April 2024 Newsletter

The Coeur d’Alene Airport Association (in association with The Flyers)

is an Idaho nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting

the Coeur d’Alene Airport and General Aviation

April Aircraft of the Month


Cessna Cardinal

Owner: Tom Logan


1. How did you get into flying?

I have always been fascinated with airplanes since kindergarten. Having said that, the reason I got my license forty-four years ago was because I thought it would be a great way to meet women. I wish I had a more philosophical reason, but that's the truth. That reason still stands today!

2. What are your ratings?


3. What type of flying do you enjoy?

I love flying with my pilot friends at KCOE to destinations for a meal. I also love flying Angel Flights.

4. What’s a favorite flying story?

My favorite story is the very first day I had my license. I was in a rented plane and had an engine failure over Southern CA. I was flying an agent of an actor that I wanted to hire this star for a film I wrote and directed for Universal Studios. I thought I would be able to get this star for a cheaper price if I took his agent flying. The agent was very petrified, as was I. He had his hands covering his face so he couldn't see for the first part of the flight. 

Once we arrived at altitude, he took his hands away, looked around at the mountains, and said "Wow, this is incredible, and not so scary." 

At that exact moment, the engine quit. He didn't know it at first because the propeller was still turning. 

I called air traffic control and had to say what had happened, so he heard that! We were now a glider. I was turned over to the tower control. It appeared that I had just about enough altitude to make it to the nearest airport. I wanted to know what was right in front of the airport in case I were to land short.

"That would be a power plant, sir." I didn't like the sound of that. "What's in front of the power plant," I inquired. His retort, "A parking lot." "Is it crowded?" "It looks good in lane "M," was the reply. "Where is 'M?" I kindly inquired. His answer..."between "L" and "O." We landed safely at the airport.

5. What are your flying plans for the future?

My flying plans are trying to delay the date and severity of my impending stroke. In other words, just trying to fly safely.

6. What’s the history of your airplane?

I bought the airplane from my ex father-in-law. He owns too many planes, so I got a decent deal as we are still very close friends. In fact, I still do his bi-annual flight reviews.

7. What improvements have you done to your airplane?

I put in a new engine, new autopilot, and other glass instruments. It was costly. In fact, on my tax return last year I wrote the plane off as a dependent.

8. What are the best things about your plane?

The best thing is the visibility because of no struts. But even more importantly, I can actually land it.

9. What are the limitations of your plane?

The one main limitation would be carrying four people on a hot day in August. Basically, I would have to take off with no fuel!

10. If you could have any plane ever produced, and the budget to operate it, what’s your choice?

It would be a 777. Why not, you said money was no object?

11. Have you ever had a scary experience while flying your aircraft?

Please see #4 above. Scary? I have two. When I had only been here a few months, Mike Kincaid took me up in his death-trap water plane. A few moments later, he was fiddling with something and said you take it. Huh? I had never flown a stick before. I was in the back seat and couldn't see anything, and where's the darn yoke? Besides that, it would be flying into Chewelah with Steve Anderson who was attempting to show me how to safely land on 17.

12. Where is your favorite destination flying out of KCOE?

It seems I mostly fly in the area to exercise the plane. Actually, it would be Anacortes as one of my sons and ex-wife live there. Yes, we get along great.


Aircraft/Pilot of the Month

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“Pappy’s Dozen”

  1. How did you get into flying?
  2. What are your ratings?
  3. What type of flying do you enjoy?
  4. What’s a favorite flying story?
  5. What are your flying plans for the future?
  6. If you could have any plane ever produced, and the budget to operate it, what’s your choice?
  7. Have you ever had a scary experience as a pilot?
  8. Favorite flying destination out of KCOE?
  9. What’s the history of your airplane?
  10. What improvements have you done to your airplane?
  11. What are the best things about your plane?
  12. What are the limitations of your plane?

