Fly-in to sharpen pilots’ skills
By PAT MURPHY
Express Staff Writer
Pilots and flight instructors from
throughout the Northwest—and a few from overseas—will gather in McCall in
mid-August for the annual Northwest Mountain Family Fly-in that mixes serious
study with family fun.
At least 300 are expected for the Aug.
13-15 gathering organized by the Idaho Division of Aeronautics, the Federal
Aviation Administration, the city of McCall and McCall Area Chamber of Commerce.
This is the fifth year for McCall to host
the fly-in, which over its 18 years has been held in Idaho, Wyoming, Montana and
Complete program and lodging details, as
well as activities requiring fees, can be found online at
by calling the Idaho Division of Aeronautics at 208-334-8775 or toll free
On Friday and Saturday, Aug. 13 and 14,
several pilot seminars will be held. One will focus on mountain and canyon
flying, canyon meteorology, global position satellites and backcountry survival.
Another will deal with the effects of density altitude—the combination of
temperature and altitude—that affects aircraft operating characteristics.
The FAA also will have experts on hand for
pilots to fly with volunteer flight instructors to sharpen their skills conduct.
The Idaho 99s, an organization of women
pilots, will hold a ground school "flying shotgun" course for non-pilot spouses
Volunteer pilots from the Experimental
Aircraft Association’s Young Eagles program will provide courtesy sightseeing
flights from McCall Airport for young people 8 to 17 years old.
Static aircraft displays include a World
War II P-40 used in the movie, "Pearl Harbor," a UH 60 Army Black Hawk
helicopter, a Stearman PT-17 World War II trainer, a 1930s Beech Staggerwing,
and a St. Alphonsus Life Flight helicopter.
For families, fly-in organizers have
arranged tours and hikes in the area, children’s games and a 90-minute cruise
around town and in Payette Lake in a World War II amphibious DUKW.