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Celebrating $250,000 raised and 1000 medical flights for Hope Air¹s Give Hope Wings 3 week NW Expedition

Thank you family and friends, YOU helped get this DONE!

Asking people to give towards a cause they may not be familiar with, and who already give so much, to open up their pocketbooks, and give again for something that is on our radar, is pushing my comfort limit.

BUT……YOU……all said yes to helping this Canadian NGO, Hope Air, help Canadians fly to their medical appointments & treatments who are from rural areas.

I am so thankful to have met a few of these courageous individuals on this trip who have used Hope Air in their times of need. Many of them would not have gone through with their treatments had they not been able to fly to and from their faraway homes.

I’ve been blessed to have expanded my wings….literally…on this Adventure, and want to thank all those cheering leaders who said yes, you can do this Lise. It was really a “personal best” for me!

Photo credits to Bob Leroux, fellow aviator and friend from the Abbotsford Flying Club.

Bob & his wife Val, came out to capture Hope Air’s GHW in Pitt Meadows both on June 2nd and upon our memorable return July 5th. Thank you Bob.

Airport Day June 2nd

  • Dave McElroy: Chief Pilot Wings 1 RV6 & Coordinator of 2019 NW Expedition
  • Rani Tolton: GHW Volunteer Flight Crew, Leg One
  • Steven Drinkwater: Wings 3, Chief Pilot C140
  • Lise Ash: Title Sponsor & PIC Wings 1 RV6
  • Ian Porter: Wings 2, Chief Pilot Pipistrel Virus

My total gear for 3 weeks away. No high heels in this packing job.

Title Sponsor Langley Sportsplex

 My rudder extensions, a full 5 1/2”

My family, cheering leaders, send off and welcoming committee.

Quilt on the arrival back.

1st picture taken by Bob as Dave slid back the canopy and we officially completed the mission safe & sound at 3:10 pm July 5th.

Cheering Leaders!

Thank YOU again.

I am working on a short Power Point presentation highlighting some key moments, so watch for it coming soon.

Preparing the Fly In Camping Area

On Saturday July 13 Ed Boon, Tom Grozier, Ruth Wiebe and Adrian gathered in the AFC lounge for coffee and muffins, supplied by Ruth.

After that we met Steve Stewart and got onto the airfield east of Sequoia Helicopters. This is the area for the new home of aircraft parking this year.

Ed, Steve and I marked the low spots on the field with cones and Tom with his John Deere dug into the pile of crush dust, supplied by Gerry Crapo, to dump and spread it onto the low spots. A full day of hard labour was accomplished in two hours.

Safety Corner: Plan Continuation Bias

“ Plan continuation bias”, by Warren Le Grice

Welcome to the “ Safety Corner”. I used to write a similar column, when I was a member of the Boundary Bay Flying Club. I have been involved in the promotion of flight safety for many years and will continue to do so with the AFC.

In the early 1990s, when the ATC system was still operated by Transport Canada, I had an opportunity to participate in a 20 month secondment with System Safety Branch, as a Regional Safety Officer . At the time I was working as a Course Director in our Regional Training School at the VR ACC.

I was fortunate enough to work with an excellent mentor, during my time with System Safety, Vince Edwards, an experienced fixed wing and helicopter pilot. During my time with the Safety Branch, I developed a keen interest in human factors and why pilots make the decisions they make. I was tasked with delivering the PDM ( Pilot Decision Making) course to Flying Schools and Flying Clubs around  B.C. A side benefit to the secondment was the opportunity to receive dual on both Transport’s amphibious  Beaver C-FDTI and the Jet Ranger C-GCGQ.

With the preceding narrative as some background, I can now relate the story of my first aircraft partnership, what happened to the aircraft and one of my partners.

I controlled  at Vancouver Tower from 1971 to 1979, a very interesting airport to control  during that time period. My first aircraft partnership was in a 1968 Piper Arrow, CF-UKE. My four other partners and I purchased the airplane in 1979. I was able to build up my IFR experience in the airplane over the next couple of years and was able to give one of my partners, Dave, most of the dual he needed to get his instrument rating.

