State President George Steed
Disaster Airlift Response Team. The WPA is working with the Washington
State Disaster Preparedness office to implement a GA response to a
regional disaster. Other states have experienced the utility
web of small aircraft able to airlift personnel and urgent supplies
during and after emergencies. The aim is not to compete with
National Guard or other heavy haulers, but to be a mobile, quickly
dispatched resource, able to ferry packets and people when roads are
impassable and time is critical. This model has worked in
California during the Loma Prieta Earthquake, and more recently during
hurricanes in Texas and Florida. Our turn will come and we
be ready. At the very least we will develop a list of
with locations, equipment, ratings, etc, that disaster managers can
call on in times of need. In time we could participate in
exercises to hone procedures and display capabilities.
first estimated that with 1000 members of the WPA we might get 10%
willing to participate in such and effort. But when I put the
question to the members at a recent board meeting, every hand went
up. I think we can easily show the benefit of a fleet of
aviation aircraft and willing pilots.
Our passport program (fly to each of the state’s public use airports,
receive recognition and, given sponsorship, premiums - we’re thinking a
leather flight jacket) is still on track but the WPA will have to pick
up a greater share of the effort than planned. We still
announce the program in February at Puyallup but will be asking the
chapters for help placing the stamp boxes at nearby airports,
photographing the locations, and maintaining the
the Seattle Chapter.
Most of the fun and benefit of the WPA happens in the
With a huge increase in members in the Seattle area, we will announce a
fall meeting of the Seattle Chapter. The most successful
have regular meetings with food, a speaker or seminar, Wings credit,
and become a regular gathering of friends. This is what we
to accomplish in Seattle. We will meet in Renton or Boeing
kick things off, elect officers, listen to a speaker, talk about the
worsening weather, trade information, tell a few flying stories, and
start planning a Christmas party.
else is the WPA doing for you?
We have recently sent reps to both state and local bodies to explain
the usefulness of GA, to educate decision makers on laws, FAA
regulations, and in some cases localities own legal obligations and
responsibilities, and generally keep aviation forefront as
development plans are being made. Our government affairs reps
knowledgeable, effective, and perform this service as
They represent our members, and by extension, all pilots, protecting
everyone’s right and privilege to fly.
20 groups have used the Stuart
this year. It is a WPA asset and a chance to spend some time
the San Juan islands on an island otherwise only accessible by private
watercraft. For scheduling and airfield conditions, contact
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
Please call or write if you have questions.
Swanson Field (Eatonville) Airport Dispute
to Read up on information regarding the future of Swanson Field.
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