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- represent our members in forums where decisions are made that affect general aviation;
- inform our members about aviation issues;
- work with public and private entities for the preservation, maintenance and enhancement of aviation facilities; and
- promote safety, education and public understanding of general aviation in Idaho.
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From Bill Ables, IAA Director, Dist. II Just wanted you to know that I delivered the 500-masks to the Wallowa County Emergency Manager, Paul Karvalski today. He was very ...Read More >>
There are now 3 webcams and a weather station at Lower Loon (C53) and a weather station at Picabo (ID82). You can view them all from our Airstrip...Read More >>
From Stefanie Henry of the National Weather Service, Boise ID: I wanted to introduce you to the new National Weather Service Boise Aviation webpa...Read More >>
Introduction to the DART Program and how the IAA is Involved
From Bill Ables, IAA Director, Dist. II
Just wanted you to know that I delivered the 500-masks to the Wallowa County Emergency Manager, Paul Karvalski today. He was very appreciative and was aware of the DART Program, but did not realize it involved local pilots. A big thanks to John Gough for getting this program up and running in the IAA! They will now be put to use by those who need them the most, our 1st Responders. Here is a photo of Paul receiving the box of masks. 04D did not take part in this effort (just it’s pilot), as Mike Hart, who was literally blown in here from Walla Walla, delivered these masks to me a few days ago, but I had to get an aircraft in the photo.
Background Information on DART from John Gough:
Hello everyone, Here is a link to a PowerPoint presentation that tells you about the Idaho DART we are organizing. Please review to get the idea of what a DART is. Click Here for DART PowerPoint
As we develop this team of aviators here in Idaho, we have the opportunity to really make a difference in both Idaho and the Northwest states. I would ask each of our directors to submit the names of 5 pilots that we could recruit into our Idaho DART. We are at the very beginning of organizing this unit and I think it could develop into a great team of first responders in time of crisis.
The DART leader in the Northwest has received 4 boxes( approx 2000) of reusable/washable PPE masks from FEMA. These masks are being delivered throughout the NW. We currently have Idaho's boxes at the Walla Walla Airport. We need to get these distributed to areas within our state for distribution to first responders in our communities. Firefighters, hospital units etc...
At our meeting yesterday, I asked Bill Ables, Don McIntosh and Mike Hart to have a plane drop into Walla Walla to pick up these boxes of masks for Idaho. We have a two week period to get this done. Mike Hart is travelling through this area this week on his way to Salmon and has offered to pick up some boxes. If Bill and Don could pick up one box each and Mike pick up two boxes please. Mike, Kerry and I will plan a flight to Salmon or any other point to pick up a box for the district 3 and 4 areas.
Thanks for your help--John Gough
p.s. I kind of like the idea of calling our group " Idaho Spud force" or something like that...
New Webcams & Weather Reports!
There are now 3 webcams and a weather station at Lower Loon (C53) and a weather station at Picabo (ID82). You can view them all from our Airstrips Page.
New National Weather Service Aviation Webpage
From Stefanie Henry of the National Weather Service, Boise ID:
I wanted to introduce you to the new National Weather Service Boise Aviation webpage that can be found at https://www.weather.gov/boi/aviation.
We have created this page to further enhance our weather support to our aviation communities. In particular, we have linked a few newer features under the "Decision Support" Tab that I wanted to share with you:
1. The Impact TAF Board - This interactive webpage creates a threat matrix view of the current TAF locations, based on impacts. You can customize this page to be for any location, and you can click on any site for a more in-depth matrix. We currently have the page set to view Idaho and Oregon TAF sites.
2. The Tactical Decision Aid - Similar to the Impact TAF Board, this interactive webpage shows customizable impacts based on the current TAF. The threat matrix thresholds can be changed to CAC, Flight Categories, or User defined. The link is currently set to Idaho and Oregon, but can be changed based on your preferences. Click on any site to view more matrix details.
3. Winter Weather Dashboard - This link initially arrives at a simple colorized impact matrix for winter weather at TAF sites. Locations and features can be customized on this site, as well. Click on any site to view more specific forecast model details that can be utilized year-round.
In case you would like more information I have created a web tutorial on the functionality of the new National Weather Service Boise Aviation Weather webpage (https://www.weather.gov/boi/aviation)
The tutorial is located at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UJjrf009s9I&feature=youtu.be
I hope you find this new webpage useful, in addition to the other services we provide. Please feel free to pass this email on to others that might enjoy its functionality.
National Weather Service Boise, ID
Aviation Program Leader
Air Quality Program Leader