We had one good cross country from Carson City, Nevada, back to Vancouver, in the Arrow, as one of the partners got weathered in, and wisely decided to return to VR by airlines. Dave and I were able to  practice all the IFR approaches in the lower mainland and southern Vancouver Island, including Nanaimo. Now in the early 1980s Nanaimo had only one NDB approach which terminated at the YCD NDB, if you didn’t see the airport from the beacon inbound, you carried out the missed approach, so obviously the limits were quite high, probably about 1000 feet and 3 miles.

I do remember advising Dave to take it easy, and be careful as he built up his experience, after he achieved his instrument rating. The Arrow had only 2 VOR/ILs receivers, no DME and no de-icing capability was really just a fair weather IFR airplane. Unfortunately as he got more experience in the airplane, he would take on IFR flights that I wouldn’t attempt, and once told me about an icing experience he had going into Port Hardy.

In 1981 when the mortgage rate went to 19 ¼ on our home in Burnaby, I decided it was time to sell my share in the airplane. It would be approximately a year later when I heard on the news, that UKE had crashed into a mountain, south west of the Nanaimo airport. My first thought was, what was the airplane doing going into Nanaimo at night? We kept the airplane on the south ramp at Vancouver, so I couldn’t figure out what reason there would be for flying into Nanaimo at night, on that fall evening. I concluded the pilot must have been Dave, as he was the only IFR rated partner at the time.

I got the full story a couple of weeks later, from one of my ex partners who was an electronics  tech with Transport Canada. Dave was a keen bird hunter and had flown over to Alberta with his youngest daughter, to shoot geese and ducks around Brooks, Alberta. He had asked permission of a farmer to shoot on his property, and after the hunt was invited in for coffee. The farmer’s sister –in –law, was visiting from Port Alberni, having travelled out by Greyhound. When Dave was told she would be returning soon, he volunteered to fly the lady back as far as Nanaimo as he had a spare seat.

The aircraft was on an IFR flight plan to CD, and as is often the case, the weather was deteriorating in the lower mainland, as the flight progressed from Alberta. Dave was likely anticipating doing an approach in VFR conditions upon his arrival. Now we had never done a night landing at Nanaimo as part of training, and I don’t know if Dave had ever done one once he was on his own. As the flight progressed through the Vancouver Terminal airspace, and was approaching Nanaimo, UKE was cleared to the Nanaimo airport for an approach, radar service was terminated and a the frequency change to Nanaimo radio was given. During the early 1980s VR Terminal controlled both CD and YJ airports as well as VR as there wasn’t anywhere near the IFR traffic there is today.

The last communication from the aircraft to Nanaimo Radio was, “are the runway lights on? ” The aircraft failed to arrive and was located a day or so later, having flown into the side of a mountain located a few miles south west of the airport. The aircraft was in level flight, likely in cloud and hit a large tree almost head on, killing all three occupants instantly.

The accident was a classic CFIT ( Controlled Flight Into Terrain) situation, likely brought on by pilot fatigue, stress and not being prepared to do a non precision approach, following a long day.

There is an interesting side note to this story. A couple of years later at the Area Control Center, I was facilitating a series of  human factor workshops for all Transport Canada control and FSS staff in the province. The subject was “ Situational Awareness”, and the first question I asked each class was, had they ever had an experience where  loss of situational awareness had lead to an accident or incident? On different workshops, the Terminal controller who cleared UKE for the approach that night, and the Nanaimo FSS who last spoke to the aircraft, related their stories. The FSS member had the family of the passenger who was headed for Port Alberni, waiting at the counter in the FSS, for word of their family member. It was a tragic experience for all involved.

So what can we take away from this accident?

NASA has recently come up with a new term “ Plan Continuation Bias”. The premise is when the pilot has somewhere to get to, he or she ignores the environment. The more the person has invested in the plan, the less likely they are to change that plan. Another way of putting it would be to say when a journey is almost over, people tend to go into auto-pilot, ignore changing and potentially dangerous environmental factors.

