President's Message

 

 




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 you.

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!

Jim Posner
State President
Washington Pilots Association
(415) 990-0664 – always happy to hear what’s on your mind.

Page Last Updated: 01.29.17

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