WPA State President Jim Posner
While out doing some formation flying practice yesterday with some
fellow Bonanza pilots, I had to remark that there were a LOT of
aircraft buzzing around Bremerton airport for a change. We
actually had to wait for a few minutes to get a departure slot!
Very encouraging. We need to get GA aircraft flying and enjoying
the wonderful Northwest from our unique perspective. Use it or
lose it, as they say. We can help. The camaraderie that comes from
belonging to a GA pilot social group such as the WPA that has
educational, safety and advocacy dimensions is huge. The more
members we have, the more fun it is and the more we can do to make
GA in Washington healthy, safe, fun and affordable.
I hope that everyone is planning to attend the Northwest Aviation
Conference in Puyallup February 25-26. Each year, this awesome
trade show and seminar event is a great source of information
about new products as well as giving us efficient access to many
aviation related presentations so that we can fly safely and have
more fun with our aircraft. The quality of speakers will impress
Our annual meeting is there on that Saturday again this year.
We’ll be holding elections for the 2017 leadership slots that are
up for renewal. Lunch will be served. See you there!
It’s also a target-rich environment to help us recruit new
members. As you walk around the exhibit hall and attend the
seminars, ask the person standing/sitting next to you if he/she is
a WPA member. It’s a great conversation starter. Nobody is going
to think that you are trying to “sell” them something if you just
talk about how much value YOU get out of being a member and how
much their support will mean to strengthen our organization and
directly benefit them. Have a membership application form pad in
your back pocket (we’ll have lots of them at our booth in the
front of the building at the main entrance) and a copy of our
WINGS newspaper to give them. I find that a lot of pilots don’t
know much if anything about the WPA and will join when you tell
them why you are a member and how important it is for us to
represent as many Washington pilots as possible.
Stop by the WPA booth and say hello. Many of the WPA leadership
will be there. We’d love to meet you if we haven’t already.
The new FAA medical rule is scheduled to go into effect on May
1st. This major change in the medical requirements to fly should
bring a lot of new pilots and pilots who didn’t want to go through
the process of fighting for their medicals back into the game.
It’ll be good for everyone. More of us flying, more fuel sales to
help keep that expense down, more aircraft sales and more business
for FBOs and maintenance facilities. Everybody wins! The new rule
may not be perfect, but it’s a start. I hope that it helps you.
Our chapters are our life-blood. Stay in touch with your chapter
members and leadership and offer your ideas about events, ways to
improve the chapter experience and how we can all provide value to
our membership. We have a wealth of very smart folks in our ranks;
share your thoughts to help make the WPA even more successful!
Let’s Fly – Safely and Often!
Washington Pilots Association
(415) 990-0664 – always happy to hear what’s on your mind.
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