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Welcome to Central Valley Aviation Association

We fight for flight!

Upcoming Events

Upcoming Events



2018 Christmas Dinner


The Central Valley Aviation Association (CVAA) was formed by Central California Pilots in 1968. From the beginning, CVAA has been a staunch advocate for this gem of an airport, making sure others including governmental agencies, developers and groups seeking to curtail or close Chandler know that they have an ardent foe. Secondly, CVAA has and continues to advocate for and protect the rights of the aviators and businesses based at the airport and all Central Valley aviators who utilize Fresno Chandler Executive Airport.

One of the unique features of Chandler is the fact that it is the last remaining airport whose terminal building, related support buildings and many of its hangers were constructed in 1936-1937 as part of the W.P.A. (Works Progress Administration) in the Art-Deco architecture of the period. The terminal and related facilities were recently restored to their Art-Deco period grandeur. Central Valley Aviation Association continues to support Fresno Chandler Executive Airport “Where the Past Supports the Future.”

Morris Garcia, President

CVAA Membership Form

Past Event Information

4th Annual
"Remember When"
Classic Plane Fly-In and Classic Car Show
In Memory and Honor of Pat Napolitano

3rd Annual Remember When Fly-In and Car Show September 29, 30 and October 1, 2017 Classic Cars with the DC-3 And Rod Machado

Event Photos by: Tim Sowell

This is live aviation humor at its best. Rod will have you laughing and wheezing with his wild and crazy aviation stories. Rod Machado is a professional speaker, educator, humorist & flight instructor. He has traveled nationally & internationally presenting educational & entertaining seminars on a variety of aviation and nonaviation topics. You may have seen him on ABC’s Wild World of Flying, heard him on Pilot’s Audio Update, read his monthly columns in AOPA Pilot and Flight Training Magazine or read his popular books: Rod Machado’s Instrument Pilot’s Survival Manual or Rod Machado’s Private Pilot Book. With over 8,000 hours of flying experience, ATP rating, all fixed-wing CFI ratings and degrees in psychology, Rod is sure to tickle your funny bone with his wild and crazy stories. As one old-timer put it, “If Rod doesn’t get you laughing, then your switch is broke.”


In Memoriam” for Pat Napolitano,
valued and beloved CVAA member

Memorial Service:Saturday July 7th, 2018
at Fresno Chandler Executive Airport, 510 W. Kearney Blvd, Fresno Ca 93706
from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
as we gather to celebrate the life of Pat Napolitano.
Dress Code: Casual | Lunch will be served at 1:30 p.m.

Click below for more information:

AOPA: Boisterous pilot and rare Staggerwing in fatal accident (PDF)

Pat Napolitano - Bio for Memorial Resolution from Legislature (PDF)

MARCH 10, 2018

Old Crow carried Anderson safely through 116 missions without being hit by fire from enemy aircraft or having to turn back for any reason. After the war, Anderson became a well-regarded fighter test pilot, and a fighter squadron and wing commander. He served his wing commander tour in combat in the Vietnam War. He retired as a full colonel in 1972, after which he worked in flight test management for McDonnell Douglas. He is a member of the National Aviation Hall of Fame.

The Colonel Clarence “Bud” Anderson (WWII P-51 Triple Ace with 16 ¼ Victories) Luncheon on Saturday, March 10, 2018

    Click here for news article from KMPH

    The Colonel Clarence “Bud” Anderson (WWII P-51 Triple Ace with 16 ¼ Victories) Luncheon on Saturday, March 10, 2018 at Fresno Sierra Sky Park was a resounding success. Sponsored by Central Valley Aviation Association (CVAA) and Fresno EAA Chapter 376, it was held to honor Colonel Anderson for his military service to America during combat missions in WWII over France and Germany, during the Korean Conflict and the Vietnam War. Chuck Carson, CVAA’s publicity chairman was able to arrange major media coverage by all four Fresno TV Stations, Channels 24, 26, 30 and 47. The event included the arrival of Colonel Anderson by air via Mid-Continent Instruments and Avionics’ beautiful 1941 Staggerwing, “Queenie.” A 1941 Cadillac Limousine with Chauffer drove the Colonel to the hanger where he exited to a “Red Carpet” while 150+ members of CVAA, EAA and guests waved American Flags and the Air Force song played over loud speaker. After the excellent catered lunch, Colonel Anderson gave a very poignant and riveting talk accompanied by photos and film clips about his combat experiences during WWII over France and Germany. There were 28 pilots in the Colonel’s initial pilot class in 1942. Only 14 returned after WWII, including Colonel Anderson. Colonel Bud Anderson received a standing ovation at the conclusion of his talk with a big “Thank You” for all of his service to America. Bud sold and personally autographed 88 copies of his wonderful book, “To Fly and Fight.” All of the CVAA members, EAA members and guests had a great experience meeting and talking with Colonel Bud Anderson. Another wonderful event!

    Click here for a flyer of the event

Additional Information

The DVD is available in the Flight Line Café located inside the Chandler Terminal. Receive the DVD for a minimum donation of $15.00 to CVAA. There is no shipping and no sales tax. We are a non-profit but, you will need to pick up.