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KWVI Airport News

JULY, 2018 WPA SECURES SETTLEMENT WITH PVUSD REGARDING PV HIGH SCHOOL DEVELOPMENT AND SAFETY: For years the WPA has been opposed to the encroachment into Airport Safety Zones and related safety issues associated with the further development of Pajaro Valley High School off the departure end of Rwy 20.  Finally, a Settlement has been reached in this issue!  Details and maps of the settlement can be found here.

Under the leadership of Rayvon Williams, KWVI is moving in a positive direction on many fronts.  See the entire two page, 2017-2018, report here, including a look ahead to the future of the Airport.

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.

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.


General Aviation News

MARCH 17, 2019  SPRINGTIME MEANS FLYING: Please stay a minimum of 1000' AGL above all seabird populations
Spring is finally here, and it's time to stretch your wings and fly out into clear skies. It's also an important time of year to share the skies with aviators of the feathered variety, who are in the midst of their most sensitive time of year: breading season.
Overflying a bird colony can flush nesting birds from their perches. Watch California Highway Patrol Sergeant Steve Newman ask, "So what if birds fly away? Won't they just circle around and come back and land again?"

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 check with the FAA for updates on this issue.

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 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.  Check out their landing restrictions prior to use.  Very limited Saturday operations!


Membership Meetings

WPA's MEMBERSHIP MEETINGS: WPA Meetings are currently held on an as-needed basis.  Typically, there are NO meetings in November or December.  Regular meeting place: the WAEC Hangar Building, 60 Aviation Way, Watsonville Airport. All visitors and guests are welcome. Refreshments will be served.

EAA CHAPTER 119's REGULAR SATURDAY MEETING BEGINS AT 10:30 AM. Meetings are normally held the second Saturday of each month except no meeting during Oshkosh week. Regular meeting place: the WAEC Hangar 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 Hangar 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).


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



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 4th Saturday of every month, at 11:00am, except November and December.
Visitors are always welcome. Come visit us and Join the WPA!


Contact Information

WPA Officers
President - Jeremy MacDonald
Vice President - Open Position
Secretary - Jeremy Lezin
Treasurer - Jeremy Lezin

Legal Affairs Committee
Secretary for Legal Affairs - Confidential
Treasurer for Legal Affairs - Confidential
One Member-at-Large - Confidential

Email us at mail@watsonvillepilots.org

WPA Committee Heads
AOPA ASN Rep. - Gryphon McArthur
Aviation Education - Marjorie Bachman
Email News - John Cowen
FAASTeam Rep. - Open Position
Field Security - Randy Pescé
Video and Media - Brian Moffet
WAAC Representative - Jeremy Lezin
Website Editor - Richard Lippi

Postal Address
PO Box 2074, Freedom, CA 95019


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