Letter from the President
I would like to bring you up to date on several items of interest to VASI. First, I have accepted several retirements from Board members that have served us with distinction over the past several years, who now feel it's time to step aside due to work or personal reasons. Larry Taborsky, Brett Stephens, and Richard Francis. These gentleman have worked hard for VASI. We greatly appreciate their efforts thru the years, and I hope they will continue as valuable VASI members.
Subsequently, I am pleased to announce that two brave, go getter volunteers stepped up to fill those big shoes left behind - they are Mark Lamb and Doug Griffin. Mark works as our FAASTeam liaison to the FAA. He is our go to man for setting up the Wings Program for our monthly meetings. Doug is instrumental in setting up an Aviation Club at the Venice High School and also is in the process of forming a flight club/school at Venice airport. As such, Doug will head up our scholarship program each year. Join me in welcoming these men to our Board.
Paul Hollowell and I attended the Oct 23 Venice City Council meeting to support the new Airport Admin Building and the extension of taxiway “D”. The admin building needs replacing and the taxiway extension is a safety improvement. Both items passed with council approval, again demonstrating the support the airport receives from the City Council and City of Venice. In addition, Airport Manager Mark Cervasio revealed that the long awaited “Wash Rack' has been engineered, is out for bid, and should be completed early next year!
VASI Meetings & upcoming events
November's program, Tampa TRACON, should answer all your questions about operating in their airspace and will provide FAA Wings credit. On November 24th is the Venice Holiday Parade with VASI members marching along with the Angel Flight Float, There is no monthly meeting in December due to the Holidays, but we will be hosting along with EAA and Suncoast Air Center an Airport Open House on Saturday Dec 8, volunteers needed.
January will be a Saturday morning meeting! January 12 at 10am “The Aging Pilot” will be the program for this meeting. February 20 Sarasota Avionics ADS-B is our program, and March 20 we will host a presentation on “GE Turbine Engines” given by a senior engineer recently retired from GE. April we are working on a program by Light Hawk, pilots volunteering nationwide to assist in conservation efforts.
Recently in Leesburg,FL Northwest of Orlando, the city was considering three plans for land development, one plan was to close one of two runways at the airport and use that land for business development. The city manager favored that plan! A vocal pilot community and AOPA urged the City to adopt a plan to keep both runways open. That plan was adopted! Another good reason for VASI to remain ever vigilant! Read more here.
I almost forgot the rollout of our new Website! Veniceaviationsociety.com. Stop by for a look and then thank Sina Adibi for all his hard work bringing this new improved website to VASI!
That's all I have for now, see you Wednesday night at the meeting!