About Us

Over 1,800 pilots now count themselves as members of one of the world's most distinguished pilot organizations, the United Flying Octogenarians (UFO). Each of its members has held an airman’s flight certificate in a fixed or rotary wing, sport, balloon, or glider aircraft and exercised the privilege of pilot in command after reaching the age of eighty (80).

UFO's governance includes four Officers, eight Directors, and 30+ Area Representatives located across the country. The organization has a published Charter. Also, UFO has 30 members representing 7 different countries.

The UFO is a global Tax Exempt organization with membership in all fifty states as well as US territories and several other countries.

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Administration

OFFICERS

President 

Assistant to the President 

Newsletter Editor 

Vice President/ Membership

Secretary

Open

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Bob Barker
Stamford, CT
(203) 321-1073 EDT

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Ken Brown

"BROWNIE"
Sequim, WA
(360) 808-3266 PDT

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John J. Sullivan
Annapolis, MD
(410) 279-2179 EDT

 

In Memoriam

July 13, 1931 - May 5, 2022

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Jim Cavender
 

Treasurer

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John Valentine

Carrollton, TX

(469) 986-7280 CDT

Bookkeeper

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Cecilia Van Campenhout

DIRECTORS

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W. H. “Red” Bainbridge
Rockford, IL
(815) 282-5083 CDT

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Norman Beyer
Bolivar, MO
(417) 709-3045 CDT

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Howard Deevers
Tucson, AZ
(520) 241-3382 MST

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Annette Orton

San Luis Obispo, CA

(208) 290-3618 PDT

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Camelia Smith

Hindsville AR

(479) 530-6947 CDT

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Felix Van Campenhout
Keller, TX

(817) 905-0409 CDT

 

Charter

1. THE PURPOSE is to promote longevity and safety in aviation; to represent the interests of senior pilots worldwide; to inspire youth to fly; and to promote fellowship among senior pilots.

2. MEMBERSHIP is open to any pilot who has flown as Pilot in Command in any Class or Category of aircraft while in compliance with the legal requirements applicable in the nation issuing his/her flight authority, on or after reaching the age of eighty (80).

3. DIRECTORS are elected by and act on behalf of the members. Director’s two-year terms expire on the last day of the month of each biennial anniversary of their appointment.

4. OFFICERS are elected by the Board. Their two-year terms expire on the last day of the month of each biennial anniversary of their appointment.
The Officers shall include:

  1. PRESIDENT

  2. VICE-PRESIDENTS

  3. SECRETARY/TREASURER

5. AN ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING or Regional Meetings will be held at a time and place(s) determined periodically by the Board of Directors.

6. DUES shall be specified by the Board of Directors. Payment is due annually, or to accompany an application for membership. Non-payment will result in lapse of membership.

7. THE LIABILITY of each member shall be limited to the payment of annual dues.

Approved by the Officers and Board of Directors - Feb 19, 2014

 

History

On Nov. 2, 1982, eight pilots joined J.L. Robinson at a meeting to form the United Flying Octogenarians. At that time, a total of 31 pilots had mailed their $20* membership fee and all 31 are considered our charter members. Five of them (J.L. Robertson, Harold Hoekstra, T. Jacks, Aubrey Stains and E.K. Bates) are signatories to UFO's first charter signed in November 1982.

John Miller, aviation pioneer, barnstormer, auto-gyro airmail pilot, US Navy test pilot, airline pilot, and UFO charter Member, served as President of the United Flying Octogenarians from 1989 to 2000. He was the author of countless articles and experiences of aviation interest.  It was John who coined the phrase "from Jennies to Jets" the story of his life, a boy who bought a Jenny for $2,000, taught himself to fly and became a commercial airline Captain flying DC-8's.

In 1988, the LA Times quoted one of the founding members, Fred Jacobs, saying that UFO had exceeded 100 dues paying members. By 2007, membership was being reported as over 600.

2011 saw membership take off when a proactive mailing program was instituted to contact all pilots 78 and older. In early 2022, UFO's membership stood over 1,600 pilots.

United Flying Octogenarians Minutes of the Original Meeting Letter !!!!!!!

                            (Click On Above Line To See The Letter)

* Note: As of early-2022, the UFO membership is still only $20!