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 260 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 flyouts on Sundays. 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 and Silverton Colorado.
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…
Upcoming Thursday Programs
Join us as we explore the many long lasting benefits to Portland area communities and businesses as we honor the crew in ceremonies and festivities that will rival Fleet Week of Rose Festival. Learn how we, as a community, can leave a positive imprint on the sailors of the USS Portland.
Presented by Mike Hewlett and Ken Bray
Navy League Commissioning Committee Members
MIKE HEWLETT –
Earned his BS/EE degree at University of Nebraska on a NROTC scholarship; Graduated and commissioned Ensign, USN in 1964. He served for 6 years active duty as Naval Aviator and Line Officer in both Pacific and Mediterranean Fleets.
Leaving the Navy in 1970, he joined IBM as Marketing Representative in Southern California. With a foundation in technical sales he
moved to Colorado in 1976 to accept a position in Tektronix where he soon became District Sales Manager then promoted to
Western Area Sales Manager in Santa Clara CA. He managed his sales and support team in the sale of high resolution graphic
display products to major aerospace and scientific research organizations.
In 1986 he joined Mentor Graphics to start-up a new division addressing the mechanical design and analysis of electronic
products. As Division Director of Marketing he introduced the new product line to their world-wide organization.
In 1992 he launched a successful sales and marketing company serving as interim VP of Sales and Marketing. Since retiring
in 2006 he volunteers as a SCORE counselor helping small businesses improve their success. Active in the Navy League,
Portland Council for nearly 20 years serving as an officer and president for numerous terms.
Mechanical Engineer (BME) – University of Louisville;
Master of Business Administration (MBA) – University of Portland
Two Challenging and Paralleling Careers
As a Naval Officer: Commissioned an Ensign from NROTC at University of Louisville in 1967; designated a Naval Aviator in January 1969 primarily flying A-4 Skyhawks. During Six years of Active Duty he served in Squadrons in Norfolk, VA & Lemoore, CA; Holds record for most carrier landings in a single department = 301, triple centurion, during deployment to South China Sea on USS Hancock and completed 254 combat missions.
Joined Reserve Patrol Squadron at Naval Air Station Whidbey Island flying P-2V & P-3A
Served as Commanding Officer of augment unit VP-4046
Retired as a Navy Captain with 26 years of service
As a Steelmaker for 38 years: Held technical management & leadership positions with Oregon Steel Mills for 20 years primarily in the steelmaking, quality control, maintenance and engineering departments As Vice President of FerroTherm Inc. Patented an energy saving – scrap preheating process.
Completed working career as Engineering & Production Manager with CMC in Seguin, TX for 16 years.
Currently: Returned to Portland in 2011 and assumed most challenging job yet as Grandpa (Bubbles) of 5 grandchildren from 5 to 2 years of age: Married to my wife, Carol, recently celebrated our 45th anniversary. Family includes three adult children – two of whom live in the greater Portland area.
Active with Navy League, Portland Council serving as an office and a board member and with Tigard Breakfast Rotary Club
Raul Suarez – Air Traffic Manager, Serco
The tower has been in operation for a year now at Aurora State Airport, location of the CAA Club House. What have we learned in the first year? What has worked well? What have the problems been? Come learn how we can all get the most out of our tower.