October 12, 2010
By Alton K. Marsh
Catalina Island Conservancy officials know a good thing when they see it, and have extended a previous two-day offer to waive the $20 Catalina Island landing fee for AOPA members during AOPA Aviation Summit. Now, the fee is waived for four days, Nov. 11 through 14, to cover the entire Summit.
Response to the original offer was strong, so Conservancy officials decided to extend the offer. Just show your AOPA membership card once you land on the island, and the fee is waived. Not only that, but you get 20 percent off the Wildlands Express shuttle service, normally a $17 charge.
Should you happen to buy $10 worth of food at the airport’s DC-3 Gifts and Grill shop, you’ll get a free Killer Cookie, so the good news just keeps rolling in.
For those making the trip to Catalina more frequently, such as California pilots, there is an additional option. Join the new Catalina Aero Club for $150 per year, and you’ll have unlimited free landing privileges.
“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.
Other benefits to club members 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. Those who are current Leadership Circle members can now enjoy unlimited free landings at Airport in the Sky. —Alton K. Marsh
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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