Past Events

2024’s Past News and Events

Skagit Airport Support Association

|Annual Meeting & Dinner
January 23, 2024  5:30 pm
Heritage Flight Museum

 Join / Renew membership in SASA, $25 annual dues
$15 meal for members
Guests welcome; $20 meal when with a member (sorry no credit cards)
Everyone gets a FREE SASA T-Shirt

 Doors Open at 5:30 pm, Dinner Served at 6:30 pm

Brisket, Chicken Breast, Garlic Potatoes, Roasted Vegetables, Kale Salad,
Spring Greens, Homemade Pie and Peach Cobbler

100 Gallons of Avgas, an Electronic Prop Balance, an Aircraft Weight & Balance, a Bi-
Annually Required Flight Review, and a Case of Aircraft Engine Oil
Tickets $1.00 cash or check, Must be Present to Win

SASA Business

Election of Directors – The floor will be open for nomination

Flight Operation Briefings will be given by Heritage Flight Museum, Corporate Air Center, and both Flight Schools, Vertex Aviation will Provide Guidance on Aircraft Winterization, the Port of Skagit will have an Update on Construction Projects

 Come Hungry — Leave Informed
Please Bring a Friend

2023’s Past News and Events

Emergency Landings – Water vs Trees
with Bill Post

Friday October 13, 2023  7:00PM
Heritage Flight Museum (KBVS)


Your Options May be Water or Trees
Which is Your Choice?

In this seminar we will discuss misconceptions regarding consequences of both types of landings vs. statistical results. You may have to survive not only the landing, but also waiting for rescue. Discussion will include how to maximize your chance of a survivable landing and successful rescue, important cold-water factors and dunker training. Also, considerations regarding high wing vs. low wing, tricycle gear vs. tailwheel, and gear/flaps up or down.

Bill Post is a CFI with over 40 years of Alaska bush flying experience.

This Seminar Qualifies for Wings Credit


AeroCamp for Young People 13-17 Years Old
July 10-13, 2023, 10:00am-2:00pm Mon-Thurs

AeroCamp is designed to give young people a unique opportunity to explore the vast and the exciting world of aviation and aerospace at their local airport. As a member of the Flight School Association of North America (FSANA), Cascade Aviation is proud to participate in the AeroCamp Program and make Aero Camp available to the kids in our community.

Campers learn first-hand about the dynamics of airplanes and flight and about the broad spectrum of careers in the aviation and aerospace industry. We give every camper the opportunity to fly an aircraft if they choose to. However, flight time is only a fraction of the AeroCamp experience and is not required to have a great learning adventure.

AeroCamp also includes site visits to various aviation-related organizations. AeroCamp runs for 4 days—Monday through Thursday. Contact us for dates, times, and pricing.

Currently, we offer two basic level AeroCamp experiences—AC Basic. Teens will learn; What makes an airplane fly? Who flies airplanes, learn about airplane
flight controls and instruments, learn how to conduct a pre-flight inspection, basic information on radio communications. They will learn about airport traffic patterns and take field trips to various destinations at the airport. Learn about the basics of aeronautical charts and participate in Orientation flight time of up to an hour.

Cascade Aviation
July 10-13, 2023, 10:00am-2:00pm

Mon-Thurs Ages 13-17,

Cost: $795
Call 360 707-2838 to sign up or ask questions. Here is the printable flyer in .PDF format.

SASA & EAA Paint Party June 10, 12p
BBQ at Jay and Dan’s Hangers, Then Paint

This Saturday June 10, at 12:00 PM SASA and EAA chapter 818 are having a joint activity:

  • We will meet at 15325 Crosswind Drive hangars 300 and 401.
  • We will have lunch. (beef and veggi hamburgers, trimmings, chips, pickles, beverages, etc.)
  • Then we will re-apply black paint over the yellow lines
    on Runway 4-22 that are no longer applicable.

This will be an easy project. Come and join us. It will be good food with good people for a good purpose.

See you Saturday,


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.

2019’s Past News and Events

Summer 2019

Heritage Flight Museum’s July Fly Day AND Port of Skagit’s Community Aviation Day!

Explore the world of aviation on Saturday, July 13 from 10am to 4pm
Admission is FREE at this family-friendly event!

The Port of Skagit is excited to partner the Heritage Flight Museum on this event, which will offer educational and fun activities for the whole family, as well as a very special presentation of “The Sandy FAC Rescue of Boxer 22.”

