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  • 05/01/2018 1:26 PM | Chris Haven (Administrator)

    From Wayne Mooneyham, President

    As per my usual modus operandi of wait til the deadline is upon me before I lay a pen to paper for the Presidents Message, here I am once again up against a hard deadline of tonight. The good news is that ideas for this endeavor spring forth as if the waters are gushing over the spillway, i.e., think of the Lake Orville debacle - total chaos and confusion.

    Obviously, spring is upon us - and with it comes wonderful weather and long days filled with outings, meetings, destination flying and the never ending yard work. Social activities at our gem airport abound - its time to take to the skies! All of these things translate to almost overlapping events on any given day.

    Walt Wilson, our Scholarship Chairman, reports that the interview process for our 13 applicants will take place Saturday, April 28th, which is also the same day to display your vintage aircraft or to attend the mountain flying seminar at Lincoln Airport. Yours truly is committed to all of these functions and is an example of what I was referring to - i.e., overlapping events on the spring calendar.

    The AAA Board of Directors will have met to discuss a number of issues that need to be resolved by the time members receive this. Friday, May 18th at 1700 hrs kicks off the summer monthly Friday Flydays charitable event series. The first months beneficiary is the Bud Anderson Scholarship Program. WWII aircraft and jeeps, plus a DC-3 and free BBQ guarantee lots of entertaining things to do.

    As many of you know we are in the process of trying to acquire a different airport radio frequency (122.775) from the FCC. This is a safety issue due to the frequent interference with several other airports. This is now in the Application Process with the FCC. If granted, there will be plenty of notice before it is put into use.

    Don Wolfe, our Scholarship Program Development Director, reports that weve added a NEW Scholarship Fund Donation DONATE tab to the AAA Membership Renewal page. This will enable you to make an optional, voluntary contribution to the Scholarship Fund when you log in to renew your membership or at any other time. The donation is tax deductible. As a reminder, since we are no longer sponsoring the biannual Auburn Air Fair, donations are our main source for supporting our scholarship program. Thanks to Captain Wolfe for his ongoing

    contributions to our organization.
    Hope to see you the first Wednesday each

    month—entertaining speakers, good food and an opportunity to socialize with fellow aviation enthusiasts makes for a great way to spend one of these spring/summer evenings.

    Thought for the month - Dont Procrastinate.

    Wayne Mooneyham, President 

  • 04/01/2018 1:38 PM | Chris Haven (Administrator)

    From President Wayne Mooneyham

    The Auburn Air Fair Committee held their ninth meeting the evening of February 15th with at least a dozen volunteers in attendance, including yours truly for my first time. The group is very organized and has plans for what will be a superb event for our airport. September 29th should be a grand gathering of many different types of aircraft on static display not to mention all of the entertaining activities for the youth and we who are young at heart! Flight simulators, jump houses, possibly a rock climbing wall, collector-car display and a variety of fly-bys of military aircraft are just a few of the attractions planned. Checkout their website for complete details. Also, they are recruiting volunteers to help in a variety of areas so if you would like to participate let them know.

    It has been brought to my attention that a bit more caution needs to be taken concerning where our prop wash is directed during our engine check in the run up area at the east end (R/W 25). There are several taxiway alleys between the east end hangars that are affected with debris by the aircraft that are tailed toward them. A little care and courtesy will pay big goodwill dividends.

    A safety issue that our airport has been co-existing with for years is the multiple users of airport VHF frequency 122.7. This frequency is shared with several other airports within interference range and on any given day you may be transmitting your flight intentions at the same time as someone else. The transmissions of both aircraft is therefore missed by everyone on this frequency. A good example of a shared user would be the Nut Tree Airport. We are in the process of investigating how to change to 122.775 which has no duplication in Northern California. I will keep you updated on this important issue.

    Thought for the month: Pursue your goals.

    Wayne Mooneyham President 

  • 04/01/2018 1:31 PM | Chris Haven (Administrator)

    From Wayne Mooneyham, President

    Recently I was chatting with a couple of pilots while standing in the taxiway between rows Bravo and Charlie critiquing the excellent takeoff and landing skills of a young pilot in a tailwheel aircraft.Turns out this young man, lets call him Lance, has just recently acquired his instrument rating and we were watching him now fly his solo flights in a tailwheel aircraft on his way to an endorsement in same.

    While this was transpiring, a pair of airplanes taxied into the runup area and positioned themselves with the tails pointed toward the open hangars where we were standing. The result was all the debris from the area was blown into the hangars. Right away our conversation changed from Lances speed control and flight profiles to their lack of situational awareness and courtesy when operating aircraft in the vicinity of other aircraft and buildings. I recently read an AOPA article where it was called hangar blasting. Additionally, be aware of aircraft behind you and keep propwash from blasting them, too. I have touched on this subject before, but it is worth reiterating - watch where you aim all that wind. 

    Speaking of young pilots, our organization will soon interview applicants for our flight scholarships. Additionally, DonWolfe is putting together a program to mentor our youth regarding how to prepare for an interview. More information on these activities will be forthcoming soon. Safety is key when flying is involved and radio communication is a big part of flying safely. Our application for a frequency change at our airport is in the pipeline. The application must be filed by the City of Auburn. Walt Wilson and I met with the City representative last week and the first step of the application process is now underway. Our goal is to have an exclusive frequency for our busy destination airport. As most of you are aware - we share our frequency with several other airports and our transmissions are oftenstepped on resulting in a loud squeal rather than a radio call. This can be a very real safety hazard. Safety is the main reason for requesting the frequency change.

    On the subject of things in progress, our Airport Layout PlanUpdate/Narrative Report (ALP) is in the final stages of County, City and FAA acceptance. This Plan by Jacobs Engineering of Colorado has been a lengthy process but will serve us through 2035. Thought for the month - Be aware when flying and driving.

    Wayne Mooneyham 

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