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DAN CHAUVET: 1935 - 2016
Dan Chauvet died peacefully on April 21, 2016, at his home in Watsonville with his loved ones surrounding him.  Dan was a highly competent pilot of airplanes from Aeronca Chief to Cessna Citation, a gifted instrument flight instructor, ground instructor, and aviation writer, a tenacious fighter for Watsonville Airport and the wider community it serves, and, most importantly, a true gentleman.  Dan was loved by many and respected by all.  We will miss him sorely.  Now, borrowing from Lincoln's Gettysburg Address, it is up to us to carry forward the work to which, despite his infirmities, he dedicated himself so tirelessly.

JANUARY 23, 2016, ACTIONS SPEAK LOUDER THAN WORDS---by Dan Chauvet, WPA WAAC Representative
On Wednesday January 13th the new City Manager Charles Montoya attended the Watsonville Airport Advisory Committee (WAAC) meeting. In Mr. Montoya's introductory remarks he related his past administrative experience with Jeffco Airport. He has a positive attitude about airports, and Watsonville Airport in particular. He said, "I believe the airport needs to be recognized not only as a vital transportation hub, but as an economic driver that the city, county, and businesses should use to promote the region."
Already he has taken action. The airport is now its own department (previously it was under the Public Works Department). The Airport Manager Rayvon Williams is head of that department and will report directly to the office of the City Manager. It's more than symbolic. This has reduced the layers of bureaucracy over the airport where hidden agendas placed the airport lower on the food chain, where errors were able to be hidden. Actions speak louder than words; and the City Manager has taken action that reflects a whole new attitude by top city administration.

DECEMBER 14, 2015  DRONES AT CHRISTMAS (and beyond)?
For safety sake, help spread the word...

There are many out there that will be getting in on the drone or model airplane craze.  Whether a simple one-bladed drone or advanced, digital camera-equipped quad-copter both of these are considered an Unmanned Aerial System (UAS) and flying them is regulated by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) with fines ranging from $27,500 to $250,000 and up to 3 years imprisonment!
For more information, please read the newsletter from KWVI Management on this WPA website at www.watsonvilliepilots.org/pages/drones.htmlPlease share this information.  Thank you.

OCTOBER 28, 2015, SPECIAL MEETING AND AWARD CEREMONY HONORING WPA MEMBER DAN CHAUVET
On October 28th, the FAA awarded Dan Chauvet the prestigious Wright Brothers Master Pilot Award in a ceremony at the Watsonville Municipal Airport. To be eligible for the award, a pliot must have flown for more than 50 years without an accident or FAA violation and must have benefited others in aviation. The bulk of Dan's flying career was spent piloting Granite Construction's corporate jet for 26 years. He has also accumulated more than 6,000 hours of instructor time. Dan started flying in 1958 but slowed his involvement in hands-on flying in 2009. He is still very actively involved in the promotion and protection of the Watsonville Municipal Airport. Thanks, Dan, for all you have given to the flying community, and congratulations!!!

JULY, 2015, INEQUITABLE CHARGES TO THE AIRPORT BUDGET?---by Dan Chauvet, WPA WAAC Representative
On April 1, 2014 Watsonville Airport Advisory Committee (WAAC) members Steve Henderson, John Randolph and Dan Chauvet (WPA's WAAC representative) met with the City of Watsonville's Finance Director. The purpose of the meeting was to investigate if the Airport Enterprise Fund (AEF) is being unfairly drained. Four (4) issues regarding the Airport Enterprise Funds are:
1. The City's failure to pay back funds diverted from the Sage property lease that should have gone to the AEF.
2. The $4,700,000, supposedly owed by the Airport Enterprise Fund to the City's General Fund. That first appeared at the budget hearing of the May 2013 City Council meeting.
3. The 2015-2016 $231,032 "consolidated services" charge to the Airport Enterprise Fund
4. Allocation of charges to the airport for new financial and management software
For more information on these issues, please see the WPA July to September, 2015, newsletter.

