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.
Attention District 5 Members!
In the next few months, the Board of Directors will be appointing an interim director for District 5. This action is in accordance with IAA By Law 4.04. Directors play a direct role in IAA policy and decision making.
If you or someone you know are interested in serving in that capacity, please contact Kerry Requa at firstname.lastname@example.org or Jim Davies at email@example.com by 1 January 2014.
Patrick Williams to speak at the Treasure Valley Chapter Christmas
Party on December 10th in Boise. Check out his bio as the featured member below. To find out how to attend the party (and meet Patrick in person) take a look at the calendar on the right.
Mahoney Airstrip Maintenance Project
September 12th through 17th, 2013
Bryan Parker, Raina Phillips and Jenni Boutz began our journey into the Mahoney Airstrip on Thursday September 12th getting four head of stock and tools up to the trailhead at Indian Springs Guard Station. Friday morning Parker and Boutz rode out to Cougar Springs and on down Cougar Creek while Phillips followed on foot. We all made it to the airstrip after fording the Middle Fork Friday evening.
Strong thunderstorms spooked the stock later Friday night and they broke out of the electric fence and ran up river, to visit Bruce at Little Creek Guard Station. Saturday morning, after several attempts to fly into Mahoney through low clouds, two planes piloted by volunteers, Stan Clark and Jack Kotaki, from the Idaho Aviation Association (IAA) landed at Mahoney. They brought in paint, tools, and supplies for the project. We all then set out to work scraping old paint off the airstrip boundary marker and windsock markers.
We later inspected the windsock, tie-downs, and runway surface. In the afternoon after several hours of work, thunderstorms threatened and the pilots decided to leave before the weather and strong winds got worse. Parker and Phillips began painting markers while Boutz went to retrieve the stock from Little Creek Guard Station.
Sunday morning we continued painting the markers, removing loose rocks from the main airstrip, pulling and cutting vegetation that was encroaching on the active portions of the runway. Later in the day Phillips and Boutz with the aid of stock moved several loads of rock and dirt to fill in a large hole on the edge of the runway. This hole presented a hazard to planes as they taxied to the tie-down area. We then finished painting, filled in some low spots with additional dirt, and smoothed out some ruts on the middle of the runway. We also replaced some of the parts of the tie-downs, making all three sets of tie-downs functional. One set of markers on the upstream end of the runway still need to be painted because we ran out of paint. This will require one gallon of paint. Monday we made our way back up a steep rocky Cougar Creek and on into Loon Creek Guard Station.
Submitted by Bryan Parker
Middle Fork Ranger District
HC 63 Box 1669 Challis, ID 83226
208 879-6223 firstname.lastname@example.org
There was no place better for a first flight than Salmon, Idaho, where my dad, Dick Williams, made the first entry in my logbook when I was 7 years old. That began a life of aviation for me and I’ve continued to try to learn as much as I can about all aspects of the profession. I soloed as early as possible but not without proper instruction. Nampa, Idaho was where I accomplished the majority of my training and Dad would often take me out to various airstrips for landing practice. My solo cross country took me to Stanley and it was the first time I was able to appreciate the backcountry by myself. Needless to say I was addicted and have been traveling back to Idaho at every opportunity to take the Cub back to my favorite strips and canyons. After graduating Kuna high school I was off to the Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs. The highlight of my time there was the opportunity to participate in the glider program, not only as a student but then as a cadet instructor for the final two years. This culminated in being a member of the glider cross-country competition team.
Post academy graduation, it was off to USAF pilot training in Columbus, Mississippi—my first time to the south and flying without any mountains as reference! It was the most fun I’ve had. I started in the T-37 and did well enough to progress to the fighter/bomber trainer, the T-38 Talon. After one year I graduated, got my wings, and my first choice of F-15C Eagle follow-on training. In between these events were the standard survival training, water survival training, POW training, and 2 months flying the T-38 during ”Introduction to Fighter Fundamentals.” F-15C training was in Panama City, Florida and a great place to fly my first fighter. It took 7 months to get through the course of basic flying, air refueling, dog-fighting, long range intercepts, and night flying. Again I was lucky enough to get an assignment to my first fighter squadron in Anchorage, Alaska. The 12th FS “Dirty Dozen” was a great squadron and it is where I spent my early years as fighter pilot. Soon the squadron closed down in arrival preparation of the F-22 Raptors. About 6 months later I was selected to help start up the F-22 in the 90th Fighter Squadron. I couldn’t believe it and was soon on my way back to Florida for 3 months of F-22 training.
Besides the awesome opportunity to fly the F-15 and F-22 in Alaska, I also convinced Dad to bring the Super Cub up for a few years. I progressed with attaining my commercial float rating and flying around the state as much as possible in that little Cub. I think I logged more hours every year of Cub time than in fighters! Time literally flew by during my 5 years in Alaska and the Cub eventually made its way back to Idaho and I was off to Hawaii to start the 6th and final combat Raptor squadron in the USAF.
I was in Hawaii for 2 years helping to grow that squadron to achieve full operational capability. Even had time to make it back to Idaho for a couple weeks of backcountry flying. Last year I was selected to be the F-22 demonstration pilot and moved to Langley AFB, Virginia. Unfortunately, sequestration and a series of cuts, shut down the program for the foreseeable future. I am currently the Assistant Director of Operations at the 94th Fighter Squadron (Eddie Rickenbacker's Hat-in-the-Ring Squadron) and work as an F-22 examiner and flight instructor. Learning to fly in the magnificent Idaho skies and with a top instructor left me highly prepared for my endeavors; and to think it all started with a Super Cub flight looking at horses and cows around the Salmon River Valley.