Working to preserve Idaho's irreplaceable airports and backcountry airstrips.
The Idaho Aviation Association was organized in 1989 to give Idaho a general aviation voice locally and nationally. Our mission is to represent our members in forums where decisions are made that affect general aviation; to inform our members about aviation issues; to work with public and private entities for the preservation, maintenance and enhancement of aviation facilities; and to promote safety, education and public understanding of general aviation in Idaho.
Notice of Annual Membership Meeting
This message is to serve as formal notice and invite all members and non-members to attend the ANNUAL GENERAL MEMBERSHIP MEETING of the Idaho Aviation Association which will be held in the Aero Mark Hangar at Idaho Falls (KIDA) on May 17th, 2014 at noon. Lunch will be served and is free to active members of the association.
During the meeting there will be a vote to choose an At-Large Director for a three year term. Nominations for the position will be open until midnight of May 11th. To make a nomination contact Secretary Nadine Burak at email@example.com or 208-861-9056.
Pelican Point Work Party
We had a good showing of helpers at 28U. There were 17 people and 8 airplanes. 2 flew in from LaGrande, 1 from Redmond, and 2 boated in from Ontario. Brush and rocks were cleared to create an alternate landing strip on the west side and parallel to the present strip. Thank you to all the helpers!!
An agreement between the Idaho and Oregon Aviation/Pilot Associations and the respective Aeronautics departments has allowed the Idaho Aviation Association to help with maintenance on several Oregon airstrips in order to keep them open. Pelican Point/Owyhee Reservoir Airstrip is one of those.
Johnson Creek (3U2) Recommended Operating Procedures Now Available!
Idaho Department of Aeronautics has published recommended operating procedures for Johnson Creek. Check them out yourself and pass the word to anyone headed to Idaho this summber.
Harry has been an IAA member since 2001, just before his adventurous flight across the country - one and a half times - in his Cessna 180. His book, West By 180, tells of his adventures that were both fun and scary.
He'd wanted to fly since he was young, but as with a lot of us, finances put a hold on things. It all started when he went to college and joined the Air Force ROTC. After he was commissioned they sent him to flight school and he served six years of active duty . For two years he had orders to go to Viet Nam, but was sent instead to New Mexico for training.
Harry then spent fifteen years in the Air National Guard, ten of them flying his personal favorite, the F86 Saber - the first of the swept-wing jets and the last of the "sport planes". He flew with commercial airlines while in the guard and continued that for another 12 years afterward.
After "retiring" he opened his own business, giving seaplane rides to people in Maine. It was an enjoyable job, bringing people back with huge grins on their faces, but insurance costs got out of hand and that was the end of the business.
Still not ready to leave the aviation world he decided to use his CFI rating (achieved after leaving the Guard) and has been instructing ever since. During his fifty-five years of flying he's flown twenty different airplanes.
It doesn't sound like he'll sit back and relax on the ground as long as there's a plane to fly - unless maybe he's fishing at one of his favorite holes. Stop by to see him at Moose Creek during the last two weeks of May this year, where he'll be the camp host. For a copy of his book contact him at 812-338-3845 or firstname.lastname@example.org.