Had my ex-partner decided as they approached his home base in Vancouver, “gosh I am tired, let’s just do the ILS onto runway 08  and we’ll put the lady in the back seat ,on a ferry tomorrow”, I have already saved her a very long bus ride”. Had that been the case, his wife would have grown old with her husband and younger  daughter and the older daughter would have had a Dad and a younger sister.

Know your aircraft’s limitations and more importantly know your own.

Fly professionally and make good decisions.

Notes from our Past – 1969

Notes from our Past – 1969

1969 was an important year for aerospace, aviation, the AFC and the Airshow.

By Steve Stewart

For AFC and AIAS, the year started in January with the AFC buying-out the EAA Chapter 85 half-interest in the Airshow, which left the AFC as sole sponsor. From then on, the AFC had full responsibility for producing the show every year for almost three decades. The relationship with EAA Ch85 had started in 1964, and had worked well, but by 1968 there was serious conflict, and a parting of ways was the mutually agreed solution.

The maiden flight of the Boeing 747 was in February. This was an aircraft destined to utterly transform the business of air travel, by making it more accessible than could possibly have been imagined at that time. A 747 in Pan Am livery came to the Airshow in August that year and performed a series of low passes along runway 18-36; which would have also involved climb outs and approaches directly over Clearbrook.

A much briefer flash of achievement was the Tupolev 144, the Russian SST. It actually first flew late in 1968, but it had a series of technical problems, and a crash at the Paris Airshow in 1973; and its time in service was short. However, early in 1969 the Airshow society sent a message of congratulation to Moscow, along with an invitation to attend the show. (In fact, the Russians were invited every year from 1965 onward.) The Tu144 did not come to the show, but Mr. Vassili Myshkov, Head of the Soviet Trade Representation in Ottawa did attend, and at the Airshow Banquet on August 7 th , he presented a model of the Tu144 to the AFC and AIAS. That model is still on display over the bar in the AFC lounge.

The1969 airshow was opened on Friday August 8 th by Prime Minister P.E. Trudeau. He was scheduled to speak at 12:50, followed by a fly-past CF5 demonstration at 13:00. They came thundering in at precisely 13:00 – dead on time. Pierre was still talking and had been unaware of their near-silent approach from the west at over 400 mph. When the noise died down, he was heard to mutter “I guess I might as well shut up and sit down”.

The next display was the Boeing 747 in Pan Am livery, and it was followed by a display by two Mini- Mustangs, one red, flown by John Spronk and one black, flown by Scott Nelskog of Edmunds Wa. It resulted in the only fatality in the history of the airshow. After passing each other midfield at high speed and 50 feet altitude, both aircraft climbed out and started snap rolls to the right. Scotty was travelling south, and two thirds into the roll his nose dropped. Only instantaneous correction could have saved him. He hit the runway in a vertical dive and was killed. There were suggestions that lingering wake turbulence from the 747 had been to blame, but this possibility was dismissed by the technical investigation on the basis of compelling evidence. Scotty had a total 618 hours of flying time, including 62 hours on type, but he was relatively inexperienced with aerobatics, having only 12 hours total aerobatic time, including just three hours on type. It appeared that this was his first attempt at low-level aerobatics. The investigation concluded that “.. the pilot in all probability became momentarily confused while inverted and reversed the required control column movement
while attempting to bring the nose up during the roll.” The coroner’s report did not attach blame to any person. The DoT had asked the accident investigator if there were any problems that might be eliminated in future, and he responded with a recommendation that there was scope for more positive control of safety by requiring that pilots performing low level aerobatic manouevres at airshows should be required to demonstrate competence before a Civil Aviation Inspector.

President’s Column, July 2019

June has been a good month for the AFC.

