SASA ANNUAL MEMBERSHIP MEETING -New members were present and many current members attended. The meeting went well and there were resolutions for some of the Port Hangars that may be considered, but only temporarily. Some pilots are finding shared hangar opportunities to use while waiting for new hangar construction to be completed, so ask around. Several hanger proposals are in the works for construction and the Port will review these soon. The possibility of wood beam construction was asked by attending participants, and Sarah Young was open to possible proposals, but this type of construction is not in the current Master Plan. My guess is that this type of building may be slotted for Taxiway C, if allowed. The dinner was quite tasty, some from Kelly’s BBQ and some from Becky Goodell, so a big thank you to her for a supreme presentation. Elections were held with new board members elected and past board members continuing to serve SASA. NOTE: SASA will be the primary communication outlet for communication with the Port administration for the solution of replacement hangars.
‘Skagit Pilots Group’ – A communications network is proposed where each organization would be slotted to receive local news & announcements as desired from each other, and then sent on to their membership or announced at meetings. Tentative recipients would be: SASA, EASA, WPA, Cascade Aviation, Dyberg Aviation, AOPA members, Hangar Group and Independent Members, and open meeting announcements to other nearby NW airport groups, like KBLI, KAWO & 74S (Anacortes).
SASA BOARD – This body continues to be a communication and advisory group for Skagit Regional for it’s members and all pilots concerns. The Port sees SASA as a valued, quality group which helps advise the airport to complete its mission for all activities and is well advised by SASA’s members. Continue to give us input via attendance, email or phone calls. The Board currently meets at Jay Findley’s hangar on the first Thursday at 6:30 pm on Crosswind Dr. You are welcome to attend as a visitor. If you wish to participate or introduce new business, please contact SASA at firstname.lastname@example.org 7 days prior to the meeting, so your interests and concerns can be put on the agenda and be heard. Please be well prepared so your concerns are in a concise and informative presentation, with copies for the board, if that is appropriate for the information.
MEMBERSHIP – SASA will continue to attract members. Click to Membership and renew for 2019, if you haven’t done so. We will continue to endeavor to hold membership seminars and fun meetings as time permits. WE NEED YOUR INPUT AND SUGGESTIONS FOR POSSIBLE IDEAS that are pertinent and of quality that will interest members. Quarterly meetings would be great, so come up with some activity we can all enjoy.
NEW APP: AeroWeather – Has an abbreviated METAR for multiple nearby airports, and after you tap an entry, the full METAR and TAF appear for that location.
GEESE AND DUCKS EVERYWHERE! Yes, it is that time of year when the Pacific Flyway is busy with migration of one our natural resources of Waterfowl, raptors, and various aviary species. They fly out at higher altitudes, but when they reside here for winter, the waterfowl commute from the north bay areas of Chuckanut, Samish and Padilla Bays to other tidal areas to the south, like Skagit Bay, Port Susan and Saratoga Passage. They fly at times of first light to after dark, often at typical pattern altitudes and higher. There may be numbers from a few in a formation to several thousand! So, be vigilant in your flying to look for other aircraft, as well as those other feather flying members of the sky! Common areas locally for circling to land are east of Avon Allen Road, Northeast and North of Bayview Hill adjacent to Avon Allen and Josh Wilson Roads. Young birds are unfamiliar with the local aircraft, especially raptors that reside near the airport properties, so give them their airspace whenever possible. Safe skies for all!
FLIGHT OPERATIONS AT KBVS – Flight operations in almost all categories continue to increase with single engine piston continuing to rise above 86% of the airport use. Most other categories (ME Piston, Turbine, Jet and Helicopter) have remained fairly consistent, as well. Skagit Regional is a real economic asset to our Skagit Valley community.
HERITAGE FLIGHT MUSEUM FLIGHT OPERATIONS – HFM flies each 2nd Saturday of the month April through October; the high performance aircraft use unique speed reduction pattern maneuvers which are diagrammed and explained on their website. The HFM is open 10am – 4pm, Thursday thru Saturdays. Please refer to their website for additional information and volunteer opportunities. Visiting aircraft frequent these fly days, so things are not the same each month.
