George Solomon, a long-time member of the Willapa Harbor Pilots Association (WHPA), a retired airline pilot and a former Raymond resident, has donated the windsocks.
Members of the pilots association have volunteered to provide the necessary labor for installation. The Port of Willapa Harbor owns the airport.
At Monday’s port commission meeting WHPA President Jerry Gould and association members Dr. Ken Olson and Dave Gauger presented their plan for approval by Commissioners Tim Bond and Patty Lignosky.Location and installation of the devices will conform to the port’s long-term airport development plan.
The single hoop windsock frame assemblies will be mounted on seven-foot masts.The windsock frames are stainless steel with permanently lubricated bearings holding UV resistant waterproof synthetic sock material.The socks are calibrated to become fully extended in a 15-knot wind.
Pilots regard windsocks at the end of each runway and at the seven-foot elevation as important safety factors allowing incoming pilots to make last moment changes to their approach as they compensate for wind shifts caused by tree obstructions and variable winds coming off Willapa Bay.
The port commissioners approved the pilots’ project.