Upcoming Thursday Programs (See All Events)

Sailing on the US Coast Guard Eagle tall ship
Jan 24 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm

CAA member Jake Jacobs has made 4 cruises as guest crew on the Coast Guard’s cadet training ship USCG Eagle over the last 3 years. 

This 295 foot long ship with 23 sails was built in Germany in 1936 and taken by the US as a war reparation in 1946 and sailed to New London Connecticut where it has served the Coast Guard as their seamanship training vessel ever since. 

This ship, originally named Horst Wessel after a Nazi hero, was used to train many of the German U-Boat officers prior to WWII.  Then during the war it was equipped with 20MM antiaircraft guns and downed 5 allied aircraft.   

Forty of the German submarine officers who trained on the Eagle were assigned to assist the US crew on the 1946 sailing of the ship to the USA.  The presentation will include historic and contemporary slides and a short video of sailing and climbing the rigging to 125 feet.

Winter Flying–Kevin Padrick
Mar 7 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm

How To Get Perfectly Clear Ice On Your Airplane | Boldmethod

Kevin Padrick is no stranger to winter flying as he is in and out of his home airport of Sunriver (S21) where he has his home and hangars housing his TBM, Pitts, Glider and Maule. Hear his key tips on icing, winter flight, risk, planning, survival, enroute vigilance and caring for your plane. Share your winter flying stories and hear Kevin’s response.

Vince Granato-Port of Portland
Mar 14 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Vince Granato, COO of the Port of Portland



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…