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Fly a friend, Membership

Posted: Tue Jun 25, 2019 6:15 am
by tom fraser
This I hope will be a major discussion among all members and this is just a first opening on the subject of our severe need for more, long term members to keep York alive and well going forward. Lots to follow.

To start with as a member, bring those that might like the sport out and take a ride. We love the sport and we need to get new people to fall in love with it as well. If you like to fly, nothing is more cost effective than Gliding. Take a family member or friend flying and share the gift of soaring. It also adds flying to the club.

Our one and only major issue going forward is membership numbers. Not just training new pilots but getting more to join in for the long haul. Look around and most of the Instructors and those that do the bulk of work around York are now north of sixty years old. We are not getting younger...Dam!

We have the land, a good fleet of gliders and tow planes. We have great infrastructure. The issue is finding those pilots that are the next generation of long term members,Instructors and contributors. Many ideas have been tried before and new ideas are coming forward, We will discuss all of it here.

Power conversion pilots,air cadet and youth, new groups like the aircraft mechanics group. Lots of ideas.

Join in the discussion of this critical long term issue. Ideas and Comments

Re: Fly a friend, Membership

Posted: Tue Jun 25, 2019 12:02 pm
by jwlemke
I have a friend with a power license I would like to introduce to gliders.
Is their any issue with us flying in to CPC3 (Piper Archer)?
Obviously priority to glider traffic, radio ahead for circuit direction, etc.

Re: Fly a friend, Membership

Posted: Tue Jun 25, 2019 12:15 pm
by Doug Carman
Make sure the runway is firm enough before departing. The Archer lands faster and needs more runway than our tugs. Keep the nose gear up!!

Re: Fly a friend, Membership

Posted: Tue Jun 25, 2019 7:24 pm
by Charles Petersen
I want to attach the article on growing club membership which is tacked to the club bulletin board, but I can't figure out how to attach a file.

Does anyone know?

Re: Fly a friend, Membership

Posted: Wed Jun 26, 2019 7:10 am
by Biggles
press "Full Editor & Preview" button, then press "Attachments" etc

Re: Fly a friend, Membership

Posted: Wed Jun 26, 2019 7:24 am
by Charles Petersen
Gliding International Club Growth Welcome.pdf
(5.87 MiB) Downloaded 10 times
This is worth an annual read.

What are the most important takeaways to you?

Re: Fly a friend, Membership

Posted: Wed Jun 26, 2019 11:05 am
by Charles Petersen
And if you are a lower time member, and not yet rated on one of the glass twins, you can ask another member to fly your friend on your account, - so, member pricing and a favour for a friend.

I promise to bring at least one friend this season. Can each of you?

Re: Fly a friend, Membership

Posted: Wed Jun 26, 2019 8:59 pm
by tom fraser
To continue the subject, we have trained youth and Air Cadet youth every summer over many decades now. Of those we have trained only about two percent fly with us after their initial glider license. We hoped that these pilots would come back to fly later in life; very few ever have. We have had much better success when we have provided Scholarships and Bursaries to the youth showing great interest but not able to afford the cost of flying on their own. The Air Cadets have trained about 250 or more Glider pilots a year for over 40 years now. Glider clubs across Canada have seen very few former cadets come into the soaring fold.

We have tried Power Pilot Conversion last year and this. So far we are getting about a 50% retention rate and that is most encouraging. They may be a very good source of long term new membership. We need the member who stays for the long game if we are to prosper. Groups such as Hong Kong cadets have been helpful in maintaining numbers of flights per year and are responsible , helpful and grateful students. They do take up considerable Instructor resources but we have a zero retention rate as you would expect. This type of flying has benefit but will not produce long term members.

How do we connect with a new generation of Glider Geeks that will continue our 55 year history and give us the next few decades of growth????? This is the million dollar question.