PAUA Board Meeting Minutes of April 17, 2018

PAUA Board Meeting

Minutes of April 17, 2018

Meeting called to order 4:01 by Mike Liversidge. Directors in attendance were: Mike Liversidge, Daryl Austmiller, Bill DeRouchey, and Terry Marshall.

Mike talked about the GPS jamming over much of Arizona is originated by the Department of Defense. At nearly the same time our navigation signals were disrupted by separate tests from Yuma and Nevada. Mike recommended that the pilots anticipate GPS outages and prepare for VOR or dead reckoning.

[Insert from editor] From April 10, 2018 article: Some U.S. military drones operating above Syria have had their signals jammed by the Russian military, four U.S. officials told NBC News.

It began several weeks ago with some smaller U.S. drones in the wake of a series of suspected gas attacks on civilians in eastern Ghouta. The officials said the Russian military jammed the drones' GPS systems out of a concern the U.S. military would retaliate.

The officials said the jamming technology — blocking or scrambling signal to a device — is sophisticated. One U.S. official said the jamming is having an operational impact on military operations in Syria.

A Pentagon spokesman didn't say whether jamming is causing drones to crash: "The U.S. military maintains sufficient countermeasures and protections to ensure the safety of our manned and unmanned aircraft, our forces and the missions they support."

[end of insert]

Daryl visited the Vashon company in Washington and presented their Ranger aircraft. It’s a high wing, two place LSA with lots of people and baggage room. Engine is O-200 with 445 lbs of useful load.

ERAU Report: Brian said semester is ending but expect summer instruction flying to be same as usual. He asked for comments regarding best site for future meetings of safety and other aviation events.

Airport Report: Doug talked about the continued search for Air Carriers. The temporary service being planned until a long term new carrier can start service has been dropped. Also, the Pilatus PC12 has come under public pressure for only having one engine which could restart the search.

Construction schedule changing to May for crack repairs. Delta then foxtrot taxiways will be affected for 2 weeks and Rwy 30 closed for 7-10 days. Since we will not have air carrier service for a few months the 21L runway edge strengthen task is now scheduled for August. This will close Rwy 21L/03R for 20 days.

Meeting closed at 5PM.

Minutes submitted by Bill DeRouchey

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