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January 2021

IFR Pilots Assemble

Fri Jan 1 - Sun Jan 31

IFR Pilots assemble!  Your mission is to fly down to Southern California anytime this month and complete at least ONE Tower Enroute Control (TEC) Route of your choice.  While TEC routes are prevalent on the East Coast, there is a handful of them in Southern California. The large-number of major airports scattered close to each other along the Pacific Coast presents a unique opportunity to fly under TEC. Instead of viewing LA from a high-altitude, try a TEC route the…

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New Airport of the Month – KPTV

Fri Jan 1 - Sun Jan 31

2021 brings in a new year and FOG would like to explore a new airport every month.  If you have been to our choice, investigate another and fill us in. This month, Porterville Municipal Airport (KPTV) is our choice.  The airport was opened in September 1942 as Porterville Army Airfield and was used by the United States Army Air Forces Fourth Air Force as a training base during World War II. Located between Fresno and Bakersfield, it's a great place to…

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February 2021

Airport of the Month, Paso Robles KPRB

Mon Feb 1 - Sun Feb 28

Located just north of LA Center's Airspace is Paso Robles Municipal Airport, a busy non towered airport and convenient fuel station with the Paso Robles VOR on site. If you fly to the LA Basin, you will want to become familiar with it. The Paso Robles Municipal Airport is a 1300-acre site approximately four miles northeast of downtown Paso Robles. Originally constructed in 1943 as the Estrella Army Air Field, the airport plays its own part in the history of aviation in the…

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Top Shelf

Mon Feb 1 - Sun Feb 28

"Why top shelf? Because that's where mama keeps the cookie jar." Many of us GA pilots who have been flying the Bay Area for years have flown through or under the SFO Bravo but have never flown over it. During the month of February, fly over the San Francisco Class Bravo and submit your favorite photo of the Bay Area from this altitude. At this altitude, you can see the entire Bay Area, and even into the Central Valley and…

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Snow Command

Mon Feb 1 @ 8:00 am - Wed Mar 31 @ 5:00 pm

It's California and we do have snow in winter but you just have to know where. Hint: Have you had a mountain check out?  Your mission is to find an airport with surrounding snow and take a selfie of either you, your plane or both and submit it to flyoutgroup@gmail.com. If  you are not familiar with handling possible contaminated runways or have not had a mountain check out, seek out your friendly neighborhood flight instructor. Be safe out there. And…

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Full Moon Flyers Modesto

Sat Feb 27

COVID is at the peak but we can still maintain our night currency by flying to Modesto (KMOD) during February's full moon on the 27th. The central valley is beautiful at night and the folks at Modesto friendly. Also it's a great training place for IFR pilots as well as VFR training for the monthly breakfast outings when they return.        

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March 2021

Death Valley Bloom

Mon Mar 1 - Wed Mar 31

We are in flying distance of Death Valley, one of the most beautiful places on earth during the spring desert flower bloom.  This usually occurs between mid February through mid May but depends on several variable such as amount and timing of rainfall, winds and temperature.  We have to maintain social distancing from each other but not the flowers.  During the month of March, fly to Death Valley for a once in a lifetime experience and submit your favorite area…

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Airport of the Month: Marina Municipal Airport (KOAR)

Mon Mar 1 @ 8:00 am - Wed Mar 31 @ 5:00 pm

An airport under the Monterey Charlie Airspace and near the beach, the Marina Municipal Airport is the newest general aviation airport on the Monterey Peninsula. It consists of approximately 845.5 acres of property. It has been open for public use since 1995 and is dynamic and growing.  This is a great place to practice flying VFR into an airport under the Charlie and for you IFR pilots, the RNAV (GPS) 29 approach.  Looks easy, but you will be surprise how…

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IFR New (No) MOON Flyers

Thu Mar 11 - Tue Mar 16

New this year for IFR pilots, New (No) Moon Flyers.  The night does not get any darker and the terrain disappears. This month, the official New Moon is March 13th and if you are IFR current and proficient, lets fly to Castle (KMER) and back sometime from March 11 through March 16th. . The valley is peaceful, the air is usually calm and the runway long.  While single pilot IFR is legal, these night flights are the real deal and…

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May 2021

May The Fourth Be With You: Skywalker Ranch Fly By

Sat May 1 - Mon May 31

Did you know Skywalker Ranch is located in Marin County at 5858 Lucas Valley Road? And, since we are pilots, we can fly over it. So if you want to have some fun and take a scenic flight up the coast, check out Skywalker Ranch in May. The principal operation of the facility is as a motion picture sound mixing and recording facility, as well as serving as the corporate offices of Lucasfilm. Other Lucasfilm properties provide animation and visual…

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