For individuals, membership dues are $35.00 per year (that’s one less Starbucks Coffee a month – isn’t your airport worth that small sacrifice?). We also offer a Lifetime Membership for $500.00.
For organizations and businesses, we have organizational membership for $50.00 per year. There is also a CalPilots Partner membership for $250.00 per year.
There are a number of ways that your annual dues support the organization. We have a bi-monthly newsletter we use to communicate with aviators statewide, and a website we use to communicate with aviators and other interested parties worldwide. We also cover expenses such as travel (i.e. mileage) costs for board members who travel to speak to groups, and on California Pilots Association business such as trips to Sacramento to work with Legislators, etc. In some situations, we have had to resort to filing lawsuits, over a dozen to date, to require the airport administrative entities to follow the law. The costs associated with the law suits are also covered by dues. Most of our legal work, however, is done pro-bono. As a volunteer organization there are no salaries or payroll.
The short answer is that while the national aviation organizations all do an admirable job, they can no longer do it all. The issues surrounding our general aviation airports are increasing. We believe that every aviation enthusiast, pilot or not, should belong to their aviation organizations at the local, statewide and national levels. We believe that each of us has to do more to protect our general aviation airports. We call it the “Three Tiered Defense” – Local – Statewide – and National. All three tiers need to work together to accomplish the goal. This is only beginning to happen. Further, we have to change our mind sets to understand that we can no longer protect our airports by writing a check to one of the national aviation organizations. It is now imperative that all get involved. Each of us can do something to help, no matter how small. What have we done for you lately – check it out.
Anyone who shares an interest in aviation is invited to join.