The Idaho Aviation Association gives Idaho a general aviation voice, both locally and nationally. Our mission is to:
- 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.
We invite you to join over 1100 IAA members in this exciting and critical work for the future of aviation in Idaho.
Idaho’s “Fly Idaho” specialty license plate program will end this July unless many more pilots buy the plates—or unless the Legislature amen...Read More >>
Update from George J. Parker III; photos by Crista Worthy After about five months of closure, the new runway is finally finished at Glenns Ferry (U89) and the Mayor is planning...Read More >>
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 >>
“Fly Idaho” License Plates Threatened
Idaho’s “Fly Idaho” specialty license plate program will end this July unless many more pilots buy the plates—or unless the Legislature amends a law it passed last year. Under legislation that existed when the Idaho Aviation Foundation (IAF) sponsored the license plate bill ten years ago, 1,000 plates had to be in circulation each year in order for the program to continue.
About 1,400 plates currently are in use, producing more than $20,000 annually for aviation projects. That’s a lot of money for aviation! And, it doesn’t cost the state one dime. In fact, the state receives about the same amount of money as the IAF—a win-win!
Last year, the Legislature passed a bill to restrict future specialty license plate authorizations only to programs that benefit state agencies. Existing nonprofit entities, such as the IAF, were required to have at least 2,000 plates in circulation each year, rather than 1,000, in order to continue. The IAF is asking lawmakers to amend that law to eliminate minimum plate requirements while retaining restrictions on future license plate programs. The IAF believes legislators did not intend to financially harm programs such as the foundation funds for aviation safety, education, and airstrip enhancements.
It is time for our senators to hear from constituents. We need to encourage Senate Transportation Committee Chairman Lori Den Hartog, Vice Chairman, Jim Woodward, and Committee Member Chuck Winder to put our proposed legislation on the committee’s agenda. Soon!
Emails, in your own words, should go to: firstname.lastname@example.org; email@example.com; firstname.lastname@example.org; and any other senators on the Senate Transportation Committee. You can find the rest of the committee members at https://legislature.idaho.gov/committees/senatecommittees/. The Transportation Committee is at the bottom of the list.
It would also be good to copy Joe Palmer and other representatives in the House. Joe’s email is email@example.com.
You can find your legislators at https://Legislature.idaho.gov/Legislators/WhosMyLegislator. You will see all three of your legislators’ names, along with small photos of them. Just click on their photo, and that should take you to a page with all their contact information, a short bio, and what committees they are on.
Ask them all to support putting our proposed legislation on the Transportation Committee's agenda - make your voice heard!
Glenns Ferry Runway Resurfaced--Ribbon Cutting Advisory!!!
Update from George J. Parker III; photos by Crista Worthy
After about five months of closure, the new runway is finally finished at Glenns Ferry (U89) and the Mayor is planning a ribbon cutting ceremony at the airport on November 27th (the day after Thanksgiving) at 2 p.m. (please check NOTAMs since it may be cancelled or delayed due to COVID-19).
The ramp will be getting done next spring, so please be careful on the west ramp as it is still broken up in places. The east ramp is solid.
Short final to the OLD runway
Did you know there is a winery adjacent to the runway?? Yes! The former Carmela Winery has been taken on by Teresa McCallum. It’s now called the Yknot Winery. It is within walking distance of the airport (maybe we can arrange an IAA bike shack?!) with great food, golf, and for pax, wine! If the weather is good and you happen to be out and about, please fly-in and say hello from six feet! https://YKnotWinery.com/golf-course/
Winery front entrance
(LATEST UPDATE: As of 11/21/20, the Winery is closed due to COVID-19 , but put this on your calendar for next year!)
Other activities include the Three Island Crossing State Park and Interpretive Center, which is within a few hundred feet of the east ramp. The center is open Tue–Sat, 10:30 a.m.–4 p.m. So, you can bring the kids or grandkids, learn some Oregon Trail history, and picnic or play in the park. Here is a link for more information: https://ParksAndRecreation.idaho.gov/.../three-island.../
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.
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...
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