WINGS CREDIT? Sign up on FAASafety.gov to create an account. Every time you go to a Wings seminar, your name and email address is used as a sign-in, and credit is then applied to your Wings account. Also, on the website are many courses you can take online for free Wings credit. By completing a Basic, Advance or Master stage of course credits, and the flight scenarios with your instructor, you qualify for credit of your Biennial Flight Review. You may also use that credit to get an insurance rate adjustment, so take some of those online courses on a regular basis. These online courses also are credit towards your safety requirements for flying club, or aircraft rentals. You can print out your completed Wings transcript.
Flyer’s Restaurant and Brewhouse! At Skagit Regional Airport –
Website: EatAtFlyers.com – They Brew Their Own Beers – Lagers – Pilsners – Porters
ARLINGTON AIRPORT CTAF has changed to 122.725. This will help with some of the cross over comm traffic from the other airports on the old frequency and improve safety tremendously. Be sure you are on the correct frequency, and actually flip-flopped it over to transmit. Also, make sure your comm selector is set to transmit on the right radio. Ok, guilty! Listen early, look carefully, fly safe to make sure all aircraft you see are announcing where they seem to be. . The Clearance Delivery is by Remote Radio, 121.725, Two clicks to open the line to dial.
SkyVector.Com, AOPA Flight Planner & FlightPlan.com- Try these websites as a quick resource to see Metar and TAF Weather over the U.S. and Canada, all U.S. Charts including Sectionals, Low Altitude and High Altitude charts, Airport Information, Fuel Prices, also includes other flight planning tools. For more FLIGHT PLANNING TOOLS see PILOT INFO on the Tool Bar of the SASA website. Hopefully, a seminar reviewing several of these sites can be organized in the future, as well as several of the cockpit apps available for navigation help & flight safety.
WASHINGTON PILOTS ASSOCIATION – a chapter present at Cascade Aviation, organized by Ken Davies, who is a board member of WPA and a SASA board member. IF YOU ARE A MEMBER OF SASA, EAA or AOPA, you can be a member of WPA as an ‘Affiliate Member’ at large, for $30.00 (a 25% reduction of dues at $40.00). Be sure to note on your membership application your membership in SASA, AOPA OR EAA, as a recognized aviation group, and that you are joining as an AFFILIATE MEMBER. You can join as a ‘Regular Member’ of this new chapter for $40.00 by contacting Cascade Aviation. See the WPA By-Laws for the information on AFFILIATE MEMBERS at www.wpaflys.org
AIRCRAFT WASHING – Washington State Dept. of Ecology is requiring the Port to ensure that all Aircraft are not washed in any area where runoff can get into the storm water system. Aircraft can be washed on surfaces that are pervious, ie: grass and dry washing in your hangar is fine. The Port has a car wash kit that you can borrow for wet washing. They are currently designing a wash stand that will meet the DOE rules and will replace the one situated by Vertex Aviation. We know that this is a pain, but please work with the Port on this issue, it is not their fault! For answers to any questions, contact: Sara Young or call (360) 757-0011.
SOCIAL FLIGHT – Get the app for your handheld device, here. There are hundreds of activities announced each month from fly-ins, meetings, seminars, $100 Hamburgers, etc. Current activities can be cued to your opening screen to get your attention. SASA will be using this in addition to our website, especially for our regional events of interest for an easy communication outlet.
AOPA FLY-IN – There has been discussion and for a future AOPA FLY-IN! According to Fly-In parameters, Skagit Regional Airport is an ideal location for this event being outside the Class B airspace. Many permissions, support commitments, and volunteers are needed to be anticipated prior to AOPA selecting Skagit as a location.
While the Port is interested, due to many current projects this is on a future item list to accomplish. It is hoped that the application can be presented for a future selection period. The 2016 Fly-In at Bremerton was a fun event and resounding success with over 600 aircraft.
ARLINGTON FLIGHT SERVICE FUEL BUYERS CLUB – AFS offers a considerable discount on 100LL. Sign up and get a Fuel Card w/chip so that filling your aircraft is simple and get considerable savings. Call AFS for details –