‘THE SEVENTEEN’ Completes Production, Ready To Roll…

AIR CREATIVE teams up with COMMEMORATIVE AIR FORCE & LC Valley’s FRIENDS OF THE AIRPORT to document one of the last flying B-17 ‘Fortresses’ in existence …From pilot’s perspective! SEE CLIP ON ‘VIDEO’ PAGE

CAPT. RICH ROBERTS (CAF & US AIRWAYS) Narrates this technical documentary from History, through Pre-Flight, Navigation and Logistical challenges in this behind-the-scenes and very candid view at Airplane & it’s unique crew. Filmed in the skies over the beautiful Inter-Mountain Northwest, an entertaining, captivating and VERY EDUCATIONAL 70 minute presentation.

Made it!!! Hello Coeur D'Alene


It should be noted that although the DVD is promotional in nature, produced for LWS ‘Friends Of The Airport’, WASHINGTON PILOTS ASSOC ‘Wings’ & enthusiasts~ is not planned for commercial release… However, look for a YOUTUBE version in the very-near future, according to the producers. For more information on the C.A.F. and it’s large inventory of FLYING VINTAGE AIRCRAFT check out www.azcaf.org

Posted on January 7, 2013 | Posted by Geoff Scott | Comments Off

Lewis-Clark Air Festival

LC Air Festival was a hit! Despite 100 degree temps, a great crowd showed up for the ‘Salute To The Veterans’ at 10:00am followed by helicopter drop, static displays, helicopter and biplane rides, and the star B-17 ‘Sentimental Journey’… a great time had by all and special thanks to the sponsors, Ralph Stout, Friends of the Airport, Robin Turner & the Airport Authority for helping to make one of the LC Valley’s largest aviation events a day many will remember! -=Gs=-
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Extra special thanks to everyone who came by!

Posted on August 12, 2012 | Posted by Geoff Scott | Comment

WA Pilots win, Snake River airports open all year!

 

 

SNAKE RIVER – Outdoor enthusiasts are getting some air-support that will help them reach their recreation hotspots this winter and next spring. *ed: The WPA/Spokane chapter stewards the Lower Granite (00W) airport spear-heading this effort to keep this unique and pristine area open.  Disclaimer: Chapter President Tom Morris, is a friend of ours and a proud 18,000hr trans-oceanic airline guy, who is hanging his scrambled egg brim hat this weekend… Congrats Tom!

Washington State Department of Transportation announced earlier this week that the Lower Monumental, Lower Granite and Little Goose airports along the Snake River in Walla Walla, Whitman and Spokane counties, will remain open year-round.

In past years, these airports have typically closed between October and June. This changed after WSDOT and the United States Army Corps of Engineers (ACOE) weighed a number of factors, including expressed interest from pilots and recreational organizations.

“Keeping these state-operated airports open all year will help support the local economies and allow pilots much greater access to popular winter fishing and hunting activities along the Snake River corridor,” said Paul Wolf, WSDOT airport manager, adding that WSDOT leases the airports from the ACOE. “We were able to keep them open because of flexibility in our lease agreements and the fact that the airports typically don’t see a lot of snow in the winter.”

Nine of the 17 WSDOT-operated airports are currently closed for the winter due to typical snow accumulations on airport runways, lease agreements and state law requirements. And while the Lower Monumental, Lower Granite and Little Goose airports are not scheduled to close, pilots are reminded to plan ahead by reviewing the latest Notices to Airmen and checking WSDOT’s state-operated airports webpage for updated information about airport closures.

“It’s important to note that even though these airports are scheduled to remain open throughout the year, adverse weather can change this very quickly,” Wolf said. “We won’t be conducting snow removal at the Snake River airports, and they will be closed if snow accumulates on the runways.”

-WDOT (via wsdot@service.govdelivery.com)

Posted on November 4, 2011 | Posted by Geoff Scott | Comment

Spokane Veterans See True Colors on WPA Foliage Flight

0430: I rush to the computer for the official Go/No-Go weather check. It’s POURING outside. But the radar also shows a rapid clear slot.  Just then, “It’s a GO” beeps the phone with Paul on it, practically taxiing already.  It had stopped raining completely by the time I finished my breakfast brick and quarter cup of half n half.

