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President's Message

WPA State President George Steed

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DART Washington.  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 of a web of small aircraft able to airlift personnel and urgent supplies during and after emergencies.  The aim is not to compete with the 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 must be ready.  At the very least we will develop a list of volunteers 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.  

I 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 general aviation aircraft and willing pilots.  
 
Fly Washington.  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 intend to 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 installations. 
 
Reestablishing the Seattle Chapter.  Most of the fun and benefit of the WPA happens in the chapters.  With a huge increase in members in the Seattle area, we will announce a fall meeting of the Seattle Chapter.  The most successful chapters have regular meetings with food, a speaker or seminar, Wings credit, and become a regular gathering of friends.  This is what we hope to accomplish in Seattle.  We will meet in Renton or Boeing Field, 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. 
 
What 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 are knowledgeable, effective, and perform this service as volunteers.  They represent our members, and by extension, all pilots, protecting everyone’s right and privilege to fly.
 
20 groups have used the Stuart Island cabin this year.  It is a WPA asset and a chance to spend some time in the San Juan islands on an island otherwise only accessible by private watercraft.  For scheduling and airfield conditions, contact Tom Jensen. 

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The WPA-PAC By-Laws 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 meeting.
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