WPA State President Les Smith
It’s great to see springtime arriving. Along
with milder temperatures though, Mother Nature also doles out some
blustery weather that challenges us just as we are shaking off the
rust after the winter season. Dave Wheeler, Chapter President at
Paine used to sign off his emails with a quote: “Experience is a
hard teacher because she gives the test first,
the lesson afterwards” - Albert Einstein. This seems particularly
true with spring time. But the answer is to go fly, either on your
own or with an instructor. The great news is that you’ll get more
out of it than you put into it. By simply getting out and flying,
you’ll polish your skills AND you’ll support the industry you love
AND you’ll run into other pilots AND you’ll see the world from
above AND you’ll sharpen your mind, making all the decisions
needed AND… well, you get the picture.
The same is true for WPA Membership.
With your membership, you’ll get representation in airport
councils, planning commissions, city councils and in Olympia.
You’ll get invitations to meetings and FAAST seminars, fly outs
and hangar parties and if you give a hand in helping make those
things happen, you’ll get even more from it. Wait! Are you
thinking that there’s not enough of that kind of stuff going on in
your chapter? Well, maybe you should consider putting a bit more
into your chapter. Do you go to the meetings? Are you on the
Board? Those are each opportunities to up your payoff, by just a
bit of investment in effort. When pilots gather, stuff happens!
Help make it so. Just jump in. You’ll be taking the test and the
lesson will be clear afterwards.