WPA State President George Steed
Please accept a sincere ‘Thank You’ for
electing me to lead the Washington Pilots Association in 2017.
It is a great honor and one which I will not take lightly.
A word of introduction:
I began my flight instruction in 1975, ran away to join the
Navy in ’77, became a bombardier and flew in A6-Es out of Whidbey
Island and off USS Coral Sea from ’79-82, and finally got my
pilot’s license in 2005.
I achieved my instrument rating in 2007, became an A&P in
2012, and The Lovely Mrs. Steed and I bought a 1966 Bonanza in
early 2013, just as we were beginning retirement.
From then until now each day has been more fun than the
last. I expect that to
When I consider the Washington Pilots
Association, three things come to mind:
It’s all about chapters.
90% of what we do and 100% of the fun stuff happens in
chapters. Chapters are
where we have meetings, parties, fly-ins, and fly-outs. It’s where
we interact with old friends and meet new ones.
It’s where we bring new aviators into the fold.
The job of the state officers and board of directors is to
ensure that the chapters have the support, help, and encouragement
to survive and thrive.
If we do that we’ll have done our job.
If not, we need to hear from you and be reminded of what we
should be doing and how we may help.
We’re all moving into it.
We need to recognize that things are changing and we need
to embrace the positive changes and identify and fight the
negative. Brice Van
Baren and FATPNW have shown us that social media can be a powerful
force for multiplying the fun we have flying.
The WPA does not need to envy FATPNW’s success or try to
compete with or become like FATPNW but we must understand the
changes the future will bring and adapt to them.
At age 64, with luck, I think I can reasonably expect
to fly for another 20 years, any threats to general aviation
Whether user fees, airport encroachment, ATC privatization, or any
other circumstance, I will probably be able to fly out my time.
The same cannot, with certainty, be said for today’s young
pilots. A 20 year old
pilot has 60 years left to fly and a lot can happen in 60 years.
Our core mission is to protect the amazing privilege we
enjoy and we must be vigilant and effective in our efforts to do
Many hands make light work.
My grandmother said it 60 years ago and it’s just as true
today. Go to a chapter
meeting. Organize a
fly-out. Volunteer for
the Christmas Party crew.
You don’t have to do everything but if everyone does one
thing, we’ll get an incredible amount done and have a great time
doing it. Sharing
challenges with others forms bonds, and aviators are fun people to
share tasks with.
Let’s go out there and fly!
We have recently partnered with FATPNW by
offering a free one-year membership to purchasers of FATPNW
Premium. They will
provide us with names, we will contact the new members and pair
them with a local chapter, and everybody wins.
As of the first of March, we have 45 new members identified
through this partnership.
Second: We would like to
revitalize both the Seattle and Olympia chapters.
If you live in these areas and would like to be a part of
shaping some exciting aviation, please contact me.
We’ll be announcing initial meetings when we have a
critical mass and are excited about the possibilities.
Washington Pilots Association
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