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    • 24 Feb 2023
    • 6:00 PM - 10:00 PM
    • The Museum of Flight, 9404 E Marginal Way S, Seattle, WA 98108
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    Overview

    For one evening each year the Washington Seaplane Pilots Association (WSPA) has the pleasure of welcoming you and your guests to an evening of fun at the Museum of Flight. Our Annual Grounded Hogs Gala Dinner serves as our primary fundraiser to help fulfill the organization's mission to protect and grow seaplane access to Washington waters, promote safe and responsible seaplane operations, foster communications among owners, operators, service providers, and the community, and to facilitate events sharing the joy of seaplane flying in Washington and the Pacific Northwest.

    Cost

    Members, non-members, pilots, and non-pilots are welcome! This year, the cost per person is 110.00 for members and family, and 120.00 for non-members. Note that the price increase from previous years is due to a direct rise in cost in catering and the facility.

    Cancellations 

    If you are unable to attend after registering, cancellations received on or before 5:00 pm Thursday, February 16 will be refunded, minus a $25 cancellation fee. If you find you are unable to attend after this date has passed, you are welcome to send a substitute in your place; however, we are committed to the space and will be unable to offer refunds. If you have any questions regarding this policy or to identify a substitute, please contact us at admin@washingtonseaplanepilots.org. 

    Museum of Flight Access 

    Registered guests of the Grounded Hogs Gala can enjoy all that the Museum of Flight has to offer as admission is included with registration. Plan to arrive early and check in at the admissions desk. State that you are attending the WSPA Grounded Hogs Gala, and you will be given a private event wristband that will allow you to tour for the entire day leading up to the event. The Museum of Flight opens at 10 am and closes at 5 pm for event setup.

    Program

    This year, the event will be held in the incredible Museum of Flight Side Gallery. The evening will begin with a social hour, followed by an overview of initiatives and accomplishments from the past year. Douglas DeVries will then provide a presentation centered around his turbine Grumman Goose restoration and some grand adventures he's taken following the restoration. The evening will conclude with our popular raffle - with items and experiences sure to excite any pilot or aviation enthusiast.

    Schedule 

    5:00 pm
    Museum of Flight Closes to the Public for Event Setup. 

    6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
    Reception & Social Hour with Cash Bar in the Museum of Flight Side Gallery

    7:00 pm - 7:15 pm

    Introduction from WSPA President, Stephen Ratzlaff

    7:15 pm - 8:00 pm

    Seated Dinner & Presentation by Douglas DeVries

    8:00 pm - 10:00 pm

    Raffle

    10:00 pm

    Conclude

    Volunteers Needed

    This event could not happen if it weren't for a thoughtful group of volunteers who selflessly donate their time to assist us with guest check-in, ticket sales, raffle setup, and other duties that make the event run smoothly. If you are interested in helping out, please contact Don Goodman via email (donaldjg56@gmail.com) or phone (360) 303-7076. 

    Raffle Donations

    We are immeasurably grateful to receive a variety of generous donations to include in our raffle - from scenic flights and aviation gear, to flight lessons, avionics, books, photography, and aviation themed products and adventures! If you would like to contribute an item or experience, please contact us at admin@washingtonseaplanepilots.org. Every contribution is very much appreciated! 

    Register Early 

    The Grounded Hogs Gala coincides with the Northwest Aviation Conference and Trade Show. As such, we expect a large turnout of seaplane pilots, enthusiasts, and guests. Space is limited and we tend to sell out early, so be sure to reserve your tickets before we run out!

    More Information

    For more information, photos, and to view our sponsors, visit our event website: www.groundedhogs.com. If you have any questions, contact us at admin@washingtonseaplanepilots.org.

Past events

22 Oct 2022 WSPA October Seaplane Lunch Fly Out
23 Jul 2022 Lake Whatcom 2022 Splash In
10 Jun 2022 2022 WSPA Annual Splash-in at Tanglefoot SPB
11 May 2022 WSPA 2022 Spring Rust Remover
25 Feb 2022 WSPA 2022 Grounded Hogs Gala - Cancelled due to COVID
21 Apr 2021 WSPA Spring Rust Remover Virtual Safety Seminar
05 Mar 2021 WSPA 2021 Grounded Hogs Virtual Meeting
18 Aug 2020 Port Angeles Hollywood Beach Fly Out - PROPS Bar Opening
16 Aug 2020 Lake Whatcom – Floathaven Seaplane Base Splash In
05 Jul 2020 WSPA 2020 Seaplane Splash-In at Eagle Nook Resort
21 Feb 2020 WSPA 2020 Grounded Hogs Dinner Gala
30 Oct 2019 WSPA Seaplane Safety Stand-Down
04 Oct 2019 Chelan-"Mahogany & Merlot" Invitational - Cancelled
21 Sep 2019 Joint Splash Out with BCFPA - CANCELLED
14 Sep 2019 Fall DART Exercise
07 Sep 2019 Lake Cushman - CANCELLED
12 Jul 2019 Priest Lake Splash-In
27 Apr 2019 Washington State Disaster Airlift Response Team (DART) Exercise - Kenmore Air
22 Feb 2019 WSPA 2019 Grounded Hogs Dinner
07 Dec 2018 WSPA 2018 Holiday Party on Lake Sammamish
01 Oct 2018 WSPA/SPA October 1-6 Events
29 Sep 2018 Kenmore Open House
08 Sep 2018 WSPA and B.C. Floatplane Association Joint Splash Weekend
13 Jul 2018 2018 Priest Lake Splash In
04 May 2018 Poulsbo Splash Weekend
23 Feb 2018 WSPA 2018 Grounded Hogs Dinner
23 Sep 2017 American Lake W37 Fall Splash In
10 Sep 2017 Lake Whatcom 2017 Splash In
20 Aug 2017 Central Oregon Splash-Out – Total Solar Eclipse 20-22 August 2017
23 Jun 2017 Lakes at Tanglefoot 2017
01 Jun 2017 Idaho: Hill’s Resort Huckleberry Seaplane Splash-in and Huckleberry Pancake Breakfast
13 May 2017 Poulsbo Splash In
24 Feb 2017 WSPA 2017 Grounded Hogs Dinner
10 Dec 2016 WSPA Holiday Party 2016
09 Sep 2016 Priest Lake Tanglefoot SPB Splash In
20 Aug 2016 AOPA Bremerton Fly In
19 Aug 2016 Long Lake Splash-In Camp-In 2016
12 Aug 2016 Sullivan Lake Fly In Splash In
24 Jun 2016 Lake Amphibian Fly-In
18 Jun 2016 Seaplane Preflight Postflight and Base Operations Seminar
15 Jun 2016 100th Anniversary of First Boeing Seaplane Flight
14 May 2016 Kenmore 70th Anniversary Seaplane Fly-In
19 Feb 2016 2016 Grounded Hogs Dinner
18 Nov 2015 WSPA Board Meeting
05 Nov 2015 AOPA 2016 Fly-In Planning
09 Oct 2015 Board Meeting
16 Sep 2015 Board Meeting
11 Sep 2015 Priest Lake Splash In
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