Westwind Aviaiton looking for Charter Pilot
Need part-time charter pilot for winter season. Must have minimum 500 hours, commercial and instrument rating. CFI a plus. Could be full-time in summer
Please give us a call at 360.378.6992.

New Light Sport Pilot -Aug 6
Ryan Wells is our newest pilot (on right in picture with check airman Neal Karman). He took his LSA checkride and passed with flying colors. Ryan was here from Wyoming to do his training. He is a professional drone pilot. Nice job Ryan!

Addition of Piper Cherokee Six for charter!!
Westwind has added an aditional aircraft for charter this summer. It has club seating for four (brand new interior) and a fifth optional seat up front.

First Solo -Ryan Wells
Ryan Wells was excited for his first solo on July 30. Ryan is here from Wyoming working towards his light sport pilot license to meet commerical drone pilot requirements.

New Light Sport Pilot -July 16
A very happy David Canning is all smiles after passing his checkride. Peter and David put in a lot of effort and David was very happy with result. Congratulations on a job well done! And David, thanks for brightening our office with your very positive attitude. It was great to have you here.

Happy 4th of July from the staff at Westwind!!

First Solo -David Canning- July 1
David Canning gets the "traditional treatment" after soloing in the Evektor Sportstar. He is really enjoying the LSA course. David is here to get the license to fulfill drone pilot requirements for work on movie sets.

Pilot Position Available
Westwind is looking for a charter pilot for summer flying
80-100 hours per month. CFI a plus.
Please send resume to

IFR refresher Class March 19
Evening class plus 1 hour simulator $99
Call us for details and to sign up. 360-378-6991

First Solo - Andrew Stemple Feb 11th
Andrew Stemple made 3 smooth take-offs and landings on Runway 16 at Friday Harbor on his first solo flight today. Way to go Andrew!

Westwind's Simulator Upgraded
We've purchased new software, added a Garmin 430 and a new much faster computer.
Plus a new comfy chair for the pilot. Come try your hand. Qualifies for instrument currency - stay current!
Give us a call and schedule a time - 360.378.6991

Private Pilot Ground School - starts February 25
February class now forming. Our January class is full.
Course is $299 (including materials). Call us for details and to sign up. 360-378-6991

New Instrument Pilot
Mari Peterson successfully passed her instrument check ride December 13th. She worked hard to prepare for the check ride and will soon be starting the commercial program.

Private Pilot Ground School- January
Our next Private Pilot Ground School starts January 6, 2015. Tuesday/Thursday evenings 6-9 pm for four weeks. Course is $299 (including materials). Call us for details and to sign up. 360-378-6991

New Instrument Pilot
Andrew Sabol is our latest instrument rated pilot. He received high marks from the examiner and was very excited (and relieved) to finish. 10/10/14

Cessna "Discover Flying Challenge"* July 25/26

Come out to Westwind and see what flying is all about compliments of Cesssna Aircraft Corp.
Check out one of Cessna's new 172s piloted by one of Cessna's select pilot representatives.
Flights will be available Friday 12-5 and Saturday during the annual Friday Harbor Fly-in.
There are a limited number of slots available, so call Westwind in advance to reserve a spot.
*Must be age 12 and older. Some restrictions apply ages 12-17, ask for details.

Upcoming events at Westwind
1030 am Saturday, April 12 - CRM for the Single Pilot
Dan DeShon will provide this workshop showing you how to make the most
of what is available to you as a single pilot
Make yourself a better pilot!
Call 360.378.6991

Upcoming events at Westwind
5:30 Thursday, February 27 - IFR Refresher Class
Special - 2 1/2 hours classroom plus 1 hour simulator just $99
Tune-up those instrument skills!
Call 360.378.6991

First Solo - Shelby -February 6
Shelby Alger soloed for the first time today, on a clear cold day. Dan reports she made 3 beautiful take-offs and landings on Runway 34 at Friday Harbor. Nice job Shelby!

Instrument Ground School
Interested in obtaining your instrument rating? Or maybe getting
a thorough review in a classroom setting?
Call for details- 360-378-6991.

Heated Hanger Spot Available
Westwind has a spot available now for a single or small twin in the hangar.
Call for details- 360-378-6991 or 206-200-1745

First Solo- Walter Caldwell
Walter soloed for the first time in 303DJ October 18. Way to go!

New Private Pilot -Andrew Sabol 9/26/13
A big smile by Andrew after a succesful checkride. The examiner reported "the best landings in a long while on a checkride". Andrew (who was visiting the islands) came out for a demo flight this summer, got hooked, and stayed till he got his license. Great job Andrew! See you next summer.

Special Package for Theater Lovers September 26 or 27
Fly up and see the premiere of the play From this Desk , a reflection on the life of Thomas Jefferson in thee acts.  See details

New Private Pilot -Mari Peterson 9/2/13
A very pleased Mari Peterson is the newest private pilot on the island. Mari completed the flight test in her Dad's Beech Sport and examiner Luke commented "she did very nice job!". Now it's back to school.

She says "yes" in mid-flight
Westwind had the pleasure of helping Trevor propose in style.

First Solo- Andrew Sabol
Andrew soloed for the first time in 303LK. Nice job!

Cessna "Discover Flying Challenge" this Friday/Saturday
Cessna will have a new C172 Skyhawk here July 26/27 at Westwind. If you are interesting in learning to fly or thinking about buying a new Skyhawkm come on out! Just give us a call and we will set you up with a time to "check it out" and take a ride- compliments of Cessna!  360.378.6991

First Solo- Mari Peterson
Mari was challenged a bit by the weather on her first solo in her Beech Sport June 27th. A small crowd gathered to congratulate her and agreed she'd done a very nice job. Congratulations Mari!

