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President’s Column, January 2020

Hello, Dear Club Members and Readers, and welcome to a new year!  Welcome, in fact, to a new decade.  We find ourselves once again in January, the time of year when ascetism and mindfulness take over from the hot-buttered-rummy indulgences of December!  It is a time of thoughtfulness and contemplation, when we are wont to make resolutions for the year – and possibly the decade – to come.AFC President Seal

This is going to be another banner year for the Abbotsford Flying Club.  Among the usual things to look forward to this year, such as First Flights, Wings and Wheels and the Airshow, there are new things to look forward to.  Larry Runnals has committed to organizing members to put on a campground for Geocachers.  Our experiment with GSBS is continuing – I am personally looking greatly forward to qualifying on that aircraft and taking her for a whirl.  Our maintenance staff have recently found a few deficiencies with SBS, but have it well in hand to correct them so she’ll be up and running soon.  We also have a very talented and capable Board this year – working with them has been a pleasure so far and I expect will continue to yield positive results.  We’re looking at setting up a Strategic Asset Plan – the first step of which is to discuss what we value at the club.  I recognize that there can be disagreement at our club – but what better way to come together than having some discussions where we discover the things that we all hold dear?  Tom has written a magnificent article outlining how our constitution, bylaws, written practices and traditions fit together to govern our club.  I have found it enlightening and educational as I’m sure you will.  Also this year, the time capsule buried at the airport terminal will be dug up.  If you’re like me, you’re burning with curiosity as to what the contents of the capsule may be.

Every year the Chinese zodiac has an animal of the year, Pantone selects a “colour of the year”, and Oxford selects a word of the year.  I would like for the Abbotsford Flying Club to have a word for 2020 – convivial.  It is defined as friendly, lively and enjoyable.  Someone who is convivial is cheerful and friendly, easy to get along with.  The root of the word is, loosely translated, “easy and pleasurable to live with”.  It goes so much farther than mere, “tolerance” which may be survivable, but doesn’t necessarily lead to cooperation.  Convivial, to me, means that we look out for each other and take care of each other’s needs – in a friendly and encouraging manner.

Every day we make ourselves: while I was growing up this was a common thing that my Mom would say to me and my siblings.  She always said it in the New Year and at other random times.  It’s particularly alarming to hear that saying when you’re a teenager lounging around in your pajamas.. “am I making myself into a lazy slob or a decent human being? – Aaack!”   On the surface, she was saying that every day your actions define who you are.  But I’ve come to realize that what Mom meant was way deeper than that.   It’s a message of hope and renewal.   “Every day we make ourselves” isn’t just a tactic to guilt you off the couch and do something productive – it’s a message of hope because it means that as long as you have days you have ways to change yourself and make yourself into something new.  It’s the message of the New Year – you may not be happy with how things are today, but YOU can resolve to make changes for the better.  And you start today; Everyday.  For me, I’d like to make the club into a place where people enjoy convivial relationships, fly awesome aircraft, share fulfilling adventures and good decisions are made for the club well into the future.  What would you like to make the club?  Because … every day we make the club.

Happy New Year!

George

 

View from Mt. Cheam

On November 3rd Adrian was the passenger in Bevan’s RV7A. We took off from Chilliwack airport and 5 minutes later we were orbiting the top of Mt Cheam.

That’s performance!

View from Mt. Cheam

On November 3rd Adrian was the passenger in Bevan’s RV7A. We took off from Chilliwack airport and 5 minutes later we were orbiting the top of Mt Cheam. That’s performance!

Posted by Abbotsford Flying Club on Sunday, December 15, 2019

 

President’s column December 2019

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays, dear Abbotsford flying club members!  Well, this will be my last column of the decade, ha ha!  There are many things to look forward to this month, you can sign up for a pool tourney in the New Year, there are a myriad of Christmas parties and events, including our very own special Christmas edition of the TGIF and I’m personally looking forward very much to Lise Ash’s presentation on her Give Hope Wings flight.  Her Northern escapade embodies the spirit of adventure and exploration that are at the very core of aviation and kindles the heart of every pilot.AFC President Seal

As I look forward to 2020 I think to myself – it’s got to be a sign!  20/20 means perfect vision and I want this to be something we work on this year.  With Abbotsford airport developing quickly around us, it is important that we know who we are.  What is important to us?  What do we value?  Who do we want to be in the future?  These are things that we consider as a first step to develop our Strategic Plan.  We have set up the Board so that we can focus as a leadership team on working with all members to develop our plan.  Here are the basic, progressive steps for developing a comprehensive Asset Management Plan.

  1. Identify our Club Values
  2. Set up a Club Policy – you may know these as a Vision and a Mission – based on values
  3. Identify Club Assets – what are the things we use to derive value? For example, our aircraft, our building, our limited partnership.
  4. Evaluate each asset for value delivered – what do we get out of it and what does it cost?
  5. Align the value delivered with the policy – Is it delivering what we actually want to have at an acceptable cost?
  6. Set the strategy for each asset using the above
  7. Based on all of the above, a “strategic plan” can be created for all of our present and future assets.

There’s a lot to absorb, here, but we’ll go through what these activities are and what they mean at a future planning session.  At our January meeting I’d like to take some time to work with you to get an idea of our values.  We are setting up an online area for your input – we would like to hear from you.  What makes the club worthwhile for you?  How can we do more to get more of those valuable experiences, relationships or opportunities?

Above all, I hope that you have a good time this month – but also remember to stay safe.  Please remember to have alternate transportation or a designated driver if you are going to drink.  The slip and trip season is officially started so please walk carefully and wear footwear appropriate to the season.  And remember: if the weather is marginal, consider that you have the rest of your life to fly so you needn’t take an unnecessary risk today.

May you all enjoy a joyous and mirthful holiday and I hope to see you all soon!

Yours truly,
George

Laying the foundation for the John Spronk Memorial Bench

On Friday November 29 Chris Palmer brought the rental concrete mixer to the club at 0900 hrs. Under leadership of Lorenzo and the assistance of Murray and Duncan, bag after bag of premix was poured into the mixer and with the added water, poured into the form. Lorenzo estimated they would need 25 bags of premix, when in fact they used 24 bags. In less than 90 minutes the project was completed. After setting for a few hours, Lorenzo put the finishing touch on the surface with a broom. It looks great. It is covered up and they have a little heater going to make sure the concrete cures properly.

Abbotsford Remembrance Day Flypast

Here we are over Victory Square in Abbotsford.

Lead  aircraft is Adrian in the club’s Cessna 172, right wing is Gerry Crapo flying the Glastar and left wing is Bevan Tomm in his RV7A.

Following close behind but not in same formation were former members Rene Robertson in his Piper Pacer and Dave Wall in his Quickie Q2

Thanks to Heather for the photo and big thanks to the participating pilots