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.
Don't Forget the Flying Companion Seminar Coming Up
It's on March 15th and details are on the calendar to the right. There are still a few seats left and maybe your lady wants to be there!
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.
Treasure Valley Chapter Selects New Board Members
At the February 11th Treasure Valley Chapter general meeting Joe Grubiak and Matt Conklin were voted the newest members of the Board of Directors. Board Members are:
President: Steve Burak 861-9056
Secretary: Andrew George 794-4480
Treasurer: Tawni Swann 867-4432
Member: Jerry Terlisner 859-7959
Member: Dale Gust 266-2007
Member: Russell Tackett 697-1934
Member: Matt Conklin 867-6757
Member: Joe Grubiak 514-9258
If you have comments, questions,or ideas please contact one of the them and join in the fun of making things happen!
Please Note: Chapter meeting notices will now be sent via email instead of postcard - Don't forget to Update Your Email Address.
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.