Willamette Aviation News

May 2019


Brush Up On Better Landings at This Month's Second Saturday!

Landing accidents account for about 40 percent of all accidents in fixed-gear, single-engine airplanes. This category of accident doesn't have the fatality rate of more dramatic crashes, but pilots who get it wrong bend nearly 500 airplanes every year. At this month's Second Saturday Seminar, FAA Principal Operations Inspector Jason Lawver will discuss Better Landings, and how you can take advantage of our fair-weather months to improve yours. Jason started flying as a teenager, eventually working his way up to CFI and flight school manager in Redding, Calif. before joining the FAA. At this month's event, he'll review the fundamental aspects of landing, including winds and ground effect, while also looking at how a good landing typically is the result of an excellent approach.
This month's Second Saturday gets underway on May 11 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 to save your spot. We'll see you there!


Short Finals…

· The much-discussed, seldom-experienced ramp check shouldn't concern prepared pilots. At this month's Summer Safety Briefing, we'll talk about Passing a Ramp Check, and what you can expect if you're approached by an inspector. We'll look at required documents, why an inspector may want to check your airplane, and why a ramp inspection should never cause you undue delay. The briefing gets underway on Saturday, May 25 at 1100 hrs in the Education Hangar, followed by a Community Potluck BBQ — we'll start frying up the burgers and dogs at 12 noon. 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.
· Our Private Pilot Ground School summer 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, May 18 and run each Saturday for 12 weeks from 0800-1200. Discovery pilots get a $100 tuition discount ($370, regularly $470), and all students get 10% off in the Pilot Shop for the duration of the class.
· Finally, aircraft owners who are looking for an ADS-B solution to meet 2020 compliance are invited to consider two products from uAvionix, the SkyBeacon, which replaces the left-wing navlight, and the TailBeacon, which is a tail position light. Both are designed to meet the FAA's 2020 mandate, and installation can be done by the pilot/owner, or by Willamette Aviation, a certified installer. Contact our Maintenance Shop for more information.


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

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



May 11: 1100: Second Saturday Seminar: Better Landings (Jason Lawver) (Willamette Aviation)

May 18: 0800: Private Pilot Ground School: Start of Summer Session (Willamette Aviation)

May 18: FAA medical exams (Jim Tarro M.D.) (Willamette Aviation)

May 18: Monthly meeting, International Aerobatic Club, Oregon Chapter (Willamette Aviation)

May 23: Current Seattle Sectional expires

May 25: 1100: Summer Safety Briefing: Ramp Checks (Willamette Aviation)

May 25: 1200: Community Potluck BBQ (Willamette Aviation)


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