Willamette Aviation News

October 2018


Portland ATC Visits Willamette Aviation for Second Saturday!

At this month's Second Saturday Seminar, we are pleased to welcome PDX Tower controller Richard Kennington, who will offer an overview of Portland Tower and TRACON operations. Richard is an experienced air traffic controller, starting out in Salt Lake in 1999, and then transferring to Portland. He also has a background in general aviation, both as a certified pilot, and in regional airport management. Expect a thorough overview of Class C airspace, as well as a look at how to take advantage of controlled airspace and improve your pilot proficiency. Bring plenty of questions!
This month's Second Saturday gets underway on Oct. 13 at 1100 in the Education Hangar at Willamette Aviation. The event is certified for FAA Wings credit and there is no charge — drop by or sign up on the Wings website. We'll see you there!


Short Finals…

· We're delighted to have the Aurora State Tower on the field — not only for the greater margin of safety that the controllers provide, but also because LiveATC.net streams both tower and ground frequencies, so you can listen in with your web browser (or as a stream in an MP3 app). Don't forget — the tower isn't in operation 24 hours per day, so you won't hear anything after hours. But if you're at home, work, or even in the car and want to listen to airport traffic when the tower is active, click on this link to visit the LiveATC.net KUAO page.
· Air traffic controllers and briefers will tell you that Pilot Reports (Pireps) are one of their most valuable weather resources. In fact, it's likely that specific Pireps have helped you avoid unwanted weather and find smooth air on several flights. However, have you ever provided a Pirep to ATC or Flight Service? Do you know how? The Air Safety Institute's online course "SkySpotter: Pireps Made Easy" will help you understand how to get, use, and create Pireps, which are real-time, actual weather observations, rather than forecasts or ground-based weather reports. The online course is free, eligible for Wings credit, and should take about 30 minutes to complete — just click here to get started!


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

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



Oct. 13: 1100: Second Saturday Seminar: PDX Tower (Richard Kennington) (Willamette Aviation)

Oct. 20: FAA medical exams (Jim Tarro M.D.) (Willamette Aviation)

Oct. 20: Monthly meeting, International Aerobatic Club, Oregon Chapter (Willamette Aviation)


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