As the result of the AGM held on October 14 did not produce a result for the position of President, the AFC must conduct a runoff election to choose between the two candidates below.
Candidates for the 2020-2021 President
AFC Member — 10 years
AFC Previous Board Experience — Past President (2015/2016)
AFC Participation — Pilot for First Flight for Kids, Fly past participant,
TGIF, Wings and Wheels;
Pilot for 40 years; 1000 hours as PIC; Owned a Mooney for 10 years;
Attended OSHKOSH airshow 4 times
Community involvement – went on 20 international medical missions for Rotaplast nternational, performed free surgeries on cleft lip/palate patients; President of Abbotsford Rotary Club; Owned and operated Golden Valley Foods for 37 years.
Reason for Running:
To return the club back into a more positive, member oriented organization. Having witnessed the continuing mistreatment of club members and hanger tenants, the key issues are:
• The need for more transparency,
• The reduction of excessive rules that hamper members use of club aircraft,
• The need for a strategic long term plan, and
• A review of the membership application process.
* CLICK HERE for an additional document from Ken with more detail.
I have been elected to the AFC Board seven times, fives times as President. I have been a member of the airshow board continuously since 2008. Since 2015 I have been a Director of YXX Hangar Rentals ltd, which runs the hangar operation. So, I am familiar with the tasks, pressures, and responsibilities involved in being AFC President.
However, the focus of this statement is not the past. More important is where we go from here. Next year the club will celebrate its 60th anniversary, and I believe we need to develop a vision for the next 40 years, to take the club to its centenary. From that vision we can create a strategic plan; for things like aircraft ownership, the clubhouse, and the hangar operation. We then need consensus on our approach to decisions such as when to buy and sell aircraft. Our current finances are still in recovery mode, and depend heavily on the income from the hangars. I would like to see that income become dedicated to strategic acquisitions and development of aircraft and buildings, that will move us forward into the future. We also need to stabilise our politics, and remove them from the conduct of general meetings. This is achievable, if good will takes precedence over the spirit of disruption.
I joined the club in 2003, after obtaining my PPL in 2002. My connection to aviation began in 1975, when I started to study Aeronautical Engineering at the University of Bristol. After that I worked for British Aerospace, as a Mechanical Systems Engineer, on Nimrod MR2, Nimrod AEW, HS748, HSATP, and Vulcan.
* CLICK HERE for an additional document from Steve with more detail.