August 18, 2010
By Alton K. Marsh
Pilots who join the newly formed Catalina Aero Club will be able to land on the California island as often as they like for a year without paying the $20 landing fee. The Catalina Aero Club membership is $150 per year.
“I am thrilled to see the pilots who make Catalina one of their most popular destinations want to redefine their commitment to the protection and recreation of the Island through their membership in the new Catalina Aero Club,” said Conservancy President Ann Muscat.
Pilots who join the Catalina Aero Club have free unlimited landing privileges. Another benefit is 20 percent off the Wildlands Express shuttle service, in addition to a free Killer Cookie with every $10 food purchase at the airport’s DC-3 Gifts and Grill.
Other benefits include one annual Freewheeler bike pass and 50 percent off Conservancy campground fees.
Current Conservancy members who would like to upgrade to the Aero Club can do so and extend their membership for $115. Current Leadership Circle members can now enjoy unlimited free landings at Airport in the Sky.
AOPA Pilot Senior Editor Alton Marsh has been a pilot since 1970 and has an airline transport pilot certificate and instrument and multiengine flight instructor certificates, aerobatic training, and a commercial seaplane certificate.
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