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  • 21 May 2014 - 6:30 PM: FAA Safety Seminar, WAPA Elections
  • 18 Jun 2014 - 6:30 PM: TBD
  • TBD - Weekday Fly-out for tour of Westover tower

Complete calendar of events...

WAPA Holiday Party 2013

29 Nov 2013 - (r3 - 02 Jan 2014 - 12:34:45 - GeorgeClark)

George Clark writes: ... The 2013 Holiday Party is on for Friday December 6th, 2013. We are returning to the Grill on the Hill again for what has proven to be great food and an enjoyable evening. We have the restaurant to ourselves and it really is an enjoyable relaxed evening. There are a few more days left to sign up. We've got 21 confirmed attendees and really need a few more to hit the restaurant minimum. See HolidayParty2013 for information on how to sign up, and directions to the restaurant.

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The 2013 WAPA Picnic / Fly-in at Gardner

25 Aug 2013 - (r1 - 25 Aug 2013 - 22:16:29 - GeorgeClark)

George Clark writes: ... The fly-in was well attended with 7 aircraft flying in for the event. The cookout and both the hangar and real flying was enjoyed by all. Dominic at Gardner Aviation Services came to the rescue with mustard and ketchup after your organizer managed to forget to bring the condiments.

A photo gallery is posted at PhotoGallery2013x08x17x0

Special thanks to Dominic Scalera of Gardner Aviation Services for hosting the event.

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Gardner: Pokki Cub Haven Chicken & Rib BBQ

25 Aug 2013 - (r1 - 25 Aug 2013 - 12:09:24 - GeorgeClark)

George Clark writes: ... Dominic at the Garner Airport asked us to pass along an invitation to Pokki Cub Haven 26, Fly In or Drive, rain or shine on the Gardner Airport main ramp.

It will be held Sunday September 8th, 12:00 noon. Cost is $20 per person, with advanced payment required by Saturday August 31st.
Gardner Aviation Services
499 Airport Road
Gardner, MA 01440

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Temporary reprieve for the towers

06 Apr 2013 - (r1 - 06 Apr 2013 - 22:00:41 - GeorgeClark)

George Clark writes: ... The FAA announced yesterday that they will temporarily delay the tower closings until June 15th, but at that all towers would be closed instead of the phased closing previously announced.

“This has been a complex process and we need to get this right,” said U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood. “Safety is our top priority. We will use this additional time to make sure communities and pilots understand the changes at their local airports.”

As pilots, we all know the procedures for non-towered operations, but the tower closures are unfortunately going to cause problems. We can only hope that no lives are lost while everyone adjusts. I've had the direct experience of a "save" by the ORH tower, several years ago, when the tower waved off another aircraft that was landing out of sequence directly on top of my aircraft. I have to wonder what the outcome would have been had the tower not been there to resolve the conflict.

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Tower closure schedule

27 Mar 2013 - (r2 - 27 Mar 2013 - 17:39:12 - GeorgeClark)

George Clark writes: ... The FAA has published the schedule for contract control towers. (Though it's announced as a euphemism "Federal Contract towers where funding will cease" ). I guess that's on the hope that some other deep pockets will pick up the funding. (PDF attachments are from AOPA).

The area airports include:

April 7, 2013 - 24 Towers

  • LWM Lawrence / North Andover
  • ASH Nashua

April 21, 2013 - 46 Towers

  • BVY Beverly
  • ORH Worcester
  • GON Groton / New London
  • OSH Oshkosh (Well not exactly local.)

5 May 2013 - 79 Towers

  • EWB New Bedford
  • OWD Norwood
  • BDR Bridgport
  • DXR Danbury
  • HFD Hartford Brainard
  • HVN New Haven
  • OXC Waterbury Oxford

As far as the impact on Airventure, EAA announced that it would have no effect on ATC for Airventure.

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How night current are you?

03 Feb 2013 - (r1 - 03 Feb 2013 - 15:04:31 - GeorgeClark)

George Clark writes: ... The next WAPA / ORH Safety Seminar will be held on Wednesday Feb. 13, at 7:00 pm.

Do you fly at night? Are you aware of all the night flying hazards. Night visual illusions and reduced visibility can be threats to spatial orientation, navigation, weather avoidance and obstacle clearance. They can also impact takeoff & climb and approach & landing operations, as well as airport ground operations. How about cross country planing... should you do anything different? Featured presenters for this briefing include FPM Jim Adams and FAASTeam Reps. Ken MacDonald and Jack Keenan. Jim will review a recent night accident and discuss how it could have been prevented. Don't miss it!

Free parking at ORH. Take a ticket at the parking lot entrance, and leave before midnight.

(Click the read-more link for more details.)

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Can the iPad save your life?

30 Nov 2012 - (r1 - 30 Nov 2012 - 21:11:51 - GeorgeClark)

George Clark writes: ... Find out at the upcoming safety seminar. Wednesday December 5th, Worcester Airport, 7:00 pm. Reserve your seat here

Attend this exciting event featuring two briefings! At the first we will discuss general aviation takeoff, approach and landing accidents and how best to prevent them. We'll also address operations at tower controlled airports and discuss if pilots are always obligated to follow ATC instructions? The second half of the program will examine the way technology is changing the way we fly. Many pilots are flying with an iPad in the cockpit but still purchase and carry paper charts. Is it considered "safe" to fly with just an iPad? Refreshments provided by Worcester Area Pilots Association!

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-- GeorgeClark - 29 Apr 2005
Topic revision: r54 - 09 Jun 2011, AdminUser


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