JULY, 2015, AIRPORT MANAGER'S YEAR IN REVIEW    During the month of July, Airport Manager, Rayvon Williams made a presentation to the EAA 119, WPA, 99s, and WAAC at their regular meetings. He shared with the groups what he considers to be the Highlights and Lowlights for 2014-2015. Here they are...
Highlights: 1. Airport revenue exceeds expenses   2. FAA increases four leasehold rates for 2014-2015   3. Taxiway Charlie & Apron construction completed   4. Watsonville Obstacle Departure improved   5. Airport chapter of Muni Code updated   6. Airport fills last open head count; now fully staffed   7. RFP process brings Ella's-at-the-Airport to terminal   8. Leased 125 Aviation Way; lease rate up to 90%   9. New five year fuel contract awarded   10. Completed 2nd Community Noise equivalent study   11. Accurately identified 20-to-1 obstructions   12. $10,000 Caltrans grant for obstruction removal   13. Third annual Tar Plant survey completed   14. Second year of successful "Second Saturdays"   15. Second year of Hangar and Tie Down FMV adjustments   16. Free fire extinguisher service at Tenant Appreciation   17. Watsonville Emergency Airlift command Team drill   18. Airport "officially" sponsors 50th annual Fly -In   19. Airport launches Wings over Watsonville Fly-In
Lowlights 1. Airport's attempt to remove deficit to loan thwarted   2. KWVI's three IAPs NOTAM'ed not applicable at night   3. Settlement regarding Fly-In fundraiser trip-and-fall   4. Fly-In & Air Show attendance lower than expected   5. Storm Water Prevention mandate   6. VASI move to PAPIs on hold- Critical Habitat   7. Employee furloughs extended till end 2015   8. Continued delay at United Flight Services   9. Airport hangar restrooms vandalized   10. Lost AOPA Regional Fly-In bid

OCTOBER, 2013, WAAC MEETINGS AND PROGRESS---by Dan Chauvet, WAAC Member representing the WPA
The Watsonville Airport Advisory Committee (WAAC) meets quarterly. It's a conduit for communication with the City Manager. The WAAC is a committee that gives advice; it's not a commission that has a decision-making role. The bylaws include safety and noise issues, operations and airport economics. Members are airport supporters from the three aviation organizations, a representative for fixed based operators, a City of Watsonville resident and one from the County.  Members of the public are welcome to attend meetings and share their views.

MAY 25, 2012, WATSONVILLE AIRPORT E-MAIL DISTRIBUTION LIST On occasion, the Airport Management has a need to communicate directly with the Airport community.
The requirement might be an update of a minor inconvenience, such as an inoperable entry gate or as serious as a pending Temporary Flight Restriction (TFR). Additionally, there may be times when the Airport is supporting non-profit organizations or, as they have done in the past, serving in an emergency response capacity.
If you desire to receive such communications, please consider joining the KWVI e-mail Distribution List. It's FREE, simple to join and extremely valuable. You may sign up by selecting this link >>> sign-up link

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General Aviation News

DECEMBER, 2013, MONTEREY BAY ACADEMY AIRFIELD (CA66); Information provided by Bob Carr.
Monterey Bay Academy Airfield is back and better than ever! Located four miles west of Watsonville on a bluff overlooking Monterey Bay, the airfield has reopened to all pilots after over a decade of highly restricted use. The runway has been significantly improved and is now covered with grass. There is expanded parking and a picnic area right on the bluff.
Ocean Shore Aviation, the organization behind the airfield at the Monterey Bay Academy, added an extra 400 feet of grass in September, and report that the current airfield has been growing in nicely. With the help of donations from Bob and Karen Carr, and others, 160 sprinkler heads and associated pipe were added in an effort to ensure a healthy airfield for many years to come. Ocean Shore Aviation also formed an advisory board called the 66ers Flying Club, named after the titled airstrip- CA66. This group was formed to manage future events anticipated to take place on the bluff, and make flying here even more fun. Ocean Shore Aviation would like to remind people that this is a private airstrip, is open to people who are in good standing, in hopes of providing an airstrip for pilots and their friends to come and share in many good times. Things are coming along, but they're doing it in a low-key fashion. They just want pilots to come and be a part of their pilot community.

