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Open Letter from President Andrew George to IAA Members 02/15/18

Click on the PDF below to read about the exciting news President Andrew George has to announce.

pdf file Open Letter to IAA Members

2017/2018 Aeronautics Art Contest

2017/2018 Aeronautics Art Contest

Aerospace Art Contest Starts Now!
Winners to be Announced by March 12, 2018

Boise, ID – The Idaho Division of Aeronautics is sponsoring a statewide, aviation-themed art contest from now through March 1, 2018. The theme is “Careers in Aerospace” and the contest is divided into Standard Artwork and Digital Artwork categories.

The Standard Artwork Category is split into five age groups for youths ranging from 5 to 18 years old. Among the requirements are the relevance to the theme, a signed certificate of authenticity accompanying the artwork, and no pencil, charcoal, collage, digital, or clip art. Winners in each age group will receive prizes that include an invitation to ride in a small airplane and attend an awards ceremony.

The Digital Artwork Category targets 14 to 20 year olds. It is a design challenge to create the official logo for the 2018 Aerospace Career Exploration (ACE) Academy. Requirements include relevance to the theme, a good understanding of ACE Academy, suitability for use on the internet and on apparel, and simplicity.

According to Rich Stowell, “We want to create a connection between the art contest and ACE Academy this year.” He added, “We are very excited about the digital artwork category, and can’t wait to see what kinds of logos are submitted to represent ACE Academy.”

The deadline to enter is March 1, 2018. To download an application to enter the art contest, see

McCall Chapter Teams Up With the City of McCall to Sponsor Aviation Pocket Park

McCall Chapter Teams Up With the City of McCall to Sponsor Aviation Pocket Park

Work was begun on the Pocket Park at the McCall Chapter Work Party held on September 8th.  Those helping put up fence and did other prep work.  The Park will increase the positive visibility of aviation in McCall to the thousands of people who traverse the walking and cycling path each year. There will be an elevated traffic pattern observational area, a kiosk with a CTAF/AWOS scanner, and MYL historical information. Plans are under discussion to expand the park once the basics are set up. Thanks go to Jay Sherer, McCall Airport Manager, for getting the dream off the ground.

See the article at

For more information contact McCall Chapter President Rob Tucker at or 208-841-7145. 

Victory in the Big Creek Four Airstrips Issue!

History was made on June 22, 2017 as the Idaho Transportation Department (ITD) Board of Directors unanimously approved a resolution stating that the Big Creek Four Airstrips (Vines, Dewey Moore, Mile Hi, and Simonds) should remain open to all aviators.  This resolution clarifies ITD's position concerning final approval of closure of Forest Service airstrips within the Frank Church River Of No Return Wilderness according to the Central Idaho Wilderness Act of 1980.
IAA president Andrew George and many members worked tirelessly with other aviation  and recreation groups to communicate with ITD to make it known that we will not allow airstrips to be needlessly closed.

pdf file ITD Resolution

Airport Bicycle Program Expanding

Airport Bicycle Program Expanding

Back in 2015 the Treasure Valley Chapter installed bike sheds in McCall and Joseph, OR.  This year they'll add one in Salmon, Stanley, and Garden Valley.  The program is such a huge asset to the aviation community that the Chapter is expanding the program and could use your donations to offset the cost of putting the sheds together.

To donate, mail a check to IAA, c/o Cindy Fritz, 4400 W. Pasadena Dr., Apt. 45, Boise, ID  83705.  To use a credit card call Cindy at 208-342-5465.

For more information contact TV Chapter President Joe Grubiak at 208-514-9258 or GET OUT AND RIDE!

Stuck 'N Stay Program is a Hit

The IAA has developed a program designed to reduce
accidents often associated with "get-home-itis" or "get-there-itis," the tendency for pilots to continue a flight to the destination, even if the weather is deteriorating or the aircraft has a problem. The IAA website now has a directory of generous IAA members who have offered to provide last-minute overnight stays to stuck pilots (who are IAA members) and their passengers at no charge. We are also looking to expand this directory to include more IAA members willing to host last-minute overnighters! Carry your IAA membership card with you so your host can validate your membership, and log on to for the host list.

Featured IAA Member

Ray E. Arnold

Ray E. Arnold

Ray has been flying the Idaho back country for over 54 years.  His first two hours of flight instruction were with Bob Fogg, and his lessons continued with Bill Dorris.  His first airplane was a PA-12, and in 1972 he obtained a Part 135 certificate and founded Arnold Aviation.  His first mail contract was with the Bureau of Reclamation for an air-mail contract to Deadwood Dam; Arnold Aviation now holds the only air-mail route in the lower 48 states, delivering mail directly to ranches and homes in the wilderness.

Ray has lived the life of his dreams by combining his two passions:  flying and people. Although it took hard work, dedication, and support from his family and employees, he's had a smile on his face the whole time.

Retired from flying on 09/29/17, Ray can still be found at Arnold Aviation.  There's always something that needs done and he's the man to do it.  Stop by and say "Hi".

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Feb 24: IAA Booth/NW Aviation Conference & Tradeshow; Puyallup WA Feb 24: East ID Chapter/EAA Fly-In Breakfast at Blackfoot (U02) Feb 25: IAA Booth/NW Aviation Conference & Tradeshow; Puyallup WA Apr 07: 3rd Annual Sun Valley (KSUN) Spring Fling Apr 08: 3rd Apr 10: Treasure Valley Chapter General Meeting Apr 21: Emmett (S78) Wings and Wheels May 18: Idaho Aviation Expo (KIDA) May 19: Idaho Aviation Expo (KIDA) Jun 02: Carey (U65) Fly-In and Breakfast Jun 16: Treasure Valley Chapter Garden Valley (U88) Father's Day Fly-In Potluck Jun 17: Treasure Valley Chapter Father's Day Fly-In Breakfast (U88) Jul 14: McCall (KMYL) Fly-In and Open House Oct 09: Treasure Valley Chapter General Meeting

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