Events & Activities will take place at Heritage Flight Museum: 15053 Crosswind Drive in Burlington.

Flying and static aircraft displays
Youth activities
Virtual Reality “Flights” with Occulus VR goggles
Sign-ups for Young Eagle Flights for 8-17 year olds
Food and drink vendors

Special thanks to Skagit Airport Support Association, Corporate Air Center, Vertex Aviation, Dyberg Aviation, Cascade Aviation, Glacier Aviation and all the community groups & businesses for their support of this fun and special day!

AOPA SAFETY SEMINAR AT HERITAGE FLIGHT MUSEUM -Monday, March 11, 2019, 7:00-9:00 pm 

Air Safety Institute’s Winter/Spring seminar, Peaks to Pavement: Applying Lessons from the Backcountry. 

As an added pre-seminar activity from the Skagit Valley is this local pilot, a You Tube presenter using the handle ‘Backcountry182’, that has a video of gravel bar landings with another tail-wheel aircraft on the Skagit River.  There is also Trent Palmer, Cory Robin, The Flying Cowboys, and the High Sierra STOL Drag Races on You Tube as just a few things to wet your appetite for backcountry flying.  There is a lot more fun viewing by just searching – backcountry flying


AIRPORT MOVIE NIGHT – Arlington Airport Office- Jan 31st – While not at KBVS, this is a fun event to attend. Dinner at 6:00 pm, Movie Tora! Tora! Tora! at 6:30 pm.
Chili, Cornbread & drinks provided by Airport Staff & Aircore Aviation, additional sides welcome!
RSVP 360-403-3472
February 22-24, 2019
Americraft Showplex & Conference Center110 9th Ave SW, Puyallup, WA 98371 at the Puyallup WA State Fairgrounds –

Click here for more information –

The Career Forum is Friday for pre-registered participants and has a fee of $45.00 and includes lunch. There are many aviation employers and other information for careers in aviation, pilot resources, and colleges with aviation programs. Go to the website above for more information.

2018’s Past Events

COMMUNITY AVIATION DAY AT SKAGIT REGIONAL AIRPORT – July 14th!   Another great day is planned for our airport.  Details will be coming soon, so make plans to attend and/or volunteer for the event – it is usually painless!  The airport administration and SASA board have new things planned for the entire family, so that the community sees the value of our great local airport.  The process is well planned and each year new things rise up to change the presentations and displays.  If you have something to give back to aviation, contact the airport staff and let them know asap so you can give the staff and SASA board a chance to evaluate your presentation.

WINGS SEMINAR JUNE 16, 2018 – TRAFFIC PATTERN OPERATIONS – Port of Skagit Airport Hearing Room, Terminal Bldg.  10:00 am to 12:00 pm.  Traffic pattern basics: Flow control, communications, options, and types of aircraft.  Review scenarios and deternmine what you need to do.    Free seminar, Seaing for 40, Wings: 1 credit for Basic Knowledge Topic 3.
Seminar by, 253-906-7930

Collision Course – Avoiding Airborne Traffic – WINGS credit – An excellent course and review including new material.  This was given at the Pacific Northwest Aviation Conference and it was enlightening.  How good is your scan?  Are ADS-B and TIS good enough to keep you safe?  How often do you remind passengers to help you scan?  How fast do incidents occur? Come early and visit the aircraft, enjoy the conversation and meet other pilots.  Doors open at 6:15 pm.  If you are flying in to KBVS you may park at the Heritage Flight Museum ramp on 4-22.

WINGS SEMINAR Flying the Puget Sound – APRIL 21st, Hearing Room
Port of Skagit Hearing Room April 21, 2018 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Wings: 1 credit for Basic Knowledge Topic 3
Will cover Airspace, Communications, Weather, Traffic Patterns, Terrain and details of some of the airports.

