The Kansas Agricultural Aviation Association is kicking its fire suppression committee into high gear. Thanks to committee chairs Bill Garrison and Dusty Dowd, KAAA is hosting a training on November 8 at the Airport in Hutchinson and is inviting you to be part of it. Spray pilots who would like to be officially called on to help during emergency fire situations will need to complete this training. You do need to RSVP with your airplane to this event on Nov. 8, by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or calling (316) 796-1180.
Schedule for Nov. 8, Hutchinson Airport
8 a.m. – Wildfire Aerial Suppression Program (WASP) begins, training by Rodney Reddinger, Kansas Forest Service
11:30 a.m. – Buffet lunch at Airport Steakhouse courtesy of KAAA
1 p.m. – Water drops
Keep in mind training is necessary to list your name and business on the state map of aerial suppression contacts. This map is being developed by the Kansas Dept. of Emergency Management and will be used during an emergency fire situation.
Also, Bill has worked with the Hutchinson Airport to offer a discount for fuel if you fill up in Hutchinson before leaving.
Please let us know of your interest and attendance. If you can’t make the training but would still like to be part of WASP let us know that as well.
Bill Garrison and Dusty Dowd, co-chairs, WASP committee
The spring fly-in set for April 4 is a rain-out. We will try again next year to have a spring pattern testing for all interested pilots, a free event for those who are paid KAAA members. The spring fly-in, previously set for Coffey County Airport in Burlington, had eight RSVPs. Due to impending rain and thunderstorms that event had to be cancelled.
KAAA will host a fall pattern testing in Larned. Watch the website and your mailbox for those details.
KAAA is always grateful for its Allied members who offer financial support that covers the cost of lunch and expenses for the fly-in event.
Thank you to these willing spring fly-in sponsors:
Calling all ag pilots the KAAA fall fly-in is set for Oct. 13-14, 2016 at the Goodland Airport, Goodland, Kansas. The fly-in is being co-hosted by the Colorado Agricultural Aviation Association.
Two $100 fuel fill-ups will be drawn for and all pilots who attend are eligible for this drawing. A 1A credit will be offered for fly-in participation and analyzation will once again be offered by the University of Nebraska-Lincoln’s Alan Corr and KAAA’s own Sam Styron. A second 1A credit can also be earned by attending Corr’s presentation that day.
The pattern testing is free to all paid KAAA members for 2016 and 2017. Attendees should RSVP to John Holzmeister at (785) 672-0147.
Watch the KAAA webpage for weather updates. In case of inclement weather the fly-in will continue on Friday, Oct. 14.