December 2023 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

KCOE Aircraft of the Month

by Mark Sales

Hello everyone at KCOE. I am one of the 4 Helicopter Pilots, 4 Flight Nurses, 4 Flight Paramedics, 2 Mechanics, and the occasional Manager, or dog, representing Life Flight Network here at the airfield. We’re parked off of Delta 1, behind the Bird Museum. We operate with the call sign Life Flight 85. Our aircraft is a 1 ½ year old Bell 407 GXi, tail number N406LF. LFN picked it up in Tennessee in the spring of 2022. I first flew it when it had a mere 25 hours total time. It now has over 625. It has been a busy aircraft.


This aircraft is fully IFR certified as a single-engine helicopter, with a 3-axis autopilot (we do not currently fly any IFR but we maintain currency on approaches). We enjoy the power of a Rolls Royce 250 C47 E/4 engine, giving us 674 SHP, with dual FADEC, a great heater and air conditioner, a dual screen Garmin 1000 avionics suite, tinted windows, Bluetooth connectivity (for groovy tunes on long flights), 2.5 hours of cruise time (typically at a whopping 125 knots), and a beautiful blue paint scheme with relatively enormous white ID numbers. In other words: fancy, comfortable, reliable, and expensive.


The Medical crew in the back can accommodate nearly any Intensive Care Unit transfer patient. We have suction, oxygen, heart monitor, intravenous pumps, all sorts of medications, and many years of critical or trauma patient care experience.


Our Mechanics (shout out to Harry Craviatto from the previous LF85 base) are highly skilled in helicopter and fixed wing aircraft maintenance and do a fantastic job of keeping us from coming apart in the sky, getting stuck in a field somewhere undesirable, and maintain the cleanest hangar I have ever had the pleasure of working in.


The four of us Pilots at LF85 come from military and/or Coast Guard backgrounds. As for myself, the first thing I flew was an Army UH-1, back in 1991. I served on Active Duty from May 1991 until August of 2000, mostly flying Black Hawks with the 101st Airborne at Fort Campbell, Kentucky, the 5-158th Aviation Regiment, Giebelstadt, Germany and Akrotiri, Cyprus, and the 498th Medevac at Fort Benning, Georgia. I then separated and got into aerial firefighting, from Florida to Alaska, in the S-64 Sky Crane, Boeing Vertol (CH-46), UH-60 Black Hawk, and Bell 212. I also double-dipped for 4 ½ years with Era Helicopters in Alaska: fires in the summer and servicing oil rigs in Cook Inlet for rest of the year.


I am originally from Coeur d’Alene and moved back after military service in 2001. My wife and two daughters kept things together at home while I flew all over the country for the next 18 years, typically gone for 180+ days a year. After traveling extensively throughout my flying career, we are all quite happy to have me home now at some point nearly every day of the year. It has been a great career so far and I look forward to many more years servicing my hometown area. Oh, and I may finally get my fixed wing rating one day, for kicks. I have thousands of helicopter hours, and 3.1 of logged fixed wing time. All on floats. Half with Mike Kincaid.


If anyone is interested in having a look around the aircraft and meeting some of us, feel free to come on by the hangar: 2691 Cessna. Unless we are out working with a patient, someone is around 24/7/365. Late night visits not encouraged. LOL.

Mark Sales

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"In the Pattern"

by Cynthia Marlette

CDAAA newsletter editor

I was unable to find someone to write "In the Pattern" this month. Since I'm not a pilot I have no words of wisdom or information to share with you besides "Be safe out there!"

What I CAN do is play the piano. So I wiill just share with you my own performance of "Joy to the World" to get you in the Christmas and holiday spirit. Thanks for tuning into the newsletter this year and consider contributing your own thoughts in the future.

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays!

Movie Memphis Belle Maintenance Update

By Adam Estes

from Vintage Aviation News

Of all the aircraft of WWII, few have had quite the cultural impact as the B-17, known in history as the “Memphis Belle.” This veteran of the 91st Bomb Group, 8th Air Force, was the first to be flown across the country on a highly publicized war bond tour. It was the subject of the excellent William Wyler wartime documentary in 1944, The Memphis Belle: A Story of a Wartime Flying Fortress; and in the highly-fictionalized, yet still entertaining,1990 version of the film, Memphis Belle.

While the original Memphis Belle would spend decades on display in Memphis, Tennessee, before ultimately being meticulously restored and displayed at the National Museum of the United States Air Force at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, in Dayton, Ohio, another B-17 that bears the name and nose art of the Memphis Belle—the one that was used extensively in the 1990 film–is currently undergoing extensive maintenance at the Palm Springs Air Museum, where the desert environment of the Coachella Valley stands in sharp contrast to its old roost in upstate New York.

