Flying club basics

Sharing your wings is a big decision. The goal is to reduce the costs to gain the greatest benefits from flying. Exactly what, how, and why you share your wings offers so many variations and opportunities that there is no single solution.

Previously in The Frugal Pilot, we’ve covered the basics of deciding whether a co-ownership or partnership fits you, then offered ideas on how to write up a workable agreement for sharing. The third option, starting or joining a flying club, offers even more options — and potential problems. Let’s take a closer look.

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747 converted to hostel

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Not GA, but still pretty cool for those who love all things aviation: Fox News has posted a feature about the Jumbo Stay Hostel in Stockholm, Sweden, right next to an airport. The converted Boeing 747 fuselage has 29 rooms, most with four beds — two bunks each — to maximize space. All rooms have flat screen TVs and access to a common restroom, like a traditional hostel. “But if you’ve got captain’s money to spend, stay in the luxurious Cockpit Suite or Black Box Suite, which each boast their own bathroom and roomier beds,” according to the report.SONY DSC

VFR into IMC kills one

Aircraft: Cessna 182. Injuries: 1 Fatal. Location: Bondurant, Wyo. Aircraft damage: Destroyed.

What reportedly happened: There was no evidence that the pilot obtained a weather briefing for the flight. Both VFR and IFR conditions prevailed throughout the area and AIRMETs for instrument meteorological conditions, mountain obscuration, and moderate icing conditions were in effect throughout the area about the time of the accident. The non-instrument-rated pilot departed on a VFR cross-county flight.

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AOPA regional fly-ins: The votes are in

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It’s in the record books: The Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association’s sixth and last new regional fly-in — seven if you count the heavily-attended Homecoming to AOPA HQ in Frederick, Md. How did it go, this change from one big annual convention? What was gained and what was lost?

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