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Club for peninsula pilots holds first meeting this month

Courtesy of Paul Scoskie

A new group for Kenai Peninsula pilots has its first meeting next week.

Paul Scoskie is one of the founders of the group, called Peninsula Pilot Club. Scoskie is a flight instructor and airline transport pilot with the Missionary Aviation Repair Center in Soldotna. He moved to the peninsula about a year ago.

“It was just the winter, there was no real social aspect [at the Soldotna Airport]," he said. "We see people come in and out of the hangar at times. And the peninsula has a lot of pilots. It was just an idea for a get-together, something to do for the winter months.”

Scoskie said he wants to create a space for local pilots to socialize and ask each other questions. Other pilots have taken to the idea, too. The Peninsula Pilot Club Facebook group, started in December, now has about 70 members.

Scoskie said he’d like the group to meet once a month from October to April, with the potential for a get-together in the summer, as well.

And he’s open to anything. He just wants to keep it casual.

“The sky’s the limit," he said.

The Peninsula Pilot Club will have its first meetingTuesday, Feb. 15 at 6:30 p.m., in the Missionary Aviation Repair Center’s blue hangar at the Soldotna Airport.

Sabine Poux is a producer and reporter for the Brave Little State podcast of Vermont Public. She was formerly news director and evening news host at KDLL in Kenai.

Originally from New York, Sabine has lived and reported in Argentina and Vermont and Kenai.
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