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Priest Lake Splash-In

  • 12 Jul 2019
  • 12:00 PM
  • 14 Jul 2019
  • 9:00 AM


Washington Seaplane Pilots Association (WSPA) Priest Lake Splash-in D28-Tanglefoot Seaplane Base
July 12-14, 2019

Greetings and welcome to the 2019 Washington Seaplane Pilots Association (WSPA) annual splash-in to Priest Lake, Idaho scheduled for Friday July 12th thru Sunday July 14th. Please refer to the WSPA website (www.washingtonseaplanepilots.org) for event registration which is now open. We have historically had a great response to the event and we look forward to seeing all of you again. This year we are charging $75 per attendee (including your passengers) which will include your camping, meals and a free t-shirt. 

We are pleased to announce that Aerocet has agreed to become our primary sponsor this year.  In addition to providing labor for the event, Aerocet is also providing t-shirts and a new banner for the hangar door.  If you run across their folks, please extend your thank you. Since we are providing t-shirts, you will see a size selection (S-XL) in the registration.  Given the time to produce the shirts, we are cutting off registration approximately 2 weeks before the event. If you register late, we may not have a shirt for you.

Situated in lovely Cavanaugh Bay, our gathering will be held at D28 (Tanglefoot seaplane base), home to Loel and Olson Fenwick. The base features a dock, beach and ramp space for both straight and amphibious floats. On wheels, the Cavanaugh Bay airstrip (66s) is located next door.

Accommodations will include camping with restroom facilities at both the airstrip and seaplane base. The Washington Seaplane Pilots Association (WSPA) will be providing meals (Everett Mellish and his famous wood fired pizza oven) over the weekend on the grounds of the seaplane base including a dinner with our guest speaker, John Phillips Ph.D on Saturday night July 13th. John is a retired Navy Captain and Astronaut with 4,400 flight hours and 203 days in space.  John will discuss his career and regale us with stories from space. If for any reason you encounter difficulty in getting to the splash-in or have a change of plans, kindly notify Jack Jacobson at 206-769-7436. Upon arrival by land or sea, you will be required to execute two agreements pertaining to the fly-in “Agreement to Assume Risk of Injury and Release of Claims” and the WSPA “Waiver of Liability”.

Once again, we have invited a Boy Scout troop (Sandpoint Idaho) to assist them with their Aviation Merit badge. We need volunteer speakers and pilots to coordinate their participation in our fly-out Saturday afternoon. Your help will be greatly appreciated.  

Since most of you will be camping, I would encourage you to bring some warm clothes for the evening hours and a headlamp will be helpful in travelling between  venues on site.

Last of all, I would like to thank Olson and Loel Fenwick for the gracious opportunity to utilize their private residence and grounds for this fly-in. This is truly a unique spot on earth and to show our appreciation I would encourage you to practice “Leave No Trace” camping and respect for their personal property.

No doubt some of you will be drafted or may just be inclined to want to pitch in and help with meals and cleanup, which will be sincerely appreciated.

This should be a fun event and we look forward to seeing all of you. Safe travels.

NOTE: Arrival and departure Cavanaugh Bay traffic Unicom 122.9

Once on the water, 122.9 for mooring and ramping instructions. Please practice safe piloting.

Please land outside the water buoys around Blue Diamond Marina, which is just north of D28. Upon departure please reduce RPM’s for noise abatement. This marina has complained to the FAA and is not friendly, so please avoid patronage.


Friday July 12th

Noon to sunset arrival (sunset approximately 20:44)
1800  Social hour (BYOB) and fresh made pizza dinner to follow

Saturday July 13th

0800   Breakfast at the hangar/ Boy Scouts Arrive
0900   Mandatory Pilot Safety Briefing
0930   Boy Scout Merit Badge assistance, need volunteer pilots
1100   Make your own sandwich and snacks, (we supply the fixings)
1130   Fly-out to NE Priest Lake with Boy Scouts
1130-1500 Lunch at fly-out location   
                                                                                      1600   Hosted social hour-Fenwick residence

1730   Dinner-at the hangar (Provided)                                                                                      1900 Speaker: John Phillips                                                            


Sunday July 14th

0800 Departure Continental Breakfast at the hangar (Provided) Sandwich fixings provided for your trip home.

Please practice “Leave No Trace” camping

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