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Phil Yoon founded GPA in 1996 because he saw the need for a strong voice representing the airport's chief clientele, its pilots. He served as GPA president until June 2000, retiring upon his appointment to the Gillespie Field Development Council.



GPA's goal is to promote camaraderie and aviation safety among its members through fly-ins, meetings and special events.  GPA works to insure that Gillespie Field remains friendly to General Aviation and that development and improvement of the airport are accomplished with input from the airport's chief clients, its pilots. The organization assists members in safety and education while helping the surrounding community come to a better understanding of the value of its local airport.



Members are pilots, student pilots, FBO's and users who fly out of Gillespie Field (KSEE) in El Cajon, California, and anyone who has an interest in the future of Aviation and Gillespie Field.



GPA is an all-volunteer organization set up as a non-profit mutual benefit corporation.



At the May 19, 2001 general meeting the members approved a new (and first, actually) set of by-laws for the association. 




Denny Breslin

Vice President

Leslie Day


Doug Ferry


Jill Geary


Board of Directors

Rick Fordem

Steve Geary

Tom D'Amico

Christopher Van Stelle


Benefits of Membership

GPA is a non-profit mutual benefit , all-volunteer organization that represents your interests at the field, to the surrounding community, and before county and city governments. A strong pilots association means a better airport environment for you and security for your aviation future. Plus, GPA provides social and educational activities that make your flying fun and safer. 

Membership Eligibility

Anyone who has a positive and productive interest in the future of Aviation and Gillespie Field may apply.



It's easy! Just print out our membership application form and mail it to us with your Dues check. Dues are $10 per year (includes spouse) and free for those under 18, payable by check to mail your $10, make payable to “Gillespie Pilots Association”, P.O. Box 711591, Santee, CA 92072-1591.


Monthly General Meetings

Date: GPA meetings and Young Eagles Events will be generally the first Saturday of each month, except for July & September due to the holidays. Young Eagle Events are from 10:30 a.m. to noon.
Member Meeting:  9am - 10am
Young Eagle Events: 10:30a - 12pm

Place: Gillespie Field Administration Building,
1960 Joe Crosson Drive
El Cajon, CA 92020


Airport Advocacy 

Airports are for airplanes—and for pilots. But without organized input from pilots, the “powers that be" may not make the best decisions about Gillespie’s future—and yours. Through GPA we speak with a united voice to airport management, the FAA, and local government.

Pilot Education

GPA brings you safety tips and flying techniques from your fellow pilots. Our monthly meetings feature speakers who address topics important to you—and to those who fly with you.

Social Activities

What would aviation be without fly-ins, “hangar flying", and other activities with local pilots?

Community Events

The future of Gillespie Field depends on our relations with our neighbors. GPA sponsors events that help people living nearby learn the value of aviation. We help make friends out of potential foes.

Web Site

Our web site keeps you up-to-date on the association’s activities and on events and trends at Gillespie. Find out what the FBOs are doing, read minutes of the Gillespie Field Development Council, enjoy profiles of our pilot members and much more. 

E-mail Communiqués and Newsletter

Our chief way to communicate with members quickly (and cheaply) is through e-mail. That’s why we ask for your e-mail address.





1942 -- Commissioned as a Marine Corps parachutists facility and named for Marine Lieutenant Archibald H. Gillespie. Camp Gillespie served in that capacity until Marine parachute units were phased out in1944.

1946 – December, the County of San Diego leased Gillespie Field and converted it to a public airport.

1952 – County granted ownership of the facility by the federal government. 

1971 – San Diego County Sheriff stationed ASTREA, the law enforcement aviation section, at the airport.

1993 – San Diego Aerospace museum located its restoration operations and a special exhibit at the field. 

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