This post is dedicated to Kevin P Waters, owner and operator of Penobscot Island Air at the Knox County Airport in Rockland. He passed away from a fatal heart attack on July 5 at his home in South Thomaston. Kevin was one of MAA’s biggest supporters and always the first one to reach out and lend a helping hand to keep our mission alive!
A few tributes to the man who was a friend to all…
from member Ryan Symancek this youtube video
And, from Shawn Michaud, PIA pilot and friend: “He will be missed no doubt …but he will be a part of everything we do at PIA. He will be on every flight, overseeing every boat operation, mingling amongst all of you as you board your next flight and in every one of our deliveries—watching over us. I know this as strongly as I know the sun will rise tomorrow. Rest easy Boatswain, we have the watch…you are relieved of your earthly duties; there are bigger plans for you now.”
The Maine Aeronautics Association is a grass-roots pilot organization dedicated to preserving, protecting and promoting aviation here in the state and beyond. We represent Maine pilots and support other aviation organizations and businesses within our community. We help preserve aviation by educating the next generation and highlighting the economic value of aviation. We protect the freedom of flight by partnering with local and national associations from the ground up. And, we promote aviation by sponsoring and organizing safety seminars and fly-ins with a supportive cast of characters that make up the world of aviation.
As we experience all that the coronavirus has thrown at us, here at MAA we are hard at work keeping the pilot community educated and informed during these uncertain times. From the new normal safety seminar webinars and Zoom meetings we are relying more and more on organizations like the MAA to keep us up-to-date in this ever-changing (aviation) world. As a MAA member you receive on-going updates via e-mail of current events. What not a MAA member–go to the membership page and join today!
As aviation events are being cancelled at a rapid rate there are still some fly-ins on schedule, albeit on a smaller scale. Here are the recent cancellations and calendar of events. Stay safe and fly on….
August 9-(note new date)-Spurwink Fly-In Pancake Breakfast in Cape Elizabeth. (Stay tuned for further updates).
Bowman’s Flying Club Fly-In scheduled for August 28-30 at Bowman Field (B10) in Livermore Falls. (See Aug 29 calendar event)
-47th Annual Greenville’s (3B1/52B) International Seaplane Fly-In scheduled for September 10-13.
-EAA Chapter 1434 Fly-In Belfast Airport (KBST) on September 19th.
CALENDAR OF EVENTS:
July 11-Northeast STOL Competition. The 3rd in this series at Thompson Memorial Field (formerly Grignon’s) Pittsfield (ME62).
CANCELLED SPURWINK FLY-IN
August 29-Northeast STOL Competition. The 4th and last NE event at Bowman’s Field (B10) in Livermore Falls.
September 26-Follow-ME Fly-In. Thompson Field and Seaplane Base (ME62).
Please send me your events or cancellations for Maine and NE and I will get them out to the masses and post on the MAA website. Thank you!
The Lincoln Airport and Seaplane Base Campground is open. Hot showers/screen house/shelter/picnic tables/kayaks. Pitch your tent on the riverbank and bring your fishing pole, or just splash in or touch down and kayak, fish or have lunch on the riverbank. There is a microwave and refrigerator in the office/bath-house. Access to the building is the Unicom frequency and the access code for the kayaks (and paddles) is listed in the office. Donations to this facility are appreciated.
Bikes are available at Bethel (0B1), Brunswick (BXM) and Pittsfield (call 2B7 for availability) and coming soon to Dover-Foxcroft Chase Memorial Field and the Lincoln Airport. Also Sugarloaf/Carrabassett Valley Airport (B21) has 4 mountain bikes and the bike trails (Maine Huts and Trails) are right next to the airport with a restaurant (the Bowling Alley) and convenient store next door. Ride into town at Pittsfield and grab a bit to eat-burn off that meal by exploring this friendly central Maine town. Bethel has many riding options with a bike/walk path that leads into town. There are a number of food trucks with great food from BBQ to Thai. The restaurants are open for the most part and there are options for unlimited adventures like fishing, kayaking, hiking, swimming, and tubing! We have replaced a few of the bikes with nice new(er) ones at OB1 and BXM There are 4 bikes at each of these locations. Check this new one out-it’s a Dutch designed 3-speed Cargo Bicycle. Get over to BXM and take it for a spin. Fill the basket up at the Farmers market on the Brunswick Mall open Tuesday’s and Friday’s.
MAA Airport Bikes
CHASE MEMORIAL AIRPORT-DOVER FOXCROFT (44B)
BRUNSWICK EXECUTIVE AIRPORT (BXM)
THE BETHEL AIRPORT (0B1)
THE PITTSFIELD AIRPORT (2B7)
SUGARLOAF REGIONAL AIRPORT-CARRABASSETT VALLEY AIRPORT (B21)
And coming Soon: Lincoln Airport and Seaplane Base Campground (KLRG)
The Bikes lock code is the airport Unicom freq. Please lock bikes at all times when not in use and bring your own helmet. Bikes are available May through October at these locations.