Private Pilot Ground School- July
A private pilot ground school will start Monday July 8. Please contact the Westwind office for details. 360.378.6991

New Private Pilot -June
A smiling Travis Ayers passed his private pilot checkride in 303LK. Examiner said he did a very nice job- Congratulations on a job well done!

Friday Harbor Fly-In July 27
Don't miss out on this years fly-in. It's free of charge, the gates open at 10 am and there will be lots of airplanes! Westwind will have a new Cessna 172 Skyhawk (Courtesy of Cessna Aircraft) available for their Discovery Flying Challenge. The airplane will also be available the day before July 26 at Westwind!

Six pilot interns took off from Winfield, Kansas June 15 to launch the 2013 Discover Flying Challenge. The pilots will fly cross-country for the next eight weeks to raise awareness for aviation and philanthropy. Cessna partnered with the American Red Cross, United Way, EAA - Young Eagles, Special Olympics and Veterans Airlift Command for the 2013 event.

Hangar Space Available Friday Harbor
We have a spot available in our heated hangar. Single Engine $295/mo. Can provide maintenance, cleaning, checkout and maintenance tracking too. 360-378-6991

Pilot Scholarships!
If learning to fly is your goal, you might be interested in one of three scholarships
available for folks in the San Juan Islands. Scholarships and contacts:
John Volk Memorial Scholarship- Mike Taylor at 298.5283
Jim Smith Memorial Scholarship- Westwind 378.6991
Air Hawks Scholarship- Bob Waunch at 317.5462

iPad information
We've done iPad pilot seminars recently for the Bremerton Pilot's Group and the Seattle Squadron of the Civil Air Patrol. If you have a question , we'd be glad to try to asnwer it.

Andrew Scheffer goes to the airlines
Andrew learned to fly at Westwind and just completed pilot training at Republic Airlines. He is flying first officer on the Dash 8 Q400 based in Pittsburg, PA. Best of luck to you Andrew!

First Solo- November 28
Craig Melvin soloed for the first time in his own Cessna 182 at Skagit Regional Airport. Way to go Craig!.

First Solo- November 26
Moose O'Donnell soloed first time on a crisp aftrenoon. He had the traffic pattern all to himself and did a fine job. Excellent job Mike!

Upcoming events at Westwind
3 pm Wednesday, November 14 - IFR Refresher Class
Special deal- 2 hours classroom 1 hour simulator just $99

1 pm Saturday, November 17 - iPad update
Update and Review of EFB applications on the iPad
How to Plan, File, Brief and learn about ADS-B

New Private Pilot October 18
Kenn Aufderhar passed his private pilot checkride in his Cessna 172 taildragger conversion. When Dan checked with the examiner about the ride, he said "Not much to say about it". That's the sign of a very good check ride.
Congratulations Kenn!

First Solo- September 25
Travis Ayers soloed today. You can tell by the grin on his face it was a very successful day. Well done Travis!

Special services - arrive depart in style!
Recently Westwind Aviation was asked to deliver the bride and groom to a reception at the Future of Flight building at Paine Field in Everett, WA. Arrival was coordinated to arrive as the large glass door (see photo below) was opening in front of all the guests. It made for a "grand entry" and the guests were surprised when the aircraft taxied up. At the end of the evening, the bride and groom departed and made a short flight around the area while viewing all the guests who were on the rooftop of the building with sparklers in hand. It was quite a sight!

New Private Pilot June 15
Jason Laurson passed his private pilot checkride in 303DJ. Congratulations on a job well done!

First Solo- Patrick Fox
Patrick soloed in his own airplane on May 24th, a beautfiful evening at the Friday Harbor Airport. He made it look easy!

New Instrument Pilot April 6
Jon Burt passed instrument checkride with flying colors. The examiner said it was one of the best instrument checkrides he has given. Well deserved and hat's off to Jon- way to go!

Memorial Service for Jim Smith
Jim Smith passed away suddenly last Sunday. We will greatly miss his zest for life, love of flying and his wonderful smile. Westwind will be hosting a memorial service for Jim on Friday afternoon at 5 pm at the Westwind hangar. Everyone is welcome.

First Solo- March 26
Sam Heller soloed today on his 16th birthday! Sam's been flying 303DJ since he was 14. His day consisted of school, a 3:30 doctors appointment for his flight physical on Orcas Island and then a flight with Dan over to Lopez Island where he soloed for the first time. A hearty congratulations to Sam, he's waited a long time to solo- well deserved.

New CFI - March 21
Tim Bartholomew became the islands newest flight instructor. Lots of time and effort. Good job Tim!

iPad Forum Saturday, February 4
Paper to Electronic- come find out what it is all about. No charge for this event
Please call or email and let us know you are coming

Instrument Refresher Course Thursday February 2 at 3 PM

Brush up on your instrument pilot skills. Maintain your currency and become a more proficient IFR pilot. Included will be a review of:

     Local ATC procedures    Holding procedures    Procedure turns    Circle-to-land
     DME arc maneuvers    Nonprecision approaches    ILS approaches    Partial panel
     ASR and PAR approaches    Visual/contact approaches

Two hours classroom and choose a 1 hour simulator period at a time that fits your schedule.