Dhar Kodiak Factory Visit

Several members of the CdAAA visited the Dhar Kodiak Factory on Friday, March 22. Our very informative tour was led by Craig Craviotto from the engineering department. For those of you who missed this event, it may be possible to schedule another in the upcoming months. Could be a great fly-in to Sandpoint and lunch after the tour. Thanks, Harry, for organizing this event.

Dan Gase Awarded Master Pilot's Award

Association Member, Dan Gase was awarded the Master Pilots’ Award for 50 years of Aviation Safety. Robert Ticknor from FAASTeam shared Dan’s accomplishments which led to his award as Cynthia Gase, Dan’s wife presented the award. Great to have such an outstanding pilot family in our midst!

Upcoming Meetings

Coeur d'Alene Airport Association

Tuesday, April 9

5pm @ Hagadone Jetcenter

Guest Speaker: Tom McPherson, helicopter pilot 

with 23,000 hours in all aspects of helicopter utility flying.

Guest: Bat Masterson, Kootenai County Commissioner Candidate

Airport Advisory Board


Wednesday, April 10, 2024

5pm @ Administration Building

Meeting Room 1A/1B, First Floor

451 N. Government Way

Coeur d'Alene

Presentation by Tower Tech

Q & A session

(Tower goes into effect on May, 1, 2024 at KCOE)


Kootenai County Commissioner Candidate Dale Gibboney

At a very early age, I had a desire to become a pilot. I worked part-time after school and saved my money to take flying lessons. By the time I graduated from high school I had already obtained my commercial pilots license, instrument rating and multi-engine rating. Shortly after graduating high school, I obtained my flight instructors license, followed by my instrument instructors and basic and advanced ground instructors licenses. 

I enlisted in the Army National Guard at the age of 20. I served 6 years and I received an Honorable Discharge. 

At the age of 21, I was hired by the Los Angeles Police Department and worked various assignments. Just 3 years later, I was the youngest officer to be selected by the LAPD Air Support Division. I became the Chief Pilot. As the Chief Pilot, I managed the recurrent training for 35 line pilots and supervised all the initial training for the incoming new pilots. I wrote the first policy manual which was implemented and used for the training of new pilots. 

I left the department after 12 years to get into corporate aviation. After working only a few years in corporate aviation, I obtained a pilot position with a Fortune 100 Company, Time Warner in Burbank, California. Eventually becoming their Chief Pilot. As Chief Pilot, I was entrusted with capital assets (Gulfstream jets) of more than $150,000,000. I managed 18 people and wrote the first employee manual for the Burbank flight crews. I worked with a training budget of approximately $500,000 to $1,000,000. In 2014, after more than 27 years of flying executives and celebrities all around the world, I retired from Time Warner. 

During my time as a corporate pilot, I began buying real estate. Some properties were kept as rental units and others were flips. Back when a million dollars was really worth something, I managed over $3 million dollars in real estate assets which I owned. 

My drive and determination to accomplish a goal as well as my professional experience makes me well suited to be a County Commissioner. I would appreciate your consideration. I would be happy to answer any questions you might have. 

Dale Gibboney 

(208) 714-7673 



CdAAA is giving a forum to the Commissioners candidates and has invited a second candidate to attend our April meeting to discuss his plans for the County. Attend April 9, 5 PM, Hagadone Hangar; ask questions, get informed.

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Kootenai County Commissioner Candidate Bat Masterson

Bat Masterson, a lifelong resident of Kootenai County, has announced his candidacy for Kootenai County commissioner. 

"I am running for commissioner to ensure our county not only thrives but does so in a way that preserves our unique heritage and natural resources," Masterson said in a news release. "My life's work has been about service, and I see no greater opportunity to serve than by working for the people of Kootenai County."

Masterson served three tours overseas in the Vietnam War with the 3rd Marine Division, "demonstrating unparalleled commitment and bravery," a news release said.

His roles have included positions in the Emergency Department at Kootenai Medical Center (today Kootenai Health), director of nursing services at North Idaho Advanced Care Hospital and an appointment by the governor to the Emergency Medical System Physician Commission.