Gray traces of dawn breaking above memorial flag in Medical Lake, WA

The sun cracks through the cloud base of a misty dawn, silhouetting a single American Flag across the field bearing a certain local Veteran’s memorial. I’m in a Super8 at Medical Lake, and this is my call.  Just a group of simple Civilian Pilots on a yearly patriotic mission…

7 airplanes, 10 pilots, 20 vets and a couple very lucky by-standers took flight this year with Spokane Chapter WPA members. Carolyn thankfully gathered the real food, yummy SUBWAY (Jacob, our sandwich ‘artist’) and everybody at WESTERN AVIATION very kindly donated their hangar.  Meanwhile, I bump into Terry and Dana at Spokane Airways and didn’t even know they were taking part!  This is going to be a good day. Touching down on the still somewhat-glistening Runway 3L at Felts Field, Paul was already in the pattern doing those touch n’ goes  ‘Just working some bubbles out of my new right strut’ he says.

Pilots Tom Morris, Marian Heale, Dana Newcomb, Gary White, Geoff Scott, Paul Vietzke, Terry Newcomb and Dan Melville enjoy a dry spot on the ramp at Felts.

MY FLIGHTNOTES:

  1. Silverwood is building what appears to be a new high-speed/volume teardrop shaped park entrance off Highway95. Big enough to land a small Citation on.
  2. Bitteroot Western Slopes: “Not a spot of color, except for Marian’s Citabria”
  3. Eastern slopes of Lake Coeur D’Alene: Engulfed by smoke. To the extent made a quick call to Spokane approach; “We didn’t just fly into a new TFR, did we?” Thankfully, we had not.
  4. Did anyone else notice how accommodating Felts Tower was? Impressively cool ATC Doug and Kelly provided some ‘red-carpet’ service in an already crowded day, complete with special message; “We are so glad up here you (all) do this for our veterans… thank you. Continue taxi back to Ramp.”

V.A. Director Pam Wick; “Most of these vets have never done anything like this before and they were so excited and thrilled to have gotten the opportunity.  …Thank you for your time and generosity, and know we truly appreciate all the pilots involved.” Left with a smile a mile-wide, I now think how thankful I am, to be able to share such feeling of freedom as flight, with these true heroes who dedicated their lives, protecting ours.

We salute you! Spokane area veterans take flight with the WPA.

Ride along with us and see! PICTURES/SLIDESHOW POSTED HERE

Even MORE exciting photographic aerial adventures are POSTED HERE

Posted on October 3, 2011 | Posted by Geoff Scott | Comment

Air Fair?? Air…FANTASTIC!

Big wings over the LC Valley… 

This crew from Whidbey Island Naval Station enjoys the best weather all year!

EAA Chapter #328, The Commemorative Air Force & AV8News wants to thank EVERYONE for coming by AIRFAIR 2011, I grabbed some highlights you can check out in above slideshow, that is, while we weren’t busy crooning the crowd with the romantic 40′s big band music. *additional details and story posted on sister website!
-=Gs=-

Posted on July 25, 2011 | Posted by Geoff Scott | Comment

100 Year Wings

J.J. Ward piloted the first powered flight over the LC Valley on October 13th, 1910.


Now, 100yrs later, the 1909 Herring-Curtis “Model- D Pusher” flies once again, looking and flying just like the original at first glance, then look again; the O-200 engine, sturdy wheels capable of cross-wind hard surfaces, and rudder pedals? It’s better. (Certain “modern day” amenities incorporated to meet current FAA standards)
Roll-out at Stout Aviation for '100Year Annv'
Built by Jim Otey (former WPA president & Boeing engineer) and recently inducted EAA-Hall-Of-Famer Dean Wilson (inventor of the Avid-Flyer & “kit Fox”), The brittled- yellow plans were discovered in a widow’s attic and brought to the EAA, soon to discover they were the wing-forms for the 1st aircraft ever flown in Idaho! Glenn-Curtiss museum shipped copies of the original plans for $25. 1400’ of rigging, spruce, bamboo tubing, cloth doping, and 2 yrs later: The 724lb Bi-winged 4-stabilized “Header” was officially rolled-out under Governor-proclamation for “IDAHO CENTENNIAL OF FLIGHT” at Stout Aviation.

How does it feel to learn a plane never flown before? Otey says- “With that 80hp C-150 engine the minute you apply power – you better be ready to start flying!” Curtis would most certainly have approved of this remarkable 400′ take-off in 5 second and climb at 55… that’s nearly “Mach 3″ in Wright speed . “260’(sq) of wing @ 4lbs per foot loading, it flies more like a glider than a Champ… but you wouldn’t want to try and glide it.” Jim adds. There are several offers to house it at several area museums and even an invite for the US Navy 100yr anniversary~ though, maybe not; “My stomach isn’t so tight anymore, I think it’s growing on me” Jim admits, rolling beside two PBS-TV camera trucks down RWY8 at KLWS.

Posted on November 8, 2010 | Posted by Geoff Scott | Comment