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June is General Aviation Appreciation Month!
Aviation enthusiasts in Washington state have reason to celebrate as Gov. Jay Inslee has signed a proclamation and named June as General Aviation Appreciation Month.

Read the official proclamation.

The proclamation recognizes general aviation’s importance to our state. Aviation plays a critical role in the lives of Washingtonians, as well as the operation of businesses, industry, ranches and farms – and is vital to the state’s economy, and transportation system.

June signifies the start of summer with typical great flying weather, and WSDOT Aviation encourages pilots to get out and experience all that our state’s airports have to offer.

Washington is home to a diverse aviation system, with 135 public-use airports ranging in size and purpose. The proclamation highlights how general aviation, aerospace, aircraft manufacturing and other aviation activities contribute to Washington’s economic health and vitality.

Calendar of Events:

Washington State Aviation Fly-ins: 

http://wpaflys.org/calendar/

Our goal is that no plane ever goes missing. But if the worst happens, here are some things that will make it easier for emergency crews to find the plane faster:

File a flight plan – a flight plan will tell searchers where you were heading and your intended route. This information can be critical during a search. 

Flight Plan (pdf 28 kb)
FAA Flight Planning Information

Use flight following – talking to air traffic control (ATC) during your flight can pay dividends if you go missing. ATC would have radar information and details about when they last spoke to you, where you were heading, and if you had reported any in-flight troubles.

Make sure you have an operational emergency locator transmitter – the key word here is “operational.” Check it out every so often to make sure it’s working. ELTs transmit distress signals in emergencies and help search crews find your location. ELTs are required in most U.S. registered civil aircraft. 

History

Consider investing in a new 406 ELT – several years ago, a more advanced model of the ELT (406 mhz) was developed. This version will cost around $550 per unit, but has an 80 percent chance of activating upon impact. And it will tell searchers your tail number and exact location. This could mean the difference between hours and minutes when it comes to searches.

More 406 ELT information - NOAA

FAA FAASTeam: http://www.faasafety.gov/

Aviation Associations: 

Washington Pilots Association Information (pdf 96 kb)

Mountain Flying Resources:

McCall ID – Mountain and Canyon Flying

Eagle CO - Alpine Flight Training  

Boulder CO – Specialty Flight Training  

Mountain Flying Safety in Idaho (pdf 91 kb)


Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) Useful Links:

Washington State Policy Guidelines for Unmanned Aircraft Systems (pdf 184 kb)

WSDOT UAS FAQs (pdf)

FAA UAS Information

FAA Frequently Asked Questions

FAA Model Aircraft Operations Guidelines 

FAA Civil Operations

Know Before you Fly Guidance


NTSB Safety Alerts:

Fueling Matters

Fueling Mistakes

Additional Resources:

Airport Restaurant List 2018 (327 kb)



Disclaimer: These resources and links are for information only. WSDOT does not endorse any particular web site, Mountain Flying School or Resource.