Working to preserve Idaho's irreplaceable airports and backcountry airstrips.
The Idaho Aviation Association was organized in 1989 to give Idaho a general aviation voice locally and nationally. Our mission is to represent our members in forums where decisions are made that affect general aviation; to inform our members about aviation issues; to work with public and private entities for the preservation, maintenance and enhancement of aviation facilities; and to promote safety, education and public understanding of general aviation in Idaho.
Breakfast at Warren (3U1)
The Baum Shelter at Warren is under new ownership and management. They will serve breakfast on the 1st and 3rd weekends of each month this summer! Plus, the restaurant is open daily serving burgers, salads, sandwiches, and more. There are overnight cabins for rent and they can serve breakfast to overnight guests. Reserve by calling 208-636-4393, 208-636-4722, or email firstname.lastname@example.org. www.BaumShelterToo.com.
Courtesy Car Now Available at Orofino (S68)
The small but beautiful facility has a Handicapped Accessible restroom and a refrigerator generously stocked with water, juices and energy drinks. A couple of coffee-makers, snacks, and magnificent furnishings including a 55" flat television are there for your comfort. The interior furnishings and appliances were generously provided with a gift from Lonnie and Shannon Simpson, local supporters of the Orofino Airport's improvements.
Instructions to pilots are posted on the door provide ease of entry. Use of refreshments is currently on an as needed basis, however, donations are appreciated.
Pilots travelling in the North Idaho area are encouraged to stop and visit. Fuel (100 LL) is available by calling the Airport Manager weekdays between hours of 8:00 am to 3:00 pm at 208-476- 4725. Outside those hours call the Sheriff's office at 208-476-4521. Help for the fuel system will be sent. Payment for fuel may be made by cash, check or an invoice will be sent to the mailing address of your choosing. The city is contemplating a card lock system where credit cards can be utilized at the pump.
Article and photo courtesy of Charlie Pottenger
Idaho Aviation Expo Was A Great Success!
Although the weather did not cooperate we had a great turnout at the Expo on May 20-21st. The seminars and booths were well attended and the lunches and dinner were sold out.
At the general membership luncheon President Kerry Requa reminded attendees that one of the goals of the IAA is to "promote, preserve, and protect aviation in Idaho" and that everyone who is a member contributes to this just by adding to our count of people who care when we talk to legislators and government officials' about important aviation issues.
Kerry stated that the chapters contribute the labor and drive for many of the projects the IAA has completed or contributed to in the last year. Some of those are:
- Bicycle shed in McCall, and coming soon in Salmon, and Joseph, Oregon.
- Preserve access and maintain airstrips and airports that may be in danger, such as Wapshilla in southeast Oregon. The recent state land use legislation passed that protects airports has had an impact on local governments' views on their airports.
- Sponsorship of ACE Academy, which gives career briefings and orientation flights to high school students.
- Over $10,000 in scholarships given annually to keep the young engaged.
- Sponsorship of the first Idaho aviation STEM program on April 23rd.
- Wilderness Within Reach is managed and assisted by our members to help those with physical or monetary difficulties in accessing the backcountry.
- Backcountry webcams have been sponsored by the IAA and Idaho Aviation Foundation (IAF) working together.
In conclusion Kerry invited all members to give the board of directors your input - they need to know what's important to you in order to serve you best.
The annual membership meeting raffle winners were:
- Scott Henscheid - "Notes From the Cockpit" book written by member Dick Williams
- Mike Marquette - "Fly Idaho" book set written by member Galen Hanselman
- Tom Strong - Raffle ticket for Cessna 172
- Dan Olmstead - Mini iPad
Hope to see you next year for an even bigger and better Expo!
Bicycles Now Available at McCall
Thanks to the Treasure Valley Chapter there is now a sturdy shed containing bicycles for YOUR use in McCall(KMYL). As you can see from the photo, the shed perfectly matches McCall Aviation’s building next door. It's just outside the secured airport perimeter and west of the Pedestrian Gate adjacent to the McCall Aviation Parking Lot. Instructions are on the locked shed for accessing the bicycles.
