Why PFC — Community

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Some of our members also have their own YouTube channels: Josh and Dave.

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.

When you earned your pilot’s certificate, your CFI probably said something like: “congratulations, you now have a license to learn.” And that is precisely what we do all the time at PFC.

The club maintains a list of approved CFIs—instructors who are authorized to instruct our members in our aircraft. Most of our members arrive with just their private certificates, but many go on to earn their instrument ratings and beyond. There is also the ever present need to be “current” and “proficient”, and our CFIs offer members everything from refresher courses to BFRs and IPCs.

We also often have presentations at our monthly meetings. From time to time we invite aviation industry notables to give us a formal presentation on their area of expertise. In one such presentation, a well regarded CFI-I offered a presentation on how to think about missed instrument approaches. In another presentation, a petroleum chemist offered a fascinating presentation on engine corrosion, oil and oil additives. Often, one of our members would contribute a presentation on topics ranging from international operations to the correct operation of our avionics.

More informally, everyday is a learning opportunity at PFC. We have an active and lively e-mail discussion list where members discuss everything from flying techniques, information about particular airports, airplane upgrades, ask “how would you handle…?” questions, who has the best hamburger, or just trade stories (or increasingly YouTube videos) about flying. We meet once a month to share our experiences and knowledge.

When you volunteer to become involved in the work of running the organization, you will quickly learn the ins-and-outs of aircraft ownership and fleet administration.

We work hard to foster a genuine sense of community—we strive to be something more than just a group of people connected by our checkbooks.

Every other month, the club uses its aircraft for a Sunday morning “breakfast” flight. We may 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. 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. Members have flown to the 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.

Bottom-line, each member has access to the collective wisdom of our membership and alumni network. And believe us when we say that this is a deep well of knowledge and experience. Many of our members have been involved in club and aviation for several decades.

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