Walter Windus PhotoWalter Windus

Walter is a retired rocket and satellite engineer who started flight training  in Provo, Utah in 1969. He got his Private Pilot’s license in 1970, Single Engine Seaplane rating and Multi-engine Land rating in 1971, his Instrument pilot rating in 1972, and his Multi-engine Seaplane rating in 1973. He also went on to get his Commercial Pilots License, A&P, and Flight Instructor’s rating.


Walter joined the Skyview Flying Club at San Jose International Airport in 1971 and became President and General Manager through 1983.  The flying club operated six aircraft, two primary trainers, two advanced trainers and two high-performance aircraft. He also joined the Santa Clara County Airman’s Association and served one year as President of the organization and several years as Legislative Action Chairman.


Walter has served on several community and state aviation committees and commissions including the San Jose Airport Advisory committee, Santa Clara County Airport Siting Committee, Caltrans Aeronautics Advisory Committee, and is currently serving a third four–year term as a Commissioner on the Santa Clara County Airport Land Use Commission.  He served as Commission Vice-chairman in 2005 and Chairman from 2007 to 2010 and 2013 to 2015.


Walter is currently Chairman and West Coast Field Director for the Seaplane Pilots Association, covering California, Utah, Nevada and Arizona.  He is responsible for gaining seaplane access to all but two of the currently available water landing sites within California!


Walter has been a member of the United States Coast Guard Auxiliary for over 25 years, and has been called upon numerous times to fly his Coast Guard certified seaplane for Coast Guard ordered search and rescue missions.