Special rate for the course- $99! Classroom + Simulator
Call for more info and to sign up 360-378-6991

iPad Forum January 21
From paper to electronic! Westwind Aviation will host a forum covering the iPad and programs available on it for pilots- ForeFlight, Wing X, SkyCharts and more. If you want to see what's available, come on out. Feel free to share what you may be doing electronically.
Time/Place: 10:30 am Saturday January 21 at Westwind. Wings credit.
Please call to reserve a spot 360.378.6991

First Solo- January 11
Susanne Meitzner soloed twice today - first at Skagit/Bayview and then at Friday Harbor airport. Way to go Susanne! There was a large smile involved. Susanne and Instructor Jim Wood pictured in front of 303DJ. She received congratulations from fellow pilots after her solo at Friday Harbor.

New addition to Pilot Staff
Westwind is pleased to announce that Jim Wood is coming onboard. Jim will be adding his talents to our instructor group as well as our charter flight operations. Jim has been flying for almost 30 years.

Instrument Refresher Course Monday Nov 22 or Thursday December 1

Winter is approaching fast! It is time to shake the cobwebs off of your instrument pilot skills. Maintain your currency and become a more proficient IFR pilot. Included will be a review of:

     Local ATC procedures    Holding procedures    Procedure turns    Circle-to-land
     DME arc maneuvers    Nonprecision approaches    ILS approaches    Partial panel
     ASR and PAR approaches    Visual/contact approaches

Choose either night at 6 pm (Nov 22 or Dec 1) for the classroom portion and choose a 1 hour simulator period at a time that fits your schedule.

Special rate for the course- $99! Classroom + Simulator

Call for more info and to sign up 360-378-6991

New Private Pilot October 18
Dan Post passed his private pilot checkride in N303LK on a beautiful fall afternoon. Examiner Bob R. commented that Dan was "well prepared" and did a very nice job. Dan (tall one) pictured below with examiner Bob R.
Congratulations Dan!

First Flying Lesson at 10
Ten year old Levi Doenges (son of Tom Doenges) took his first flight lesson Monday October 17 in N303DJ, Westwind Aviation's Cessna 150. Instructor Dan DeShon says "All that flight simulator time paid off and he asked a lot of good questions". Levi has spent hours on the computer with his flight simulator program. He asked to fly over his house and over Shaw Island, which they did. It was a beautiful clear, sunny fall day- a great time for his first flying lesson. Levi is looking forward to more flights and says "I really love aviation".

First Solo
Patricia Damon soloed for the first time Friday, July 3rd. She admits to havig "butterflys" bigtime, but made 3 very nice landings. Congrats Patricia!

International Learn to Fly Day May 21

Westwind will have an open house to celebrate the Learn to Fly day from 11-3. Join owner Dan DeShon and staff for a tour of their facility and aircraft, including the only twin-engine charter aircraft in the San Juan Islands.

At noon and 2 p.m. there will be a presentation "All you need to know about learning to Fly". Also featured will be introductory flying lessons. Refreshments will be served and there will be a drawing after each presentation for an introductory flight lessons.

New Private Pilot March 23
Jon Burt passed his private pilot checkride. Pictured below with examiner Bob R. and Cessna 150 DJ in the background. Congratulations Jon!

New Private Pilot Feb 19
Dr. Robert Wilson passed his private pilot checkride in 3DJ. Bob lives on Lopez Island. Nice job Bob!

ANNOUNCING -One Night Instrument Review Thursday February 17

This class will go over the ins and outs of approach plates. If you are an IFR pilot you should attend.
Class is 6:30-9:30 pm and there is no charge. To sign up for this class, call us at 360-378-6991.

Valentine's Day Special Package at the Tulalip Resort via Westwind Aviation.

Take your special person on an outing for Valentine's Day. Take a 20 minute flight from Friday Harbor (or anywhere in the islands) to the Tulalip Resort. Enjoy a wonderful dinner, enjoy the Spa, shows*, and the casino. You can also shop at the outlet mall.

Package prices for 2 start at $499 ($250 per person) and include air charter roundtrip, airport transfer and a beautiful room at the Tulalip Resort. Take along some friends- 6 person package starting at $195 per person.

*Feb 13 at 8 pm - Neil Diamond tribute in the Cabaret

Available Feb. 13 or 14 Link to Tulalip

Contact Westwind at 360-378-6991.

Roy Franklin- the passing of an island aviation pioneer

Roy, who pioneered air service to the San Juan Islands beginning in the late 1940's, passed away at his home in Friday Harbor Thursday afternoon February 4. Flying from a grass strip to begin with, Roy eventually purchased the property the current Friday Harbor airport stands on, developing the airport out of 64 acres of woods in the mid 50's. His airline served the whole county and tales of his exploits can be found in his book "Island Bush Pilot", a great read. He will be greatly missed. He was very supportive of aviation and we were fortunate to have Roy attend Westwind Aviation gatherings.

Westwind will have a complex aircraft available in February. If you ould like to get your endorsement please contact us- 360.378.6991

Congratulations to our friends Michael & John at Wildwood Manor
Wildwood Manor (see our links page) was chosen as one of the ten best bed and breakfasts in the world by TripAdvisor in its 2011 Travelers' Choice awards. In addition, the inn was ranked number 2 among bed and breakfasts in the United States. Way to go!

ANNOUNCING -Instrument Ground School - January 4, 2011
Westwind Aviation will begin a new IFR Ground School class Tuesday, January 4.
Classes will be Tuesday/Thursday evenings 6-9 PM for 4 weeks.
Space is limited. To sign up for this course, call us at 360-378-6991.

