Welcome to the Central Oregon Aviation Safety page. This page is dedicated to information useful to pilots flying in Central Oregon.
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Aviation activities are experiencing significant growth in Central Oregon. The sky’s are getting very busy! Recently there is the addition of Hillsboro Aviation Academy at the Redmond Airport and Skydive Awesome! at the Madras Airport. There is the Erickson Museum activities and fire fighting aircraft at the Madras Airport. There is fire fighting aircraft in the Summer out of Redmond, increased activity with Leading Edge Aviation and Epic Aircraft at the Bend Airport. In short, every Central Oregon airport is experiencing increased activity. Pilots be warned, you need to keep an eye out and communicate well when flying.
Please be sure to review the graphics below for some information on where there is a high density of aircraft activity, along with the radio frequencies used in those practice areas. In addition to the practice areas there is a significant amount of instrument training so aircraft are often flying practice instrument approaches in to all of the local airports (except Sisters and Lake Billy Chinook). The Redmond airport has the highest concentration of this activity.
NEW!: Seattle Center is opening a new sector for the Redmond area on May 23rd, 2019. See the attachment, ZSE New sector for Seattle ARTCC that Seattle Center issued on 4/25/2019.
Practice Area Graphics
These practice areas get quite busy with maneuvering aircraft. See the below graphics for awareness of traffic and training area frequencies.
NOTE: The Madras Airport regularly has a Sunday morning fly-in for donuts & coffee. Several aircraft participate which means above average traffic in the area. Some of these aircraft do not have radios so stay aware!
Leading Edge Aviation Safety Management System
LEA encourages everyone to report any safety issues (actions or conditions) that involves safety at the Bend airport to their Safety Management System.
To enter a report, go to: https://lea.omnisms.aero/login
Click on: “SUBMIT A REPORT”
Central Oregon Airports (public access)
Please realize that 2 Central Oregon airports have right-hand traffic patterns for one of their runways (BDN & S21). Many aircraft show up and fly incorrect patterns, creating problems. It is obvious those pilots failed to plan properly. Please do proper preflight planning.
Bend CTAF on LiveATC.net You can listen to Bend traffic calls online now. Yet another reason to use good and proper radio procedures.
Introduction to Warm Springs UAS Test Range Presentation Short PowerPoint presentation on the test range and UAS flying in Central Oregon.
UAS Test Range – Be Aware! General safety information concerning the Warm springs Test Range.
Warm Springs Test Range graphics. Check ZSE NOTAMS for activity and please avoid flying low (below 1,500 AGL) in this area during active times, for your safety.
The coordinates are N44’51’5.84 / W121’12’0.64
WSUAS – Chart in .pdf
Aviation Safety Reporting System AKA “NASA Safety Reports”. If you are not familiar with these please read about them and use if appropriate. It is in your best interest.