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Steve Blonstein, General Manager WVFC

2015 - The Year Ahead

I wanted to take this opportunity to tell you about some new programs for 2015.

Membership Dues:   We are working on several programs to make your membership dollars go a little further.  If you haven’t already heard, the club now accepts payment by ACH.  This is the process by which funds are taken directly from your bank account.  This saves the clubs credit card fees and in return we will lower your membership dues by $5 per month when you fly 2 or more hours the previous month.  In addition, the $10 Safety Incentive (for flying more than 2 hours), further reduces the membership dues.  You can also prepay your dues for 12 months (and save another $60 per year i.e. $5 per month).  Combine these all together and you can reduce your membership dues to a net of $35 per month.  And on top of that, you receive 1 hour free on our G1000 SIM each month – valued at another $50.

Assessment Return Plan:  Many members will remember the painful process the club went through in 2010, collecting an assessment of $250 per member to keep the club afloat.  Since then, the club has regained a much better financial footing, and we are exploring ways to return some or all of the assessment to those members that had faith in the club and stuck around.  Stay tuned as we develop and implement the plan over the next few quarters.

Fleet Quality:  The 2014 survey indicated that the membership wants a better/cleaner fleet when it comes to some of the older planes.  We are in the process of implementing a plan that will place a new focus on the interiors, avionics, documents, POHs, checklists etc.  We are going to either remove or repair all inoperative equipment, with a goal of no long-term inop. equipment in any of the planes.  We are going to work to reduce the average time between a squawk or observation being written and the time it is actually resolved.  We believe this is an important metric for a lot of good reasons.  We are also planning on requiring most planes in the fleet to receive an annual Wax/detail so that planes can truly shine rather than to continue to oxidize and look dull.

Member Community:  The 2014 survey also highlighted the need that members want more and different ways to connect.  We will be adding staffing resources this year to drive multiple new programs specifically to encourage and enable members to connect in more ways than in the recent past.  At the end of the day, we’re a social club and we need to live and breathe that spirit in order to meet our true goal in the community.

These are just a few of the highlights for 2015.  There are many other programs being developed that we will share as the year progresses.  As always, feel free to stop by and say hi, and give us your two cents as to how to make the club better than it was yesterday.

Safe Flying…