ANNOUNCING -Complex Endorsement - January 2011
Westwind will have a complex aircraft available in January. If you ould like to get your endorsement please contact us- 360.378.6991

Dan receives FAA Team Award
Westwind's Chief Pilot (and owner) Dan DeShon received an FAA Team Award for his efforts (as a member of the FAA Safety Team) in briefing area pilots on the Olympic TFR and Special Use Airspace restrictions last winter. The commendation letter from the FAA stated it was the first time a "zero violations" record was achieved during any Olympic Games.

New Private Pilot-Dec 3
Cameron Fralick passed his private pilot checkride in 3DJ. Cameron lives on Orcas Island. Way to go Cameron!

First Solo
Jon Burt soloed today Oct. 18 for the first time in 303DJ. Very nice job Jon- well done.

First Solo- Sept 16
Mitchell LeGate accomplshed his first solo with little time to spare. Weathered out for a couple days, but now with grandparents in attendance, the skies cleared and Mitchell completed his solo just in time to catch a flight for college. Congrats Mitchell!

New Private Pilot- August 28
Keith Delapp successfully passed his private pilot checkride in 3DJ. Nice job Keith.

New Sport Pilot- August 23
Michael Tea became the latest to earn his sport pilot license and in the aircraft that he built to boot. A Westwind first. Congratulations Michael.

First Solo
A big grin and a "thumbs up" for Maverick Blake as Dan congratulates him on his first solo August 5. Way to go!

Friday Harbor Airport Fly-In
Saturday, July 24
Come one, come all to the First Annual Fly-In See Schedule and Map

Looonnnggg Cross Country

Don Will, Kyle Davies and Dan flew N12645 from Friday Harbor to San Diego and back. Kyle and Dan departed FHR and flew over to BVS to pick up Don, then flew south to Kelso, Roseburg, and Sacramento. The next leg of the trip ended at Harris Ranch for a wonderful steak dinner. Approaching the LA area clearance was received to transition the shoreline flyway right over LAX and on to Montgomery Field in San Diego. The return trip two days later was an encounter with perfect weather conditions all along the route, departing Montgomery and stopping in Fresno, then Redding, on to Salem, and a beautiful night arrival at PDX. After delivering Don back to BVS, Kyle and Dan turned west for what felt like a very short flight home to FHR. Now that is a cross-country!

First Solo
Keith Delapp soloed today (May 18) for the first time in 12645N. Runway 16 at Friday Harbor. Congratulations to Keith

Westwind Now Flying to Canada
We are happy to announce we now offer charter flights to Canada. Vancouver, Victoria? Need to fly out to your favorite fishing resort? Give us a call for a free quote.

Special Event- Learn to Fly Day

Westwind will host a "Learn to Fly" day Saturday, May 15, 2010. Presentations, Intro Flights, Drawings for $5,000 and $10,000 credit for Flight Training. See our Flight Training page for more info. Go There

Special Web Rates for Charters
Check our Air Charter page for special charter rates. Go There

From NBAA News - FAA changes in taxiing instructions
The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has issued Notices 7110.528 and 7110.747, both effective June 30, 2010, that significantly alter the past practices of issuing taxi instructions to the departure runway or ramp area that allow aircraft to cross all runways that the taxi route intersects, except the assigned runway. For more information on this new procedure, view the FAA Notices:

New Private Pilot- April 9
Kyle Davies was all smiles after becoming our newest Private Pilot. Examiner Bob R (left) conducted the checkride.

Flight Physiology Seminar- Thursday, April 15 at 6:30pm
Have you ever flown around for a bit and realized you had a headache? How about landed and had a terrible ear ache or painful sinus pressure? Ever noticed a weird smell from your pal sitting next to you as you climb through 8,000 feet? Wanna know why? Gus Toulatos has experienced all these, and more! Come listen to him explain why your body does some of the things it does while flying an aircraft, how your eyes can betray you, and how even with oxygen you might not be safe to fly.
This is a free seminar. Please call 378-6991 to let us know you will be attending

First Solo
Michael Tea is congratulated by Dan DeShon after his successful solo March 15- in the airplane Michael built. That is pretty neat. Nice job Michael.

3DJ gets lit up
Special thanks to Kyle Davies who provided for strobe lights to be added to our Cessna 150 N303DJ. Kyle is currently prepping to take his Private Pilot check ride.

Opening for Flight Instructor/Part 135 pilot
Westwind has an opening for instructor and Part 135 flying. Part-time to start, possible full time late spring/summer. Contact Dan 360-317-5331 - send resume to

Olympic Vancouver VTA Charts available now
Stop by and get your complimentary VTA chart.

ANNOUNCING -Instrument Ground School - January 19
Westwind Aviation will begin a new IFR Ground School class Tuesday, January 19.
Classes will be Tuesday/Thursday evenings 6-9 PM for 4 weeks. Cost is $299 (materials included).
Space is limited. To sign up for this course, call us at 360-378-6991.

Followup -Vancouver Olympics TFR seminars
We had a very nice turnout at Friday Harbor and Eastsound for the Olympic TFR Seminars. Hats off to the pilots at Eastsound who showed up on a very windy, rainy evening. They filled the room. Special thanks to Joe Bert from Whidbey Approach Control who also braved the elements to be there. Also to Bea for making the facility available

Vancouver Olympics TFR seminar
Come find out about the fllight restrictions that will be in place 24/7 during the Winter Olympics in Vancouver in and around the San Juan Islands. This is not something you want to discover the "hard way". FAA FAAST Team member Dan DeShon will present the latest information from the FAA.

