News from HQ: Helping Ourselves by Engaging with the Community

Flying Clubs Lead the Way for New Transparency Initiative

In an effort to reduce confusion around non-standardized terminology describing airport parking, AOPA has asked organizations like flying clubs all over the country for help, and help we did! More than 300 organizations have signed up to support the cause, and the list continues to grow. AOPA’s Vice President of Airports and State Advocacy Mike Ginter was especially grateful for how many flying clubs signed up to help. Often, flying clubs can be the best eyes and ears for any airfield, and their help has proved to be invaluable. If you are interested in signing up your flying club or aviation organization, please email Mike Ginter directly.

If you would like to read more about the Transparency Initiative, click here.

Spring is around the corner, and so are Flying Club Workshops!

By the time you read this, spring has already sprung. That means warmer weather and another great flying season are upon us! After a wildly successful first series of our new remote Flying Club Workshops, Steve and Drew are hard at work putting together a new series that will debut this summer. Be sure to keep tabs of upcoming workshops on the Events Page. If you have any questions, please let us know.

A Nor’Easter for New Flying Clubs

This spring also marks the beginning of a promotional campaign aimed at supporting newly forming flying clubs in the northern Midwest and New England. Steve and Drew will be doing remote Maximum Fun, Minimum Cost: How to Start and Run a Flying Club presentations focused on airports in your area. So, if you live anywhere from Lake Wobegon in Minnesota to the rocky shores of Maine, be on the look out for an email from us inviting you to attend. If you don’t live in these areas, but would like to learn more about what it takes to run a flying club, please contact us and we will be happy to include you.

Wings for Clubs-It Works!

Many events transpired last year to make the insurance market difficult for general aviation pilots and flying clubs. Instead of throwing our hands up and accepting this we started looking for ways that clubs could lower their insurance rates on their own. Out of this came Wings for Clubs, which we know has helped at least one club lower their insurance rates. Flying Clubs Director and March birthday boy, Steve Bateman implemented this program with his club, The Westminster Aerobats, and they saw a 20% reduction in their insurance premiums over last year! Not only are their rates lower, but they are a safer club for it! If you are interested in Wings for Clubs, be sure to check out our Flying Clubs Radio episode 8 for more information.

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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