February 1, 2007 - Cessna Pilots Association Hosts Monthly Open Houses
Cessna Pilots Association Hosts Monthly Open Houses
Beginning on January 20, 2007, the third Saturday of each month is designated as a Cessna Pilots Association Open House and Mini Fly In at the association’s home airport in Santa Maria, California (SMX). CPA has also arranged for historic aircraft to be on display on those Saturdays.
A typical Saturday begins at 12 Noon with grilled hot dogs, followed by a short educational seminar on some aspect of Cessna-related flying. Planned seminar topics include annual inspections, painting your airplane and honing pilot skills. In addition, some manufacturers have agreed to send personnel to provide product-specific information. A schedule of seminar topics is posted on the CPA Web site at www.cessna.org.
“We want our members and others to be able to visit our headquarters and staff,” says CPA Executive Director John Frank. “Everyone wants some place to fly on Saturdays.” Santa Maria Airport is located 15 minutes from ocean beaches and within close range of 20 vineyards and eight championship golf courses.
John says that for those Californians with 35-year and older aircraft, CPA has authorization to sign off the four hour (10 a.m. to 2 p.m.) minimum appearance as a display day so that the aircraft owner can qualify for the property tax exemption.
Based in Santa Maria, California, the Cessna Pilots Association has 14,000 active members who rely on the association for technical support about their aircraft, including access to the most extensive technical library on Cessnas outside the factory.