[Pic courtesy of Museum of Flight]
PAUA MARCH MEETING HIGHLIGHTS
PAUA welcomed special guest Mike Collins, Photo-Journalist of the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association (AOPA.org)
PAUA adds 4 new members since last month
Dave Roy discusses upcoming AOPA Fly-In
Brian Roggow reports on ERAU
Notice on FAA Wings Seminar
John Cox updates KPRC on new $400,000 ARFF Fire Truck & North Gate Repair
Geoff Kusel of Prescott Tower reports on new staffing at KPRC Tower
PAUA discusses opening its new website to corporate sponsorships
Brian Roggow provided 30 minute program on Wind Shear and Wake Turbulence.
Mike Collins, AOPA Photo-Journalist
[Image courtesy of AOPA.org}
The meeting was called to order on March 15, 2016 at 7:02 PM by PAUA President Ted Wickstrom. Ted introduced Special Guest Mike Collins of the AOPA. Mike is a Photo-Journalist for AOPA and is in town to work with several local groups in preparing for the AOPA Regional Fly-In on 9/30 through 10/1 of this year.
After the minutes from the previous meeting were approved as they appear on the PAUA web site, Currie Lee provided the treasurer’s report. Current bank balance stands at $2,977.82. He also reported membership is now 164.
Dave Roy Discusses the 2016 AOPA Fly-In - How To Become a Fly-In Volunteer
Board member Dave Roy expanded a little on the AOPA Regional Fly-In. Originally we were going to form a group of volunteers from the PAUA membership and serve as a group. Some other Airport groups were thinking about doing the same. Officials from AOPA felt that this might not be the most effective way to place people where they would like to serve. After discussion on the matter nearly all involved agreed. Anyone who wishes to volunteer should log on to the PAUA Web site (membership not required). You will find a link for AOPA volunteers and a list of options available.
ERAU Update - Enrollment up
Brian Roggow provided the ERAU report. Enrollment at ERAU continues to climb at a steady rate of 10% a year for the last several years. 2016 fall enrollment is currently up 7% and it is still very early. Brian reminded us that the monthly Aviation History Programs at the Davis Learning Center are open to the public.
FAA Wings Seminars
On April 12 there will be a FAA-Wings Seminar on Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS), formally known as Unmanned Aerial Vehicles’ (UAV). Details and registration can be found on https://www.faasafety.gov/
Airport Manager's Update - John Cox
Airport Manager John Cox updated us on the status of our new $400,000 ARFF Fire Truck. Looks like it should arrive in late April or May.
Most of you are aware that the North Airport Perimeter gate was destroyed by a large truck. While trying to turn around they also damaged one of the bottleneck gates. The damage was covered by insurance to the tune of $20,000. The airport will use that money to do a complete Airport Security study aimed at making all gates secure and reliable. With a solid plan in place they will be in a position to apply for a grant to modernize all of the airport security.
B29 FIFI At Prescott Airport October 3, 2016
More good news, that beautiful old B29 Fifi will be returning to Prescott on October 3rd through the 6th. Look for more on this, I doubt she will be alone.
KPRC Tower Update
Geoff Kusel of Prescott Tower gave us an update on Tower staffing. A new controller just came on board with lots of previous Towers experience including at Deer Valley, Falcon Field and others out of the state. He should move through the certification process quickly making him a welcome addition. Jeff says we also have a new Supervisor, with no Tower experience but with lots of TRACON experience and a wealth of knowledge.
New PAUA Business
Under new business Board Member Dave Roy inquired if anyone was aware of the Status of PAUA Vice President Jeremy Davalos. He has not attended the last several meetings and no one on the Board had any information. Ted Wickstrom said he would contact him and find out what his intentions were.
PAUA Looks Into Opening Commercial Advertisers to NEW Website
Currie opened the discussion on selling commercial advertising on the PAUA web site for a small fee. A very lively discussion followed with lots of pros and cons. It was finally decided to form a 3 person committee to further study the idea and to mitigate some of the problems discussed.
Wind Shear & Wake Turbulence - Presentation by Brian Roggow
Board Member Brian Roggow provided a very informative 30 minute program on Wind Shear and Wake Turbulence.
PAUA President Dr. Ted Wickstrom to Address City Council April 6th, 5:30pm, Be There!
At the conclusion of the meeting Dr. Ted Wickstrom reminded us that he will be addressing the Prescott City Council on behalf of PAUA on April 5th at 5:30 PM. Please, all airport users, PAUA member or not, let’s fill those chambers. The meeting adjourned at 8:38 PM.