Rusty Pilots hosted by Cascade Aviation

On Saturday, October 21, 2017 at 13:00 Pacific Daylight Time
Cascade Aviation / Skagit Regional Airport
15426 Airport Drive
Burlington, WA 98233
Select Number: EA2778652

Once a pilot, always a pilot…But, if you’re feeling a little rusty…

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Airline Flying in China

Please join us Thursday as we resume our End-of-Month brown bag lunch meetings and programs of interest…

On this Thursday, 28 September, we will gather at the Mullis Street Fire Station meeting room.  Bring your favorite brown bag lunch and enjoy an interesting presentation by our own Chris Blaine on his experiences flying for Hainan Airlines out of Beijing, China.  His feature article in our last newsletter drew a lot of interest and Chris has agreed to make a presentation elaborating on his commercial flying in Asia.  Passenger and cargo aviation in that part of the world is undergoing exponential growth, and that will continue for the next coupe of decades.  If you know any young pilots pursuing an aviation career, bring them along with you as this might make them aware of overseas opportunities they may be unaware of.
We’ll open the room at 11:30, and the program will start shortly after noon.
Looking forward to seeing you there!
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Community Aviation Day at Skagit Regional Airport – Saturday September 16th 2017 – Free Admission

posterExplore the world of aviation with activities for the whole family:

★ Flying and static aircraft displays from Heritage Flight Museum, Corporate Air Center, our Skagit pilot community and others from around the Northwest
★ Sign-ups for Young Eagle Flights for 8-17 year olds
★ Aviation Seminars
    11:00 am – The Proper Traffic Pattern – Neil Karmen, DPE
     3:00 pm –  The Amelia Earhart Mystery – Dick Spink, Earhart Researcher
★ Youth activities
★ Fly-in early and enjoy a meal at Flyers Restaurant and Brewhouse
★ Food and drink vendors round out the offerings

The community is invited to explore the world of aviation when the Port of Skagit hosts Community Day at Skagit Regional Airport from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sept. 16. Admission is free.

Pilots may fly in to KBVS prior to the 11:00 seminar, or the 11:00 start time for the activities.  Pat Donovan will be on the CTAF to help your arrival, and CAP marshallers will guide you to parking on the GA ramp. An early as possible arrival is best and relax at Flyers Restaurant.  Directions to the seminar will be available at the Information booth by the terminal; the lectures are in first hanger just to the northwest of the terminal location.

The event will combine education, career counseling and fun activities while showcasing the airport as a valuable community asset. Events will take place at the airport, 15400 Airport Drive, Burlington.

The 2017 Community Day is made possible by Skagit Airport Support Association, Heritage Flight Museum and other airport businesses.

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New Airspace Restrictions?

I regularly get email announcements from the FAA. This one caught my eye. Over the last few years, we have been compelled to check for TFRs before flying. “Soon” we will be compelled to check for TRAs — Temporary Restricted Areas. The announcement is vague saying these TRAs will be for “limited use” in “certain areas.”

FAA Safety Team | Safer Skies Through Education
FAA Sources for Temporary Restricted Area (TRA) Information
Notice Number: NOTC7310

The FAA will soon begin limited use of a Temporary Restricted Area (TRA) in certain areas when the types of operation(s) to be conducted there require a TRA. The flight rules that apply to a TRA are the same as a Restricted Area (RA). The best FAA resources to view any TRAs upcoming or active are the FAA Special Use Airspace (SUA) website and the Notices to Airmen Publication (NTAP). Please use the following links to access these resources before a flight:

For questions or more information contact:
Scott Rosenbloom
Phone: 202-267-3783


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Come to the Annual SJPA BBQ – Saturday, July 29th, 11 AM to 2 PM.

This Saturday 29 July, bring your friends to KFHR in the hangar due west of the fuel pumps for our annual SJPA BBQ. Drop by 11 am until 2 pm. If you have an interesting plane to display, bring it too! Cost is $10.

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Flight Instructors Needed!