Tuesday, November 17 6:30pm Friday Harbor @ Westwind Aviation
Wednesday, November 18 6:30pm @ Orcas Airport conference room
Call for more info - 360-378-6991

Private Pilot Ground School

Our next Private Pilot Ground School starts October 23. Tuesday/Thursday evenings 6-9 pm for five weeks. Course is $300 (including materials). Call us for details and to sign up. 360-378-6991

New Instrument Pilot
Jay Allen passed his instrument checkride Sept. 3 in his G1000 C-182. Jay had to overcome a little adversity, but he hung there and got the job done. Congratulations Jay!

New Private Pilot
Daniel Kang is our newest Private Pilot. Daniel successfully passed his checkride August 19. Good job Daniel!

Islanders Who Learned To Fly
Many Islander pilots turned out for the Open House (picture below) and airport founder Roy Franklin was honored as the person who made it all possible. Over 70 Islanders have received pilot certificates through Westwind's programs.
Front row- Loren DeShon, Frank Brame, John Rennie, Bill Morrisey, Dustin Geldermann, Wayne Fitzgerald, Mary Ellen Courtney, Sid Smith, Teresa DeGraff, Roy Franklin, Steve Franklin, David Marsaudon, Jonathan Taylor, Allan Willis. Back Row- Daniel Kang, Craig VanderYacht, Andrew Scheffer, Doug Polda, Ted Lieker, Tom Eades, Vince Dauciunas, Al Davis, Christopher Burke, Greg Gerhardstein, Todd Gardner, Gordy Banry, Steve Billmeyer, Chris Teren, Boon Vongsamart, Dan DeShon

Rich Stowell's evening seminar was well attended with new and old pilots picking up some valuable insights.

Westwind Aviation Annual Open House
Friday, August 14 4-7PM
Stop by for a little fun and relaxation. Refreshments will be served. Noted instructor Rich Stowell will be our guest. See info on Rich below

Rich Stowell August 14-15
Reknowned spin training and aerobatic training specialist Rich Stowell will be in Friday Harbor. Limited flying slots will be available with Rich Friday afternoon and Saturday morning.

Friday evening at 7 PM he will present a seminar on Emergency Manuever Training - Learn the keys to maximizing the probability of surviving a forced landing and coping with control failures, as well as the critical sequence of events needed to recover from various unusual attitudes. . The seminar will open with an interesting video clip sent by one of Rich's test pilot friends.
There is no charge for the seminar.

Golfers- take your foursome to one of those hard to get to places with ease. Like Bandon Dunes or Sunriver Resort. We can take you within a few minutes of the first tee by landing at the Bandon Airport or the Sunriver Airport. No hassles, no lines, no lost bags- More info

Take me out to the ballgame- Friday Harbor to Safeco Field. Take 4 or 5 people for a ballgame. Land at Boeing Field and it's a short ride to the game. Roundtrip in the twin Cessna Crusader as low as $650 - that's only $130 each for 5 people.


Westwind's twin engine Cessna 303 is now available for air charter. With comfortable, roomy club seating for four with a 5th seat available. Call us to arrange a trip 360-378-6991

Summer Seminars
See the Flight Training page for seminars during the summer.

Private Pilot Ground School starts in June
Next class starts Tuesday June 23. Classes will be Tusday/Thursday evenings from 6-9 pm. Call 378-6991 to reserve a spot.

Thanks to everyone who came out to the "Flying to Canada" seminar. We had a full house. And next Thursday evening we'll repeat the "Mountain Flying" seminar for those who couldn't attend the first time. - see below

Pilot Seminar Saturday, April 16- "Mountain Flying"-
A mountain flying adventure awaits you! The Cascade and Olympic Mountains are only 30 minutes away. With favorable conditions and proper preparation, mountain flying provides you with spectacular beauty and new destinations. Instructor Allan Willis will share his extensive mountain flying experience with you. 7 -9 pm.
Cost is $35

April 4 - "Flying to Canada"
The ins and outs of getting into and out of our neighbor to the north. Don't get tripped up, there are changes you need to know about. 9:30-11:30 am

New Instrument Rating
David Marsaudon passed his instrument rating check ride December 6. Congratulations and a much deserved "Well done".

ANNOUNCING - Pilot Seminar Series
Westwind will be providing a series of seminars in the first quarter of 2009 to be held the second and fourth Saturdays of each month. 9:30-11:30 in the morning.
or call us at 360-378-6991.

ANNOUNCING -Instrument Ground School - January 13
Westwind Aviation will begin a new Instrument Ground School class Tuesday, January 13. Classes will be Tuesday/Thursday evenings 6-9 PM for 4 weeks. Cost is $325 (materials included).
Space is limited. To sign for take this course, or call us at 360-378-6991.

New Private Pilot
Julia Thompson passed her Private Pilot checkride Nov. 16. Congratulations Julia.

Instrument Refresher Saturday, December 6, 2008
A two hour "Instrument Refresher"class covering instrument charts, procedures, regulations and tips on making instrument flying safer and easier. After the two hour class room session Saturday, there will be 4 flying slots available. This flight training can be in our airplane, your airplane or our instrument simulator.

Call for more info and to sign up-360-378-6991
9:30 AM at the Westwind Aviation 740 Airport Circle Drive.

FAA Seminar Tuesday, December 2, 2008 "THE CHART MAKER AND THE PILOT"
The "Chart Professor", Mr. Richard Neher, will present a two-hour course designed by experienced chart users and pilots for both entry and advanced skill level pilots.
6:30 PM at the Westwind Aviation Hangar, 740 Airport Circle Drive.

