Monday, January 27, 2014

January 2014 Meeting Notes

The January chapter meeting was held at 7 p.m. on January 21, 2014, in our usual location, the Redmond Library.  Thanks to John Marzulli, our VP, for running the show while Matt (President) was off the continent.
Rob Kochman (Secretary) had nothing to report.

Jason Hills (Treasurer) reported that our efforts to open a new chapter bank account at BECU were in progress, but not yet complete.  The great news was that Bank of America cashed our cashier’s check from the closing of our previous account, so we no longer need to worry about the check expiring.  Jason refused the offer of an escort to his car.

Our speaker this month was Paul Wolf, the State Airport Manager, who runs all 16 state-managed airports in Washington.  Paul talked about his role, as well as WSDOT Aviation more generally.  He described the many purposes of the state-run airports—a clear, compelling message necessary to maintain funding amid tight state budgets.  Paul had great pictures and stories of some of the recent efforts to preserve and also meaningfully improve airport facilities, as well as some stories of people’s attempts to damage property, both intentionally and unintentionally.  The state work crews work hard to maintain and improve the airports, but they also rely on volunteers, so our chapter members should consider joining a work party or organizing one of our own.  Paul also drove home the point that it’s important to check NOTAMs (including published NOTAMs, which would be found in the A/FD) for runway closures or other hazardous conditions before landing at a state airport.  Thanks, Paul!

Our next meeting is at our usual time and place: Tuesday, February 18 at 7 p.m. in the Redmond Library. Xylon Saltzman, Founder of one-G simulation, will be presenting.