August 11 - 13 (Fri-Sun) 9:00am Catalina Island

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Friday, August 11, 2017 - 9:00am to Sunday, August 13, 2017 - 4:00pm

Join FOG for a relaxing summer weekend getaway to beautiful Catalina Island. It’s hard to believe this warm and sunny retreat really isn’t that far from home. For the active and adventurous people, there’s swimming, scuba diving, miles of hiking trails, bicycle rentals, parasailing, and zip lining. If you’re looking for a more subdued experience, there are spas, shopping, and submarine and glass-bottom boat tours.

There are no planned activities for this FOG trip. Instead, we are providing a forum for those who want to go to contact one another and meet up for your own adventures.

Landing at Catalina Airport, the Airport in the Sky at Avalon (KAVX), is a dramatic and beautiful experience. The runway is perched on the flat top of a mountain 1,600' high, bookended by 2000'+ drops to the ocean on either side. If you haven’t made the landing before, be sure to get some training from a CFI who knows it well.

Plan to attend a pre-trip safety seminar at San Carlos Flight Center. We will discuss route selection to Catalina Island from the SF Bay Area, ways to navigate the Los Angeles airspace, safe ways to approach this airport, and the unique conditions such as strong downdrafts on short final, a runway that is bowed up in the middle, and a lack of visual cues for altitude reference.