FREE – Amy Hoover Special Event – FREE
Surviving the Unexpected – Human Factors of a Mid-Air Collision

Date & Time- April 22, 2023 at 7:00PM – Show Up!
Place- Heritage Flight Museum
Skagit Regional Airport

Amy Hoover shares her personal story of surviving a mid-air collision over a remote mountainous area. She discusses how attitude, training, and practice helped her make critical decisions, manage risk, land successfully, and facilitate her own rescue. Hoover relates the events to her own research and experience as well as practices taken from civilian and military training. She shares strategies to help pilots and other survivors navigate the aftermath of traumatic events, including  personal practices related to physical and mental well-being, self-care, and more.

For Further Information Please Contact:
Jay Findlay, SASA President by email: or call 360-941-5233

Dr. Hoover’s Biography (with links for more info):

Dr. Amy Hoover is the 2022 National Flight Instructor of the year. She has been flying commercially and teaching backcountry flying for 30 years. Hoover holds a Ph.D. in Education and is a Professor of Aviation at Central Washington University. She has over 7,000 hours of flight time, more than 2/3 of it in the Idaho backcountry, and is the primary author of the ASA book Mountain, Canyon, and Backcountry Flying which has sold over 5,000 copies since publication in 2019. Hoover has given more than 150 presentations in various forums throughout the U.S. and has  authored more than 30 professional articles and manuals on aviation human factors, mountain/canyon weather, and backcountry flying tips.

A special thanks to this FREE event’s sponsors: SASA, Cascade Aviation, Corporate Air Center, Dyberg Aviation, Heritage Flight Museum, Port of Skagit County, Vertex Aviation Services.


SASA MEETINGS – For over twenty-years, SASA has worked with the Port of Skagit for the benefit of the Skagit Regional Airport and its pilot  community. The SASA Board of Directors meet at 6:00 PM on the first Wednesday of each month at 15325 Crosswind Dr. Hangar #401. These meetings are open to all SASA members. The Board welcomes participation and input. Suggestions for the agenda can be submitted at

MEMBERSHIP – SASA welcomes new members. We need your participation, suggestions and ideas. Press the “Join/Renew” button on the homepage menu. Contact any Board Member with questions.

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 continue to increase in all categories (Single and Multi-Engine Piston, Turboprop, Jet and Helicopter) BE VIGILANT. Skagit Regional Airport continues to prove to be an
economic asset to Skagit Valley.

HERITAGE FLIGHT MUSEUM FLIGHT OPERATIONS – HFM flies each 2nd Saturday of the month April through October. The high-performance aircraft use the Overhead Approach Maneuver as described in AIM 5-4-27. The HFM is open 10am – 4pm, Thursday through Saturday. 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.

RESTAURANT AT KBVS – Skagit Landing is a locally-owned and operated farm-to-fork restaurant and catering company that celebrates the “bounty of the county” on every plate. At Skagit Regional Airport – 360.419.5333 Website: Skagit Landing Restaurant

WASHINGTON PILOTS ASSOCIATION – Join WPA and support your statewide aviation interests, and enjoy valuable discounts. Go to to sign up and find information on local chapters.

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.