Sponsored by: NW Mountain FAASTeam

Hangar Space available at Friday Harbor for larger aircraft
Hangar next door can take anything less than 66' wide and 17' tall. Call 206-200-1752 for details. Hangar Space

New Private Pilot
Beau Fisch (below in red) received congratulations from Bob R. after a successful check ride September 30.

First Solo
Jon Sliger soloed Saturday, Sepember 27. Big grin on Jon's face. Well deserved!

New Private Pilot
Doug Polda became a Private Pilot on September 8. Great job Doug.

Private Pilot Ground school moved to Monday,Sept 8
Mon/Thur evenings 6-9pm for four weeks. Call 360.378.6991 for more info and to reserve a spot.

New Private Pilot
Bryan Hoyer successfully passed his checkride Thursday, August 7. Bryan, congratulations- well done!

First Solo
Alex Oettinger soloed August 7. A very nice job indeed.

New Runway at Friday Harbor
Talk about convenient- it leads right up to our door. It is, however, only 25' long. It was Allan's idea for a recent event at Westwind and we received a lot of nice comments on it.

Sport Pilot License
Larry Larson received his Sport Pilot license July 31. Good job Larry.

First Solo
Larry Larson, here from Montana for the accelerated Sport Pilot course, soloed July 24.

Rich Stowell coming to Friday Harbor August 8.
Rich Stowell, National Flight Instructor of the Year 2006, will be at Westind in Friday Harbor for the day and there are 6 flying slots available. Please contact MaryEllen Courtney to reserve a slot 378-1647 or Don't wait, these will go fast.

First Solo-
Ken Finney soloed for the first time Sunday June 15 in the Sportstar. Way to stick with it, Ken.

CFI/Part 135 Pilot Needed
Westwind is looking for an instructor/charter pilot. Full or part-time. Come fly in the beautiful San Juan Islands and work in a friendly, professional atmosphere. Send resume to Call us at 360-378-6991.

Front Desk Person Needed
Westwind is looking for a front desk person. Reception, scheduling, office duties. 15 hours/wk. Call 360-378-6991.

New Flight Instructor
Dustin Geldermann received his CFI ticket. Way to go Dustin.

New Sport Pilot
Cooper Adams successfully passed his checkride Friday, May 16. Hats off to Cooper and congratulations.

First Solo
J.P. Pettigrew soloed April 8. A big thumbs up for JP!

New Private Pilot
Mike Clements (Orcas Island) passed his private pilot checkride April 5. Congratulations Mike.

First Solo
Brian Hoyer soloed March 24. There was a big smile on his face upon returning to base. Good job.

First Solo
Leo Michael soloed March 24. Leo was also treated to the traditional shirt cutting.

New Private Pilot
James Kellogg successfully passed his Private checkride Tuesday, March 3 in 68Q. Good job James.

Private Pilot Class
Next Private Pilot Ground School starts March 10. Monday and Thursday evenings 6-9 pm for five weeks. Course is $300 (including materials). Call us for details and to sign up. 360-378-6991

New Private Pilot
Michael Buckley received his Private Pilot license January 16. Congrats and way to go Mike!

New Private Pilot
Michelle Grube successfully passed her Private Pilot checkride Tuesday, Nov. 27 in 303DJ.

Sport Pilot License
Jon Schlieff received his Sport Pilot license Nov. 23. Nice job Jon.

Private Pilot Ground SchoolWe'll be offering a class after the first of the year. Please call for more info.

First Solo-
James Kellogg soloed for the first time Oct 25. Way to go James.

First Solo-
Mike Clements soloed for the first time Oct 25 at Orcas Island. Congrats Mike.

First Solo-
Jon Schlieff soloed for the first time October 20. Nice job in the SportStar

Notice -Change to Nov. 1 Instrument Class Hours
The times for the instrument ground school class will be 5-8 PM

Instrument Ground School Class
Our next Instrument Ground School starts Thursday, November 1. Classes are 5-8 PM Thursday and Tuesday through November 20. Please call or email for more info:360-378-6991/

New Instrument Pilot
Scott Matthews successfully passed his instrument pilot checkride Thursday, Oct. 4. Scott (here from Phoenix) overcame a little adversity early in the flight and finished strong.

Private Pilot Ground School Class
Our next Private Pilot Ground School starts Tuesday, September 25. Classes are 6-9 PM Tuesday and Thursday for four weeks. Cost is $300 (including books/supplies). Please call or email for more info:360-378-6991/

New Private Pilot September 12.
Chris Teren became the latest to successfully pass his Private Pilot checkride. Chris studied hard and diligently. Way to go Chris.

First Solo-
Maddy Smith soloed for the first time. Congratulations Maddy!

Garmin 1000 Class 6-9:30 pm Monday, September 13
The course will cover the G1000 operation in general and G1000 system/172SP systems in our brand new 2007 Cessna 172SP. The class will include interactive simulated G1000 operation. If you want to checkout in the 172SP or you'd just like to get some exposure to the G1000 system, this class is for you. Cost is $100, class limited to 7 participants.

New addition to the staff!
We're pleased to announce that Chris Chouinard has joined our staff. Chris has over 13,000 hours of flight time, many of them flown in and around the San Juan Islands.

New Private Pilot August 9.
Reid Patterson succesfully passed his private pilot checkride. Big smiles and a big relief. Congrats Reid!

First Solo
Mike Buckley soloed Sunday August 4. Way to go Mike.

