Upcoming Thursday Programs (See All Events)

Regulation and Airspace–Mary Schu
Feb 21 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Mary Schu, CAA member and 2015 National Instructor of the Year, tells us what we should know and watch for on regulations and airspace. Get ready for Aviation Trivia complete with prizes and other bits of fun!

Vans Aircraft–Mitch Lock
Feb 28 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm


Speaker to be scheduled

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

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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.

Social: Flamingo Fling at the CAA
Mar 9 @ 5:30 pm – 9:00 pm

It will be a night that will transport us from the grayness of Oregon winter to a trip to the bright and vibrant Islands of the South Seas, featuring a traditional Pig Roast and tropical libations. Please join us for this vibrant evening.


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

Vince Granato, Chief Operation Officer of the Port of Portland

Topic: PDX major expansion project and general aviation

As chief operating officer, Vince is responsible for the operation of our Portland International Airport, two general aviation airports, as well as all our marine terminals. He’s been in this position since February 2012.

Vince, a native of Portland, has been with us for 30 years in various managerial and financial capacities. In his previous role as chief financial officer, he managed all our financial activities and administrative areas such as risk management, internal audit, contracts and procurement, and research.

In his career, Vince has been involved in a number of national initiatives in the aviation industry including the Transportation Security Administration Baggage Screening Investment Study Group and various other projects for Airports Council International. He’s also a member of the Oregon State Aviation Board and the Oregon Sports Authority.

Vince grew up five miles from the airport and rode his bike there when younger. He roamed the concourses to see airplanes from the terminal building before there was such a thing as the Transportation Security Administration. He said he never thought he’d be working at PDX one day—let alone for 30 years.




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…