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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Top 10 tips to improve your flying club

Adam Smith, Senior Vice President of the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association’s Center to Advance the Pilot Community, will join other flying club experts Wednesday, Jan. 9, in a webinar to share tips and tactics to improving your flying club. Click here to find out more and register.

Join the club

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The subject of flying clubs and their relative merit has taken up space in this column before. I’m a believer. The idea of spreading the cost of ownership across eight or 10 or 12 partners in a flying club makes sense. And that’s to say nothing of the social aspects that can be so beneficial in a club atmosphere. The opportunity to have access to multiple club airplanes in exchange for a small investment is appealing, too. In short, clubs have a lot to offer the general aviation pilot.

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AOPA unveils details on new flying club network

The Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association (AOPA) released details at last week’s AOPA Aviation Summit in Palm Springs, Calif., on a long-term initiative to facilitate the growth of flying clubs. The initiative is one of the first projects of the new Center to Advance the Pilot Community, which is working to reverse the decline in the pilot population.

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