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New National Weather Service Aviation Webpage

From Stefanie Henry of the National Weather Service, Boise ID: I wanted to introduce you to the new National Weather Service Boise Aviation webpa...

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Proposed IAA By-Law Changes

The IAA Board of Directors has proposed amendments to the IAA by-laws. These amendments will be voted on by the Board at its next meeting on May 24, 2020, subject to the approval of th...

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Get YOUR Personalized Aviation License Plate!

     Aviation enthusiasts have another way to display their love for flying in Idaho. By purchasing a "Fly Idaho" license plate, they will also be supporting organizatio...

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Beaver Pond Leveler

     Dan Conner of the Idaho Division of Aeronautics sent this in, saying, “Just wanted to share the great work that the IAA work parties an...

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Scholarship Thank You Letter

Dear  Scholarship Committee,     Just touching base from snowy Sandpoint to announce that I recently successfully completed my multi-engine commercial trainin...

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2019 Work Party Schedule

Jerry Terlisner, Vice President of Activities, has announced the work party schedule for 2019.  See the full list on our Website Calendar

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District 2 Director Bill Ables Continues to Serve

Nominations for Director of District II have closed, with Bill Ables remaining to serve as your Director.  

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Your New District 3 Director is John Davis!

Nominations for District 3 Director have been closed and John Davis has agreed to serve for the next 3 years as your Director.  Congratulations John!

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Volunteers Needed!

Excerpt from President Andrew George's September Flyline Article:  (We need) The guy or gal who understands what we have here in Idaho and is willing to help preserve...

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Idaho Aviation Magazine Article

Sun Valley Magazine has created a great article about Idaho aviation; with excerpts from an interview with IAA President, Andrew George.  Enjoy!

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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.

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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 pos...

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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 su...

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Stuck 'N Stay Program is a Hit

The IAA has developed a program designed to reduceaccidents often associated with "get-home-itis" or "get-there-itis," the tendency for pilots to continue a flight to the destinati...

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New National Weather Service Aviation Webpage


From Stefanie Henry of the National Weather Service, Boise ID:


I wanted to introduce you to the new National Weather Service Boise Aviation webpage that can be found at https://www.weather.gov/boi/aviation.
We have created this page to further enhance our weather support to our aviation communities. In particular, we have linked a few newer features under the "Decision Support" Tab that I wanted to share with you:


1. The Impact TAF Board - This interactive webpage creates a threat matrix view of the current TAF locations, based on impacts. You can customize this page to be for any location, and you can click on any site for a more in-depth matrix. We currently have the page set to view Idaho and Oregon TAF sites.
2. The Tactical Decision Aid - Similar to the Impact TAF Board, this interactive webpage shows customizable impacts based on the current TAF. The threat matrix thresholds can be changed to CAC, Flight Categories, or User defined. The link is currently set to Idaho and Oregon, but can be changed based on your preferences. Click on any site to view more matrix details.
3. Winter Weather Dashboard - This link initially arrives at a simple colorized impact matrix for winter weather at TAF sites. Locations and features can be customized on this site, as well. Click on any site to view more specific forecast model details that can be utilized year-round.

In case you would like more information I have created a web tutorial on the functionality of the new National Weather Service Boise Aviation Weather webpage (https://www.weather.gov/boi/aviation)

The tutorial is located at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UJjrf009s9I&feature=youtu.be


Please make sure to select the 1080p HD version of the video found in the video settings icon (round gear symbol along the bottom of the video). 

You can also speed up the video playback under that same settings icon, since the video is about 18 minutes long with the normal playback setting.

I hope you find this new webpage useful, in addition to the other services we provide. Please feel free to pass this email on to others that might enjoy its functionality.

Best Regards,
Stefanie


Stefanie Henry
National Weather Service Boise, ID
Aviation Program Leader
Air Quality Program Leader
www.weather.gov/Boise
Office: (208)-334-9861


Proposed IAA By-Law Changes

The IAA Board of Directors has proposed amendments to the IAA by-laws. These amendments will be voted on by the Board at its next meeting on May 24, 2020, subject to the approval of the membership.


