Willamette Aviation News

September 2018


We'll Talk Drones and Airspace at This Month's Safety Briefing!

You may not seem them frequently, but Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS, but better known as drones), are in the sky every day, and their numbers are growing. At this month's Summer Safety Briefing, we're delighted to welcome Sean McLaughlin, who will lead a presentation and discussion on Drones and Airspace. Sean is a videographer and helicopter pilot who founded the PDX Drone Academy to educate new UAS pilots on how to share the skies safely with GA aircraft. At this month's briefing, we'll get a look at how drones fit in to the national airspace, their operating parameters, and how GA and UAS pilots can work together. We'll also talk about how drones are changing professional aviation, with their ability to take on dull, dirty, and dangerous jobs.
This month's safety briefing gets underway on Saturday, Sept. 22 at 1100 hrs in the Education Hangar at Willamette Aviation, and it's eligible for FAA Wings credit. We'll also host a Community Potluck BBQ at 12 noon, with plenty of burgers and dogs for everyone. Drop by to get a look at the airplanes on our ramp, and please bring chips, a dish, or a dessert to share if you can.


Short Finals…

· The summer airshow season wraps up in September, capped by the Oregon International Airshow at Portland-Hillsboro Sept. 28-30, with featured performers the Canadian Forces Snowbirds. The Great Oregon Home Built Fly-In will get underway Sept. 1-3 at Cottage Grove State. The annual Hood River Fly-In is always worth the short flight through the Gorge to Ken Jernstedt Airfield (Sept. 8-9). And folks who can make the flight or drive to Spokane can look forward to the Felts Field Autumn Invitational, an annual showcase of vintage aircraft (Sept. 22-23).
· Our Private Pilot Ground School fall session gets underway this month — it's good value for student pilots, people who are getting ready to fly, and anyone who needs a refresher. The 40-hour, FAA-certified course is led by certified instructors and includes five complimentary hours in our Flight Lab (instruction fees apply), as well as free attendance to any future private pilot course. Classes start on Saturday, Sept. 22 and run each Saturday for 12 weeks from 0800-1200 (with a break for Thanksgiving). First-time ground school attendees receive a 10% discount on ground school tuition ($423, regularly $470) and course materials ($134.95, regularly $149.95) as well as 10% off in the Pilot Shop for the duration of the class.


Look for more from Willamette Aviation in the next newsletter. Until then, fly smart and safe!

David F. Waggoner
Willamette Aviation
(503) 678-2252



Sept. 1-3: Great Oregon Home Built Fly-In (Cottage Grove State)

Sept. 8-9: Hood River Fly-In (Ken Jernstedt Airfield)

Sept. 15: FAA medical exams (Jim Tarro M.D.) (Willamette Aviation)

Sept. 15: Monthly meeting, International Aerobatic Club, Oregon Chapter (Willamette Aviation)

Sept. 22: 0800: First Day of Private Pilot Ground School (Willamette Aviation)

Sept. 22: 1100: Summer Safety Briefing: Drones & Airspace (Sean McLaughlin) (Willamette Aviation)

Sept. 22: 1200: Community Potluck BBQ (Willamette Aviation)

Sept. 22-23: Felts Field Autumn Invitational (Felts Field)

Sept. 28-30: Oregon International Airshow (Portland-Hillsboro)


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