Pilot Journal
Thursday, November 1, 2007

No Worries With iFly

Shared access and exceptional member care make flying a cinch

I was introduced to a new kind of flying at an open house in Long Beach, Calif. Erik Lindbergh, grandson of Charles Lindbergh and cofounder of iFly, spoke of the “world’s first exclusive aero club,” a membership-only venture that provides shared access to technologically advanced aircraft and high-end customer service. Having recently earned my private license, I typically rent airplanes (and envy friends who own theirs). But iFly’s program was intriguing, so I decided to check it out." />

Storm activity prevailed the next morning, but the lightning-strike data and NEXRAD enabled us to navigate a path around the weather while constantly reevaluating our route. The resulting bonus was that we passed over Meteor Crater and Sedona, Ariz., which looked so inviting that we landed for lunch. After arriving back in Santa Monica, I spent a few minutes to fill out an iFly trip form and returned the keys to the desk. And that was all—no fuss about it. My sister’s initial assessment was right: This is how flying should be.


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