WINGS SEMINARS: Sign up on FAASafety.gov to creat 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 WWe ings 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.
ARLINGTON AIRPORT CTAF has changed to 122.725. This will help with some of the crossover 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. I like to talk myself through the process as a mental checklist to help make sure I’m not the one causing the confusion by a lame error. The Clearance Delivery is by Remote Radio, 121.725, Two clicks to open the line to the auto dial and follow the prompts.
SKAGIT TRAFFIC PATTERN: ‘Comply’ is the word of the day! Pilots are still using improper pattern entry when the pattern is busy. DO THE RIGHT THING! When you listen and note that other aircraft are entering the pattern, please don’t do non-standard manouvers that may conflict with those aircraft that are using the pattern as noted in the AIM.
Not sure what that is? See the Aeronautical Information Manual in the FAR AIM reference, section 4-3-3 to 4-3-5 for particulars. If you are doing something non-standard, you interrupt the established flow of traffic, and you do lose your right of way, even if on a straight in final, i.e., if you are able to do a standard pattern and inflict other aircraft to avoid by having to exit the pattern, do a go around, or emergency manouver, any accident or incident will be on your right to fly. Remember, there are many student pilots using Skagit since it has less traffic, but that makes is busier than usual. The old thing of, ‘…I’ll do what I’ve always done’ doesn’t always work for safety. Please listen and be aware that these pilots in training may not have all the experience to change or avoid you when they encounter non-standard patterns and conflicting aircraft.
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 aterfowl, 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 space whenever possible. Safe skies for all! Yes, small birds have already started migration north, and the larger waterfowl are feeding up for the long flight north. I’m envious of their formation airmanship, IMC and VFR flights.
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. At $4.65 per gallon, Fuel Club member price is about ~$4.10 per gallon at this time. Call AFS for details – 360-435-5700
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.
Flyer’s Restaurant and Brewhouse! At Skagit Regional Airport – 360.899.1025
Website: EatAtFlyers.com – They Brew Their Own Beers – Lagers – Pilsners – Porters
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.
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.
MEMBERSHIP – SASA will continue to attract members. Click to Membership and renew for 2018, 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.
SkyVector.Com, AOPA Flight Planner & FlightPlan.com- Try these websites 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. 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.
SASA BOARD – This body continues to be a 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.
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, 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.
AOPA FLY-IN – At last year’s April 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 2019 or 2020. 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. The 2016 Fly-In at Bremerton was a fun event and resounding success with over 600 aircraft.