News From HQ: Experiment with Something New

Welcome to the February 2023 edition of Club Connector! This month we will explore the world of experiment and light sport aircraft in flying clubs. This is timely because the FAA just came out with some new regulations regarding flight training in experimental aircraft. To learn more, be sure to give Steve’s expertly written Question of the Month a read. Once you have a good grasp of how you can train your club members in an experimental aircraft, you’ll have to check out our Club and Aircraft Spotlight sections where we visit with a club who seems to have homebuilding aircraft in their DNA. We also look at some of the latest offerings in the experimental light sport (E-LSA) market that may be a great fit for your flying club. Ok, now that you have a shiny new E-LSA for your club, and your members can legally train in it, how do you stay safe? You’re in luck! Our Safety Section discusses transition training with a focus on moving in to experimental and light sport aircraft.

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The Merritt Island Flying Club located in Merritt Island, Florida will Celebrate their 5th anniversary on March 3rd, 2023. They own a 1965 Cessna Skyhawk and hope to unveil a fresh paint job and engine overhaul by their anniversary date. The club also leases a 1976 Cessna 150 that stays busy keeping club members proficient at an economical price.

Congratulations on five years of operation!

Don’t forget our commitment to mention your club’s anniversary on these pages. If your club is about to celebrate a major milestone, please let us know so we can recognize your accomplishments!

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