BOWLING GREEN, Ky. (WBKO) -- One passion.
"It's a sense of freedom. It's liberating -- being up there in the sky," said 22-year-old pilot, Courtney Copping.
That's built around one type of plane.
"The Cessna Cardinal," said one of the organization's founders, Keith Peterson.
That creates a group of more than 3,000 people -- almost 100 of which are in Bowling Green this weekend.
"From airline pilots to first-time pilots that own Cardinals and they come from all directions," said Bill Woods, who flew in from Canada.
They're the Cardinal Flyers -- an international organization that comes together to share stories, advice and travel fun.
"We have members in Africa and the Philippines and China, you know, the oddest places. We have fly-ins in Australia. We have fly-ins in Europe. It's truly a global community of people who own this kind of airplane," Peterson said.
So why the Cardinal?
"The Cardinal is particularly nice for a family to own. Four seats and it has a big enough engine and enough range, you can fly anywhere in the country or outside the country," Peterson said.
People of all ages are involved with the flyers, including Copping, who started flying at 15 and now has her grandfather's Cardinal.
"They know so much about it, and I'm just benefitting being here and asking all the questions, stuff I didn't know about the plane. I'm just learning from them, so it's a great experience to learn all the stories from all these older, great pilots and learn more about the plane so I myself can become a better pilot," she said.
She has it to help finish out the 1,000 flying hours she needs to work toward becoming a commercial pilot.
Peterson said people often think of flying as an unattainable hobby, but anyone can do it and they won't regret it.
"It's a different rhythm of life. You don't drive to a campground and then sit and have a campfire. You fly to some far away place and it's a different far away place every weekend if you choose," Peterson said.
The organization started as an online community in 1997.
The Cessna Cardinals were made from 1968 to 1978, and what makes them different is that they don't have wing struts.
They can cost up to $80,000, and members said a new plane like it can cost up to $225,000.