I particularly enjoyed our First Flights for Kids event that went off successfully – flying over 100 children through the Fraser Valley and igniting a passion for aviation within them. Not only is it rewarding to see the joy on the faces of the excited children, it is also wonderful to see the fulfillment and happiness it brings to our club members. We just love to
share our passion for flying.

Our club is very much like that as well. We have members who come and who go in our club. New members come to us through a passion for flight and because they want to share their aviation adventure with fellow aviators. They look for equipment to fly,  naturally, but they’re also looking for a community of like-minded people who share their passion.

Sometimes we must say goodbye to members; sometimes because life is taking them elsewhere or sometimes they are shuffling off this mortal coil. I’m writing this just before heading out to Wayne Maure’s memorial ceremony, and I suppose it’s making me think about these Life Events. We are born, we go to school, get jobs, start families, raise our children, retire, have grandchildren and then eventually pass on. Somewhere in there – or throughout it all – we get to fly. It’s the fulfillment of a desire that is a constant in our lives.
Whether members come or go, I would like our club to be a constant as well. For the brief time that we have each other, I hope that we treat each other with dignity and respect, no matter which stage of our lives that we are in.

In the face of members going, let us remember those who we have inspired in our First Flights for Kids event. Let us remember those who we have encouraged with kind words, advice and sentiments of fellowship. Let us be the candles that are used to light other candles and thus bring more light into the world. In so doing, we shall provide a meaningful legacy for all those who have gone before.

Yours truly,

News in brief

Zoltan is the first club member to successfully finish his check ride in our Glastar. Congratulations.

He said he loves the plane!

Ken McKeen in action this morning pruning the tree in front of our clubhouse

With CGGMA out of commission, we flew a three ship formation over the Canada Day Parade parade this morning, as was requested by the Abbotsford Airshow. Rene flew lead in his Pacer, Bevan was on the right wing in his RV7A and Dave Wall was on the left wing in his Q2

Give Hope Wings Week One

Here is an article from the first week of Give Hope Wings that Lise Ash is participating in

By Anna Rusinowsk, one of the Award recipients of the GiveHopeWings NWExpedition 2019

Marine stratus clouds loomed low along the coastal mountains of Pitt Meadows Airport, situated just north of the Fraser River in the lower mainland of British Columbia, as a Pipistrel Virus, Piper Cherokee and RV6 prepared for departure on June 15, 2019. Over the next three weeks a rotating crew of nine pilots will join the Give Hope Wings Northwest Expedition, travelling from BC, through the Canadian Territories, and circumnavigating Alaska in support of Hope Air.

Hope Air is Canada’s only national charity providing Canadians in financial need with free travel to medical care far from home. In 2018, the charity provided 10,346 flights to Canadians in need, 35 per cent of which said they would have cancelled or postponed their medical appointments would it not have been for Hope Air’s support.

The Northwest Expedition was the brainchild of chief pilots Dave McElroy and Lise Ash. Last year, the Give Hope Wings South American Expedition took nine weeks and raised half a million dollars. This year, the team set a fundraising goal of $250,000 which was met the evening of departure.

Joining the first leg, from Pitt Meadows to Fairbanks, is Dave McElroy in his RV6 flown by Lise Ash; Ian Porter, owner of the Pipistrel Virus, joined by pilot Anna Rusinowski, winner of the Give Hope Wings Women Who Fly Award; and Steve Drinkwater in his Piper Cherokee 140, accompanied by volunteer flight crew member Alexis Thind. The three-ship formation flight stopped in Quesnel, Prince George and Fort St. John where members of the community shared their stories of how Hope Air helped them in their greatest time of need.

With the expeditions fundraising goal met, the crew has decided to increase the goal to $300,000. The team will continue to advocate for this incredible charity, spreading the word through their passion for aviation and comradery. Some highlights from the first week include Nahanni National Park, crossing the 60th parallel into the arctic circle, and spotting Beluga whales in Shallow Bay connected to the Mackenzie Delta. Flying over this vast and remote landscape was a humbling and awe-inspiring moment for all involved and we look forward to seeing more as the journey progresses.

