|Sent on:||Wednesday, August 15, 2012 8:10 PM|
I would like to get some flying meet-ups scheduled. It all depends on the willingness of the pilots in our group. We all love to fly which is why we are members of this group. I'm sure we all greatly appreciate our pilots and the opportunity to get in the air, I know i do!
Been discussing ideas with is a pilot and group member about short, relatively inexpensive flights. Lots of factors to consider such as availability of pilots to fly members of our group, gas prices, if a plane or planes need to be rented.
Some areas of consideration for 1 hr. flights are Oceanside, Temecula, Hemet, Palomar, Carlsbad, a long loop around the South Bay with touch down at Brown Field, Borrego and Santa Monica. Most will be lunch or dinner flights. Possibly a longer trip about 3 hrs. to Catalina if we have experienced pilots who know that challenging landing strip.
From my understanding on average it's $35/hr. for gas which would be divided by everyone in the plane, probably cost more for 2 seater, versus 3-4 seater and so on. If a plane needs to be rented it costs on average $100/hr so that cost would be split too.
My suggestion on sign-ups and cost are once a route and the number of planes are known, the trip would be limited to the number who can sign up, first come first serve. Payment upfront, forfeited if replacement passenger can't be found. Refunded if someone takes your place.
If you're a pilot please let me know if you're interested, your availability, if you have a plane or need to rent one, your thoughts on this idea and costs, any other flight locations, etc.
It would be nice to get some flights in before the winter season is upon us.
If you're a group member, I'd like you're feedback and ideas too.
Thanks and hope to see you soon,