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.
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.
Identify our Club Values
Set up a Club Policy – you may know these as a Vision and a Mission – based on values
Identify Club Assets – what are the things we use to derive value? For example, our aircraft, our building, our limited partnership.
Evaluate each asset for value delivered – what do we get out of it and what does it cost?
Align the value delivered with the policy – Is it delivering what we actually want to have at an acceptable cost?
Set the strategy for each asset using the above
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!
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.
On Friday, December 20 from 1pm – 4pm, The Airshow Office will be hosting their annual holiday open house. Stop by the new office at 30645 Firecat Ave for snacks, treats and holiday cheer! (it is on the side of the UFV Aviation Hangar)
It will be an opportunity to visit the office people in their new office space and reconnect with your fellow Airshow enthusiasts. Bring a friend, we would be thrilled to meet them!
For those who haven’t signed up to become a member of the Abbotsford International Airshow Society – we ask you to consider doing so. The annual cost of membership is only $10 per individual. You may be asking yourself, why should I become a member? A fine question indeed!
Did you know?
Access to membership events beyond the Volunteer BBQ. In May we enjoyed a catered dinner with Grumpy (B-25 Mitchell) and on November 16, we had the privilege of a private tour of Cascade Aerospace & a pizza lunch!
Ability to vote in the Annual General Meeting
Opportunity to run for a seat on the Board of Directors
Be the first to receive special Airshow pricing opportunities
New members receive a limited edition Challenge Coin
Membership can be completed by phone or in person. Give us a call or stop by the office and say hello!
The USAF has revealed it is aims to go back to a 1950s Century-style rapid development and fielding of fighters – with a goal of putting a new type into service in five years. Can this radical approach rapid to acquisition really work? Dr MICHAEL J PRYCE assesses the feasibility of crash fighter development programmes in the 21st century.
“When you can prototype something instead of studying it for years you get out of the starting gates faster, you learn quicker, you retire risk faster. If your concept is flawed you get rid of it. There is something about contact with industry and building metal early that leads to common sense in the acquisition program.”
From Gemini Pictures: The original low pass when a WW2 aircraft buzzed the camera crew shooting the open of a documentary on the 60th Anniversary of the Spitfire we produced for American television.
Despite hearing on the radio from the control tower that the Spitfire was rolling we couldn’t see the aircraft against the sky and thought the presenter’s link would be over before the aircraft arrived. In actuality the pilot had lifted off then raised the undercarriage and kept the aircraft low so he hugged the ground and was lost to our eyes against the grass runway. We first noticed him when he crossed the tarmac roadway and dust was flicked up. That was when the still photograph was taken and immediately we all hit the deck as the presenter was pushed over by the downdraft from the Spitfire as he pulled up, no doubt laughing all the way.
The pilot was a friend of the presenter and having fun with us or he’d have never pulled that stunt. Ray Hanna, the pilot, was a former leader of the Royal Airforce aerobatic team the Red Arrows and regarded as one of the finest pilots of his generation. We were lucky to film with him many times but this, the first time, was probably the most hair-raising encounter we had. Ray Hanna was a consumate professional and his remarkable flying prowess was saught after by display organisers and film directors the world over.