Last night I had the chance to talk to some 300 pilots—mainly members of a 26-year-old flying club called Plus One Flyers based in San Diego. It’s always good to be back flying in Southern California, since that’s where my own aviation journey began.
Plus One Flyers is quite a remarkable group. They have more than 900 members, including more than 100 flight instructors and numerous “seasonal” members from abroad who spend their vacations in the United States enjoying the freedom to fly that is uniquely ours.
They’ve created a model that makes dues affordable, a variety of aircraft and training available, keeps insurance costs low, and more. And here’s the great part—they want to share it. Talk about a great way to Rally GA!
During my visit, we talked about the big issues that matter most to AOPA members everywhere—advocacy, communication, and safety. We also talked about the importance of growing the pilot population, as well as AOPA’s efforts on that front and the value of groups like Plus One Flyers who do so much to make flying practical, affordable, and enjoyable for club members.
My host, Plus One Flyers President Scott Kurowski, is an avid pilot (and gracious host) who wants more flying clubs to experience the same success Plus One Flyers enjoys. He’s happy to talk about the club’s model, and I would encourage any club that’s looking to start, expand, or build on its current success to consider taking advantage of his expertise. Be sure to visit their web site .
Meeting with groups like this one is rejuvenating for me. These are pilots, just like you and me, who work together to make GA better—for themselves and for everyone. That’s as good as it gets!