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Steve Blonstein, General Manager WVFC

Did You Know?


As a member of West Valley Flying Club, you may not be aware of a large number of benefits that come with membership.  There are actually so many that we’re going to start a weekly “note” to the membership explaining these benefits.  I have a few favorite ones that I would like to share with you now.  You’ll see more of these over the next few weeks and months.

 CA Passport Program.  We are the only club with a program specifically designed to encourage the membership to tour the state and visit as many CA airports as possible.  There are patches, prizes, and pride associated with visiting 25, 50, 100, or 200+ airports.  We had one member visit all 240! (and pictures to prove it!)

Five Stars.  We are the only club with a program that awards you loyalty points for flying our planes, attending meetings/events, or for having achieved something like a solo, passed a check ride etc.  Points accumulate towards things like iTunes gift certificates, all the way to a $100 gift certificate for Harris Ranch – one of the coolest places to fly for a great steak lunch or dinner.

Free G1000 SIM time.  We are the only club that offers a free hour every month on either our PAO or SQL G1000 based SIMs.  The G1000 is most likely the wave of the future for the GA cockpit.  There is no better or more economical way to figure out what the dozens of buttons, and hundreds of features do than a quality SIM like the ones we have.

Summer Program.  We are the only club that offers a middle/high school summer program for kids in 8th-12th grade.  The kids get a week long immersion in aviation, flying planes to cool places and visiting various aviation related activities like NASA, CDF, a live-in airpark, and an aviation museum.  The program was sold out (again) this year and the dates are set for 2015.  If you have kids in this age bracket it is never too early to register for one of only 8 slots.

The list goes on and on.  We think we’ve got enough of these “Did You Knows”, so that at one a week, it will take the better part of a year to tell the entire story.  Please take a minute each week to read the “Did You Know” item and see if it makes sense for you to take advantage of.

 Fly Safe.