San Juan Pilots Association barbecue this Saturday

Submitted by the San Juan Pilots Association

It’s that time of year again, The San Juan Pilots Association is having its annual barbecue and silent auction event is this Saturday, at the Friday Harbor Airport. Members, bring your aviation Enthusiast friends, all are welcomed.

At 11:30 a.m. on Saturday, July 27, at Paul Walton’s hangar (the first blue hangar just west of the fuel pumps), join the association for burgers. The auction ends at 12:45 p.m.

Organizers anticipate good attendance and have many nice items available for bid at the silent auction during the barbecue.

Donated items include: San Juan Airlines flight within its network; a scenic or introductory flight from Friday Harbor on Westwind Air; organic meats, cuts, ground and sausage from Aurora Farms; three midfield seats for Seattle Sounders game versus Kansas City on Aug. 4; a five-night stay for up to four in a two-bedroom, two-bath condo in Princeville, Kauai, Hawaii; A truckload of gravel from Richard Lawson Construction; propellor balance and oil change from Sound Aircraft Maintenance; a one-night stay with a$100 meal voucher at Roche Harbor Resort; and many other fine donations from around our islands.

Be sure to mark your calendars and don’t miss this chance for camaraderie and great storytelling opportunities with your fellow aviation enthusiasts — there should even be many actual pilots hanging around — after all, there is a barbecue happening. Come enjoy some fine burgers (veggie burgers also), sodas and good times at the airport.

Auction is free. Lunch is free for members and $10 for non-members.

The association now has a credit card reader that can get your dues paid easily on-site, and is happy to take on new members as well. Join SJPA for an annual fee of $25 — makes your burgers cheaper, too.

All bids and auction proceeds will go into the John Volk Scholarship Fund, which provides college tuition assistance to graduates from Friday Harbor high schools pursuing further education into aviation-related fields.

Come join us, there are many opportunities for other gatherings and events to attend. We hope to see you there. For more information, contact Chris Blaine at or call 360-378-8837.