First, the Board wants to have the by-laws allow for the continuation of the mission of the Idaho Aviation Hall of Fame (IAHOF) by creating a new Standing Committee, which will select persons eligible for membership in the IAHOF on the basis of material contributions to aviation. A procedure for nominations and selections of candidates will be contained in this amendment. By way of brief explanation, the IAHOF corporation is being dissolved and the Board has agreed to have the IAA continue the idea of honoring deserving candidates under the existing name of the Idaho Aviation Hall of Fame. The new Standing Committee will have three members and will make recommendations to the IAA Board of Directors annually. An amendment to the by-laws is necessary to accomplish this.


Second, the Board wants to expand the number of Directors by adding one additional member. This will reflect increasing the IAA Districts from six to seven. The reason for this is to better serve the aviation communities of central Idaho. An amendment to the by-laws is necessary to allow an additional District and an additional Director.


Any objections to these proposed amendments should be sent to the IAA Secretary, Nadine Burak, at info@idahoaviation.com within 30 days from the date of this notice, April 23, 2020. If a member does not object, the Board will consider the lack of an objection as approval of these proposed amendments. This method has been selected by the Board because the customary annual meeting held in May cannot be accommodated due to the existing pandemic and the advice of public health authorities.

Questions about these amendments should be directed to the Secretary.


Thank You for Your Continued Support !

Get YOUR Personalized Aviation License Plate!

Get YOUR Personalized Aviation License Plate!

     Aviation enthusiasts have another way to display their love for flying in Idaho. By purchasing a "Fly Idaho" license plate, they will also be supporting organizations that work to preserve and enhance the airstrips that help make Idaho a special place for pilots.
     In addition to the regular registration fee, the specialized plates will cost an extra $35 initially, and $25 at renewal. If your plates are not immediately due for renewal any remaining registration time will be credited to the new plate. Customized numbers and letters, such as an aircraft's N number will cost another $25 initially, and $15 at renewal. Only five characters are available on the plates, so you may not be able to have the "N" on it. Sample plates, suitable for hanging on your wall are available for $30. 
     The plates are available at the usual county vehicle registration offices and online at itd.idaho.gov/dmv/onlineservices.

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Beaver Pond Leveler

Beaver Pond Leveler

     Dan Conner of the Idaho Division of Aeronautics sent this in, saying, “Just wanted to share the great work that the IAA work parties and our Divisions Maintenance crews are doing together. Great work all the way around. Thank you everyone.”
     You may be aware that the Magee Airstrip in North Idaho is subject to flooding, due to an adjacent beaver dam. Beavers are generally beneficial, because their dams create ponds that provide habitat for fish and other wildlife, because they control flooding by slowing river flows, and generally save water. However, sometimes a beaver pond is too close to man-made structures. If the level of the beaver pond can be lowered some, everyone can live in peace. That’s where beaver pond levelers come in.
     A properly designed and built pond leveler will create a permanent leak through the beaver dam that the beavers cannot stop. They eliminate the need for repeated beaver removal.
     In order for these pipe systems to work, they must be designed so that a beaver cannot detect the flow of water into the pipe. The pond leveler works by surrounding the submerged intake of the pipe with a large cylinder of fencing to prevent the beavers from getting close enough to the pipe intake to detect water movement. As a result, the beavers do not try to clog the pipe, and maintenance is rarely needed. Usually a pond depth of at least three feet is required for these beaver dam pipes to function properly.
     The height of the pipe in the dam determines the pond level (see diagram). Water will flow through the pipe unless the pond level drops below the peak of the pipe. The pipe is set in the dam at the desired pond level, and can be adjusted up or down if desired.
     Pond leveler pipes do not need to be sized like road culverts to handle catastrophic storm events because heavy storm runoff will simply flow over the top of the dam. Following the storm the pipe will return the pond to the normal level. Some mild pond fluctuations are possible following very wet periods, but since the dam height is controlled by the pipe the water remains controlled at a safe level.
     When installing a pipe system it is very important to lower a pond only enough to protect human interests.       The more a pond is lowered the more likely it is beavers will build a new dam downstream to render the pipe ineffective. Lowering a beaver pond by up to one vertical foot is generally not a problem.
     A single round of beaver trapping may be necessary prior to a pipe installation if a beaver dam must be lowered by 2 feet or more. Beaver removal will prevent them from building new problematic dams in response to the lower water. Fortunately though, when new beavers relocate to this area they are likely to tolerate the smaller pond with new dam building because they do not have the memory of the higher water level. Therefore, repeat beaver removal is usually not needed.
     So far at Magee, so good!

