All too often pilots “drop out” and stop flying after a few years because there is no community—no one to turn to for advice, for encouragement, or even for just some hangar flying. At PFC, we think of ourselves not just as joint owners, but as a community of aviators. We share our stories and our experiences, we learn from each other, we help each other, and have a good time doing it.
We try hard to foster a genuine sense of community—we strive to be something more than just a group of people connected by our checkbooks.
We meet each month for our general meeting where members trade hangar talk over refreshments. Every other month, the club uses its aircraft for a Sunday morning “breakfast” flight. Sometimes, these are true breakfast flights—we might fly to an airport with a notable on-field restaurant. Sometimes, we will schedule a special outing, as when we visited the Smithsonian Air and Space museum, landing at Reagan National in our Cessnas. Sometimes we will schedule a golf outing. In short, there is bound to be something for everyone.
We also help each other out. Friendly advice from the vast network of experienced members and alumni is but an email away. And members have been known to go rescue a fellow member stranded at a distant airport because of MX or other issues. And of course, all of us volunteer in some capacity in the club and work together to ensure that the club and its fleet continue to fly high.
Often life long friendships are formed, and our alumni remain actively involved in club events long after they have departed. Once you are a member, you forever become part of an extended network of both members and alumni, who not only love to fly, but just as equally enjoy sharing our love of flying.
We are also well aware that there is a larger community out there, and many of us strive to contribute as pilots. Many members fly for public benefit flight organizations (Civil Air Patrol, Angel Flight, EAA Young Eagles, Pilots-and-Paws, etc.), volunteer in regional or national aviation organizations, and otherwise contribute to the broader aviation community.