New Blood Returns in 1st Aviation School Lower Columbia has Seen in Years Astoria Aviation has opened up shop in their namesake Astoria, Oregon, operating a trusty ’73 Cherokee 140 and a ’65 Cessna 150E. It’s a fine combination to start off with, offering students a super-affordable VFR day bird for primary, and a more stable, tractable IFR trainer for those who advance onwards and upwards. Astoria Aviation is breathing new life into the area, having been without a new flight school in the area for years. The local paper took note of the starting trio, including Dave West, Phil Rohr, and the faintly flamboyantly-named Thaddeus Fickel. They are the President, VP, and Secretary-Treasurer for the fledgling firm, and have been a fixture at the field for years working with the local EAA chapter, Life Flight Network, and instruction.