AOPA publishes guide for starting a flying club

There are more than 600 flying clubs in the country, and the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association wants that number to grow.

To that end, AOPA has published a new guide, “AOPA’s Guide to Starting a Flying Club,” to steer members through the critical steps of forming a club.

Flying clubs have a positive impact on the general aviation community, the organization says.

More than half of all active pilots are past or current members of a flying club.

“Virtually all of them consider club membership as a positive experience,” AOPA’s survey showed. “AOPA’s efforts around flying clubs are aimed at building a stronger community in which more people earn pilot certificates, pilots are more active and the flying lifetime of pilots is extended.”

The guide offers advice on how to choose the right airplane for insurance considerations and provides a collection of sample documents, forms and other resources, such as sample operating rules and aircraft lease agreements.

“This guide was created to provide a useful roadmap to pilots starting a club,” Woody Cahall, leader of AOPA’s flying club initiative, said in a statement. “It addresses the biggest roadblocks to starting new flying clubs and it provides common sense advice that pilots will be able to apply when launching clubs all over the country.”

AOPA also offers a flying club insurance program, aircraft financing, a monthly newsletter for clubs to share information, flying club webinars and a flying club network Facebook page.