CdA Airport Association
Sept. 12, 2023
Meeting Called to Order by President Harry C. at 5:02PM, with the Pledge of Allegiance, at the Hagadon Hangar, KCOE.
Those in Attendance: See attached sign-in. Harry introduced new member Dan Gates, retired Airport Manager from Port Angeles, WA. Welcome aboard, Dan!
Minutes of last meeting: Motion to approve by Mike K, Seconded by Frank O. Minutes approved.
Treasurers Report: Checking $2736.20/ Savings $4410.80.
Guest Speaker: Gaston Patterson, KCOE Airport Director.
He reported that he recently picked up an RV12 for himself, reminding us that he is a pilot. Gaston feels very positive about the Airport. For example:
Communications are going in right direction, any complaints that have been brought up are nearly all resolved.
Update of Rules/Standards coming up: notified by Helena FAA offices in charge of planning.
Official FAA audit on airport (Seattle); this took 2 days 8 hrs.: official report on that later. FAA was very pleased, but there were some contract issues: gun club and Lakes Hwy, the old Transdector facility that allowed non-aviation/military/civilian use.
FAA could see the need for developing more land But need to resolve some issues with the 700 acres purchased a while ago.
AWOS tech is coming out to fix the system, but must send people over to certify; therein lies the holdup. Airport Office is asking for communication preference: Text notification or email; please register with airport.
Gates and gate cards: key pads to all gates, individual pin #s for each card holder. The Cessna gate was a test launch.
Rnwy 6/24 is still shut down 7-24 Sept. Taxi-way November, closed. Apparently, while grinding the runway to prep for overlay, runway was found at only 2“, where it should be 4”; way out of the 1⁄4” tolerance. Not Good. Plans call for Runway 6/24 to have asphalt and stripping done; then in 30 days, grooving. Next year final painting.
LEDs lights next year
Temporary tower Operations: 2X2 rotated thru 10 controllers; was not completely satisfactory. FAA was good for coordination. FS paid for tower/ops supervisor. Want to contract with local users. County will share costs next year. Thanks for all the hard work to the controllers: Bill and Rich.
Controllers reported some statistics that users should be aware of for SAFETY: Deviations 13 (9 in one day). Several incidents where there was NO talk to tower and need to include jet “close-calls”.
FAA watches the Airport to establish “busy days” so as to understand how KCOE traffic works. was the busiest they have seen except for Oshkosh. Tower?
Frank asked about Frequency change.
FAA says there is No money for future projects. Runway 2/20? Rate changes: $1.00 per thousand #. No charges for airshows. Gaston has wide open door for airport users.
Mike K wants to sell hats, shirts and coats. (Coat $70, hat $10, shirt $20, cost to us).
CDAAA and Museum, but there are some sales tax issues to work out and a logo concern .
Harry: Camera systems software; went to Stancraft Jet Center to see how they do it. Hosted a website/talk, so far. Harry: revising Rules and Standards; when might that be? We should start listing areas of the current R/S to modify.
Tower ops supervisor
indicated he wanted to talk with local pilot groups before starting next year tower ops.
We could make money for
Mike: Bikes better option at this time because bikes can be donated to airport and take very little in liability/space. Arrange a shed where they can be kept and made available to visiting pilots, either at CdA M/O or South (west) Transient Parking.
Mike indicated that Shane at No Limits Aviation would give members a 15% discount and Stancraft would give a discount, as well. CdAAA to provide a list and id cards for use. Program to list members.
Jim.W: Cynthia is looking for Newsletter contributions.
Mark Sales: (pilot with Lifeflight 85) locals play nice with locals.
Harry: give LF considerations for priority.
Steve A.: confusion about CdAAA and CDA flyers. Thank Mike K for all his hard work on the Flyers. Call a board meeting for discussion. Mike will work with Cynthia to coordinate the CdAAA Website and CDA Flyers Social Media site and to add CDAAA to Logo.
Good of Order: Harry thanked Mike for all his updates on Facebook and getting the word out about the airport. Thanks to Gaston Patterson for Airport Updates. Much appreciated.
Meeting Adjourned at 6:30pm
Elsbeth Roach, Secretary/Treasurer CdAAA Board