State President George Steed
“Well, I guess the flying
season’s over,” said a pilot recently, looking at yet another day of
rain. I had to think about that a while. Certainly, after
months of blue skies here in the Northwest, even though a week of rain,
snow, and ice in the clouds seems discouraging, I think that we just
move into a different sort of flying season. First, consider that
with cooler temps, density altitudes are higher. Airplanes like
that: shorter takeoffs, steeper climbs, air that seems more
solid. Second, VFR days seem more precious. I find myself
watching the weather and looking forward to a break in the clouds,
eagerly anticipating a day to go up. Third, it’s easier to
maintain night currency when it’s dark by 5PM instead of having to wait
There are other good reasons to take every
opportunity to fly and they involve our airplanes. Airplanes like
to fly. The Continental and Lycoming reps will say that the best
thing you can do for the longevity of your engine is make sure it
operates at full power for at least an hour each week. Oil
circulates, lubricates, and the high operating temps burn off any
moisture condensed by sitting in a cold hangar or created by
combustion. A short ground run won’t do it. How do we run
at full power for an hour? Well, those pancake breakfasts and
$100 hamburgers aren’t going to eat themselves . . .
update: The Washington Airborne Disaster Response Team is forming
and you can be a part. We are creating a list of GA pilots
willing to be of assistance in the case of a regional disaster.
Small aircraft are an agile, quickly dispatchable resource that could
service localities isolated by fires, landslides, earthquakes,
volcanoes, etc. that might occur here in our region. We’re
coordinating with the Oregon Pilots Association which is doing the same
thing. We anticipate transporting essential personnel (doctors,
nurses, bridge engineers) and essential supplies (food,
If you are willing to be listed and consider
a request for help please send me an email at email@example.com
subject line: Washington DART. I’ll send a form to be filled
out. We may never be called but it’s always better to be
Finally, I recently attended the Washington
State Community Airport Managers Association conference. I was
amazed and impressed by the amount of preparation, effort, and hard
work that goes into protecting, repairing, maintaining, and operating
these amazing airports that we often take for granted. The next
time you fly somewhere, if you’re in the terminal, FBO, or line shack,
find the airport manager and thank them for the work they do providing
these wonderful pieces of infrastructure.
were read into the
Board Minutes on November 11, 2017
as a draft for comments by members.
They will be scheduled for update and approval at the next Board
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