The flowers in the hangar compound and at the back of the clubhouse are in bloom!
The flowers in the hangar compound and at the back of the clubhouse are in bloom!
First, thank you to Kevin for distributing the information on how to contribute rocks to this project. I hope you are all making plans.
Next, Parm Sidhu, our always helpful Airport General Manager, has approved the proposed location. We want the cairn to be visible, in front of the clubhouse. That is the whole point of a monument. It needs to be visible to anyone passing, and also in a place that is safe to stop and take a look. We did the whole ‘Call Before You Dig’ thing and learned a couple of things. One is that it needs to be at least as far back from the road as is the fire hydrant. Also, it is best not to be directly in front of the building. So the location will be off to the west side of the building, towards the bus stop, and far enough away from the building that it won’t get in the way of the shower trailer used by campers during the airshow. It will give bus passengers something of interest to look at while waiting. And it will provide another place to sit. The picture is only meant to show the location. The cairn will look a lot better than that. The location is not actually on our lease.
It will also be moveable – with the right equipment. The structure will form a solid unit, made of stone, concrete and rebar. It will sit at ground level, on a bed of compacted aggregate, and surrounded by pavers. Built-in channels will provide for forklift access from the back by a decent sized loader. This moveability is key to being able to locate it on airport land. No-one knows where it, or the club-house, will be forty years from now; ie in 2061 when its internal time capsule is set for opening during the club’s centennial. Remember, the AirShow Cairn has already been moved three times, and will have to move again with the next phase of Terminal expansion. We don’t expect to be moving this monument very often, but when the time comes, it will be ready.
We hope to do the basic concrete work fairly early in the summer. Then add the collected rocks in August and September. And finish it with plaques, bearing appropriate inscriptions, for unveiling at whatever event is being planned for our 60th anniversary.
Steve and Lorenzo
There were two board resignations in the month of January. Mark Thibault resigned for personal reasons and Augie Rinz due to a job promotion requiring him to relocate to Ottawa. I extend, on behalf of the board and the membership, a vote of thanks to them for their contribution to the club. We are a club of volunteers and could not function without the work done by these two board members. We wish them both all the best and point out that they will both continue on in the club as regular members.
Chris Palmer has been appointed by the board as Vice President and we welcome him to this position. Chris will be a positive addition to the board of directors. Secretarial duties will now be assumed by Kevin Lacroix who will act as both the secretary and treasurer.
Nothing new to add to the COVID protocols which remain in effect for the foreseeable future. Your continuing patience is appreciated as we work through the day-to-day challenges presented by it.
We will continue to promote flight safety in the coming months. As it is clear that most aircraft accidents do not occur from stick and rudder issues, we believe that focusing on pilot decision making is where the emphasis should be placed. The motto which best describes our goals is “safety through continuous learning”. It was mentioned in my last newsletter that a series of seminars will be offered to our members and who are encouraged to participate in them. Contact Warren Le Grice if you wish to be invited to attend the Webex based seminars (email@example.com). An SMS (Safety Management System) program is being developed as well by the safety committee and this will help to further promote flight safety within our membership.
Good weather seems to be upon us and so we encourage our pilots to take advantage of the situation and do some flying. Be safe and have fun.
Abbotsford Flying Club
First, let’s do some background explanation. Until 2013, the only members of the Abbotsford International Airshow Society were the Directors. It had been that way ever since the society was first formed in 1966. It was formed originally for the specific purpose of putting on Canada’s Centennial Airshow in 1967, and it was expected to be wound up after that event. But instead, it was re-constituted a little and continued under the auspices of the AFC and Chapter 85 of the EAA. Then in 1969 it was re-constituted again after the EAA dropped out. From 1969 to 2017 the Board officially comprised 14 members of the AFC and 14 others. However, after the financial collapse at the end of 1997 there was rarely (if ever) a full set of non-AFC Directors, and there was no real mechanism to appoint them. So in 2013 we addressed the problem by offering the possibility of membership to anyone interested. The main target group were the hundreds of volunteers who put countless hours into the event every year, but who never really had a voice in its direction. They, as Members would then elect the non-AFC Directors, and could also stand to become Directors themselves. This served the dual purposes of establishing a mechanism to appoint Directors, while also giving the Members a voice in the Society’s direction. Around 140 new members signed up, and both purposes have been realized in practice.
We also decided to create a Membership Committee and to provide direct member benefits, beyond the right to stand for election and the right to vote. Pre-2020 there were visits to aviation museums south of the border, a Member Challenge Coin, and various other events. At present, all members can collect a free custom-made airshow mug, and in January we had a great on-line event with Jodi Roeger. On Feb 18th there is another such event with Capt. Dan “Delouse” Deluce, the 2021 CF-18 Hornet Demo Team pilot.
These direct benefits far outweigh the annual cost of dues. We set the dues at the nominal level of just $10/year, because the desire for members is not about collecting money. The membership program costs more than the total dues collected. Ideally, we would like to see most volunteers become members, take an interest in how the Society runs, and consider becoming a Director. All Directors are now subject to term limits, so there is a need for a healthy turnover of Directors, who will bring in new ideas and impetus to the whole enterprise.
