News From HQ: New future aviator, two new flying clubs, Steve and Drew at AirVenture, and the scholarship winners share in a $1,000,000 pay-out…what a month!

Welcome to the June edition of your favorite Flying Clubs Newsletter—the award-winning Club Connector!


Next Generation Pilot

Manager of the Flying Clubs Initiative, Drew Myers and his wife Allyson are proud parents of a 8Ibs 4oz baby boy—Malcolm Glenn Myers, born on Sunday 29th May.  

Well done Drew and Allyson for creating the next generation of Myer’s aviators!


New Flying Clubs

We are pleased to announce two new flying clubs in the AOPA Flying Club Network. 

The Columbia Flight Club is now operational at Columbia Regional Airport, Missouri and the Lake Shelbyville Flying Club is fully operational at Shelby County Airport, Illinois.  Congratulations to Tyson Mutrux and Tim Bowyer for getting these clubs over the finish line!


We can now confirm that both Steve and Drew will be attending AirVenture in July 2022!  Here is our schedule so far (subject to change):

Wednesday 27th July at 2:45pm, in the NAFI center.  Steve will present “Beyond the ACS – Providing a Value-For-Money Flight Review”.  In this presentation, we’ll keep half-an-eye on the ACS as we widen our view to consider what we can do to provide meaningful flight reviews, beyond “one hour of ground and one hour of flight".

Friday 29th July at 6:00pm, in the AOPA Pavilion, Flying Clubs Social Event.  We are truly pleased to see the return of this very popular event after a hiatus of a few years.  As before, we will have good food and cold drinks, a few special presentations and announcements, and lots of socializing!

Due to its popularity, this will be a ticket only event, with (free) tickets being available from Steve and Drew at the AOPA tent from Tuesday 26th July through Friday afternoon.   If you have club members planning to attend AirVenture, please let them know about the social event and how to get tickets.  We have limited capacity!

Saturday 30th July at 4:00pm, in the AOPA Pavilion.  Maximum Fun, Minimum Cost:  The Wonderful World of Flying Clubs.  Steve and Drew will walk through the many benefits and advantages of flying clubs and will talk about how to start a club using our world-class resources and expertise.  This seminar is also useful for existing clubs to understand some new expectations from the FAA, as well as best practices for successful operations.

Flying Clubs Clinic.  As yet unscheduled, but we hope to find time for some Q&A with existing and forming clubs and to dig into issues of the moment affecting flying clubs, nationwide.

2022 Flight Training Scholarships

The 2022 scholarships are now closed, and successful applicants have been notified—congratulations!.  The AOPA Foundation awarded more than $1,000,000 to very deserving applicants. Keep an eye out for next year's scholarship announcements and apply early!

If you know someone who has been awarded a scholarship, think about inviting them to be a social member in your club.  For more information on social memberships, see this this month's Question of the Month.

Stephen Bateman
Contributor, You Can Fly Program
Steve retired from AOPA in April 2024, but continues to contribute to You Can Fly programs. Contact Steve at [email protected]

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