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The Naples Pilots Association meets
the fourth Wednesday of each month at the
Pilot Lounge on the Naples Airport.

Membership is $25 per year.

Guests are welcome.

Call for directions 239-263-9121
Call for more information 239-263-9121

President's Message

NPA Presidents Message-- April 2015

We are getting down to the wire on selecting a new president for the Pilots Association. I only have the April and May meetings left in my reign of power. It's bitter sweet. I really enjoy running the organization but it's time to get some new leadership or things will start to get stale. I will remain on the board of directors and continue to help organize meetings. If you would like to help out, we can always use an extra hand. Perhaps your particular skill set could help us organize and grow a little more, or perhaps it's just a way to get to know more local pilots. Either way it has been a very rewarding experience and I wouldn't trade it.

Here are the board members for when you reach out to them...

  • Ryan Allen <verticalflight@gmail.com>;
  • Catherine Fay <catherine@naplesairinc.com>;
  • Charlie Paulk <cmpjr@aol.com>;
  • Jim Hendricks <jhendricks13@cfl.rr.com>;
  • Joe Bawduniak <jabawduniak@gmail.com>;
  • Wendy Wahlstedt <Whwflyer@icloud.com>

March Speaker
Our speakers in March were Mark Steinberg, Terry Spurlock, Elizabeth Vance and Officer Munchausen. These four people are here to help answer any questions you have regarding flights to the Bahamas. Their talk was specific to procedures to fly into and out of the Bahamas and was very educational. If you have any questions about flying to the Bahamas, please reach out to them. They will be happy to answer any questions you may have.

April Speaker
Our speaker this month, Bill MacClarence, flew P-51's out of Fowlmere, UK in 1945. He has a video of his fighter group to share with us. The video shows him and other men he was in the service with. Hearing him tell his stories and seeing actual videos from 1945 puts a tangible touch on wartime flying that is often romanticized about. You won't want to miss this talk.



Learn to Fly at Marco Island with Fogarty Flying

Monthly Pancake Breakfast
Chapter 1067 of the Experimental Aircraft Association holds a monthly pancake breakfast at the Pilot's Lounge on the 2nd Sunday of each month from 8am-11am. It's a lot of fun and a great deal for breakfast, only $5. Stop on by. Non-Members of EAA are welcome.
If you are interested in displaying your aircraft, please call Dave at the Airport Pilot Shop.

Trade-Ins Needed
If you have any used headsets or portable GPS units laying around collecting dust, please see Dave at the Airport Pilot Shop. He may be able to help find a new home for your old equipment.
dave@airportpilotshop.com or 239-263-9121

Front Desk - Sit at the front desk and help greet the membership during the meeting. Contact Catherine Fay 239-403-4838 catherine@naplesairinc.com

Hospitality - Help pick up food and drinks for the meeting. Set up coffee, snacks, chairs etc. dave@airportpilotshop.com 239-263-9121

David Rochin
Presdent - Naples Pilots Association


An organization like the Naples Pilots Association can't run itself.

It needs capable people to help carry out small tasks to make our meetings work. This teamwork is essential. We are currently looking for a couple people to help with these tasks. I promise the workload is very low and it's a great way to get involved and meet other members.


Collier County Airport Authority Update

Justin Lobb is overseeing operations for the three Collier County airports. He is a native of Pennsylvania and has a lifelong passion for aviation. Justin’s aviation career began with doing odd jobs at his hometown airport and he later earned a degree in Aviation Management from Florida Institute of Technology. After graduation he worked for an aviation consulting and engineering firm before transitioning to operations at Orlando-Sanford International (SFB). Prior to moving to the Marco Island office, he was the manager at KIMM and was responsible for improving tenant and customer relations there. Next time you land at KMKY stop in and say hello to Justin.

With snowbirds heading north soon there will be a little more space on the ramps but as of April 1, 2015 all of the hangars at KMKY, KIMM and X01 are filled.

Everglades Airpark
Don’t miss the final pancake breakfast of the season, April 25th from 10 am to 12 pm at the Everglades Airpark.

Many tenants bring their ‘furkids’ to the airport with them when they have things to do in the hangar, or are getting the aircraft ready for a flight. The dogs are typically able to run around near the hangar. This is a very serious safety hazard, not only for anyone driving on the ramp, but also for the dogs. All dogs are required to be leashed when on the airfield to avoid any potential problems

Favorite Places to Go
I know everyone has a favorite place to fly-out for breakfast or lunch. Why keep it such a secret? Please share your favorite places to go, so that I can build a library of fly-out ideas. I will share all of the ideas on our www.NaplesPilots.com website. Something that may seem routine to you may be a completely new experience for someone else. Where have you flown lately?
email David Rochin: dave@AirportPilotShop.com

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