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. With over 1,000 members, 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.
New Stuck 'N Stay Program!
The IAA has developed a new 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 www.IdahoAviation.com/stuck-n-stay.php for the host list.
Bicycles Now Available at McCall and Joseph, OR
Thanks to the Treasure Valley Chapter there is now a sturdy shed containing bicycles for YOUR use in McCall(KMYL), Joseph OR (KJSY), and in the spring of 2017, Salmon (KSMN). In McCall 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 Crista Worthy, Flyline Editor, will monitor and approve content on the page.
Live Webcams Available On Our Site
Go to our "Webcams" page 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 email@example.com .