Addition to the staff!
We're pleased to announce that Peta Sheridan has joined our staff. See "About US" tab for more on Peta.

Cessna taking orders for their new light sport.
AOPA reports Cessna has taken 400 orders for their new light sport. If you are interested in ordering a new Cessna 162 Skycatcher come talk to us.

First Solo
Jens Townsdin soloed July 26 - way to go Jens.

First Solo
Doug Polda soloed Monday afternoon July 23 making two landings, a short cross-country and finally his third landing - much to Dan's relief..

Next Garmin 1000 Class will be in August
The G1000 ground school originally scheduled for Tuesday night, July 17 will be rescheduled for August. Will have a date shortly.

New Private Pilot
Dr. Brad Watkins passed his Private Pilot check-ride July 7th with a "very nice job" from the designated examiner.

New Commercial Pilot!
Vince Daucuinas was the proud owner of a Commercial Certificate July 5.

Garmin 1000 Class 5-9pm Monday, June 25
Westwind will have a G1000 ground school Monday night, June 25 5pm - 9pm.

Pilot Companion Course - 6-9pm June 26, 2007
For the non-pilot or pilot companion. We'll cover operating the radios, interpreting the instruments, controlling the airplane, basic navigation, and landing. 3 hour classroom and (optional, but highly recommended) 4 hours flight instruction - in our plane or yours. Call 360-378-6991 for more information and to sign up.
Class only - $30.
Class & 4 hours flight instructor- your plane -$225.
Class and 4 hours instruction in our Cessna 150 -$490

3DJ gets engine replaced
Our hard working Cessna 150 received a freshly overhauled engine - installation by Chad.

New Garmin 1000 equipped Skyhawk arrives
Brad, Dan and Loren arrived Friday evening, May 11 with a brand new Cessna 172 fresh from the factory. It comes with the Garmin 1000 package and integrated autopilot.

Sport Pilot
Audrey Decker-Boznak passed her sport pilot test May 9. Congratulations Audrey!

First Solo
Brian Endres soloed in the Evektor SportStar- way to go Brian.

First Solo
Dr. Brad Watkins becomes the first to do his "solo" in 68Q. Congratulations Brad!

Westwind becomes Cessna Pilot Center 4/18/07
We're pleased to announce that Westwind is now an authorized Cessna Pilot Center.

REMINDER-Private Pilot Ground School starts Monday night April 16
Mon/Wed's 6-9. Call 378-6991 for details & to sign up

First Solo
Audrey Decker-Boznak receives the time-honored treatment by Allan after her first solo April 12. The cutting of the shirt dates back to the days of open cockpit airplanes. Congratulations Audrey!

New CFI!
Rudy Decker-Boznak gives a hug to the SportStar after successfully passing his CFI checkride April 7. Rudy's come all the way from Hawaii to take the course. We're very pleased to have him become the first new CFI in the SportStar.

New 2007 Cessna 172SP added to fleet!
Westwind is pleased to announce the addition of a brand new Cessna 172SP with G1000 avionics. Arriving in mid-May.

Private Pilot Ground School
Class starts April 16. Mon/Wed 6-9. Call 378-6991 for details & to sign up

Pilot Store Hours
The pilot store/office is now staffed Tu/Th/Sa from 9-12. So if you need something, drop on by during those hours. Naturally, at other times, we're glad to assist - when we're not up in the air.

Ground School/Pilot Companion Course
We are planning a Private Pilot Ground School course in April and also another Pilot Companion course. Please call for more info

Romantic San Juan Island Getaway
Your own chartered flight, your own luxurious room, gourmet breakfasts, whale watch trip & more. Westwind and Harrison House offer this package.See "Fly Me to San Juan" A great idea for Valentine's Day.

New Private Pilot
Adam Pozenjack was a happy camper after earning his Private ticket. NIce job Adam.

Pilot Companion Course - full house
A full class took our first "pilot companion" course and now are now more than just passengers. Thanks to everyone who attended. We'll have another class in March, please call for more information.

First Solo
David Pass completed his first solo flight January 6. Congratulations David!

PILOT COMPANION COURSE - 9am January 20, 2007
For the non-pilot or pilot companion. We'll cover operating the radios, interpreting the instruments, controlling the airplane, basic navigation, and landing. 3 hour classroom and (optional, but highly recommended) 4 hours flight instruction - in our plane or yours. Call 360-378-6991 for more information and to sign up.
Class only - $30.
Class & 4 hours flight instructor- your plane -$210.
Class and 4 hours instruction in our Cessna 150 -$490
Class and 4 hours instruction in our Cessna 172 -$575

OPEN HOUSE - Light Sport Aircraft/Sport Pilot License

Stop by December 14, 4-6 pm and check out the Evektor SportStar up close and personal. We think the Evektor is one of the best new light sport aircraft available. We offer an accelerated 12 day course to obtain a Sport Pilot license in the SportStar as well as regular training. Evektor sales are handled thru our office by Northwest Sportsplanes LLC. This is an opportunity to discuss light sport aircraft and sport pilot flying. Refreshments will be served.

Newest Private Pilot
Ted Leiker passed his Private Pilot checkride with flying colors 12/5. The examiner said it was one of the best in recent memory. Congrats to Ted.

Brand new SportStar is here!
11/25 Allan arrives in FHR with new Evektor LSA - direct from Texas- with a couple stops.

First Solo
Reid Patterson soloed November 8 (in front of a Westwind audience). Reid's comment "Exciting and Terrifying at the same time."

First Solo
Greg King's first solo November 1.

