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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.

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

New Webcams at Sulphur Creek(ID74) Now Live

Go to our "Webcams" page; on the right side click on either of the Sulphur Creek webcams (or any of the webcams listed). Once the webcam picture comes up you may have to click on your "Refresh" button to receive the current picture. Weather may also be available by scrolling down below the map and clicking on the airstrip WX. Some webcams, like Warren, have the weather attached to the webcam page.  

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

Mary Build

Mary Build

Mary used to work in the supermarket industry setting up supply systems for supermarket chains and as a grocery buyer. She never had an office big enough, windows large enough and they could never pay her enough. The real problem was being inside an office and she was bored! Mary left that job when she was 45 to find just who she was meant to be, and never realized how much she needed to be outside until she moved to Maine. When she went for a scenic flight at an open house at the Fryeburg airport she decided to give it a try, but not as an occupation.

After that, there was no stopping her. It was the first time there was no question as to what direction to take. She got her private pilot's license when she was forty-seven, but wanted to be more proficient and have the same feeling in the plane as she did driving a car. After her instrument and commercial ratings, she went on to get a commercial SES. She started Naples Seaplane Service, Inc. in 1997 at fifty-two and had a Part 135 operation for several years flying a Cessna 185. She also opened a new Seaplane Base: 5ME Brandy Pond SPB. For a brief period of three years she ran the Fryeburg FBO and brought it back to life.

Since then, she's flown a multitude of planes and has a few more ratings: Commercial Single Engine Land and Sea, Multi Engine Instrument Land, CFI and CFII, Tail Wheel Endorsement and is a Designated Pilot Examiner.

She wanted to fly in the Air Race Classic, but didn't have a plane that qualified, so she contacted Bob Wiplinger from Wipaire and they made a deal for her to fly the race in a Cessna 182 on Amphibious floats and she came in 5th out of thirty-five entries. She has also flown the race as a co-pilot in a Cardinal. She has judged the Air Race Classic three times, flown to Alaska four times and planning another trip in the spring of 2017. Now in the winter of 2016, Mary is in the middle of writing a memoir to keep her love of flying alive. Her skis are on her "forever" plane, her fifth PA-12 Super Cruiser.

Mary is a member of:
Seaplane Pilots Association, AOPA, The Ninety-Nines, Inc., EAA and the Idaho Aviation Association. Monitor of the 99's list serve.

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