Mission Statement

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, 530, and 650 GPS systems.  Our aircraft range from  Cessna 172’s to 182’s and Piper Arrow.  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 backcountry 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.

Serving our members and the community with social activities, we plan and host traditional Ponderosa events which have included an Annual Warm Springs Airstrip Campout, plane washing, fly-outs to other airports, local fly-over July 4th Tours, 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.