Thank you to everyone who has supported the cause. It would not have been possible without you. Keep your eyes out for a full-length article in the next print issue of WINGS magazine where you will read more about the organization and the expedition itself.

To follow along with the journey or to donate please visit
Facebook: @GiveHopeWings
Instagram: @givehopewings

General Meeting Minutes – 2019-06-12

General Meeting Minutes – 2019-06-12



All Members: Please remember to sign in.

Welcome members

Welcome guests



  1. Presentation
  2. Guests
  3. Announcements
    • new members,
    • special events and social,
    • good and welfare
  4. Board Updates (Posted for minutes due to time constraint tonight)
    • President report
    • VP Report
    • Treasurer report
    • Secretary report
    • Safety report
    •  Membership report
    •  Building Maintenance Report
  5. Old Business
  6. New Business
  7. Adjourn



  • Speaker is Trent Stenmark, Manager of Nav Canada CYXX Tower
  • Next month it will be Bob Fatkin
  • Trent will visit again in September

Motion to approve meeting minutes from May General Meeting:

1: Kevin L P 2: Mark T MSC


  • New member introductions,
    • None this month
  • Flyouts,
    • Sunday morning flyouts ongoing!
    • June 20 Vernon
    • Delta airpark
    • Oliver is coming up
    • Campbell River Wings and Wheels
    • Fairmont Hotsprings
    • Let’s do an EAPIS session and get some US airports in our logbooks
  • Special events and Social!
    • First Flights for Kids coming up 15 June this Saturday. Weather looks promising!.
      • Safety briefing at 8:30
      • 144 slots. Need another airplane!
      • 861 Silverfox cadets will be out as well!
    • TGIF always on
    • Airshow:
      • upcoming acts confirmed:
        • USAF: A-10s, C-5 Galaxy, KC-10, KC-135, F-16 Aggressors
        • USN: MH-60S Seahawk helo, and possibly a F/A-18 E/F Super Hornet
        • USCG: HH-65 Dolphin helo from Port Angeles
        • Luftwaffe: Airbus A-400M
        • RCAF: TBD
        • USAF Thunderbirds
  • Good and welfare
    • Wayne Maure passed away on May 7 at the age of 62.
      • Wayne and Clark and Adrian flew in IUK to Whitehorse and back in 2010 in The John Lovelace Midnight Sun Challenge. Gerry Crapo and Steve Stewart did the same in ZHQ.
        Adrian spoke with his mother Rosemary from Penticton and a celebration of Wayne’s life is planned for sometime in July here in the club.
    •  Ron Montie has been released from ARH and is now in Worthington in room 48. He enjoys company, especially if they bring cookies.
    •  George Elder had a pace maker installed on Monday. The procedure went well. He sends his regrets as he’s not allowed to drive for a few more days
    •  Sadly letting you know that Ken Cox died suddenly Monday morning walking on the dyke.
      There will be a service and celebration of life on Saturday in Chilliwack.
      He did the wiring and radio installation on Chris Palmer’s Yukon.
      Great guy, will be missed.

President’s and club Report

  • Wings and Wheels was a success; despite heavy rain, over fifty people showed up.
    • Many thanks to Ed Boon for his efforts on this
    • People got to see SBS out on the field – she’s lovely
  • SBS is online and arrangements for training are being made
    • Ken McKeen is meeting with Coastal tomorrow
    • Ground school was a success and Warren is planning another one for those who missed the first session.
  • First Flights for kids is coming up this weekend.  It should be a lot of fun and it is an event that really shows how we give back to the community.
  • Focus on Airshow volunteering: tonight we have presentations from the Airshow Captains about what kind of work there is to do.  The more volunteers we get, the lighter the load will be.
    • We appreciate all volunteers – those who return every year and those who are coming out for the first time.  Sign up sheets are available in the bar tonight.
    • Ruth Wiebe is working as our SPOC – Single Point of Contact – with the Airshow.  This makes for consistent messaging without unnecessary repetition.  Ruth is doing a great job bringing people together.
  • Thanks to the Dutch Lunch crew for cleaning up – AND for contributing photos to the Newsletter!
    • If you have kudos to give or even just a few photos you’d like to share, please go ahead and submit your story or pictures to
    • Alternatively we also have an instagram account – feel free to post there.  If you are eager to learn how to use instagram, consider buying a beer and having an impromptu tutorial with one of our more tech-savvy members!
  • George presented the metrics that he is tracking. His presentation can be found here