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Membership Meetings

WPA's REGULAR WEDNESDAY NIGHT MEETING BEGINS AT 7 PM. See the WINGS Seminar Calendar for valuable seminars and safety presentations scheduled. Meetings are CURRENTLY held the last Wednesday of alternating months. Regular meeting place: the WAEC Building, 60 Aviation Way, Watsonville Airport. All visitors and guests are welcome. Refreshments will be served.

EAA CHAPTER 119's REGULAR TUESDAY NIGHT MEETING BEGINS AT 7:30 PM. Meetings are normally held the first Tuesday of each month except no meeting during Oshkosh week. Regular meeting place: the WAEC Building, 60 Aviation Way, Watsonville Airport. All visitors and guests are welcome. Refreshments will be served.

MONTEREY BAY 99s REGULAR WEDNESDAY NIGHT MEETING BEGINS AT 7:00 PM. Meetings are normally held the third Wednesday of each month. Regular meeting place: the WAEC Building, 60 Aviation Way, Watsonville Airport. They generally have a guest speaker, a business meeting, some hangar flying and refreshments (not necessarily in that order).

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Our Purpose
The purpose for which the Watsonville Pilots Association was formed is the advancement of the public understanding and interest in beneficial use and utilization of General Aviation in California.

Specific purposes include:
* Conducting seminars, mailings and meetings to inform members of the public uses and services of light aircraft.
* Conducting training and seminars for persons desiring increased pilot proficiency and flight safety.
* Providing technical and operational information for public officials and teachers regarding aviation safety regulation and Airport Land Use Planning.
* Preservation and enhancement of Watsonville Airport as a regional, public-use facility

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a message from our past President...

The Watsonville Airport is an irreplaceable public safety, commercial, recreational, educational, charitable and emergency transportation resource serving a region of nearly 300,000 people. The people of Watsonville are extremely fortunate to have such a rare facility so close at hand. Thousands of users of the Airport generate an estimated annual economic benefit to the community of over $645,000,000.

The handout entitled The Watsonville Pilots Association invites you to discover WATSONVILLE MUNICIPAL AIRPORT has gotten the true story out to the public about the benefits of the Airport and has been used as a model for other General Aviation airports that want to improve public relations. I envision the WPA as a continuing liaison between the Airport and the community---bringing everyone closer.

WPA members help citizens more fully understand and utilize this irreplaceable public safety & transportation resource and actively encourage individuals in the community to take part in all that the Airport has to offer. The WPA motto, "Serving Aviation and the Community" speaks for itself. Learning all that the Watsonville Airport has to offer, I have been very proud to be a pilot at Watsonville Airport and very proud to be a member of the Watsonville Pilots Association.
Richard Lippi,  President 2000-2005
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The Watsonville Pilots Association shares the EAA-WAEC hangar located at 60 Aviation Way, Watsonville, CA, on the Airport. Meetings are held there on the last Wednesday of each month, at 7:00pm, except August, November and December. Visitors are always welcome. Come visit us and Join the WPA!

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Contact Information

WPA Officers
President - Mike McIntyre 408/3five3-59six9
Vice President - John Cowan 831/4three8-511six
Secretary - Charlene McIntyre 408/3five3-59six9
Treasurer - Sarah Chauvet 831/7two4-825six

Legal Affairs Committee
Secretary for Legal Affairs - Dan Chauvet
Asst Secty for Legal Affairs - John Randolph
Treasurer for Legal Affairs - Hal Zamora
Member-at-Large - Brad Smith

Email
Email us at mail@watsonvillepilots.org

WPA Committee Heads
AOPA ASN Rep. - Gryphon McArthur
Aviation Education - Majorie Bachman
FAASTeam Rep. - Marjorie Bachman
Field Security - Randy Pescé
Newsletter Editor - Scott Williams
Public Relations - John Cowan
Video and Media - Brian Moffet
WAAC Rep. - Dan Chauvet
Website Editor - Richard Lippi

Postal Address
PO Box 2074, Freedom, CA 95019

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