Masterson, of Athol, has been an active in community service, serving as fire commissioner for the Timberlake Fire District and providing packing services for the United States Forest Service. 

"These roles underscore his dedication to the safety, health, and preservation of the community," the release said.

Raised on a family ranch in Kootenai County, Masterson's roots in the community are deep and personal. The ranch, home to generations of his family, instilled in him a profound respect for the land and the people of Kootenai County, the release said.

"It is this connection that fuels his campaign and his vision for the county's future," the release said.

As a Republican candidate for commissioner, Masterson pledges to leverage his diverse background in service and leadership to enhance the county's infrastructure, support rural and agricultural communities and implement policies that promote sustainable economic growth, the release said.

His campaign is built on the principles of fiscal responsibility, transparency and a commitment to the constituents of Kootenai County.

"Bringing a wealth of experience from both his military and medical careers, as well as his extensive community service, Masterson is deeply committed to the prosperity and well-being of the county and its residents," the release said.

Masterson is seeking the First District seat held by Commissioner Bill Brooks.

Candidate filing for the May 21 primary elections begins March 4 and runs through March 15.

Info: www.bat4commissioner.com

CdAAA Meeting Agenda

March 12, 2024

Call to Order: By Harry Craviotto at 5:03 PM at Hagadone Hangar, KCOE

Present/Guests: See attached in Secretary’s Records

Minutes from February Meeting: Motion to approve by Jim W., seconded by Dan G. Minutes Approved.

Treasurer’s Report: Balance Ckg acct: $2,594.46 Balance Savings Acct: $5,101.34, as of 3/12/2024. Proposed Budget approved by Board Members present.

Board Report/Old Business:

CdA Advisory Board:

Introduction of guest, Dale Gibboney, candidate for Kootenai County Commissioner position. He will also speak at the Bird Museum on Saturday, March 16th, (noon) at a Meet the Candidate event.

  • Scholarship: Elsbeth has completed an application form for the Board to address. We’d like to keep it simple, but also in compliance with non-profit regs.
  • CdAAA caps for sale, $20: help the Association raise some funds so we can sponsor more fun events/scholarships.
  • Keep PO Box at least one more year.
  • Airport Tower: Discussion is in process to include means/methods for a tower in the Budget, see Gaston’s report
  • March election of New Board members; we need to elect 7-9 members who would rotate the Chairmanship.
  • Please volunteer. We need your help. Any CdAAA Association member may run for Board.

Other/Old Business:

Airport Manager Report:

  • Gaston reports ground breaking has begun for the Temporary Tower in conjunction with our Forrest Service partners at a savings of $125,000.
  • A Part 139 Inspection is coming up. We are ready for it and should do well.
  • April 10th Adv Board Meeting will feature talks between the Fire Service/Airport users. This will be downtown at the County Offices. More info TBA.
  • Work continues on air space study for the Grass Strip (actual turf runway parallel to 2-20.)
  • CdA Aviation/Maintenance planning the upcoming Air Event for KCOE, static displays etc. How can CdAAA help?

New Business:

  • Cyntihia M. needs articles for our CdAAA Newsletter: if you know of any local pilot/friends of KCOE, send us a brief article about them; some pictures are always welcome. Thank you for helping Cynthia put out this awesome newsletter!
  • Great information on Airport safety/Tear Drop entry into Downwind, and Traffic Pattern/FAR regs. Pre-flight the traffic pattern in use; straight in approach not recommended.
  • Association Member, Dan Gase was awarded the Master Pilots’ Award for 50 years of Aviation Safety. Robert Ticknor from FAASTeam shared Dan’s accomplishments which led to his award as Cynthia Gase, Dan’s wife presented the award. Great to have such an outstanding pilot family in our midst!

Good of Order: Many Thanks to Jim W and Hagadone folks for their hospitality.

Next Meeting: When: April 9, 2024, 5:00PM, at Hagadone Jet Hangar, KCOE

Adjournment: 6:50 PM

Respectfully submitted,

Elsbeth Roach

Elsbeth Roach, Secretary

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