Willamette Aviation News

April 2023


Review Airport Operations at This Month's Second Saturday!

The Aurora State Airport is a busy place, and 2023 will be no different than any other year. In addition to near-constant flight training operations, everything from small personal aircraft to helicopters and large corporate jets can be seen arriving and departing at all hours of the day. At this month's Second Saturday Seminar, Aurora State Tower Chief Raul Suarez will drop by to discuss Airport Operations, with a specific focus on lessons learned over the past 12 months by the Local Runway Safety Action Team (LRSAT). Runway incursions and Vehicle/Pedestrian Deviations (VP/Ds) are always a high-priority safety topic, and we'll hear from the team on what we can do as pilots to keep these to an absolute minimum. We also expect to get tips on how pilots should interact with the tower for effective communication, and we'll be sure to take your questions as well. Don't miss this one!
This month's Second Saturday gets underway on April 8 at 1100 in the Education Hangar at Willamette Aviation. The event is certified for FAA Wings credit and there is no charge. After the event, everyone is welcome to stick around for this month's Apple Pie Social. We'll be serving hot apple pie and other treats. We'll see you there!


Short Finals…

· Pilots who are on a career track — be it for the airlines, cargo, or charter operations — typically build the required hours by earning a Certified Flight Instructor certificate so that they can share their knowledge and expertise with others. CFIs spend a lot of time with brand-new students, but they also conduct flight reviews and approve endorsements, which means they get to interact with a variety of pilots who have different skills and experiences. Willamette Aviation's next CFI Academy will begin on April 15 — this 10-week course is designed to support pilots who are managing various responsibilities (such as work and family) while they are pursuing an aviation career. Please feel free to contact us for more information.
· The Air Safety Institute's latest Accident Case Study, "Risk Stacking," examines a cargo flight that departed Salt Lake City International Airport on April 13, 2022. The IFR flight plan covered 133 nautical miles, with an RNAV approach to an airport in Idaho. The ASI video reviews several factors that led to a tragic outcome, including weather conditions and obstructions near the runway. Each Accident Case Study seeks to share critical lessons that make us all safer pilots. Watch the video on YouTube (14:32).


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

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



April 8: 1100: Second Saturday Seminar: KUAO Airport Operations (Willamette Aviation)

April 8: 1200: Apple Pie Social (Willamette Aviation)

April 15: CFI Academy: Start of Session (Willamette Aviation)

April 20: FAA medical exams (Janice Buenafe M.D.) (Willamette Aviation)

April 22: FAA medical exams (Janice Buenafe M.D.) (Willamette Aviation)


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