The Dutch Lunch crew did a general cleanup and power wash of the patio and the furniture
Congratulations to RAA Chapter 85 at Delta on the first flight of their new Zenith CH 750 Cruzer. Below is a report and video:
The RAA Chapter 85 Zenith 750 Cruzer completed a successful test flight this afternoon out of the Delta Heritage Air Park. Once insurance for the aircraft was confirmed as being in place, Sebastien was able to confirm that he felt today was suitable for an attempt at a flight. Sebastien was at the field a little bit after 10 am this morning and a number of the members who had been involved as volunteer builders also arrived to assist.
Sebastien updated the software for the Dynon Skyview and then several hours were spent examining the aircraft and also correcting some small problems. This included Cyril and Peter Lenger making a quick flight to Pitt Meadows Airport to pick up some needed items.
By mid afternoon, Sebastien was satisfied that a flight could be attempt. After an aborted first attempt to investigate a radio issue, Sebastien lined up and was in the air just after 3 pm. Some photos will be included below and a link to a YouTube video of the the in cockpit portion of the flight can be viewed at: https://youtu.be/KGmXHuN8pSs
The flight turned up a few items which will need to be addressed before the next flight. As can be seen on the video, Boundary Bay tower was having difficulty picking up the Cruzer’s transponder and engine temps were high which will require checking and improving engine baffling and air flow. Sebastien reported that the aircraft flew well and no things like oil leaks were in evidence post flight.
Overall, it was a very successful first flight. The members who were the volunteer builders and who put in hundreds of hours of work over the last three and a half years are to be congratulated. Thanks also to Sebastien Sekora for managing all the issues leading up to the test program and then performing the first flight. Thanks also to Michael Heintz and Zenair Canada for the attention which they have given to the Chapter and project.
This past month you will have seen that we have new hangar paving done on the taxiways leading to the AFC hangars as well as the X Friesen hangars. This was a huge project that was led by the YXX Hangar Rental folks, led by Steve Stewart and Kevin Mickleby which was assisted by Janet Martens. This is the result of alot of hard work by these three and the results speak for themselves. This project could not have been done without the grant from the British Columbia Air Access Program, which we are grateful for.
Once the tenders went out and the supplier identified and contracted to do the work. Firstly engineering took place to establish the current state and then the real work began by doing some work to improve the drainage and then ripping up the old pavement and levelling out the foundation layer first in the soil and then a bed of gravel being accurately laid down. It was discovered that some of the pavement was only a few inches thick in some spots, especially in the older paved areas and then improving slightly for the newer sections. Needless to say that the new paving is not only supported properly by high quality gravel but also with proper thickness asphalt paving.
Many thanks to those who submitted photos! More photos can be seen on the AFC Facebook photo gallery under “Photos”
At the Members’ event on Saturday May 4th, Millie Watson was presented with a personalized Abbotsford International Airshow jacket.
After the 1963 show, ‘In keeping with its Constitution, the AFC gave a donation to the Mission City Cadet Squadron to assist in the building of a glider. The club also provided a scholarship to enable a member of the Abbotsford Air Rangers to take a Private Pilot’s Course. This scholarship was awarded to Miss Millie Watson of Mission City.’ ‘No one is more delighted than Mrs.H.Tarasenko captain of the Abbotsford Air Rangers. “It is a wonderful thing the Abbotsford Flying Club is doing” she told The News. “Not only is the club granting this flying scholarship but also instructing three other Abbotsford girls in the ground course. This should enable them to get their Leading Air Ranger badges”.’ Girls taking part in the ground school were Pat Warwick, Myrna Kvist and Valerie Carter. Millie joined the Rangers in September 1963, and there were 10 girls in the group
Millie completed the requirements for her licence in just 35 hours (which was the minimum required at that time), plus 20 hours of ground school.
She then joined the AFC and has been a Member ever since, being made a Life Member in 2001? As well as being an airshow volunteer, Millie also became the airshow’s very first employee. She had arranged to spend the summer of 1964 working at Eatons, but then the air show committee asked for her help and offered to match the pay she had expected from Eatons. Her main work was to book hotel rooms by phone, from one end of the valley to the other, and so far away as Victoria. She continues to volunteer with the airshow, and is currently the official Archivist for both the AFC and AIAS
Keith Barnett upgraded and fixed the outdoor gas BBQ line on the patio. Now we can connect two Barbecues to it. Keith will also convert the orifice if needed. First class!
Ton DuCrocq upgraded the box above the patio entrance and installed a light fixture. He also upgraded all the wall outlets on the patio. Ken also worked hard on this too.
Thanks Ton and Ken!
Robbie and Kevin Lacroix defeated team Chris Palmer and Murray Webb in the third and final game. It ended up in a nail biter when Murray sank the eight ball and the cue ball in the same shot.
The trophy was handed out by last year’s winners, Bevan Tomm and Richard Bauch.
1. Private donations – anyone who donates $1,000 or more has his/her name proudly emblazoned on Give Hope Wings aircraft. Donations in ANY amount are welcome and appreciated.2. Corporate sponsorship – in Platinum, Gold and Silver Categories. Each of these has its own set of benefits, and each includes ample promotion of our sponsors. Give Hope Wings has a very wide and broad following on social media, and attracts press attention wherever events are planned – including stops along the way on this Northwest Expedition. All the benefits of being a Give Hope Wings donor or corporate sponsor are clearly laid out under the Sponsorship Tab of our website www.givehopewings.ca/sponsorship3. Volunteer Flight Crew – a select group of people who want to join this, the experience of a lifetime, by making a serious contribution to Hope Air – enough to fund dozens of medical flights. The three week itinerary has been divided into three one-week stages, and the crew looks forward to hosting what they call “Volunteer Flight Crew” members (VFC) to share in this great adventure for a week each. Our fellow travellers will see some of the grandest, most spectacular scenery in the world from the unique perspective of the front seat of a high–vis light aircraft. Only a tiny fraction of one percent of the population will ever have the opportunity to see what these people will see. If they are pilots, they will be welcome to share in the flying tasks, but there is no requirement for that. Pilots and non-pilots alike will fully enjoy this unique adventure. Please click the following link to see the details of the exciting VFC opportunity www.givehopewings.ca/volunteerflightcrew4. New this year – sponsor a woman aviator in training. Provide a $25k sponsorship which will fund a young aspiring female pilot to join our squadron as in (3) above. We held a contest for an Award for two legs (2X$25k =$50k) funded by an anonymous donor. We had 15 applicants. Two have been selected, but we are looking for funding to take another three along. These are all highly motivated and qualified young women who will take great benefit from an extensive cross-country trip which will vastly open their horizons and improve their aviation skills.
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The Midnight Sun Fly In Association will be hosting the 2019 Midnight Sun Fly In from July 12 – 14, 2019 in Yellowknife, NT. Planned activities include a fly-out picnic, live entertainment, dockside dining, pancake breakfast, memorial fly-past, and great bush pilot conversation. Experience incredible backcountry flying in Canada’s spectacular Northwest Territories. Float and wheel planes welcome. See our website at www.midnightsunflyin.com for more information.
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