The East Hill Flying Club at Ithaca Tompkins Regional Airport in New York just got word that a $619,935 grant has been approved by Governor Andrew Cuomo to build a new 2,500-square-foot flight training center at the airport.
A report from WHCU Radio quotes airport manager Mike Hall, who notes that flying club has been the largest flight training institution in upstate New York for years.
Two Greenville, S.C., pilots have joined forces to create a new group for minority pilots called Southeast Aviators.
While a relatively new pilot — he got his private ticket in April — Theron Burton has been fascinated with flight since he was a child. A ride in a neighbor’s plane when he was just 12 ignited the fire for him to finally pursue his certificate last year.
But he noticed one thing at the airport: There weren’t a lot of other minority pilots. [Read more…]
When I was first getting involved in aviation, the cost was a daunting dilemma for me. That’s probably a common memory we share, you and me.
Availability was an issue, too. Most general aviation pilots have probably had a similar experience. We show up at the airport with a dream of learning to fly, only to find a very limited selection of aircraft, at prices that seem a bit steep.
It doesn’t have to be that way. We can change the game if we choose to. [Read more…]
The first flying club I ever came across was in Winter Haven, Florida. I was a newly minted flight instructor back then and moved to town for my first flying job.
The club was based on a taildragger, a Champ as I recall, although time may have affected my memory on that point. It might have been a Cub. No matter. There was a club. It was successful.
Eventually that club disbanded. I’m sure there were multiple reasons, certainly one of those reasons that many of the members had purchased aircraft of their own. [Read more…]
Are clubs becoming the dominant force in local flight training?
When Bakersfield Flying Club president Bill Woodbury learned that the club had been named as a top tier American flight school, he was shocked for two reasons: First, he never thought of his club as a flight school and, second, his group had never sought such notoriety.
“Of course I was pleased and honored to learn of our recognition,” said Woodbury, “but to say I was surprised is an understatement.”
How’d you like to rent a Cessna 182 for $110 per hour? Or a Cessna 172 for $67.80 per hour or a Cessna 150 for $51.76 per your? Oh, and those rates include fuel. Did that grab your attention?
Ohio reader Thomas Root recently sent me a flyer from Galion, Ohio’s Galion Air that promotes its aircraft rental.
A new non-profit organization, The Catholic Aviation Association (CAA), whose motto is “Faith, Flying and Fellowship,” plans to establish a nationwide network of flying clubs, to be known as Cupertino Aviation Clubs.