Up, Up, and Away!

Based in San Francisco, Golden Gate Flyers is an organization of gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender pilots, aviation professionals, and aviation enthusiasts. We provide a medium whereby members can network with others both socially and professionally.


Examples of outings and activities include:

  • Annual fall hangar party at the Oakland Airport
  • Annual holiday party in December in S.F.
  • Monthly dinner meetings in San Francisco 
  • Fly-Ins to places like Palm Springs, Sunriver Lodge, Shelter Cove, Big Bear Lake
  • Oceano, Santa Barbara, Death Valley, Catalina, and Mexico.
  • Toronto gay pride, Albuquerque balloon fiesta, and other joint events with affinity groups like the National Gay Pilots Association and Southern California's Unusual Attitudes

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Santa Maria Weekend Wine Tour - 2014 PDF Print E-mail
Written by rhiggs   
Wednesday, 30 April 2014
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Twenty of us boarded a 30 passenger charted bus mid-morning Saturday to begin our wine tour. The first winery was Presquile, a new winery with a gorgeous building and a tasting room with incredible views of the Santa Maria Valley vineyards. The architecture was very modern and perfect in its detail. We continued on to the Cambria winery where we had an excellent box lunch on the patio while enjoying samples of their wines.

The tour continued in the afternoon to the Riverbench Winery for tasting in their outdoor gardens. A fourth winery visit was scheduled, but had to be dropped due to time constraints. Having the charted bus for transportation ensured a safe trip for all back to the Radisson after sampling an ample variety of exquisite Santa Barbara County wines. The group enjoyed a wonderful gourmet dinner on Saturday evening was at the historic Santa Maria Inn.

The Sunday morning fixed price brunch at the Radisson was a cornucopia with a huge assortment of menu items and bottomless champagne. It was a good deal for the hotel since the pilots abstained, as did most of the passengers.

The four planes from Unusual Attitudes in Southern California and the four planes from Golden Gate Flyers in Northern California all arrived home safely by mid-afternoon Sunday. Kudos and a huge THANK YOU to David Clarke for organizing and orchestrating the whole weekend (It’s quite a chore keeping Type A Pilots on time). It was a fantastic weekend with good friends and new friends.

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