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Upcoming Events

  • 16 Aug 2014 - Fly-out Picnic, GDM, 11am-3pm
  • 24 Aug 2014 - Gardner Airport Pokki Cub Haven 27 BBQ. Prepay by 8/16, 978-821-2803
  • TBD - Weekday Fly-out for tour of Westover tower

Complete calendar of events...



WAPA Flyout to Turners Falls 6/18

18 Jun 2014 - (r2 - 27 Jun 2014 - 23:08:28 - GeorgeClark)

George Clark writes: ... The fly-out this evening to Turners Falls Airnav:0B5 is still looking like a go. Plan to depart your local airports to meet up between 6 and 6:30 pm. Winds are a bit high - gusting into the low 20's, but are expected to diminish into the evening. Not much developing on RADAR yet either so the weather is looking good. And don't forget that Turners Falls is an active parachute jump zone, so be sure to listen and watch for canopies

We'll update this page on any last minute go / no-go decision. ... Fly-out went off without a hitch. 3 planes / 5 members arrived for a chili dogs and dessert. We'll try to do another flyout on Wednesday July 2nd.

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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)
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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
april7-closures.pdf

April 21, 2013 - 46 Towers

  • BVY Beverly
  • ORH Worcester
  • GON Groton / New London
  • OSH Oshkosh (Well not exactly local.)
april21-closures.pdf

5 May 2013 - 79 Towers

  • EWB New Bedford
  • OWD Norwood
  • BDR Bridgport
  • DXR Danbury
  • HFD Hartford Brainard
  • HVN New Haven
  • OXC Waterbury Oxford
may-5-closures.pdf

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

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