The Aero Club of Northern California requests the honor of your presence at a luncheon on February 24, 2015 to hear venture capitalist Reid Dennis present on an around-the-world trip in his Grumman Albatross seaplane. The flight retraced the final flight of Amelia Earhart’s 1937 trip. Launching from Oakland and flying eastward, the trip included 38 stops in 21 countries in 195 hours of flight time. In 2013, the record setting Albatross was donated to the Hiller Aviation Museum.
Dennis was one of Silicon Valley's first venture capitalists and is the founder of Institutional Venture Partners. He’ll be showing slides from his around-the-world trip at the luncheon. The luncheon starts at 11:30 AM, though the doors open at 11:15 AM. The location is Michaels at Shoreline, 2960 N Shoreline Blvd, Mountain View, CA. We expect to conclude around 1 PM.
This Aero Club event is open to members and non-members alike, however,preregistration is required. Get the Early Bird Discount of $20 per person, which includes lunch, by reserving no later than February 18. When you register, specify a menu choice of Chinese Chicken Salad, Cobb Salad, Baked Cannelloni, or Vegetarian Tortellini. Prepay by credit card when you register, or you can pay cash or check at the door (sorry no credit cards at the door). For registrations made on February 19 or later, the fee is $25 per person and we might not be able to guarantee that you get your first choice menu item (though we will feed you!). Sorry, no free seats for people not interested in having lunch; you're welcome to attend but the registration fee still applies.
Invite a friend to join you and then Click here now to register for the luncheon. If you have any difficulties registering online, email [email protected]
or phone 408-634-8062 to register. Please join us for a fun and informative luncheon and learn more about other Aero Club activities planned for 2015.
According to Dennis, he’s always “had a love affair with seaplanes.” As a boy, he used to watch Pan American "Clipper" flying boats from his home as they flew over the Golden Gate Bridge. He began taking flying lessons at San Carlos Airport in 1963 and in 1974 he purchased a Grumman Mallard from Frank Fuller of the Fuller Paint Company. He dreamed of the flying the Pan Am Clipper routes, but the Mallard lacked the range.
In 1989, he bought a derelict Grumman Albatross and began refurbishing it. The Grumman HU-16 Albatross is a large twin–radial engine amphibious flying boat that was used by the U.S. Air Force, Navy, and Coast Guard, primarily as a search and rescue aircraft. Come to the luncheon to hear more about this historic flight.