Newest Private Pilot
September 26-Marc Islam passed his checkride. Great job Marc.

Private Pilot
September 25 -Andrew Scheffer successfully completed his checkride a couple hours after his friend Blake. Good job Andrew. Both were recipients this year of AirHawks' flying scholarships (with an assist from The Lone Eagle Society).

Newest Private Pilot for a couple hours.
September 25 -Blake Guard proudly displays his brand new Private Pilot's license

Sept. 15. - 70323 gets new engine.
70323 should be ready to go late next week, after Chad Tuttle (Bay Aviation) gets it installed.

New aircraft addition
Westwind will add a new LSA aircraft for training in the next few weeks. See "Training/Equipment".

Ground School Classes
The September 19 Private Pilot class is full. We are taking names for Instrument GS and the next Private GS now. Please call or email for more 360-378-6991/

First Solo
Sal Arria soloed in his 1947 Stinson Voyager on the grass at Arlington Sept. 12. A beautiful thing the first solo.

First Solo
Jennifer Horn completed her first solo flight September 12. Congratulations Jennifer!

Newest Private Pilot
Gordy Banry passed his Private Pilot checkride Monday morning, September 11. Good job Gordy.

First Solo
Ted Leiker soloed Sept 6. A beautilful job and Ted thoroughly enjoyed it.

Private Pilot
Carl Schmidt successfully passed his private pilot checkride Saturday, Sept. 2. Carl, an AirHawks scholarship recipient, just graduated from FHHS and is off to Eastern Washington University. Congratulations Carl!

First Solo
Mike Moss accomplished his first solo flight August 25. A quiet evening at the airport became busy, but Mike was up to the challenge.

Private Pilot
Craig VanderYacht passed his Private Pilot checkride July 26. Way to go Craig.

Open house with Roy Franklin and high school scholarships
Andrew Scheffer, Blake Guard and Carl Schmidt were honored as AirHawk scholarship recipients at the Westwind/Bay Aviation Open House July 22.

First Solo
Our hats off to Andrew Scheffer who contended admirably with several planes in the pattern during his first solo flight July 20. Great job Andrew.

First Solo
Blake Guard & 3DJ after completing first solo flight July 19 - way to go Blake!

First Solo
Congratulations to Marc Islam who soloed Monday evening July 3.

Private Pilot
Jim Pruitt successfully passed his private pilot checkride Tuesday, June 27. Good job Jim!

Westwind Adventure- Vince, Tom, Christopher and Dan are back from their great trip to Kalispell, Glacier Park and Priest Lake (June 17/18). Pictures to follow.

Westwind offers special web site air charter rates from time to time- see the Charter page.

NEW! WESTWIND ADVENTURES- Long Distance Cross Country Training. We offer shared trips with an instructor to advance your piloting skills. More info plus

New Maintenance Shop at Friday Harbor
Bay Aviation Maintenance opens May 9. Chad Tuttle will be the "main man". Chad has over 15 years experience on single and light twin aircraft. A&P, IA, Painter. Located in same hangar as Westwind Aviation.

Private Pilot
Mary Ellen Courtney passed her checkride with flying colors May 5. She had a beautiful, sunny, calm (almost) day for the occaision. Talk about the luck of the Irish!

Private Pilot
Steve Williamson passed his private pilot checkride April 19. He did an excellent job on the flight portion according to the examiner. The elated Steve immediately gave rides to other members of his family including his wife and son.

New addition to the fleet
April 14- Dan, Loren, Mary Ellen and Steve back home with Superhawk 68Q. Dan and Loren picked it up in Atlanta then flew to St. Louis to meet Mary Ellen and Steve for a wonderful cross country back to Friday Harbor. A great experience was had by all.

Newest Instrument Rated-
Congratulations to Tom Eades who passed his instrument check ride March 7.

Ground School Graduates
The following people successfully completed Westwind's Private Pilot Ground School on November 15, 2005. Congratulations to:
Aaron Byers
Pam Coffey
Jim Pruitt
Good luck on your written exams!

Westwind Charter flights
We offer air charter service to the San Juan Islands, Boeing Field, Paine Field, Anacortes, Bellingham and other Northwest cities. Give us a call (360) 378-6991.

First Solo

Steve Williamson soloed in the early hours on December 29. Congratulations Steve.
Jim Pruitt soloed with wife and children looking on September 23. Flying has long been his dream.
Jim Gossom soloed Aug 9- the whole family was there to observe his first solo. Nice job Jim.
Ron Yadon soloed July 26 - a beautiful evening for his first solo adventure.
Mary Ellen Courtney
soloed July 19. Excellent job Mary Ellen and congratulations!
Craig VanderYacht soloed June 20. It was a beautiful evening and his wife was there to witness the event.
Stan Sanderson soloed May 25. Congratulations Stan!
Carl Schmidt, 16 years old, completed his first solo April 8. Way to go Karl!
James Desermeaux took to the skies solo for the first time Feb. 10 in Westwind's Cessna 150. Great job James!

Newly Instrument Rated

Vince Dauciunas
successfully completed a text book instrument check ride Sept. 5. Congrats Vince.
Congratulations to Adam and Laura Saccio who passed their Instrument Rating check rides with flying colors May 14.

New Pilots
Congratulations to our newest pilots;

Gary Franklin passed his Private Pilot check ride August 5.
Chris Jamieson passed his Commercial Pilot check ride March 25.
Christopher Burke became a Private Pilot February 2005.
Tommy Lawson became a Private Pilot February 2005.

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