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Gillespie Pilot's Association General Meeting

  • Gillespie Field Admin Building 1960 Joe Crosson Drive El Cajon, CA 92020 USA (map)

This is a reminder of the upcoming Gillespie Pilots Association Meeting and will be held at the Gillespie Field Administration/Terminal Building, 1960 Joe Crosson Drive, El Cajon.

Following the GPA meeting at 10:30 a.m., we will be flying kids through our EAA Young Eagles Program. We expect to have about 15 kids flying this month. If you are a pilot, and able to fly some kids, please reply to this email. Thank you in advance for volunteering for this important event!

As always, free coffee and Mary’s Donuts will be served at our meeting. We hope you can make it to this important meeting!


Safe flying!

Rick Fordem

Gillespie Pilots Association

About GPA

GPA's general membership meetings are typically held the first Saturday of every month at 9:00 a.m. in the Gillespie Field Administration Building, 1960 Joe Crosson Drive, El Cajon, CA 92020.  Refreshments are provided, and meetings usually last about an hour (though hangar talk can go on indefinitely afterwards).

Our general meetings are a good place for you to get to know your fellow Gillespie pilots and to find out what's going on at your airport.

A message from GPA President Rick Fordem

Greetings GPA Members, Gillespie Field Businesses, Airport Staff and FAA Tower Controllers:

It’s once again a favorite holiday season and that means fun, family, friends, vacations, and planning future goals along with developing new friendships.

As your newly elected President of the Gillespie Pilots Association, (how did this happen???), I wish to give a giant ‘THANK YOU’ to our hard working and dedicated past President, Brian Myers. We will miss his strong leadership and I will find it a most difficult task to come close in matching his fine performance. Thank you Brian for serving our Pilots, Users and Businesses here at Gillespie Field for the past four years as our President! You be the man!

Our wonderful and productive Pilots Association would not be where it is today without our past and 2017 awesome V.P. Leslie Day. Wowa, I love her emails that keep us all in line and informed. Thank you Leslie! Thanks also to our past and 2017 dedicated secretary, Jill Geary and the money man Doug Ferry for keeping us legal with the $$, taxes and all that Treasurer stuff. And finally a thank you for stepping up and serving on the 2017 Board of Directors goes to Vern Cagan, Brian Meyers, Tom D’Amico and Allan Bresee. Great additions! Exciting times are coming our way.

I will soon be addressing the Officers and Board on my goals and objectives for GPA in 2017 and future years. The Gillespie Pilots Association is an extremely important group for many reasons and I plan to build on what we have proudly accomplished since the beginning of GPA in 1996. We have come a very long way and I see it
only getting better due to the talented and dedicated membership we have. So stand by, 2017 is going to be productive, fun and SAFE! Please surf our great web page at If you haven’t been on it in a while give it a couple of minutes. AND If not a member, we would love to have you.

That’s it for now. Just wanted to say hi and give thanks. I hope to see you all at our first 2017 meeting on Saturday, January 7th at the Gillespie Field terminal building at 09:00 AM. Until then.........

Have a very Merry Christmas, Happy New Year and if flying, think Safety.
— Rick Fordem, President GPA
Earlier Event: October 21
Aviation Militaria Swap Meet and BBQ!!
Later Event: November 18
Air Group One Board Meeting