Ride Needed BFI to FHR on Saturday

A request from Mari Peterson:

“Will anyone be flying north from Seattle this Saturday morning? I’m returning from Maui at 0830 and looking for a ride back. Helping with grad night/graduation so I kinda need a way back up. Hoping to catch a lift on kenmore but if anyone happens to be coming back anyway that would be better since kenmore might be full. ”

If you can help, email Mari at mariannpeterson@gmail.com.

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Ribbon Cutting Ceremony at FHR — June 1st.

You are invited to attend a ribbon cutting ceremony at the Friday Harbor Airport Terminal on June 1st at 2:30pm for a new US Customs service that will have an agent located at the terminal at certain time periods to make your clearing from Canada easier and in a office not outside in the wind and rain as it was in the past.

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SJPA Potluck & Annual Meeting — June 8th @ 6:00 PM @ the San Juan Fire Department, Mullis Street, Friday Harbor.


Mark you calendar for getting together with fellow aviation enthusiasts and an interesting evening. Friday Harbor’s own Dan Schwartz, flight instructor at Westwind Aviation, will give a talk titled, “Loss of STS-51-L, Space Shuttle Challenger: The Undersea Search for the Cause of a National Tragedy.”

Date & Time: Thursday, June 8th, 6:00 PM.
Location: San Juan Island Fire Department on Mullis Road in Friday Harbor
What to bring: A potluck dish, your own drinks and service items – plates, silverware, etc.
Also on the agenda: Annual membership meeting and election of SJPA board members

More info on Dan’s topic: Thirty-one years ago, in January 1986, the Space Shuttle Challenger exploded over the Atlantic Ocean with the loss of seven astronauts, only moments after launch. Understanding what went wrong became a top priority for NASA and DOD so that the suspended shuttle program could get back on track and future accidents of this nature prevented. The first step in this process was the massive undersea search and recovery of key components so that the accident chain could be understood, and subsequent redesign of the booster rockets could be undertaken. Ultimately, the findings led to a “smoking gun” all aviators are familiar with: operating an aircraft outside of its design envelope. At that time, SJPA member Dan Schwartz was commanding officer of the new research ship “Seward Johnson,” and he and his crew witnessed the explosion. What followed was a two and a half month search of the sea floor utilizing the ship’s embarked four-man submarine, remotely operated vehicles, deep sea sonar, and the then infant GPS system.

Capt. Daniel S. Schwartz, USMM Ret.
Westwind Aviation
Friday Harbor, WA

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Come to our SJPA Friday Brownbag Lunch on March 31st

Mari Peterson will update us on the Friday Harbor High School STEM program and how she is getting high school students involved in aviation. She is currently teaching an aviation class at Friday Harbor High School — making her especially qualified to speak on the subject. She’s also going to talk about life as a charter pilot. As an active charter pilot today, she’s especially qualified to speak on that subject too.

Time: Friday Noon, March 31st
Location: San Juan Island Fire Station, 1011 Mullis St, Friday Harbor WA
Bring your own lunch.

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Westwind Aviation Seminar – March 4th

You’re invited to attend a free seminar at Westwind Aviation, Friday Harbor Airport. Details below. Please call Westwind to reserve a spot.

The seminar will cover panel-mounted GPS operations, including:
Flight Planning
Navigation Aids/Approaches
Weather Tools
Screen Functions
Airport Directories
Auto Tuning Functions
Garmin 430/530 series, and others


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SJPA Potluck Feb 9th, Thursday, 5:00 PM – Mullis Fire Station.

We’re having a potluck at the Mullis Fire Station, Friday Harbor, featuring a talk from Jackie Hamilton on the island Air Ambulance operation. BYO – drinks and service items (glasses, silverware, plates, etc.)

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You’re invited – AOPA Rusty Pilots Seminar Feb 4 – 10 AM to 1 PM.


Please RSVP to Westwind Aviation. You can register at the door too.


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Jim Cox to be honored at our Friday Lunch – 12:15, January 27th, Cask & Schooner

Come to our San Juan Pilots Friday, “End of the Month Lunch” — January 27, 12:15 at the Cask and Schooner. At this month’s lunch our very own, Jim Cox, will be receive the FAA Wright Brothers Master Pilot Award. The Program Manager from the FAA Safety Team in Renton, Dr. Jean Francois Mpouli, will come up on the ferry present the award to Jim at our lunch.

From the FAA website: “The Wright Brothers Master Pilot Award is the most prestigious award the FAA issues to pilots certified under Title 14 of the Code of Federal Regulations (14 CFR) part 61. This award is named after the Wright Brothers, the first US pilots, to recognize individuals who have exhibited professionalism, skill, and aviation expertise for at least 50 years while piloting aircraft as ‘Master Pilots’.”

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Three Pilot Training Classes at Westwind Aviation at KFHR.

Westwind Aviation is offering three courses at Friday Harbor Airport. Contact them at 360-378-6991 to learn more.

#1 – The IFR Refresher is January 7. 9am-12pm. Dan Schwartz will be teaching the class.
• Review of regulations:  certification of pilot, airplane, when clearances required, airspace, inspections, and more
• Review of weather resources available for IFR flight planning and for “getting the big picture.”
• Introduction to the ICAO format for flight plans (to which we’ll be changing early in 2017).
• Low altitude IFR en-route charts/approach plates — how to brief them, “gotchas” hidden on the plates, missed approach procedures, inoperative components and their effect upon visibility requirements.
Cost: Class is $99 and includes a one-hour simulator session. A great deal!

#2 – The AOPA Rusty Pilot Seminar will be February 4. 10am to 1pm. 
AOPA has put together a fun, interactive program to provide the information pilots need to get current again. But there will be topics that every pilot would be interested in.
• hot-button issues like medical reforms, weather briefings, preflight planning, FARs, and airspace.
• weather (METARs and TAFs), pilot responsibilities, runway incursion avoidance, radio procedures, airspace and much more.
• three hours of ground training toward your Flight Review.
Cost:  The Rusty Pilot seminar is FREE for AOPA members. We will have an AOPA link shortly for sign-up. Non-Members can join AOPA and attend the seminar for free! For more information about becoming an AOPA member, click here. The seminar fee is $69 if you choose not to join AOPA.


#3 – Ground School Training for a Twin Engine Rating will be held on January 14.

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