Upcoming Thursday Programs (See All Events)

Flight Profile 2 – John Banks – Managing Fear & Stress during and Aviation Emergency @ CAA Clubhouse
Apr 26 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Flight Profile 2

John Banks, CFI / Willamette Aviation

Topic:  Managing Fear & Stress during Aviation Emergencies

John Banks began flying in the 1990s, and it’s one of his many passions. A native midwesterner, he’s lived several places, including Alaska, where’s he’s worked as a wilderness guide. John also is an experienced sailor, and he’s likely one of the few people you’ll ever meet who has crossed the Pacific Ocean solo. Now settled in Oregon, John enjoys sharing his expertise with others, be they new students or experienced pilots. “Flying might seem difficult at first,” he says, “but I’ve found that most students have the right attitude and are ready to take on the challenge.”

Note: Eligible for Wings Credit

Flight Profile 3 – Preparing for Your Next Flight Review @ CAA Clubhouse
May 3 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Flight Profile 3

Topic:  “Preparing for Your Next Flight Review”

Tony Dennis, CFI  


Stan Swan, CFII

Stan Swan is a native Oregonian who discovered a love of flying while in his teens, leading him to serve as a Civil Air Patrol cadet throughout high school and most of his university career. After a tour in the Army, he learned to fly on the GI Bill, earning his Commercial, Instrument and CFI ratings. Stan then transitioned to the business world, rising to management positions in several local manufacturing companies, and after a long hiatus he has returned to flight instruction, his first love. Stan owns a Piper Comanche 260, which has provided him with most of his aviation experience. He always looks forward to introducing many new pilots to the world of aviation, while helping old pros become better and safer at what they do.

Note: Eligible for Wings Credit

Cinco de Mayo Dinner
May 5 @ 5:30 pm – 9:00 pm
Wayne McGhee – Latest Garmin products for 2018 @ CAA Clubhouse
May 10 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Topic:  Latest Garmin products for 2018
Wayne McGhee and long time member Dewey Conroy
For years, Pacific Coast Avionics (PCA) has been helping all of us fly safer by using the latest avionics.  Regulations and avionics are changing so fast, it is hard to keep up.  No need to worry.  
Wayne McGhee, Regional Manager for Garmin will be here to give us the latest information on Garmin equipment so we can fly safer and be legal relative to the upcoming FAA deadlines.   You wont want to miss this presentation.  
Special thanks to Dewey Conroy for sponsoring Wayne McGhee for this meeting. 
May 17 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm



Columbia Aviation Association is located at the Aurora State, Oregon Airport (UAO).  CAA was founded in 1949 as a private organization devoted to flying.  After being located at the Portland International Airport (PDX) for forty five years, members completed the beautiful new Aurora clubhouse in 1996.  Membership is by invitation only and requirements include possession of a private pilots certificate.  Most of the club’s 175 members have advanced ratings and are aircraft owners who fly on a regular basis for business and pleasure.

Regular meetings are held every Thursday evening from 6:00pm to 9:30pm with a social hour, dinner and a guest speaker.  Special events are held quarterly and there are breakfast/lunch flyouts on the weekends.  BBQs and brunches are scheduled at the clubhouse during the year to engage in our favorite past-time of hangar talk. 

Each year members organize several cross-country flying trips provide members and their families an opportunity to participate in exploring the USA and abroad.  Recent destinations have included Jackson Hole, Joseph, San Juan Islands, Sunriver, SunValley, Victoria BC, Catalina California, McCall Idaho, Lake Chelan, Rogue River and Northern California.

Whether it is attending the weekly meetings, participating in the annual Flight Profile pilot training program, attending a major dinner event, participating in aviation related issues and projects or flying across the country together, the Columbia Aviation Association members share a rich camaraderie based on the love of aviation and  flying…