There are plans to do this at other locations; if you have bicycles to donate or ideas for another location please contact TV Chapter President Joe Grubiak at 208-514-9258 or email@example.com.
GET OUT AND RIDE!
IAA Has a Facebook Page!
Like us at https://www.facebook.com/IdahoAviation. This is a great way to reach young aviators and let them know that flying an airplane is possible for anyone. Sam Perez from Idaho Falls put the page together and will be one of four administrators who will monitor and approve content on the page, along with East Idaho Directors Jeanine Lawler and Mike Hart, and Flyline Editor Crista Worthy.
Live Webcams Available On Our Site
Go to our "Airstrips" page, click on "Webcams" then on the right side click on 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.
Featured IAA Member
Jerry grew up loving the outdoors as his parents took him camping in the mountains, deserts and ocean shores around his home town of Pomona, CA. Jerry was surrounded by pilots in his family: an aunt, uncle, and cousins were all pilots. With such early exposure to aviation, Jerry's goal was to someday learn to fly.
Prior to retiring in 1994 , Jerry spent his 36-year working career as a Federal Executive in the Navy's air launched missile testing center at Point Mugu, CA, starting as a Student Engineer upon graduation from South Pasadena High School in 1958. He holds a BSEE degree from University of California at Berkeley. While in California, he explored the great outdoors on trail bikes, four-wheel drive vehicles, and Arabian horses spending hours on the trail in 50-mile cross-country endurance races. However, it wasn't until 1990 when planning for retirement that Jerry finally took action to realize his lifetime desire to become an aviator.
Anticipating retirement, Jerry and his wife Liz decided to seek quality of life and Jerry's ideal criteria included a ranch with an airstrip on it. They purchased Smiling Gulch Ranch in Lincoln, MT in 1990 which included a hangar at Lincoln Airport (S69). Jerry obtained his Private Pilot license in 1992 at the age of 52. Retiring in 1994, he formed the Lincoln Flying Club with a Piper PA-28-180 which later was upgraded to a Cessna 182. Wishing to expand his flying skills, Jerry purchased an Aviat Husky A-1A in 1999 from his cousin Bob Hoff who owns Aero Mark, the FBO in Idaho Falls, and began his backcountry flying adventures. In 2005 Jerry created the Cain Ranch Airport (28MT).
In 2003, Jerry attended the annual meeting of the Montana Pilots Association (MPA) in Bozeman to get involved in the MPA Recreational Airstrip Committee. At that meeting, Jerry suggested and offered to create the independent Recreational Aviation Foundation (RAF) as a national Public Charity for the purpose of preserving, maintaining, and creating recreational and backcountry airstrips across the nation. With the help of a small group of other Montana pilots who'd been pursuing this idea, Jerry successfully navigated the filing process with the State of Montana and the US Internal Revenue Service to establish the RAF as an IRS 501(c)(3) Public Charity in December, 2003. With its' inception, Jerry served on the RAF Board of Directors (BOD) as Director, Secretary, and Treasurer and in January 2012 retired to be the first RAF Director Emeritus. However, Jerry is still heavily involved in RAF activities and truly demonstrates his passion for backcountry aviation through his tireless support. His ever-present desire is to see it fulfill its mission across the entire nation.
In 2010 Jerry became a volunteer pilot for Pilots N Paws www.pilotsnpaws.org , another IRS 501(c)(3) public charity, and since his retirement from the RAF BOD has become very active in transporting rescue animals and also facilitating and coordinating those and other rescue flights in which he is not even flying. Jerry is an avid animal lover and finds this activity is a really good excuse to go flying while saving the lives of these animals. He says you all should try it! If you are interested in what it is like being a volunteer pilot for Pilots N Paws, send him an email at firstname.lastname@example.org .