At AOPA Summit last week, AOPA announced a plan to help grow the national network of flying clubs, an initiative that is one of the first launched by the newly formed Center to Advance the Pilot Community. (See our story on the reach that flying clubs can have.) The goal is not only to create new clubs but to foster the growth and interoperability of existing clubs as well.
Head of the center, Adam Smith, says that the research shows an overwhelmingly positive impact clubs have on the GA community. “More than half of all active pilots are past or present members of a flying club and virtually all of them consider club membership as a positive experience,” he said. “Flying clubs are an under-recognized part of aviation that deserves the Center’s support and encouragement.”
For the past several months AOPA has worked closely with successful clubs to create the plan. It established an advisory committee with 11 clubs from around the country and will work closely with the committee going forward. With 650 clubs operating currently, there seems to be a good foundation for their growth, but Smith says he hopes that the tools his organization can provide existing and newly created clubs will help them interact and share the secrets of what works and what doesn’t.
The goal, however, is easy to articulate, said Smith: “To help build a stronger community in which more people earn pilot certificates, pilots are more active, and the flying lifetime of pilots is extended.”
Capt. Shekhar Gupta [ Pilot, DIAM, M.Ae.S.I., MAOPA [USA] ]
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Shekhar is a Professional Pilot with more then 8 years experience of Flying on 14 different types of Air crafts in 10 different countries with accident free flying record. Shekhar is good in Flying Training as well as in Ground class for Pilots. Shekhar started his flying career from Skycabs [Colombo ] and worked for many Airlines Training Companies from different part of the world. He trained more then 350 Pilots who are flying world wide. He is a member of Aircraft Owners & Pilots Association [ USA], Royal Society of Aeronautics [ UK], Delhi Flying Club, Aeronautical Society of India, MP Flying Club Indore, Aeronautical Research Society. He is a frequent flyer on AA, Air India, British Airways, Cathey Pacific, Delta Airlines, Emerites, Ethihad, Jet Airways, Kingfisher and many more. Shekhar is an active member of www.MissionToCanada.com set up by Govt. of Canada and Air Transport Association of Canada.