SASA Annual Meeting at Heritage Flight Museum – January 11, 2018 –  

This will a special meeting to include a social hour, dinner, business meeting including elections, and an aviation seminar to be determined.  Nominations for the board will be opened and elections held.  The board would like to hear from members about future goals and possibly quarterly safety meetings/presentations.  This will be a great time to discuss several subjects of interest to the pilot community and functions at KBVS, to include future plans for the airport.
Social Hour – 6:00 pm  Casual Refreshments will be provided, including hors d’ouvres (A hangar party nearby                                      may be available as a BYOB (Beer and Wine only)
Dinner – 6:30 pm …To include some news and organizational duties
Elections, Member Input and discussion – 7:00 pm
Pilot/Aviation Seminar – 7:30 pm – Heritage Flight operations, Corporate Air, KBVS airport protocols, & TBD
Cost:  Members Dinner $15.00 or $40.00 (includes annual dues of $25.00)
Guests /Dinner $15.00
Email your reservation to to be included for a fun evening

2017’s Past 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.


FAAST Seminar –  Tuesday, April 4, 2017 – 7pm – Heritage Flight Museum

  • Title: Nontowered Case Studies – What Went Wrong?
  • Date and Time: Tuesday, April 4, 2017, starting at 19:00 Pacific Daylight Time Download Calendar File
  • Speaker(s): AOPA ASI Presenter

Brief Description: Flying at nontowered fields is a balancing act. Especially on busy days, it demands concentration, communication, sharp eyes, solid stick-and-rudder skills, and the ability to improvise at a moment’s notice. Sometimes the margin for error can be very slim.

With that in mind, ASI’s new seminar turns a spotlight on real-life accidents in the nontowered environment. Together with our expert presenters, you’ll play the role of accident investigator—starting at the crash scene and working backwards through physical evidence, eyewitness testimony, and other leads to figure out what went wrong, and why.

Select Number: NR0374034
Location of Seminar: Heritage Flight Museum, 15053 Crosswind Drive, Burlington, WA 98233



WHERE: HERITAGE FLIGHT MUSEUM, 15053 Crosswinds Dr, Burlington, WA

  • Program – A Lauren Rice (one of our members) will be presented with the FAA prestigious WRIGHT BROTHERS MASTER PILOT AWARD (50 years, no incidents or accidents)
  • Program – B Sara Young -Airport Manager, and Kevin Ware – Port Commissioner, will present the KBVS master plan

Time: Social 5:30; FREE Meal 6:30; Program 7:00 Beer – Flyers

Election of new or returning board members: Nominations will be accepted from the floor


Program – Sara Young – Airport Manager and Kevin Ware – Port Commissioner will present the KBVS master plan.

Beer-  (Porter) Flyers
Time:  Social 5:30
Meal 6:30
Program 7:00

2016’s Past Events

FaasTeam ”Everything you need to know to be a private pilot Part II” –  (Part I NOT a prerequisite)

  • Title: “Everything you need to know to be a private pilot”
  • Topic: What you need to know to be a top quality private pilot
  • Date and Time: November 12, 2016 starting at 1030
  • Speaker: Rick Luke – Master Pilot and Examiner
  • Event registration here.  Complete course and event list at here.
  • This events printable flyer in .PDF

Description: Join Master Pilot and Examiner Rick Luke and learn what you need to know to become a quality private pilot! A lecture designed to introduce you to, or refresh your memory to the ground school knowledge essential to all pilots. Have a  Flight Review” coming up? This is a chance to listen to a well accredited pilot and examiner educate us on aviation safety and standards.

  • Location: Heritage Flight Museum (HFM), 15053 – Crosswind Drive, Burlington, WA 98233
  • Directions: From I-5, go west on Hwy 20 four miles, then north on Airport/Higgins Road, then left on Crosswind Drive for ½ mile to the HFM on the right.
  • Fly-In? – Yes
  • Seating: 60 plus
  • Sponsoring Division: FASST Team
  • Contact information: John Garrett Phone: 360, 770-3917

Additional Information: This event is sponsored locally by the Skagit Airport Support Association (SASA). Coffee and Muffins will be provided.  Volunteers requested to setup before the event, and afterwards.  Thank you.

The Skagit Valley Herald published an article about the Sept 17th event “Community Aviation Day” on the front page! Here it is online:

HFM’s Prop’s and Ponies Spans Two Days This Year – Friday August 19th, and Saturday the 20th,  2016.

Heritage Flight Museum’s “Props and Ponies” coming up on August 20th – it’s always the 3rd Saturday. See full details on the webpage here – towards the bottom of the page.

From the website: “… this event just gets better and better! The event is held at HFM’s facility, on the airport, at Skagit Regional Airport. Props & Ponies is quickly becoming the most unique Mustang-owner show in the region to attend, you’re not going to want to miss out!”

