New Airport Name: Northern Colorado Regional Airport

Our Airport Commission voted this afternoon to rename our airport to Northern Colorado Regional Airport, effective immediately.  Over the next few months, we can expect the name change to appear on approach charts and sectional charts.  The commission will be asking the two cities for funding to change the signage around the airport.

Our radio calls will eventually change to some variation of “Northern Colorado Regional Traffic” (my recommendation is “NorCo Traffic”).  Keep doing what you’re currently doing on the radio (“Fort Collins Loveland Traffic” or “Fort Love Traffic” or whatever) until we’re directed to change.

Our airport designator will continue to live on as FNL, so we will remain FNL Pilots Association.

Oshkosh AirVenture Presentation

On March 24, 2016 Steve Wolf gave a presentation on Oshkosh Airventure and Mass Formation arrivals. He expressed the excitement, fun, pride, and comradery of participating in a formation arrival of similar performance aircraft.

These mass arrivals increase the efficiency and safety of traffic at Wittman Reginal Airport and are scheduled for late morning through mid-afternoon, weather permitting. The arrival of these large arrivals often interferes with regular FISK VFR traffic.

Participation is limited to aircraft registered in each group. Currently there are four groups, Bonanzas which began in 1990, Mooneys which began in 1998, Cessnas which began in 20016, and Cherokees which began in 2010. All presently are still active in the mass arrivals at Oshkosh.

Large formations require an EAA approved training program and a letter of agreement with the FAA.

Julie Wolf then spoke about the Oshkosh event from a non-pilot view point. She described the event as a Pilot’s Disney World. She talked about the many vendors, workshops, air shows, concerts, and group activities.
She expressed her amazement at the amount of people who attend and the cleanliness of the venue. Although she loves attending the event, there comes a point, as a non-pilot, that the hanger talk causes her eyes to glaze over. So she takes advantage of the many transportation opportunities to both the events and into town for various stops.

They both enjoy meeting up with friends both new and old.

IMC Club starts at FNL

EAA_IMCClub_4cLogo_rgb-300I’ve gone through the training to become the EAA Chapter 515 IMC Club Program Coordinator.  Our inaugural meeting will be Wednesday night, May 18, at 7pm in the jetCenter Hangar.

IMC Clubs were started by Radek Wyrzykowski in 2010 as a support group for instrument pilots and students, and the IMC Club non-profit corporation was acquired by EAA effective November 2, 2015.  Now anybody who is an EAA member can also be an IMC Club member.

IMC Club has a library of instrument flight scenarios.  At the beginning of each meeting, the participants watch the video, and then spend the rest of the meeting discussing what they’d do in that situation.  The scenarios are flexible; I can change the parameters, such as “Now suppose it is at night.” or “Now suppose you are picking up ice.”  Meetings are kept to an hour.

IMC Club gets its scenarios from its members.  Members are encouraged to send in stories of their instrument adventures.  Radek and his staff anonymize the most teachable scenarios, changing location and equipment, and generate a new scenario each month.

For our first meeting, we’ll be watching an introductory video from Radek, and will then work through an abbreviated scenario for about 30 minutes.

For more information on IMC Clubs, visit http://www.eaa.org/imc.  If you fly instruments, or are interested in flying instruments, we hope to see you on May 18, and then on the third Wednesday of each month.  Let’s become better pilots.

Seaplane Bill Dies in Committee

From Ray Hawkins:

I am sorry to report that the Bill was defeated in Committee today by a vote of 5 – 8.  The Bill was designed to gain access to the waterways and then, after passage, develop the processes and procedures to meet CPW requirements.  It is my belief that at the moment discussion turned to invasive species the Bill was no longer passable.  It is maddening that all they could talk about was invasives and the only villain they could see was seaplanes.

The battle may be lost; but, the war rages on.  Over the next few weeks I intend to contact each member that voted against the Bill to find out what it would take to get a “Yes”.  Using that information, I will begin work again on another Bill for the next session.

(reference Seaplane Watch)

Board Member Change

Kimberly Osborn, who has been serving on our Board of Directors since mid-2014, has announced that she needs to step down ahead of her end of term January 2017.

Kimberly joined the Board at the same time FNL Pilots Association began experimenting with hosting a Facebook page.  She has advocated for reaching the next generation of pilots, and through her efforts we now have about three times as many followers on Facebook as we have members in the Association.

Kimberly arranged for this month’s refresher course speakers, aviation attorneys Joseph and Caitlin Lorusso.  She was planning to introduce them at the beginning of the presentation April 28, but unfortunately has a conflict and can’t attend.  Kimberly’s last day on the Board is April 30.

Please join me in thanking Kimberly for her two years of service to the members of the FNL Pilots Association!

Article VI Section 2 of our bylaws directs the Officers and Board to appoint a replacement for the vacant position who will serve until the next January Annual Meeting.  We are happy to announce that Jason Kopp, Blue Ocean’s Chief Pilot, has accepted our appointment for the rest of 2016.