VP Report

  • Speaker is Trent Stenmark, Manager of Nav Canada CYXX Tower
  • Next month it will be Bob Fatkin
  • Trent will visit again in September

Treasurer report

  • Nothing significant this month

Secretary report

  • Reminder that Absent Excused can also be sent to

 Flight Safety report

  • Finalizing the flight review document
  • Updating checklist for SBS
  • IMC/VMC Club 
     The regular IMC/VMC meeting on Saturday June 29 will be the last prior to our summer break. They will resume meetings in September.

Membership report

  • Interviewing some prospective members in the next few weeks
  • Committee is busy

Aircraft Maintenance:

  • Certified: (Brian A)
    • IUK: No issues to report
    • GMA: No issues to report
  • Non-certified (SBS – Bevan)
    •  the engine monitor is back with its upgrade/repair but still waiting for it to be re-installed and tested, hopefully this week. Otherwise SBS is ready

Building Maintenance Report

  • Warren is encouraged that more members are coming forward to assist in keeping the club house neat and tidy. Andy and Warren continue improving the meeting room, with ceiling repair our next task.
    The outside of our facility needs attention especially the flat roof on the east side of the building and the green wooden trim. Much of the wood will require replacement.  The roof replacement is essential  in order to maintain the integrity of the building envelope.

Old Business

  • Nominating committee will be meeting soon, so let Ken Campbell know what you think, good, bad or otherwise.
  • Issue with the lawnmower being locked away and no key available.

New Business

  • There has been a blue and white 1966 Cessna 150 parked on the grass in the compound for the past few weeks – registration C-GCBE.
    It arrived at CYXX with engine trouble, on route from Quesnel to Langley.
    Bakerview found a carburettor problem and some rust in the cylinders.
    Since then, the engine was pulled out, sent to Kamloops for whatever work was necessary, and has been re-installed.
    The rust was there because the aircraft has had so few hours in recent years.
    However, they guy who bought it from Quesnel, for his own training, lost confidence in it, and the original owner agreed to take it back.
    It will go back to Quesnel unless someone here wants to buy it.
    Engine has just 70 hours since rebuild about five years ago.
    UVA did interior and paint a few years ago.
    Owner is Dennis Gaetz, and he wants about $35k for the aircraft. contact
  • Things have been going missing around the club. Please keep an eye out
  • AFC Hangars need volunteers too:
    • All the grass needs cutting – we have a ride-on mower, in storeroom off club hangars.
      • There is no lock inside the hangar
    • New soil can be raked somewhat neater, and we have extra soil for filling in some spots that need it.
    • Floor of Storage Unit XF-F needs painting – bare plywood at present, about 300 to 400 sqft. This space will be used for all club archives, records, and stored memorabilia.
    • We are taking over the four grass tie-down spots south of our lease.
      • There should be existing anchors, that need to be probed for, and restored to operation.
      • This grass needs to be cut as well

Amended minutes removed and replaced into the July General minutes

Next Board Meeting: Wednesday 24 July 18:30
Next General Meeting: 10 July

Motion to Adjourn – 21:30  (Millie Watson)

President’s Column: June 2019

I remember when I was sixteen my parents took us on a vacation to Cuba.
When we got there it was wonderful – sunshine, beaches, ocean, seafood, coconut-water and other delicious tropical fruits. My parents told me the rum was really good, but didn’t let me have any. Anyway, I remember saying to Dad, “wouldn’t it be great if we owned a place here?”. He looked at me and for a moment then asked, “What would that change?”. At times like this, when he was asking me to  think beyond my reckless teenage drives, he would take on the  aspect of a wise Buddhist monk. “Well, Dad, it would mean that we  could come here every year.”, I replied. “But surely, son, that is only a matter of committing to come back again”. He went on to point out that being in this wonderful place had nothing to do with owning it. He asked me if I was enjoying myself, and I had to admit that I was. At the time I gave it little thought, but when I look back I realize that he was teaching me about the importance of being present and enjoying the moment.

