Upcoming Thursday Programs (See All Events)

No Meeting – Richland WA Flyout
Aug 16 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm

No meeting

“(Im)possible Turn”- Engine Failure on Takeoff @ CAA Clubhouse
Aug 23 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm

The (Im)possible turn.

 Yes, John Noordwijk has been in this situation, asking himself “Can I make it back to the field?”  His years of flying experience and training allowed him to take the correct action quickly.  Many year ago, departing from Sportsman airport in a Piper Archer the engine started to sputter at 1,200 Ft. AGL.  It was a mechanical failure and some valves stuck in two cylinders.  John landed safely, although a little fast.  

John will also present the Joseph T. Nall accident report and specifically review accidents associated with take offs and landings. The (im)possible turn needs to be made because of engine failures during take off. Some are mechanical engine failures but many are pilot errors such as fuel starvation (leaning before take off or carburator icing). We then will review the potential mistakes how to avoid the (im)possible return. Furthermore we will then focus how to simulate the (im)possible return and have an altitude in your head when or not to do it, both VFR and IFR. Good practice during a BFR. 

John will share these details so we can all benefit from his experience. 
Member / Son Night – Flying on USS Hornet – S2F Plane Captain Jake Jacobs @ CAA Clubhouse
Aug 30 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm

CAA member Jake Jacobs will talk about anti-submarine operations with VS-38 on the USS Hornet. 

The talk will include the methods of detection deployed by the Grumman S2F aircraft and the means to destroy enemy submarines during the cold war. It will include a short video of shipboard operations with catapult and deck launches, jet air support and helicopter operations.

As a Plane Captain (Crew Chief) for aircraft ST21, Jacobs saw the action up close and personal and will talk about the VS-38 squadron, the far east PacWest aircraft carrier cruise and home base operations at North Island Coronado. And a carrier/destroyer collision caused by a submarine.



Movie Night – Strategic Air Command / Jimmy Stewart
Sep 6 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
“Dinner and a Movie” featuring “Strategic Air Command” starring Jimmy Stewart and June Allyson in VistaVision and Technicolor! The movie and popcorn are free and dinner is the regular club price.
No Meeting – Ashland Flyout Weekend
Sep 13 @ 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…