The AFC was directly responsible for starting the airshow in 1962. It has always been a driving force in the direction, management, and operation of the airshow. We still directly appoint 3 out of the 11 total number of Directors. At present 4 of the 11 are AFC members. During the show, the AFC is completely responsible for the aircraft static displays and for the campground. In normal years, the AFC receives very significant income in return for this. Many AFC members also volunteer in other essential roles, particularly the fencing teams. The AFC also runs the Broken Prop restaurant for campers, with all net proceeds being retained by the club. The mutual importance of the airshow to the AFC and vice versa is huge.
AIAS membership is a natural choice for AFC members.
The application form is at https://drive.google.com/file/d/1a55baBwaVvPBHm4r8CSbhti7cuj0App0/view
In keeping with a positive theme, I am pleased to share with you good news regarding the giving spirit of the club and the generosity of our members during the Christmas season.
Thanks to Taylor Belich for organizing a food drive, which resulted in a large amount of groceries being delivered to the Archway Food Bank. Secondly, thanks to Adrian and Barbara Renkers for reaching out to establish a fund in which $1350 was raised, again for the Archway Food Bank. This is a testament to the caring and generosity of our club members and a special thanks to all for the outpouring of support for our community.
COVID protocols continue to remain in effect certainly for the foreseeable future. However, with the vaccines that are slowly becoming available we could see a return to more normal conditions sometime mid-year. So we ask for your patience as we work through the day to day difficulties.
In order to promote safety within our club, a battery of seminars are being offered to our pilots via zoom meetings. Take advantage of this opportunity as we are blessed to have one of our members, Warren Le Grice, leading these courses. Contact Warren if you would like to be added to the list of invitees. Further to these seminars, there is a wealth of information available on YouTube which can be tapped into for learning from the experiences of others.
That’s all for this month so here is wishing you all a very Happy New Year and hoping the year ahead will be filled with good health and many hours of flying enjoyment.
Abbotsford Flying Club
On Aug 21, 2020, Ken Funk and Adrian Renkers presented a cheque on behalf of the AFC to the Abbotsford food bank. Thank you to all the members who contributed and allowed the AFC to make this sizeable donation.
Dear 99s and AFC members,
Hope Air and the Expedition Captains have been hard at work planning our GHW 2021 Coast to Coast National Fundraiser and best adventure yet! All this information is on the website but here are the links for easy reference.
It’s going to be fun, but it’s also going to be work and very rewarding to fly any of the legs or even shorter routes within the legs.
Have a look to see how YOU can best help us raise awareness and funding for Hope Air while having a bucket list trip of a lifetime.
The current version of the GHW 2021 website https://givehopewings.ca/2021-expedition
Brochure for Expedition Supporting Pilots https://givehopewings.ca/images/2021/Expedition_Supporting_Pilot_Opportunity-_GHW-2021-Oct_1_2020-V4.pdf
Brochure for VFC Volunteer Fight Crew https://givehopewings.ca/images/2021/Volunteer_Flight_Crew_Opportunities-GHW-2021-Oct_1_2020-Final.pdf
Come join us June 2021!
Had some time this weekend, so new fuel dipsticks were made for the club’s two aircraft.
Handy devices, laser engravers are!
Give Hope Wings
The idea of circumnavigating the state of Alaska, British Columbia, and the Northwest Territories in a single-engine aircraft is the last thing I imagined doing when I started working on my pilot’s licence five years ago.
The Give Hope Wings Northwest Expedition I joined was made up of eight pilots in three aircraft. We took off from Pitt Meadows on June 15th, 2019. Over the next three-weeks we visited thirty-six remote towns and villages and raised $250,000 which funded one thousand flights for Canadian families in need.
Some of my highlights were:
could—without causing an international incident. The snow-capped Siberian mountains were visible in the distance. Below us were two small islands, Little Diomede—in Alaska and Big Diomede—in Russia. Only 2.5 miles apart they straddle the dateline, creating a twenty-four-hour time difference.
While the expedition was an adventure it was the warm-hearted people I remember the most. In one remote outpost a radio operator shared her deep sadness over the sudden loss of her young nephew. She asked me for a hug. Deeply touched, I obliged.
Along the way we received countless words of thanks and appreciation from people who have used Hope Air’s services before. On our last night in the little town of Sandspit, on Moresby Island, a waitress wouldn’t take our money when she found out who we were and what we were doing. Her family and several friends had used Hope Air a number of times.
All Canadians enjoy universal health care. However, many people living in remote communities cannot afford access to that care. Hope Air bridges the gap between home and hospital.
Give Hope Wings Coast to Coast 2021
Next June a fleet of fifty planes will fly across Canada—twice—and raise $1 Million as a part of the Give Hope Wings Coast to Coast Expedition. The money we raise will fund four thousand flights for families in need. This expedition will be broken up into three separate tours; Southern, Eastern, and Northern. You can fly one, or all of them, the choice is yours.
Hope Air’s services are always needed but have become especially necessary during the COVID-19 crisis. Mark your calendar and join the team now.
For more information feel free to contact me, or Hope Air directly –