Willamette Aviation News

October 2019


B-52 Accident Review at This Month's Second Saturday Seminar

In June of 1994, a USAF B-52 Stratofortress crashed at Fairchild Air Force Base while conducting low-level maneuvering flight. The resulting accident investigation focused on the pilot, and how his personality and decision-making influenced the the sequence of events leading to the crash. At this month's Second Saturday Seminar, we'll review the B-52 Crash Investigation, which involved a series of maneuvers that exceeded the aircraft's limits. The final report also examined the cockpit culture that allowed the demonstration flight to proceed, despite its known and inherent risks.
This month's Second Saturday gets underway on Oct. 12 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…

· We're excited to welcome Catheline Leoni to our CFI team at Willamette Aviation! Catheline started flying in Ireland, where she obtained her Private Pilot certification in a Stampe and a Cessna 172. Returning to her home country of France, she studied aviation law and air transport management, while flying a Piper Cub in her free time. She earned her master's degree by implementing safety management systems with the Sécurité Civile (the French government's Civil Defense Agency). Catheline's experience with helicopters in search and rescue then led her to join the French Army Light Aviation, where she became a commercial helicopter pilot. In 2012 Catheline, along with a group of adventurous pilots, recreated a 1936 flight by Jean Batten from England to New Zealand in a Douglas DC-3. Catheline then moved to Oregon to study and convert her European certificates to FAA requirements. Please be sure to say "Hi!" if you see her on our campus.
· If you're ready to add another engine to your pilot certificate, our Multi-Engine Ground School returns this month. Members of our CFI team will lead the two-day session, with a specific focus on our Piper Apache, which sees duty on several multi-engine checkrides every year. The ground school will run from 0900-1600 on Saturday, and 0900-1400 Sunday, October 19-20, and books and materials will be provided. We'd like at least five participants to declare the ground school a "go," so please feel free to invite fellow pilots who may be interested. Qualified multi-engine instructors are also encouraged to contact us. Contact our dispatch desk for pricing and to reserve your spot!


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. 12: 1100: Second Saturday Seminar: B-52 Accident Investigation (Willamette Aviation)

Oct. 19-20: Multi-Engine Ground School (Willamette Aviation)

Oct. 19: FAA medical exams (Jim Tarro M.D.) (Willamette Aviation)

Oct. 19: Monthly meeting, International Aerobatic Club, Oregon Chapter (Willamette Aviation)


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Aurora, Oregon 97002