Saturday, April 20th, 2024 at 12:00 noon

Hi all,

We have an exciting fly-in event scheduled for this Saturday at noon, 12:00 PM; we are targeting French Valley Airport (F70).

Those enlightened may rejoice:

Oh, come all ye playful,
Joyful’n plenty-able,
Oh, come ye, oh come ye…to French Valley…

Destination: French Valley Airport (F70)

Location: Murrieta, CA
Coordinates: 33°34’23“N 117°07’45“W
It is 38 nm due East, true course 099; VFR departure from KSNA, the El Toro Departure
Runways: well-maintained asphalt runway (18/36), 6000 feet long, all GA aircrafts suitable
Upon arrival, be vigilant with traffic watch

Restaurant: the famous French Valley Café, located right on the field. Known for its hearty meals and welcoming atmosphere, it’s a perfect spot to enjoy a fly-in lunch
FBO Services: There are two FBOs, French Valley Aviation, on 122.95 and Murrietta Air, on 123.05; they each provide services in fuel, maintenance, and parking

There are two self-serve fuel pumps on the field; the one furthest from the restaurant often has better prices. That’s the one by departure end of 18 or the arrival end of 36.
Mission Details:

Meet-Up Time: High noon at the restaurant
Lunch Venue: French Valley Café
Activities: Besides dining, we’ll briefly discuss upcoming flights and your insight into our future destinations will be most appreciated
Preparation Tips:

Weather Forecast: Please check the latest weather conditions prior to departure
Flight Planning: Ensure your NAV databases are current and be mindful of any adjustments for optimal post prandial weight and balance.
Look forward to seeing everyone; let’s make this a memorable fly-in as we enjoy the clear blue skies; this is a great chance to stretch the wings of your aircraft and mingle with fellow pilots.



Friday, April 19th, 2024 at 7:00pm

Is it possible? Could it be possible that we’re done with all the rain we’ve been having? Is it that summer is getting here? I do believe that’s the case. Looking forward to the hot days and warm nights with a little of maybe bitching about the hot days and loss of aircraft performance. But for now let’s enjoy every minute of every day living in Paradise. Where else in world can you have the freedom we have to enjoy the fruit of our work and hobbies with good friends. While we’re waiting for those happy days of summer, and if WWIII hasn’t started, we have the opportunity to get together with good friends to celebrate life living in Paradise at TGIF dinners at regular time 7:00 pm get together will be at Champagnes Bistro & Deli, at the corner of MacArthur Blvd and Bison Ave. Check out their menu at They also have a great collection of wine and spirits. They will have the patio reserved for us.



Friday, April 12th, 2024 at 7:00pm

It’s spring time in our Paradise. Still getting those April showers and the hills are beginning to show the color of wild flowers. It seems that the showers are also predicted this weekend as well. Summer isn’t all that far and soon it will be here again. I look forward to the long days and consistent warmer weather. Another thing that is also consistent is getting together with good friends at our weekly TGIF dinners.

So Come and join us at tonight’s TGIF dinner at 7:00 pm at Mario’s Pizza at 4507 West Coast Highway, Newport Beach. 949.722.7151. They are at the corner of PCH and Balboa Blvd. There’s no corkage fee so bring your favorite bottle and join us for another dinner with good friends. I hope most of you will be able join us.



Saturday, April 13th, 2024 at 12:00 noon

Hi all, the forecast is calling for rain again this Saturday so we are aborting our scheduled mission and instead, we will gather again at Henry’s hangar at noon.

Thanks Henry, for hosting us again.

Please bring your favorite lunch and a portable chair, we will meet at high noon, 12pm, Saturday, April 14th. If you wake up feeling generous, please bring some goodies to share with everyone; chips, donuts, fruits, cookies, or whatever. No pressure, come as you are with your own is fine as always. If you do not have gate access at SNA, please reach out to me, Marty, Henry, or others based here at John Wayne.

Thanks. See you there.

Airboss Pro Tem 2



Friday, April 5th, 2024 at 7:00pm

The old saying goes as: ‘March winds and April showers bring forth May flowers’. Should that saying hold, we will be covered with flowers up to our necks. As for me, I look forward to ‘tip toe thru the tulips playing my ukulele’. The pressure will be on our Airboss to take us where we’ll get a chance to enjoy those flowers when they get here. You can’t argue with the fact that we’ve been getting more than our share of rain and wind. I wouldn’t be surprised if we are told we are faced with draught come summer time again. For now, it’s nice to see to see all the reservoirs full. It’s also Friday, which means another chance of getting together with good friends and celebrate our good fortune and life in Paradise at tonight’s celebration. Dinner will be at regularly scheduled 7 pm at Kalaveras located at 803 Dove Street. It’s at the corner of Dove and Bristol. It used to be a Cocos and we used to go there 20 years ago. Check out their menu at NEWPORT BEACH – Kalaveras . Their happy hour is till 7 pm and they have an extensive menu during that time. I look forward to seeing you there.