FAASTeam – How NTSB investigators do their job – – Burlington, WA
Saturday, June 18, 2016, starting at 10:00 Pacific

Topic: How NTSB investigators do their job.
Brief Description: Tom Little will describe how NTSB investigators research an aircraft accident scene.
Location of Seminar: Bay Ridge Fire Station, 16220 – Peterson Road, Burlington, WA 98233. (Map)
Directions to Venue: From I-5, go west on Highway 20 four miles, then right or north on Higgin’s Airport Way to Peterson Road, then right 1/2 mile to the Bay Ridge Fire Station.
Fly Ins: Corporate Air Center will provide a Crew Car to pool over and back.  Expect to leave at 0955 for the 3/4 mile drive.
Speaker(s): Tom Little NTSB
Hospitality: Coffee and donuts will be provided.
Registration Information: To register online now and to learn more details and registration information for this seminar, click here!
Contact Information: John Garrett  Phone: (360) 770-3917  Email:

John Hubner’s Memorial Celebration is at Heritage Flight Museum, Saturday April 30th at 10am

John – a distinguished Marine aviator and fighter airplane squadron commander in the Vietnam War, died peacefully at his home in Bellingham, WA, on January 4, following a courageous struggle with cancer. Julie, his wife of 30 years, was at his side.

John’s obituary is here:

Everyone is welcome to attend.  He will be sorely missed.

FAAST Seminar at Flyer’s Restaurant KBVS. 11am Feb 6th.

THIS FAAST SEMINAR IS CANCELED (to be rescheduled) AS OF 2/4/2016 AT 11:00AM

  • Official Webpage to PREREGISTER: Click here.
  • Topic: How NTSB Investigators do their job.
  • Brief Description: Tom Little will describe how NTSB investigators research an aircraft accident scene.
  • Date/Time: Saturday, February 6, 2016, starting at 11:00 Pacific Standard Time
  • Speaker(s): Tom Little/NTSB
  • Official Event Flyer: NM1366468F.pdf
  • Additional Event Information & Acknowledgement of Industry Sponsor(s): The FAASTeam expresses our sincere thanks to the Skagit Airport Support Association for hosting this seminar and for their continuous support of the FAA Safety Programs.

Safety Meeting Sponsored by Cascade Aviation Flight Training. 10am Feb 6th. Breakfast Optional.
Still Happening!

  • Event: Safety Meeting
  • Title: This Did Not have To Happen
  • Brief Description: Accident Synopsis & Analysis of Aircraft Mishap Involving WX & Icing
  • Discussion Moderator: Mike Watkins
  • Sponsor: Cascade Aviation Flight Training
  • Audience: Open – all pilots and students encouraged to attend
  • When: 10am, Feb 6. Before NTSB Event at 11
  • Where: Loft at Flyers Restaurant, KBVS
  • Format: No host breakfast, interactive discussion
  • Cost: Seminar Free
  • RSVP NOT required: However Flyers requested a count, so please click here.
  • Contact Info: 360 707-2838 Flyer’s Restaurant is an awesome place to meet. Please do us a favor come have breakfast with us and enjoy the seminar. Thanks.

SASA Annual Meeting – January 14, 2016!  Flyers Restaurant & Brewery  6:00 pm…Save the Date!

Program:  Peregrine Falcon Research Project – Skydiving

2015’s Past Events:

Announcing the “Rusty Pilot’s Seminar” Sponsored by Cascade Aviation – here is the event FLYER in .pdf.

  • Date Saturday October 24, 2015 | 10:00 AM – 01:00 PM
  • Contact Person AOPA Rusty Pilots Program
  • Contact Email Address
  • Location Cascade Aviation, 15426 Airport Dr, Burlington, Washington, 98233, Skagit Regional Airport
  • Room: Either Flyers Restaurant if open, and if not, then the Port Boardroom in the terminal.
  • Cascade Aviation’s website:
  • Cost FREE

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 Boeing B-17 “Sentimental Journey” To Arrive Skagit Valley Thursday August 20th 2015

  • 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.

Skagit EAA Chapter 818 Holiday Party – Saturday December 12th – Tickets $20 in advance. Here is the event flyer.

Cascade Aviation and Whidbey Island Flying Club Christmas Party – Tuesday December 15th at Flyers, 6 pm, Contact Cascade Aviation for Reservations and Tickets at (360) 707-2838