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AFC’s First Flights for Kids Success Story

In 2011 at age 11, Ashley Cameron was given her first flight in a small airplane at the Abbotsford Flying Club’s First Flights for Kids event.  She flew with member Randy Kelley in his vintage Canadian-made 1946 Fleet 80 Canuck.

Six years later in August 2017, Ashley earned her Private Pilot License through the Air Cadet program.

In recognition of Ashley’s participation in the First Flights for Kids program and her success in earning a Private Pilot License, the AFC’s First Flights for Kids coordinators, Ron Becker and Mark Thibault, were proud to present Ashley with a First Flights for Kids award and 1-year membership to the flying club.

Also, Ashley has graciously agreed to participate in the 2018 First Flights for Kids 10th Anniversary event, this time as a ground school instructor where she can inspire more children with the joy of flight.

It is very satisfying to see kids get their first introduction to flight with our club and take their interest in aviation to the next level.

Awesome job, Ashley and we look forward to having you as a member.

Bob and Valerie Leroux complete cross-Canada trip!

In August 2017, Valerie and Bob Leroux completed their Canada 150 aviation journey across the country from Victoria to St. John’s and back.  They will be giving a presentation at the Abbotsford Flying Club on November 8th at 7:30 PM.

As planned, they visited the ten provincial capitals and their respective legislature buildings for a photo with their Canada flag, then on to Parliament Hill in Ottawa, and, of course, a few aviation museums along the way.

They also stopped at some of the airports where the Royal Canadian Air Cadets were training for their Private Pilot Licence (PPL), to share their story and to encourage today’s young pilots to consider a career in aviation.

Bob and Valerie will share some of their flying experiences, photos and stories of their journey and of the people that they met on this exciting once-in-a-lifetime journey.

More information on the trip can be found at

An Interesting 2-Seater

Aeroprakt A22 Foxbat advanced ultralight.  Metal construction and factory built in Europe.

Powered by a Rotax 912ULS 100hp engine that runs on either 92 octane Mogas or 100LL Avgas at 5 gallons per hour, burning $35 less fuel per hour than a 180-hp Cessna 172N or Piper Archer II.

The Foxbat cruises at 100mph, stalls at 35mph and can takeoff or land in 300ft.  Cruise endurance is approximately 5.5hrs and it sports excellent visibility.

Price:  $100k Cdn new, $60k-70k Cdn used.