Scholarship Thank You Letter

Dear  Scholarship Committee,
     Just touching base from snowy Sandpoint to announce that I recently successfully completed my multi-engine commercial training. It was stressful (light twins will teach you a thing or two I learned) but ultimately lots of fun and I had a great checkride and now I've added 'Commercial Airplane Multi-Engine Land' to the resume!
     As obvious as it may sound to you all, this would have been nothing but a dream without your very gracious assistance and I am most appreciative for helping me achieve this milestone. I will never forget how the IAA made this happen.

Thank you all so very much.
Sincerely,
Ryan Turner
Professional Pilot
ASEL, AMEL, IFR, AGI

ps - Ken Larson and I have a great 'Career Pathways: Aerospace' class at the High School this semester. Lots of prospective career pilots in the making. We're having a ball.



 

2019 Work Party Schedule

2019 Work Party Schedule

Jerry Terlisner, Vice President of Activities, has announced the work party schedule for 2019.  See the full list on our Website Calendar.

District 2 Director Bill Ables Continues to Serve

District 2 Director Bill Ables Continues to Serve

Nominations for Director of District II have closed, with Bill Ables remaining to serve as your Director.  

Your New District 3 Director is John Davis!

Your New District 3 Director is John Davis!

Nominations for District 3 Director have been closed and John Davis has agreed to serve for the next 3 years as your Director.  Congratulations John!

Volunteers Needed!

Excerpt from President Andrew George's September Flyline Article: 


(We need) The guy or gal who understands what we have here in Idaho and is willing to help preserve it. Understand you do not need to even live here. If you have traveled to Idaho and enjoyed it, you can help.  Many of the projects ahead can be done remotely and within the confines and comfort of your own home.  Aviation is a small community, so a lot of burden goes to a few. Here are a few current projects that can use some help:

-Design a promotional poster that projects our image, message and benefits 
-Scholarship Committee Member(s)
-Website updates
-Contact current and search out new Corporate Sponsors/Discount Providers


I understand that people are busy, so even if you know you can’t make a long-term commitment, that’s ok. If you think you can shave a little time off your plate to help as smaller projects are needed, we would love to know that. For those who may have a bit more time on their hands, many of the local chapters as well as the State Board would greet you with open arms to join us and participate on many levels. Every bit helps, no matter what you can do. Even if you live in Florida and maintain a membership: that is so greatly appreciated! As we grow and gain new members from around the country, we love to receive the input of fresh ideas. The IAA appreciates all that each member can donate, be it time or money, and with your help, every effort will continue to promote, preserve, and protect aviation in Idaho.


If you can help in any way, shape, or form contact IAA Secretary, Nadine Burak at info@idahoaviation.com or 208-861-9056.


 


 

Idaho Aviation Magazine Article

Sun Valley Magazine has created a great article about Idaho aviation; with excerpts from an interview with IAA President, Andrew George.  Enjoy!


https://sunvalleymag.com/articles/birds-eye-view/


 

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 More Information

pdf file Open Letter to Members

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.


See the article at https://mccallcitysource.com/2017/09/20/new-aviation-themed-pocket-park/.


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

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 joe@43re.com. 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 www.IdahoAviation.com/stuck-n-stay.php for the host list.

Private Plane at Idaho Airstrip