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Tamarack-Modified King Air Logs A Pair Of Record Flights

From Aviation News

Sandpoint, Idaho-based Tamarack Aerospace announced earlier this week it has received recognition from both the U.S. National Aeronautic Association (NAA) and the European Fédération Aéronautique Internationale (FAI) for record flights

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Upcoming Meetings

CDA Airport Association Monthly Meeting

Tuesday, Dec. 12

4pm social/food

5pm meeting

Stancraft Jet Center conference room

Bring an unwrapped toy for Toys for Tots

Guest Speaker: Jim Walsh


Airport Advisory Board Monthly Meeting

Wednesday, Dec. 13

5pm @ Airport Office

10375 Sensor Ave., Hayden

CdA Airport Association

Meeting Minutes

Nov. 14, 2023

Location: Stancraft Hanger KCOE

Meeting was called to order at 5:00 PM by Harry Craviotto

Pledge of Allegiance

Treasurer’s Report: Checking $2,763.22 Savings $5,411.24

Previous meeting minutes approval motion by Frank O., Seconded by Tom L .

Sign in sheet show everyone present at meeting. 

Presentation by Addison Pemberton:

We had a very enjoyable 45 minute presentation about Addison’s many restorations, rebuilds, and his life and love of aviation, especially Legacy aircraft.

Airport Status report from AD. Gaston Patterson: 

  • Keypads on gates, and gate cards are mostly done.
  • Snow removal meeting set for tomorrow, 11/15 at 10:00 am.
  • 2/20 is still closed due to the Twin accident, until NTSB has completed inspection.
  • Rules and Standards Subcommittee is making great progress in cleaning up unnecessary items in the document.  
  • AWOS is still waiting on FAA.

Old Business:

  • New Hats with CDAAA logo and CDA Flyers logo will be here soon. Logo correction needed.
  • Scholarships Discussion: we need help on scholarship process. Jim Walsh and LaDonna Beaumont will head the program.
  • Nomination of Officers starts in December/ January. 

Guest Speaker the next meeting will be Jim Walsh on RAMP CHECKS.

Next meeting Dec.12. Adjournment and Socializing after meeting.

A Message from the CDAAA President

By Harry Craviotto 

Merry Christmas!


The Coeur d’Alene Airport Association has experienced a very active year with many changes for the good.

First, I would like to thank all the many people who have helped our association this last year, it has been amazing to see the activity and the new ideas that have been presented.

Elsbeth Roach as Treasurer/Secretary has done a great job in keeping CDAAA legal, informed and current.

Mike Kincaid (Coeur d’Alene Flyers) has been very active with FaceBook, keeping us all informed about activities, on and around CDA Airport; along with his diligent work on our AWOS implementation.

A big shout out to the following business and people that have help CDAAA this year: Cynthia Marlette, Webmaster and Media/newsletter communications; Bobby Marlette, new logo design; Shane Rodgers with No Limits Aviation; Joe Rosetti with StanCraft; Ron Pratt; Jim Chamberlain; Corrie Esvelt-Siegford with Ardurra Group, Inc.; Rachel Schwam at Bird Aviation Museum; Jared Thomson with North Idaho Aircraft Refinishing; Hagadone Jet Center; Kirk Lauer with Coeur d’Alene Aviation and Maintenance; Kootenai County Commissioners Leslie Duncan and Bruce Mattare; Steve Anderson, Frank O’Connell, Jim Walsh, Mike Henkoski, Evan Seitz with Seitz Aviation, and John Huckabay.

The transition from the previous Airport Administration to the current administration has been superb with our new Airport Director Gaston Patterson, and with the great help of Phil Cummings as Interim Director.

Coeur d’Alene Airport Advisory Board, the Airport Administration and the CDAAA have a close working relationship now. We are all working on: AWOS, Rules and Standards updating, and the bike sheds are on order for the West and East ramps. These were some of the many projects that were initiated by our membership. 

We had a very informative turn out and discussion with our last guest speaker, Addison Pemberton, and would like to thank him and our previous speakers: 

Joe Rosetti, Gus Brown, Phil Cummins, Mike Kincaid, Gaston Patterson, Kirk Lauer

And John Dixon, Angel Flight.

We have nominations for new officers in December and voting in January meeting. 

May you all have a very Merry Christmas and joyful New Year.

Harry Craviotto 


CDAAA members can now post items for sale in our newsletter. Send a description, photo, email address, phone #, and price to:

5 each Tempest oil filters #AA48110-2 

$31.00 ea.

Call Harry 208-659-2662

1 set of Cessna 185 covers and 2 wing tips.


Call Jim 480-894-1286

Members of CDAAA advertise for free!

The new Flyers/CDAAA hats have shipped!

They will be available for purchase at the December meeting.


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about the CDA Airport Association

Join the CDA Airport Association

(in the association with CDA Flyers) for only $10/year!

Soon there will be membership perks, so watch for more information.

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The purpose of the association is to preserve the Coeur d’Alene airport, improve community relations, foster bilateral communications between this association and airport operations, participate in planned growth, enhance flying safety and promote fellowship among pilots and aviation enthusiasts.