Flying Tiger Line
Pilots Association

The Catalina Adventure

May 5th to May 8th, 2019

Registration is now open for a separate 4-day, 3-night excursion to Avalon on the beautiful Catalina Island.  The group will depart from the Catalina Express terminal in Long Beach on Sunday morning, May 5th, and return Wednesday, May 8th.   The terminal is less than a mile from the Renaissance Hotel, a very short cab or Uber ride.

The package has been arranged by Susan Waters, Custom Travel Planning. Our unofficial hosts will be Rex and Carole Cotter who live full-time on the island and originally envisioned the excursion.  Rex, a Tiger pilot hired in 1979, grew up on the island and flew Grumman Mallards for Catalina Airlines in the early 70's at the early age of 19.

Reservation and Payment Procedures

The Basic Package costs $976.70 for two people in a room and $826.35 for a single person in a room.  Add ons and upgrades are explained below as well as in the information packet.  The Basic Package provides for the following (click on links for even more information):

  • Three (3) nights at the Glenmore Plaza Hotel or the Catalina Island Inn - King or Queen bed rooms. Hotel accommodations are based on a 1st come 1st serve basis so get your deposits and requests in sooner than later.  Upgrades are available to a mini suite at the Glenmore for $120 per night, plus a 12% city tax.
  • Roundtrip boat fare on the Catalina Express from the downtown terminal in Long Beach.  Fare is based on a Senior Rate.  Travelers under the age of 55 are required to pay an additional $7 per person each way.  An upgrade to travel in the Commodore Lounge (suggested) is offered for $15 per person each way, also based on availablity.
  • Luggage service in Avalon to and from your hotel, an enjoyable 15 minute walk away.
  •  A Welcome Party on Sunday night in the White Room at the Glenmore Plaza Hotel

The deadline for reservations has been extended to February 15th, 2019.  After this date reservations are based on availability and prices can change.  Cancellations can be made up to March 1, 2019 with a $75 cancellation fee charged to your card.  Reservation deposits are nonrefundable after this date.

Click on the button below to download and print the packet containing the agenda, package explanation, and forms required to make your reservation and provide your deposit.   Once you've completed the required forms (there are three),  send them to Susan at the address indicated on the bottom.   

Download the Catalina Adventure Packet

Schedule and Activities


Sunday, May 5th
Ride the Catalina Express to Avalon.
Check in at the Glenmore Plaza Hotel or Catalina Island Inn

(Included in Basic Package)
Start your day in Long Beach and travel to beautiful Catalina Island on one of the Catalina Express catamarans. Enjoy the beautiful ocean scenery and look for dolphins while having one of their famous “Bloody Mary”. The ride takes approximately 65 minutes. Once you arrive on the Island a guide will be there to direct you to the luggage drop off spot and give directions to your hotel. The walk into town takes 10-15 minutes depending on your pace and stops along the way.  The group will be staying at either the historic Glenmore Plaza Hotel or the equally beautiful Catalina Island Inn. Check in is 3:00. A welcome cocktail party will be hosted in the White Room at the Glenmore Plaza Hotel from 5:00- 6:30. Luggage will be delivered to your room. Please be sure to put the luggage labels on your suitcase. Only one (1) piece of luggage is allowed per person.

Available departure times are 9:50am, 12:15pm, or 2:00pm.

Monday, May 6th
BBQ Lunch at the Airport In The Sky
Optional Group Event - $60 per person
Enjoy continental breakfast at your hotel. For those signed up for the “Airport in the Sky” event please be ready to depart from the tour bus plaza at either 10:45 or 11:45. Those who have flown small aircraft into this field know of it's challenges.  A 45-minute drive from town to the airport will showcase the beauty of the interior of the Island and maybe a few buffalo sightings. A BBQ lunch and private tour of the Airport will be waiting for you upon arrival.  Walk around the airport and visit the gift store. Departure back into town will 1:30 and 2:30 or so. The rest of the day is on your own.

Tuesday, May 7th
Bob Barlow Miniature Golf Tournament

Optional Group Event - $30 per person
Enjoy continental breakfast at your hotel. Today we will have the “Bob Barlow Miniature Golf Tournament”. Bob Barlow was an hired by Flying Tigers in 1950. He retired to Catalina to create and operate the Miniature Golf Gardens. This is a very challenging golf course with a par 5 hole (left). We will have a Bloody Mary and champagne bar to toast Captain Barlow. More information on him can be found on his Flown West page by clicking HERE.  The shot gun tournament will start at 10am and be over by 12:30 or so.  Cash and prizes will be based on the number of participants.

We are still deciding on an Award and Farewell dinner for the evening. This will be determined with your input. There are 3 suggestions ranging in price. An evening at the beautiful Catalina Island Museum with a Mexican dinner at $62.50 per person. Or an all you can eat Pasta Bar at the Buffalo Nickel located at the helicopter terminal for $47.00 per person. The last choice is an Awards Cocktail party with appetizers for $20.00 per person. The location will be determined by the number of people interested.

Wednesday, May 8th
Check out of hotels
Return to Long Beach via the Catalina Express
Enjoy continental breakfast at your hotel. Check out is 10:00 am. Baggage service will pick up your luggage at 9:00. Departure from the Cabrillo Mole terminal in Avalon is 11:45. Please be at the boat terminal by 11:00 to pick up your luggage. An optional departure time of 7:45 is available for those that absolutely need to go this early.  However, luggage service will not be available for this boat.

Enjoy your trip back to Long Beach and to wherever your next adventure takes you!

For those that do not wish to go the Airport in the Sky or participate in the Bob Barlow miniature golf tournament there is still plenty to do. Even for those that bought the full package, there will be plenty of time to venture off and take advantage of the sights and activities that the island has to offer.  We have teamed up with Catalina Tours to help you customize your trip. Visit to book your tours.  Use the promo code "FLYINGTIGERS" when booking your side activity directly with them.

Any questions related to the post-reunion Catalina Adventure needs to be sent directly to Susan Waters at