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Scud Running, Everything you wanted to know, but were afraid to ask!
Special thanks to Kevin Padrick for organizing this training event.
Chuck Perry – Chief Pilot, Kenmore Air
A need for uninhibited travel plans propelled Chuck Perry to earn his pilot’s licenses. Little did he know; his weekend hobby would lead to a second career.
In the 80s and 90s, Chuck lived and worked in Ketchikan. Today, the town is a popular stop for many cruise lines. Back then it was a small and infrequently visited fishing village. Chuck was a member of local law enforcement. “Everyone knew everyone. So I learned to fly and bought a plane. It let me get off the rock whenever I wanted,” Chuck explained over the roar of a de Havilland Otter.
While he originally joined the staff in 2002 as a pilot, he was named Chief Pilot in 2012. “These days I don’t get to fly as much as I’d like. I spend a lot of my time in the office. That’s the nature of my job. There’s just a lot of work that has to get done,” he said. But a lack of flight time hadn’t diminished his skills one bit. As the busy season picks up, Chuck will be less in the office and more in the sky. He might even be piloting your next flight.
Special thanks to member Travis Brandt for hosting Chuck for this exciting event.
Where else can you sit down with an Ace DPE? Join us for some humor and to hear what really happens during a check ride. Mary will share some of her 40 years of learning from students and applicants that has made her a better pilot.
Mary is also a member of the FAA ACS Working Group, so she has the inside scoop on the evolving test standards out of Wn DC.
With over 21,000 flight hours, she was the “2015 National Flight Instructor of the Year”, FAA certified flight instructor, Contract pilot service for jets and turbo-props, Designated Pilot Examiner, Flight Instructor Refresher Courses – FIRCS, pilot safety meeting organizer and presenter and Aviation Consultant for program development of FAA programs including Part 141 and international flight schools.
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…