Past Squawks


WINGS CREDIT?  Sign up on to create 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 Wings 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 cross over 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. .  The Clearance Delivery is by Remote Radio, 121.725, Two clicks to open the line to dial.

SkyVector.Com, AOPA Flight Planner & Try these websites as a quick resource to see Metar and TAF 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.

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!


2020 – COVID 19 Begins

SASA Annual Dinner Meeting

  • Heritage Flight Museum on Crosswind Drive
  • Thursday January 23rd 2020
  • Doors Open 6:00pm, Dinner at 6:30pm


January SASA ANNUAL MEMBERSHIP MEETING -New members were present and many current members attended.  The meeting went well and there were resolutions for some of the Port Hangars that may be considered, but only temporarily.  Some pilots are finding shared hangar opportunities to use while waiting for new hangar construction to be completed, so ask around.  Several hanger proposals are in the works for construction and the Port will review these soon.  The possibility of wood beam construction was asked by attending participants, and Sarah Young was open to possible proposals, but this type of construction is not in the current Master Plan.  My guess is that this type of building may be slotted for Taxiway C, if allowed.  The dinner was quite tasty, some from Kelly’s BBQ and some from Becky Goodell, so a big thank you to her for a supreme presentation.  Elections were held with new board members elected and past board members continuing to serve SASA.  NOTE: SASA will be the primary communication outlet for communication with the Port administration for the solution of replacement hangars.


AOPA Fly-In in Brememerton, WA  Aug 20, 2016

Put this date on your flight schedule!  See the website: and enter the Community and Events from the title/menu bar, then look under Events for AOPA Fly-In for more details about: meeting friends, special events, vendors, Aircraft and Demos, and seminars.  Spread the word to your flying friends to plan on attending this special event in our home state!


FAASTeam – Best Glide Speed and Distance – – Hood River OR

Topic: Best Glide Speed On Thursday, January 14, 2016 at 18:30
Location: Western Antique Aeroplane & Automobile Museum (WAAAM), 1600 Air Museum Rd, Hood River, OR 97031
To view further details and registration information for this seminar, click here.

October 2015

Looking forward to the Rusty Pilot’s Seminar on October 24th, and our next SASA Board meeting on November 6th.

September 2015

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 “” at least 30 days prior to ask for your support and attendance.