The Golden West Aviation Association, Inc., is an all-volunteer non-profit California public benefit corporation formed in 1997 by representatives of California Chapters of the Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA.) Golden West is a Federal 501(c)(3) charitable organization and holds the corresponding California 23701d charitable designation as well. Use this link for contact information for Golden West Officers and Directors.
The Golden West Regional Fly-In
The purpose of Golden West is to promote aviation education and safety by holding an annual Regional Fly-in. Golden West strives to present aviation at its best in a venue that provides a fun and educational outing for the entire family.  Some of the activities you will find at the Golden West Regional Fly-In include:
  • A close up look at hundreds of aircraft including, homebuilts, antiques, aerobatic, ultralights, hot air balloons, racers, WWII warbirds and current military aircraft. If it flies it comes to Golden West. Only at a Fly-in can you get this close to this variety of aircraft. Talk to the owner/pilots, peek inside and maybe even take a ride!

  • See new aircraft from General Aviation, Kit and Sport Plane manufacturers.

  • For Kidís there are hands-on workshops where they learn about the mechanics of flight, construction projects where they experience how airplanes are made, and for those kids 8-17, free Young Eagle rides where they live the dream of flight.

  • Exciting aerial demonstrations and low-level fly-bys each day.

  • An aerobatic airshow on Saturday with lots of smoke and noise and thrills. The latest from avionics manufacturers, in aviation software.

  • Buy aircraft accessories, tools and complete plans for airplanes.

  • Forums by aviation experts. Talk with authors and war heroes.

  • See the Eagles of Liberty fly on Sunday. A showcase of individually owned retired military aircraft.

Golden West Regional Fly-In is the youngest of the nine Regional Fly-ins. The first Golden West Fly-in was in 1998 at the former Castle Air Force Base near Merced, CA. In 2000 the event was relocated to the Sacramento Executive airport to provide access for more people.  The final move to the new site at Yuba County Airport in Marysville provides access for a large number of people and plenty of space to accommodate all of the elements listed above. It also gives the Fly-in room to grow.

The planning and operation of the annual Golden West Regional Fly-In is accomplished by hundreds of volunteers from all walks of life. If you are interested in finding out how you can help make this fly-in the top aviation event on the West Coast, please take a look at our Volunteer Opportunities page. Or, contact one of the Coordinators on our Fly-In Committees list.

The Experimental Aircraft Association
The Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA) was formed in 1953 and soon established a mission to make aviation accessible to all who wished to participate. The organization has grown to represent every facet of the world of sport aviation. Its more than 170,000 members and 950 Chapters world-wide support year-round programs and activities for aviation enthusiasts of all ages.
You can use this link to learn more about EAA and its many opportunities and popular programs.