"I fly because it frees my mind from the tyranny of petty things".
Antoine de Saint-Exupéry
"For once you have tasted flight you will walk the earth with your eyes turned skywards, for there you have been and there you will long to return."
Leonardo da Vinci
Enjoy the thrill of human flight!
Ever thought of soaring above the traffic jam? Enjoying a day trip to an off the beaten path location that would be a frustrating all day struggle by car?
Founded in 1963
NRI was founded in 1963 by employees of NUCLEAR RESEARCH INSTRUMENTS of Berkeley. In 1964, the Club was incorporated in California as a social, educational, non-profit organization. While the originating firm and its employees are long gone, the flying club has lived on and has retained the original "NRI" moniker. Today we are one of the nation's longest lived flying clubs. We are no longer affiliated with any other companies or organizations although many members participate in young eagles, AOPA and EAA events, among others. Membership is open to qualified applicants with a maximum member level set by the board of directors to ensure fluid scheduling availability.
Our members are our owners
Every NRI member receives their own set of keys and is expected to care for the aircraft as if it was their own, because they are our own! Scheduling is done via the scheduling website and our members enjoy good availability of our four aircraft. We are flexible about overnight trips and extended trips up to 7 days and even beyond with board approval. Our aircraft have been to the four corners of the USA, multiple trips to Oshkosh Airventure, and countless hamburger hops and training flights.
Relaxed and fun camaraderie
Our members often fly together, train together and some fantastic life long friendships have been created in the club. We also host a summer and winter BBQ where we serve up some delicious food and enjoy good old fashioned hangar talk. We hold a monthly meeting of the board of directors on the 3rd tuesday of each month via Zoom and all members and prospective members are encouraged to attend. Additionally we host periodic seminars on aviation related matters and safety talks
NRI next meeting
NRI Board Meeting, 3rd tuesday of every month, 7pm!
Our board meetings are held on the 3rd tuesday of every month at 7pm via Zoom.
Board meetings are open to all members and prospective members. We encourage participation in our club, the more involvement from the membership, the stronger we are as a club! At board meetings we discuss...