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The Idaho Aviation Association was organized in 1989 to give Idaho a general aviation voice locally and nationally. With over 1000 members, our mission is to:

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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

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. 

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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