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SO-Cal private flying - recommendations?

Old 22nd Dec 2018, 02:43
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SO-Cal private flying - recommendations?

Hi all,

So, I'm recently USAF retired and have been flying commercial for a couple of years now. I have a few young kids and want to fly them around a little, have some fun. I live in the LA area sort of near LGB, wondering what clubs, airports, etc. I should be looking at for inexpensive but reliable rentals. Thinking 172 or equivalent so I can fly my kids around. I used to fly to Catalina with my Dad a couple decades back and my kids would love that experience. I learned to fly out of MYF but that's a few hours from where I live so the people and clubs I know there aren't going to work for me right now.

So, any recommendations on good clubs and airports I need to look into?

I'd also eventually like to get a tailwheel checkout in something I can turn upside down, so that's a secondary goal.

Thanks in advance for any tips!
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Old 22nd Dec 2018, 17:56
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I’ve never seen the USA but why not get in touch with your local EAA if there is one?
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Old 22nd Dec 2018, 23:52
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If you lived closer to LAX, I would have recommended Santa Monica. However, since you are near Long Beach, I recommend having a look at Torrance. I've never flown from there, but have been there, to see the museum.

South Bay Aviation is based there and they have an extensive fleet, according to their website.
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Old 23rd Dec 2018, 18:35
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The A&E club at Hawthorne is a 50 member non-profit club with a commitment to participate in a monthly maintenance (half) day. No tailwheel, just Cessnas.

For a tailwheel check-out, maybe try Mickey at Torrance if he's still doing it with the yellow Citabria.

EAA chapter 69 covers the South Bay area and meets at Compton, but has events and Young Eagles at Torrance and Hawthorne too.
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Old 24th Dec 2018, 03:51
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Check out pilotsofamerica.com - 100x more active than here, with much more of a U.S. focus.
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Old 24th Dec 2018, 16:51
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Thanks for the tips!
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