It is with a tremendously heavy heart that I write of the passing of Commissioner William S. (Steve) Hopkins.  I’m sorry to do so here, but the topic is addressed in the agenda for a special meeting Monday that is being posted now and attached below.

Steve was a daily presence at the airport and served as a commissioner for over 22 years.  I will miss him dearly as a friend and mentor.  He was a kind and gentle soul and I am hard-pressed to think of many people as fine as he.



In response to the COVID19 Pandemic, airplane camping is closed until further notice.  Any campers will be asked to leave and trespassed if not compliant.


The Next Special Meeting of the Port of Orcas Commission is scheduled for Monday, May 4th at 5:00 PM at the Airport Conference Room, 147 Schoen Lane, Eastsound, WA.  This meeting will be primarily held over Zoom.

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Time: May 4th, 2020 05:00 PM Pacific Time (US and Canada)

Topic: Port Special Meeting

Time: May 4, 2020 05:00 PM Pacific Time (US and Canada)

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Meeting ID: 843 9520 1128

Password: 236787

Planting Project

The project documents for the wetland mitigation are below.


Master Plan – click here to view the Master Plan information

Below is a chart of landmarks that may be used to supplement position calls in the San Juan Islands.  A regional pilot, in consultation with a CFI, has noted that using landmarks exclusively is not in compliance with established reporting procedures.  If you elect to use landmarks, which are in many ways more useful, please use as a supplement to direction and distance.  E.g. “Orcas Island Airport, Cherokee 679W, 5 nautical mile 45 to the right downwind to 34 —over Matia—One Thousand, One Hundred, Orcas Island Airport” or at least be prepared to follow-up with direction and distance if queried.

San Juans (Annotated) Nautical Chart pdf