Reflecting on the flight I took with Kevin and some friends to Texada Island just the other day, Dad’s point really hits home for me. We had a spectacular flight, rode bikes on lonely roads, enjoyed a wonderful meal with good friends and adventured our way back home. To get there by car would have meant hours of driving, three ferries and the costs of accommodation. We truly have a wonderful proposition at our flying club. Seeing it through the eyes of our non-flying guests really drove it home.

We all talked about owning aircraft – and it is a viable option for some – but when I think about it, flying the club aircraft is perfect for me at my time of life. Our talented Treasurer has recently done some financial analysis regarding the cost of ownership. Aircraft ownership, before literally getting off the ground – is in the range of fifteen thousand dollars per year. That doesn’t include the cost of purchasing the aircraft or the ongoing costs of hourly flight. The Club proposition is even more attractive when you consider the fact that we have a diligent team of people looking after the maintenance, financing and care of the aircraft. I have often fantasized about owning or home-building, but the fact is, with two tween-aged kids and a busy career I’m lucky to get the lawn mowed and our oil changed in the family vehicle. Because of the excellent assets of the club, members are able to fly to exciting destinations with only the requirements of currency to be met.

Whether you choose to own an aircraft, fly the club planes or even a bit of both, the most important thing to remember is to get out there and fly for fun!

Wings and Wheels 2019

Dear Wings and Wheels Volunteers,

I’d like to take this opportunity to express my gratitude to you – this year our Wings and Wheels event went off quite well!  Despite the rain and the fact that the “Fly-In” was more of a “Taxi-In” your high spirits, welcoming hearts and “can-do” attitudes turned it into a fun, cozy and smooth-running event!  We provided a safe and secure place for the wings and the wheels, a hearty breakfast for fifty three guests and some enchanting entertainment.

There are just too many people to mention – and I’m terrible at remembering, so please forgive any of my memory lapses.  Firstly, I’d like to express a special thank you to Ed Boon.  Despite wanting to hand off the Wings and Wheels event two years ago, he’s put in a great effort and made things work.  We had lots of great help from Ruth, Steve, Mark and Lorenzo on the preparation and setup in the weeks leading up to the event.  Holes were filled, fences erected, stages set up, critical equipment secured – not to mention the planning, marketing and other thinking that went into the endeavor.  On the day before Wings and Wheels there was a huge set up effort.  During the event itself, one of my secret activities (while the eggs are cooking away) is to step back and observe the hum of activity that goes on while we’re hosting an event.  It’s spectacular!  I saw Murray, Jan, Barb and Val buzzing away in the kitchen and the dining area.  Clark was handing out sausages with Val helping.  Murray presided over the settings, making sure that condiments, juices and syrup kept flowing.  Meanwhile, in the kitchens, Bob ran the cooking operation with an eagle eye and a ready laugh to keep people encouraged.  Bob Leroux and Adrian were everywhere, snapping photos and documenting the action!  The hardcore troopers, Aug and Kevin were out on the field directing the vehicles and aircraft into position – it was cold and wet work on this rainy May day!  Inside, Dirk and his wife Susan took money, sold tickets and kept a tally on incoming customers.  I heard many positive comments from the Mayor and his graceful wife, Velma about the caliber of our club – in particular it’s members; they said we represent the spirit of welcome and adventure that embodies the Abbotsford Community.

Pictures of the event can bee seen on the AFC Facebook page here.


Overall it was a great day – and it was thanks to the skill, dedication and hard work put on by our volunteers.  Thanks to you all!