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PREFLIGHT YOU CAN FLY

BY JULIE SUMMERS WALKER

OWN YOUR AVIATION JOURNEY
FLYING CLUBS HELP YOU FLY MORE

AS ONE OF THE FOUR KEY INITIATIVES OF AOPA'S

You Can Fly program, Flying Clubs is designed to
" help people look to the sky and fly more. " Since its
inception, the Flying Clubs program has started new
clubs at the average rate of 30 per year; that's 720
additional club members per year and 45 additional
aircraft in flying clubs per year.
Flying Clubs encourage people to start flying,
keep flying, and to join and rejoin AOPA, aspects that
benefit everyone in the aviation community. Flying
Clubs team Steve Bateman and Drew Myers are both
members of clubs. Bateman started the Westminster (Maryland) Aerobats Flying Club and Myers is
a member of the Free State Flying Club in College
Park, Maryland.
" Quietly, but effectively, we have started new
clubs, kept existing clubs healthy and engaged, and
built a set of unrivaled technical resources, guides,
workshops, and personal expertise, " says Bateman.
The FAA defines a flying club as " a nonprofit or
not-for-profit entity organized for the express purpose of providing its members with aircraft for their
personal use and enjoyment, only. "
AOPA's You Can Fly helps newly forming clubs
by working directly with club founders, coaching
and counseling them as they create sustainable clubs.
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According to Bateman, some clubs form in two to
three months, but most take six to 24 months. " We
follow up, follow up, follow up, and help founders
keep the faith, " he says.
AOPA also works to keep existing clubs healthy.
" We field questions and advise on solutions, provide
strategic planning, and help with disputes-members, airport, tenants, et cetera, " Bateman adds.
AOPA provides workshops, webinars, and
seminars; has a Flying Clubs Facebook page (now
11,000 members); sends a monthly newsletter
(Club Connector); has a radio show, website,
flying club network page, and Flying Club Finder;
and much more.
In 2020, the program celebrated the 150th club
new club formed with AOPA help as 26 new clubs
were formed; the total now stands at 172.
" People need a welcoming place and to feel part
of something, " says Bateman. " Flying clubs provide
equal access to opportunities and resources for
people who might otherwise be excluded. Especially
in the areas of cost of ownership, and camaraderie, as
well as a support system. "
aopa.org/flyingclubs
julie.walker@aopa.org

WHY FLYING CLUBS

Flying clubs are an
integral part of the
aviation ecosystem:
* Nonprofit social
clubs-not commercial services.
* Clubs keep people
flying.
* Clubs create
business for GA and
airport tenants.
* Clubs are good
for airports: more
operations.
* Growth opportunities-nowhere close
to national capacity.


http://www.aopa.org/flyingclubs

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