PAUA Board Meeting Minutes
July 18, 2017
The meeting was called to order at 4:05 PM by PAUA President Dr.Ted Wickstrom. The minutes from the previous meeting were not available as they were not recorded. Currie provided the Treasurer report. Current bank balance is $4,131.17 and total membership is now 176. Daryl Austermiller successfully lobbied a vote to change our meeting time from 7:00 PM to 4:00 PM. Ted rewarded him by appointing him to the Board of Directors and the new PAUA Treasurer. Such is the price of success. Brian Roggow provided the ERAU report. The two Prescott ERAU crews are doing very well in the Women’s Air Classic Race and are currently 2nd and 3rd place overall. August 28th will be the start of a new semester and student enrollment is up by 10% across the board again this year. Brian did have to field one complaint from a member in the audience. Basically it was the fact that ERAU training pilots appear to feel the need to talk fast resulting in transmissions lacking clarity. Some agreed and some did not see it as unique to ERAU pilots but Brian said he would address the issue with instructors. Geoff Kusel provided the Tower Report. Geoff added that talking too fast was a problem that many controllers struggle with also and something that they consistently critique each other on. Geoff’s fellow controllers had an issue that they wanted to clarify with our group. I would assume that this issue was more apparent during one of the Prescott Breakfast Club mass returns from Seligman involving 10 to 15 aircraft of wide varying performance arriving from the northwest close together. This frequently happens during peak helicopter pattern traffic. On at least one of these occasions one of our inbounds was given a right 45 entry for 21R but was expecting a right base entry to 21R so that’s what he flew. When you’re not expecting it, having an aircraft show up on a right base during heavy traffic is very disconcerting and dangerous. The right base entry is an extended courtesy by the tower to better accommodate us and when controller workload permits. Like pilots, the experience and skill level of both varies by the individual. Having us enter on a 45 greatly reduces the likelihood of any kind of conflict, especially if traffic is heavy. A member of the audience thanked Geoff for including announcements about the cable launch glider operations near Coyote Springs just outside the D airspace. His concern was to assure that pilots where aware that this cable extended a few thousand feet below the glider at the peak of the launch. Not something that any aircraft would like to encounter. Ted said our meeting would be cut a little short so our members would have time to make a 5:30 PM meeting at Prescott City Council Chambers. This is to discuss a very large development plan adjacent to Prescott Airport that has already been approved by the city of Prescott. Now, the concern is what can be done to mitigate the impact of this development on the future of our airport. Much of the planned development falls into some of the airports most critical safety areas and nearly all of it within the airport noise footprint. These presentations by the developer will tell you this is the best thing to happen to Prescott in a long time but it puts the future of our airport very much in question. The next PAUA Board meeting will be August 15th at 4:00 PM.