Here!

The 2021 AOPA Foundation High School Aviation STEM Symposium presented by Boeing is right around the corner and registration is now open! The event will be held November 14-16 at the Hyatt Regency Orlando International Airport in Orlando, Florida. This event is for anyone who wishes to be a catalyst for aviation education in their community and will look at strategies for getting aviation curriculum in your local high schools. Click here to register! If you know someone who would benefit from attending this event, why not sponsor them! It’s a great idea to invite your local teacher or school administrator to learn more about this free 9-12 grade curriculum. Want to learn more about the You Can Fly High School Curriculum? Click here.

What’s This? A LIVE Event?

Did you know that Steve and Drew are in fact real people? You can actually meet us and talk to us in person! In a pandemic era first, Steve and Drew will be appearing together in person at the Simsbury Fly-In, Car Show, and Food Truck Festival! This event held at Simsbury Airport (4B9) in Simsbury, Connecticut. The event will be the weekend of September 25th and 26th, and the Flying Clubs Team will be meeting folks and presenting a NEW flying clubs presentation. We’d love to see you there!

Use of EFBs in General Aviation

Andrew Nakushian, who was an intern with the Flying Clubs Team a few summers ago, is now working on his master’s thesis, which is examining how general aviation pilots utilize iPad-based Electronic Flight Bags (EFBs) during flight operations.

If you’re interested in participating in this research, please follow this link.  Please feel free to share with others in your circle.

AOPA Club Connector Staff
AOPA Club Connector Staff writers and editors are active flying club members, pilots, flight instructors and aircraft owners who have a passion for bringing you the latest news and topical articles from the world of flying clubs. Club Connector is the official newsletter of the AOPA Flying Clubs Initiative.

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