Announcing our “Skagit Community Aviation Day” on Saturday, Aug 22, 2015 – 10am to 4pm:
- The Commemorative Air Force will be at Skagit arriving Thursday, August 20 with arrival of the B-17 “Sentimental Journey” and departing Sunday the 23rd! Rides will be available for for a fee. Just watching it fly is pretty cool!
- The Heritage Flight Museum will participate in the activities on August 22cd, with planes on the 11-29 ramp. Other war-birds will be in attendance too. Please note that HFM has an additional new entrance at the east end of their hangar complex that is handicap accessible. Here is their monthly/weekend schedule. Please support them as much as possible.
Heritage Flight Museum Props and Ponies scheduled for August 15th. Here is the signup.
AVIATION DAY – Planning continues by the SASA board and Heritage Flight Museum. Please keep this site on your ‘frequent check’ schedule for updates. The SASA Board would like to know if you can be present and volunteer. You will get an email from “Aviation.Day@SkagitSASA.org” at least 30 days prior to ask for your support and attendance.
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; the high performance aircraft use unique speed reduction maneuvers which are diagrammed and explained on their website. The HFM is open each Friday afternoon and all day 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.
FAST TEAM SAFETY SEMINAR – It was held last month and was exceptional! It was titled: The Art of Getting Dirty, or What’s Called “The Advanced Preflight” and a pre–flight will never be the same for those attending! Could you find 25 critical places to inspect? The highest score for two groups was 18 of 25! This meeting was both fun and challenging for those attending. Some pilots even flew in for the event! Keep coming here for information on future seminars for Wings credit and other fun activities. SASA will continue to hold periodic meetings of this caliber for its members.
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.
AIRPORT RESTAURANT – Flyers Restaurant group has committed to Skagit for an opening in the coming future…hopefully as soon as it can be accomplished. Remodeling work is proceeding on the interior at this time. You will receive notification as soon as a grand opening date is known!
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 $23.25 (a 75% reduction of dues). 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 $30.00 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! Ken Davies is the lead on the application as this could happen as early as next summer. Many permissions, support commitments 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!
SASA ANNUAL MEETING – held each January at the earliest opportunity. This year members enjoyed a presentation on Aviary Mitigation in the SEA-TAC flight corridor. Several raptors can be spotted in Skagit Valley that have been relocated here for aircraft safety and their welfare. You may spot them frequently in the Josh Wilson road corridor as they have yellow tags on their left inboard wing area.
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.