KBVS Events:

FAAST Seminar –  Saturday, May 13, 2017, starting at 11:00am – Bay Ridge Fire Hall

  • Title: Blue Angels Experience
  • Date and Time: Saturday, May 13, 2017, starting at 11:00am
  • Location: Bay Ridge Fire Hall, 16220 Peterson Road, Burlington, WA 98233  (map)
  • Parking: Fire Hall area parking is limited so please consider car pooling from the KBVS Terminal or Heritage Museum area.
  • Speaker(s): Bill Newman
  • FAAST site link and online registration here.
  • Contact: John Garrett, Phone: (360) 770-3917,

Brief Description: “Bill will describe the Navy’s Flight Demonstration Squadron (The Blue Angels) from the viewpoint of one who has been their flight leader/commanding officer.  This will cover the history, mission, squadron personnel and description of their preparation for and conduct of a typical air show season.  It will also describe the challenges and techniques of flying aerobatic maneuvers with six aircraft in close formation.  Some of the Blues’ traditional maneuvers, which have not changed much over the years, will be described in detail.  A Q&A period will follow Bill’s talk.”

The FAA Safety Team would like to thank the Skagit Airport Support Association (SASA) for their continuous support of the FAA Safety Program. Coffee and Muffins will be provided.

Additional Information: Also, on Saturday, the May 13 “Fly Day,” the Heritage Flight Museum (HFM) will be host to three very special guest speakers on their Vietnam experiences in CSAR in the late 60’s and early 70’s.  USAF Majors Rick Drury and Jim Bender will speak not only of their experience flying those big ‘ol birds on search and rescue missions, but will be joined by USN Capt. Evan “Pee Wee” Reese, whom they rescued when his A-6A Intruder went down after being hit by enemy fire.  Having these amazing fighter pilots here to speak personally of what it was like, is truly priceless and a not to be missed opportunity.

Doors open at 11 am, Saturday, May 13th, with sorties highlighting our A-1 Skyraider, O-1 Bird Dog and (grounded) O-2 Skymaster, among others, scheduled throughout the day.  The Main Event CSAR presentation will be at 2 pm, with a final sortie at 3:30 pm.

The Safety Brief participants are invited to “migrate” to the HFM to be a part of the above event!



Beware of the Birds – Snow geese are flying in and near the flight pattern and approaches at 500 – 1500+’ in numbers from 20 to several hundred.  The birds commute from Skagit Bay to fields north and east of the KBVS, and in between the north, west and south waterways and bays.

Swans frequent the fields east and north of KBVS and usually are below 500′, however they can be encountered up to 1500′ as well.
The birds fly VFR AND IFR, and can be heard from early morning to after dark!  They do not file a flight plan, so SEE AND AVOID is the rule.


SASA Squawk:

EAT and Drink at FLYERS!

Now Open! Flyer’s Restaurant and Brewhouse!   At Skagit Regional Airport – 360.899.1025

Website: – They Brew Their Own Beers – Lagers – Pilsners – Porters

Hours are:

Monday -Friday 8am to 8pm – Breakfast 8am to 11am
Sat-Sun: 9am to 9pm – Breakfast 9am to 1pm

Managers: Ron and Tony Savoy

SkyVector.Com – Try this websiste as a quick resource to see Metar 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.

SASA BOARD – This body continues to be the primary communication and advisory group for Skagit Regional.  The Port sees SASA as a valued quality group which helps the airport complete is mission for all activities and is well advised by its members.  Continue to give us input via attendance, email or phone calls.  The Board meets the 1st Friday of each month at 3pm at the Port boardroom in the terminal building at Skagit Regional Airport.  You are welcome to attend as a visitor.  If you wish to participate or introduce new business, please contact the SASA Secretary 10 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.

HERITAGE FLIGHT MUSEUM FLIGHT OPERATIONS – HFM flies each 3rd Saturday of the month April through October;  the high performance aircraft use unique speed reduction maneuvers which are diagrammed and explained on their website. The HFM is open 10am – 3pm Fridays and 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.

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. 

WASHINGTON PILOTS ASSOCIATION – a chapter is forming through Cascade Aviation’s Ken Davies, who is a board member of WPA and a SASA board member.  IF YOU ARE A MEMBER OF SASA, you can be a member of WPA as an ‘Affiliate Member’ 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.

AOPA FLY-IN – At April’s Board meeting, discussion and support was approved 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.  Ken Davies is the lead on the application as this could happen within the next couple of years,  possibly 2018 or 2019.  Many permissions, support committments,  and volunteers need to be anticipated prior to AOPA selecting Skagit as a location.  It is hoped that the application can be ready for the next selection period.  Last years Fly-In at Felts Field in Spokane was a fun event and resounding success!


MEMBERSHIP – SASA will continue to attract members. Click to Membership and renew for 2015, 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.

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.