Last week, our islands’ aviation family suffered a heartbreaking loss. SJPA Treasurer David King and Vice President Lou Coleman were aboard David’s Mooney when it suffered a fatal accident at Lopez Island Airport (for yet to be determined reasons).
We are all shocked and saddened by this news. They were our friends and colleagues and our prayers are with their families at this time. A fund has been established to assist the Coleman family.
Please click here to contribute to the Go Fund Me campaign.
American Airlines announced today a first-of-its-kind program designed to help future aviators receive the training, financing and mentoring opportunities they need to fly for the world’s largest airline.The American Airlines Cadet Academy will provide an opportunity for future pilots to become first officers at one of American’s three wholly owned regional carriers and eventually fly larger aircraft at American. Once selected, cadets will choose to train at one of American’s partner flight schools in several locations nationwide while having the option to work with Discover Student Loans to apply for a loan up to the total cost of the program, including room and board.
Full details in the pdf.
This seems pretty important, over on “Roche Harbor Airport News,” they announced a new landing fee structure.
Second, in more down-to-earth news (via David King, Roche Harbor Neighborhood Association Treasurer and pilot) there’s a new Roche Harbor Airport landing fee structure, replacing the old landing fee system and no longer based on aircraft type but on “certified maximum allowed takeoff weight (MTOW).” Fees for all landings, “even a quick turnaround,” range from $10 for up to 3,600 lbs MTOW to $25 for those of 8,400 lbs MTOW and over. There’s also an annual “frequent lander” rate of $207 for the lightest category and $245 for the heaviest two categories of MTOW. If an aircraft stays overnight, there’s an additional $5 fee per night.
She’s not very big, but my LSA has been hangared all her life and wouldn’t know how to fend for herself in the weather. Do you have room in your hangar for a low-wing, lightweight LSA? Give Marc a call at 360.317.5377. I listed her for sale today so hopefully she’ll only be around for 1-3 months.
The NBAA Charities scholarship program, generously supported by NBAA member donors, offers nearly $100,000 annually in cash awards as tuition reimbursement for enrolled students and nearly the same amount in monetary and training awards for working professionals in business aviation, including pilots, maintenance professionals, schedulers, dispatchers, flight attendants and flight technicians.
Click here for more information.
Three way partnership in this Cessna 182P is available. The prospectus (in PDF format) has a lot more details.
The Washington State Aviation License Plate, sponsored by the Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT) Aviation Division, is a collaborative effort by several aviation organizations represented by the Washington State Aviation Alliance. The goal of this specialty plate is to highlight the importance of the state’s aviation system, and to raise funds to support aviation and public-use airports in Washington State.
T0 learn more and sign the petition. which needs 3500 signatures and is half way there.
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Our January SJPA potluck was a big success. Ronnie Metcalfe and Chris Chouinard gave a terriffic talk and slide show about their back-country flying and camping trips to Alaska and Idaho. The narrative was as interesting for the pilots amongst us – and for the non-pilots too.
We had nearly a full house, with about ten spouses, and one student pilot, Mark Franklin, and his instructor, Lou Colman.
The presentation was about an hour. Both speakers, Ronnie and Chris, added words, anecdotes, and color to each other’s piece. An overall enjoyable evening.
You can tell by the smiles here that all seventy of us enjoyed a terrific Saturday evening at the annual SJPA Holiday Dinner at the San Juan Island Yacht Club in Friday Harbor. Our featured speaker, Jim Crossley, is shown at the top right of this photo. He told us riveting stories about his years as a U-2 spy plane pilot. Typically, U-2 flights last nine hours, and the pilots who fly them are on a razor’s edge the entire time. It was a surprise to many of us to learn that several U-2s are still flying today and are an essential component for our national security. The first U-2 flight was in 1955. They have been improved over the years, but they’re still essentially the same plane that flew in The Fifties.