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President's Message

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.

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