Upcoming Fly-in

thumb flying flags rv resort campgrounds buellton ca 93427 superior airstream 3 e1447886648628Our June fly-in (June 9-11) is a short flight to Buellton, CA (via Santa Ynez) where we will be staying at the Flying Flags RV Resort and Campground  and the adjacent Sideways Inn.  The resort and hotel are in the heart of Buellton, which in turn is a short distance to the Danish town of Solvang.  You will have a choice of many different accomodation options: hotel rooms in the Sideways Inn, vintage Airstream trailers, fully-furnished Safari tents (aka "Glamping"), or bring-your-own RV or tent.  We are planning on having a group BBQ at the campground on Friday night and are working on a group meal in Solvang on Saturday.  There is a lot to do in this area including winery tours, hiking, casinos and the 55th annual "Old Santa Ynez Days" street fair on Saturday.

Upcoming Dinner Program

AmeliaIn June we welcome historian and author Barbara Schultz to discuss Endorsed by Earhart: How Amelia Financed her Flying, a project which documents the many endorsements Amelia made before her untimely death in 1937. Following her historic flight aboard the Friendship in 1928, Amelia Earhart became the most sought after celebrity to endorse products. She represented courage, independence, and the modern woman despite the fact that she simply crossed the Atlantic as a passenger. Her photogenic image and testimonials enhanced sales from automobiles to magazines to chocolate bars. In return, whether quid pro quo or cash payments, Amelia was able to finance her flying. The book also reflects the creativity of manufacturers during the 1930s to remain competitive - whether they built cars or published magazines.

Barbara Schultz now has four books in print: Pancho: The Biography of Florence Lowe Barnes; Wedell-Williams Air Service; Flying Carpets, Flying Wings: The Biography of Moye W. Stephens; and Endorsed by Earhart: How Amelia Financed her Flying. Barbara earned her pilot’s license in 1978, purchased a 1950 Cessna 140A, and married her test pilot husband Phil. Two years and two sons later, they established their own airport in the Antelope Valley where they still live.

Special Announcements

Membership Renewals.  Last year DAF moved to a calendar year membership cycle and gave members a one-time option to pay through 2016 or through 2017.  For those who elected to pay through 2016, please expect a membership renewal email soon (yes...we are a little late).  Those who paid through 2017 will receive a renewal email near the end of the year.

Santa Ynez Valley Weekend.  Details and registration are now available for a trip to Santa Ynez Valley wine country (book now - our reservation block ends soon).  You can stay in a hotel, camp in your own tent, RV, luxury camp in a fully-furnished Safari Tent or stay in a reburbished Airstream.  So many choices!  We will have a Friday night BBQ and group meal on Saturday.  Click here for all of the info.

Fly-in Update. We have posted some new information on the San Carlos Fly-in for November 2017. If you're interested in the trip please take a look for hotel reservations, car rentals, and much more.

Torrance Hangars Available. There are a few hangars available on a first-come, first-serve basis. Contact Rafael at 310-784-7909 or Operations at 310-784-7914. More details can be found here.