Ponderosa Aero Club is a member based club promoting general aviation safety by providing affordable and quality training and rentals with a diverse fleet of aircraft and a social and supportive atmosphere.
Since our founding days in 1974 at a long gone field called Strawberry Glen, Ponderosa Aero Club has provided superior flight training and aircraft rental in a club environment. Ponderosa’s intention is to build long-term relationships with our members and the local community. We provide training for private, instrument, commercial, multi-engine and flight instructor ratings, along with endorsements for conventional, high performance and complex aircraft. We have multiple technically advanced aircraft equipped with Garmin 430 GPS systems. Our aircraft range from Cessna 172’s to a Piper Seneca III. Whether you are looking to build time, go sight seeing, or take a long cross country, we have an aircraft to meet your needs.
Ponderosa offers extensive back country flight training with planes dedicated to performing in an environment that only the northwest has to offer. At Ponderosa safety has always been and continues to be at the forefront of our operations. Our safety programs benefit club members and are open to the flying community. Topics have included weather, proper marshaling techniques, aircraft care and operation, aircraft performance and GPS training.
As one of the largest flying clubs in the northwest, Ponderosa projects a strong voice for general aviation and works with agencies including Boise Air Traffic Control, FAA Flight Standards District Office, Idaho Aviation Association, Idaho Transportation Department Division of Aeronautics, Airport Rescue and Fire Fighting and Boise Airport Operations.
Ponderosa hosts two Flight Instructor Refresher Courses (FIRC) per year, one in the spring and one in the fall. Idaho Transportation Department Division of Aeronautics historically hosted these events but no longer has the funding or personnel, so Ponderosa worked with the FAA and Aeronautics to take on this important service for the regional flight instructor community.
Serving our members and the community with social activities, we plan and host traditional Ponderosa events including our Annual Warm Springs Airstrip Campout, a plane wash, fly-outs to other airports, local fly-overs July 4th Tour, Christmas Lights Tour, along with bike rides, ice cream socials, BBQs, and movie nights. Family, friends and members of the aviation community are always encouraged to participate.