Summer has arrived, and one’s thoughts turn to…..Flying!  It seems that there are quite a few new, potential pilots about and Westwind Aviation has been getting a number of inquiries from people interested in learning to fly.  If you are a Flight Instructor — or if you know of any Instructors living full or part time in the San Juan Islands — please call or e-mail Loren or Daniel Deshon at Westwind Aviation, Friday Harbor.  Their number is 360-378-6991 and the e-mail address is:

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Call to Action

Every few years over the last decade or so, administrations from both parties have periodically called for the privatization of Air Traffic Control.  “Assurances” are usually given that this will only affect large, heavy aircraft and that small GA airplanes will continue to fly and utilize ATC services for free like they do now.  (Actually, nothing is free:  We pay for those services through our aviation fuel taxes.)  If you believe that line — that only the big airplanes will get charged per IFR approach or radar services — you probably believe that you can buy dry land in the Everglades.  Yes, it may start out that way, but then, before we know it, we’ll have a system like the E.U. countries do.  Call ground for taxi clearance?  It will be on your invoice.  Practice a couple  of instrument approaches?  Get out your wallet.  This issue has re-emerged, and our flying colleagues at AOPA and NBAA are asking all of us to contact our Congressional representatives to tell them not to vote for privatization.  For more information, please see the link, below….


Dan Schwartz, President, San Juan Pilots Association


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SJPA Friday Brown-Bag Lunch, June 30th, 12:00 Noon, Mullis St. Fire Station, Friday Harbor

And now for something completely different! Our SJPA end of the month lunch in June provided a fascinating program. We heard a fascinating talk from Captain Crystal Stout an accomplished balloon pilot is based in Sequim WA.



Captain-Crystal’s BioFrom her website,

Captain-Crystal, Chief Flight Officer and Owner of Morning Star Balloon Co. has been flying hot air balloons for over 27 years. Known as the “Peter Pan” for adults, her true passion is to teach adults to play like children. However, she knows the smart pilot seeks ways to get the Corporation she is promoting a place in the spotlight and goes beyond the norm to get her clients exposure in hot air balloon marketing venues.

An experienced aviatrix, she has delved into powered parachutes, airplanes, and helicopters but loves the challenge and joy of sharing hot air ballooning to thousands the world over. As a Champion Corporate Hot Air Balloon Pilot, Captain Crystal has traveled the world creating events in New Zealand, Puerto Rico, Japan, and across the United States leaving smiles everywhere she goes. As the Chief Pilot of Morning Star Balloon Co., Captain Crystal has won numerous hot air balloon competitions as well as ranking in the Top 10 Women Lighter than Air Pilots in the U.S.

She is also a 3rd Generation aviator following in the footsteps of her grandfather who crewed on the original Stratospheric Balloon launched in 1935 and teaching her father to pilot a hot air balloon as well. Before becoming a confident and enthusiastic competitor, she completed schooling at one of three 141 Aviation Schools in the U.S. Fierce educational values were in place at the school and the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) used this Oregon-based school as a test facility which enabled Captain Crystal to undergo duplicate flight training. This training enables her to provide a safe experience flying in a hot air balloon.

With a Degree in Radio/Television Broadcasting, Captain Crystal has the marketing edge and knows how to speak to the media for her corporate accounts. While working as the Spokesperson for PPG/CART (Indy Car Racing Teams) and the KOOL Balloon Racing Series, she traveled to 10 cities across the U.S. and was interviewed by Good Morning America, Good Morning Detroit, Miami, St. Louis, Good Morning Monterey, and other Networks and Affiliates.<

While in New Zealand she was the Media Liaison and Co-Balloonmeister (or person in charge of pilots, competitions, sponsorships, and marketing). A normal day required 19 hours of time on the road conducting balloon flights, balloon tethers, radio and print interviews, television interviews, and arrangements for pilots, crew, and sponsors

Captain Crystal has flown the largest balloon in the world…a special shaped Indy race car which stood 18 stories tall. She has flown in extreme conditions for Absolut Mandrin and Seagrams Vodka during wind storm in Chicago and a hurricane front in Miami. With a safety record that spans her flight career and dedication to getting the job done, she was able to keep the balloon aloft and “on air” for the helicopters circling above and completing a 4 city tour across the U.S. for the launch of this new Swedish product.

Her latest endeavor is to produce a special, two person balloon which sits on “legs” (instead of a basket) for special needs, wounded warriors, other-abled, and educational purposes known as the Dream Catcher Balloon Program. This non-profit corporation will fill the skies and bring joy to those in wheelchairs, held down to earth by physical or mental conditions, and educate the world that we can all help those around us rise to greater heights.

Stay tuned for upcoming interesting and informative SJPA programs!



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Ribbon Cutting Ceremony at FHR — June 1st.

A ribbon cutting ceremony was held 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.  Check with Customs for the current hours of operation.

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


At our annual Potluck dinner and annual membership dinner, June 8th, Friday Harbor’s own Dan Schwartz, flight instructor at Westwind Aviation, gave a talk titled, “Loss of STS-51-L, Space Shuttle Challenger: The Undersea Search for the Cause of a National Tragedy.”

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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