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Flyout Santa Barbara (KSBA)

Saturday, March 16, 2014, close to 30 dedicated aviators braved the severe blue skies and calm winds for a glorious flight to Santa Barbara for lunch. Planes came from San Carlos, Palo Alto, San Jose and Reid Hillview carrying six 99s, several of Sue Ballew’s students and friends, and six Santa Clara Airmen. It was a very International gathering with pilots from Romania, Australia, Sweden, Germany, and the USA of course—Florida.

Everyone met at Atlantic Aviation on the SBA airport where we were greeted and treated very well. It’s a short walk from there to the Beach Side Café, right on the ocean in the Goleta Beach Park. The restaurant was ready for us and the food was excellent! We were able to sit in the covered atrium looking out at the golden beach and crystal blue waters lapping the shore. Families frolicked in the surf and an ancient boardwalk jutted out into the ocean inviting us to walk on it after lunch—which we did. I had Sparky (my husband) riding with me and it was a real treat because Stacey has just moved her from Florida and is now firmly indoctrinated into the amazing California sunshine flying weather, while learning the terrain. This is always one of our most popular flyouts. We actually saw Oceano airport—a truly rare event due to coastal fog. Be sure to join us next year!

- Pat Gregory

Upcoming Flyouts:

  • Los Banos June 21st - Black Bear Diner
  • Hayfork July 19th

(Dates and locations subject to change.  Contact Sue Ballew for further information: