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President’s Column – February 2019

February Presidential Column

Dear Members and Readers,

I wish you a Happy February! Having been born and raised in Ontario I am always delighted by the pleasant weather of the West coast. No more so than in February; when the rest of the country is gritting their teeth and girding themselves against a cold and dreary month, in beautiful British Columbia, we are awakening to green grass, flowering crocuses and a general Spring-like set of conditions. It is for that reason that I have dubbed February the “Spring Teaser”. It’s a wonderful month full of promise.

Subsequent months may bring rain, snow or overcast skies, but the Spring Teaser gives us the inspiration to push through to the season of CAVOK. Fitting, I think, that we have Family Day in February – a time when we can picnic or barbecue and dream up plans for the upcoming Summer.

This month our faithful Safety team will be hosting some events to get us ready. Dustin will be holding a safety Hangar Talk and Warren LeGrice will be putting on a refresher training course – be sure to check out the calendar and reserve a space! Our presentation for the month of February will be Warren taking a look at the Dryden accident and how that was a turning point for the CARS. Speaking of safety – it’s the little things that can get you the worst. Slips, trips and falls may not give you cause for concern, but the consequences of a bad slip or a fall can take you out of the cockpit for a while. Please exercise caution in icy, slippery conditions. February may be the Spring Teaser, but her icy mornings can be hazardous.

Lastly, in the positive spirit of the Spring Teaser, I’d like to share a story with you from one of our members. His story epitomizes the far reaching effects that small acts of kindness can have. He is currently a commercial pilot, with his own aircraft and no real need to belong to the club. But he did join, and for reasons that had to do with his past flying club experience. Twenty years ago he was a new pilot. He found himself invited to join his local flying club. He didn’t have a lot of flying (or life) experience at the time, but he was nevertheless treated with respect and dignity. The club members swapped stories with him, encouraged him to fly their aircraft and never once judged him for the brashness of his youth, the loftiness of his dreams or his lack of experience. He enjoyed a happy, but brief spell at the club before his career took him away from home. He built up a career, a family and a good life for himself in our province. He went on to recount that he kept thinking back to his old flying club, the gentle and knowledgeable members and the warm welcome he received there. He wasn’t in a position where he needed to be part of a club – but he found that he craved the camaraderie of his past club in the old days. So he joined the Abbotsford Flying Club where he is a member who enriches our club with his knowledge, experience and positive attitude.

There are several lessons we can take from this story. Firstly: welcoming acts of inclusion and encouragement of new and/or young members will create an impression that lasts a lifetime. Secondly, the benefits of having a healthy, friendly flying club go beyond the club itself – these benefits can span the entire country! Thirdly, General Aviation is about people: we need not make giant, sweeping gestures to ensure that GA stays alive. All that is needed is a welcoming heart, a spirit of understanding and a willingness to share our club to sustain General Aviation well into the future.

Yours truly,

George

Robbie Burns Day 2019

Celebration of Robbie Burns Day at the Abbotsford Flying Club. The Haggis arrived preceded by the pipes of Stu McIntosh and the ode delivered by Jason White.
 
Much good fun and whiskey was had!

Stu McIntosh piping in the Haggis

Jason delivering the Ode to a Haggis

Chris Palmer and the Haggis

Chris Palmer and the Haggis with lots of Whiskey!

Chris and Ken with the Haggis

Chris and piper Stu with the Haggis

Geotechnical Testing around GA Hangar

Some members will have noticed disturbed ground around the hangar buildings. This is the result of part of our geotechnical site testing for the taxiway re-paving project.  On Thursday Jan 24th six holes were dug to depths of three to five feet, to examine the underlying ground, and to perform percolation testing. As expected, the ground looks good, and percolates well.

Soil sampling around the hangars

Soil percolation testing

On Friday Jan 25th Benkelman Beam testing of the taxiway bearing strength was performed. This test measured the surface deflection of the taxiways under loading from a short wheelbase single-axle truck loaded with concrete blocks for a total gross of nearly 30,000 pounds.

Benkel Beam Testing

Shifting Magnetic Poles

From Steve Stewart

In October, Transport Canada put a proposal to the 13th ICAO Air Navigation Conference on the topic, which was well supported.

The change is something we should expect in due course. In the meantime, it seems our use of magnetic north has just become less accurate again, and those runways might not be exactly where you think they should be.

It gives additional focus to the need to switch navigation away from magnetic north to True North.

NavCan did testing last year in Nova Scotia which confirmed the reasonableness of the change and that it can be achieved successfully.

Here is an interesting article related to the increasingly shifting Magnetic North Pole:

https://www.nature.com/articles/d41586-019-00007-1

Another article from Reuters below

Shifting North Magnetic Pole Forces Unprecedented Navigation Fix

January 11, 2019 by Reuters

By Alister Doyle OSLO, Jan 11 (Reuters) – Rapid shifts in the Earth’s north magnetic pole are forcing researchers to make an unprecedented early update to a model that helps navigation by ships, planes and submarines in the Arctic, scientists said.

Compass needles point towards the north magnetic pole, a point which has crept unpredictably from the coast of northern Canada a century ago to the middle of the Arctic Ocean, moving towards Russia.

“It’s moving at about 50 km (30 miles) a year. It didn’t move much between 1900 and 1980 but it’s really accelerated in the past 40 years,” Ciaran Beggan, of the British Geological Survey in Edinburgh, told Reuters on Friday.

A five-year update of a World Magnetic Model was due in 2020 but the U.S. military requested an unprecedented early review, he said. The BGS runs the model with the U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

Beggan said the moving pole affected navigation, mainly in the Arctic Ocean north of Canada. NATO and the U.S. and British militaries are among those using the magnetic model, as well as civilian navigation.

The wandering pole is driven by unpredictable changes in liquid iron deep inside the Earth. An update will be released on January 30, the journal Nature said, delayed from January 15 because of the U.S. government shutdown.

“The fact that the pole is going fast makes this region more prone to large errors,” Arnaud Chulliat, a geomagnetist at the University of Colorado Boulder and NOAA’s National Centers for Environmental Information, told Nature.

Beggan said the recent shifts in the north magnetic pole would be unnoticed by most people outside the Arctic, for instance using smartphones in New York, Beijing or London.

Navigation systems in cars or phones rely on radio waves from satellites high above the Earth to pinpoint their position on the ground. “It doesn’t really affect mid or low latitudes,” Beggan said.

“It wouldn’t really affect anyone driving a car.”

Many smartphones have inbuilt compasses to help to orientate maps or games such as Pokemon Go. In most places, however, the compass would be pointing only fractionally wrong, within errors allowed in the five-year models, Beggan said.

John Sessions’s recovery from accident at YXX

As many of us know, John Sessions had an accident at the Abbotsford Airport after the Airshow on Saturday night. John was taking a group up for a flight in the Heritage Flight Foundation’s newly restored DeHavilland Rapide when it crashed shortly after takeoff.

Below is an article that talks about John’s road to recovery and path back into the cockpit

https://www.heraldnet.com/news/after-losing-a-foot-aircraft-aficionado-wants-to-fly-again/

President’s Column – January 2019

Happy New Year, fellow Abbotsford flying club members!  The New Year means different things to different people. For most people, it means resolutions with the goal of becoming a better person.  On my daily dog walks, evidence of this appears in the form of a flock of joggers who I have noticed running around the neighbourhood.

In the past I used to make a resolution every year to fly more, to eat less, exercise more and work at being a better husband and father.  By the time July rolls around, I would have made a few minor changes but typically I’ve settled into a groove and the changes aren’t as noticeable.  For the past couple of years, I’ve just started setting out regular times to reflect on how things are going and work out how to make things better.  The constant approach seems to work better for me and gets me to ensure that I’m balancing my duties and the things I value based on the situation at hand – rather than one I may have imagined back in January.

So what self-improvements does your situation allow for?  Are you going to volunteer more?  Are you going to spend more time with your family?  Are you going to try to make new friends?  The holidays provide a time for reflection, but are you prepared to set up times during the upcoming year to reflect, take stock and recalibrate?

With respect to the club as a whole, we have a lot to look forward to this coming year!  We have our special events like Wings and Wheels, First Flights for Kids, the Airshow and a number of weekly TGIFs (some of which follow a theme).  We have a year of flying to look forward to – weekend flyouts, events at other clubs, air races and our new aircraft to fly.  There are also a number of new members who I’m sure it will be good to get to know over the coming year.

I wish you all the best in 2019 – may you be blessed with blue skies and fair winds for all your flights.

Yours truly,
George

AFC New Year’s Party

The  New Year’s dinner party that was organised by Clark Closkey was an overwhelming success.

The table centrepieces were made by Jeanette Campbell. We had real table cloths, courtesy of Leanne and Murray Webb.

44 steaks were served with salads, onions and more than 20 pounds of Jill Greystone’s mushrooms. There was also a great selection of desserts to choose from.

The dress code turned out to be an exercise in elegance. It looked more like a captain’s dinner on a cruise ship instead of a club function. Well done ladies and gentlemen.

Adrian did a head count at 1030 pm and out of 44 people, 42 were still there. It appeared that everyone had doubled up on their Geritol.

Happy new year!

Adrian, Ken and Chris

Adrian, Clark and Chris

Cheers from Clark!

Ton hard at work

Cheryl and Bevan

Didn’t see a thing, didn’t hear a thing, Didn’t say a thing!

Everyone get into the picture! Devin, Vanessa, Sophia and Liam

MISTER Palmer!

Dave Van Ember and Mary Ann from Chilliwack (Dave maintains Chris’ Yukon)

Clark with precious cargo!

Valerie at the mushroom station

Duncan and Chris

Jill prepping her wonderful mushrooms!

Ken the grillman

Ken and Clark


Tables are laid


Ladies hard at work; Barb, Jan and Linda


Man, Fire and Food!


Waiting for supper

 

Wind storm at YXX

As most of you know, we had a pretty heavy duty wind storm move through the Lower Mainland on Thursday the 20th of November. There was not as much damage as there could have been considering the winds at times were gusting more than 60kt!

The most serious damage that was reported was on the hangars in the compound that the AFC manages. Manned security was put in place almost immediately and the damaged doors were repaired quite quickly. Good to know that the roofs are in good shape!

Picture credit goes to Daryl Francoeur from Facebook/ BCGA