Flying club webinar slated

The next free Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association Flying Club Network webinar, Attracting Young People into Aviation, hosted by AOPA’s Adam Smith and Glenn Marsh, founder of the Candler Field Flying Club of Williamson, Georgia, will be May 21 at 8:30 p.m. (Eastern time). Attendees will learn the secrets to CFFC’s success in this area, and there will also be discussion of what other flying clubs are doing to attract a new generation of pilots. Click here to register.

Scholarship launched to get new flying club airborne

It started like so many other great ideas in aviation: A bunch of pilots sitting around, talking about their love of flying and their concern about the dwindling pilot population.

But unlike so many, these Chicago area pilots decided to do something. They formed Ground Effect Advisors (GEA) and then created a scholarship focused exclusively on flying clubs. The winning applicant will receive more than $3,500 worth of products, services, and support towards getting a flying club off the ground.

“We thought there’s got to be something we can do to help,” said Todd McClamroch, one of the founding partners of GEA and the man behind MyFlightBlog.com, which is all about learning to fly. “Everybody talks about helping, but it needed a kickstart.”

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A newbie’s plans for joining the club

Regular readers of this blog know I make no secret of my affection for flying clubs. My devotion to the concept is based on the wealth of opportunity these clubs can offer. In a nutshell, my thinking goes like this: If there is a better method of cutting the cost of flying, establishing a long-lasting social bond with fellow aviation enthusiasts, and spreading the word that general aviation is within the reach of the average man or woman, I haven’t found it.

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