By MICKEY CUSHINE
On July 26, the Bakersfield Flying Club in Bakersfield, California, provided a club tour and free simulator rides to more than 20 children from the Society of Disabled Children as part of that group’s STEM program.
After four months of receiving and evaluating 126 applications for the first ever Flying Club scholarship, Ground Effect Advisors (GEA) has chosen a winner. Zachary (Zach) Piech, of Wilmington, N.C., and his prospective flying club, Cape Fear Flyers, will receive more than $3,500 worth [Read more…]
WOODINVILLE, Wash. — Seven employees at Dynon Avionics got together and talked themselves into creating a flying club. Since they work for a leader in avionics for homebuilt aircraft and LSAs, it was only natural that they wanted access to an experimental aircraft.
With just over two weeks to go before a winner is selected, Ground Effect Advisors (GEA) has revealed the 10 finalists for its flying club scholarship.
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.
One hundred twenty six applications from 37 states were received after Ground Effect Advisors (GEA) announced a scholarship focused exclusively on Flying Clubs. GEA expected 40-50.
BAKERSFIELD, Calif. — Big changes are coming to the Bakersfield Flying Club, including a move to Meadows Field Airport (BFL), new clubhouse facilities, additional aircraft, and the addition of the Redbird FMX Advanced Aviation Training Device.
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.”
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.
Ground Effect Advisors (GEA) has 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.