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John Sessions’s recovery from accident at YXX

As many of us know, John Sessions had an accident at the Abbotsford Airport after the Airshow on Saturday night. John was taking a group up for a flight in the Heritage Flight Foundation’s newly restored DeHavilland Rapide when it crashed shortly after takeoff.

Below is an article that talks about John’s road to recovery and path back into the cockpit

https://www.heraldnet.com/news/after-losing-a-foot-aircraft-aficionado-wants-to-fly-again/

President’s Column – January 2019

Happy New Year, fellow Abbotsford flying club members!  The New Year means different things to different people. For most people, it means resolutions with the goal of becoming a better person.  On my daily dog walks, evidence of this appears in the form of a flock of joggers who I have noticed running around the neighbourhood.

In the past I used to make a resolution every year to fly more, to eat less, exercise more and work at being a better husband and father.  By the time July rolls around, I would have made a few minor changes but typically I’ve settled into a groove and the changes aren’t as noticeable.  For the past couple of years, I’ve just started setting out regular times to reflect on how things are going and work out how to make things better.  The constant approach seems to work better for me and gets me to ensure that I’m balancing my duties and the things I value based on the situation at hand – rather than one I may have imagined back in January.

So what self-improvements does your situation allow for?  Are you going to volunteer more?  Are you going to spend more time with your family?  Are you going to try to make new friends?  The holidays provide a time for reflection, but are you prepared to set up times during the upcoming year to reflect, take stock and recalibrate?

With respect to the club as a whole, we have a lot to look forward to this coming year!  We have our special events like Wings and Wheels, First Flights for Kids, the Airshow and a number of weekly TGIFs (some of which follow a theme).  We have a year of flying to look forward to – weekend flyouts, events at other clubs, air races and our new aircraft to fly.  There are also a number of new members who I’m sure it will be good to get to know over the coming year.

I wish you all the best in 2019 – may you be blessed with blue skies and fair winds for all your flights.

Yours truly,
George

AFC New Year’s Party

The  New Year’s dinner party that was organised by Clark Closkey was an overwhelming success.

The table centrepieces were made by Jeanette Campbell. We had real table cloths, courtesy of Leanne and Murray Webb.

44 steaks were served with salads, onions and more than 20 pounds of Jill Greystone’s mushrooms. There was also a great selection of desserts to choose from.

The dress code turned out to be an exercise in elegance. It looked more like a captain’s dinner on a cruise ship instead of a club function. Well done ladies and gentlemen.

Adrian did a head count at 1030 pm and out of 44 people, 42 were still there. It appeared that everyone had doubled up on their Geritol.

Happy new year!

Adrian, Ken and Chris

Adrian, Clark and Chris

Cheers from Clark!

Ton hard at work

Cheryl and Bevan

Didn’t see a thing, didn’t hear a thing, Didn’t say a thing!

Everyone get into the picture! Devin, Vanessa, Sophia and Liam

MISTER Palmer!

Dave Van Ember and Mary Ann from Chilliwack (Dave maintains Chris’ Yukon)

Clark with precious cargo!

Valerie at the mushroom station

Duncan and Chris

Jill prepping her wonderful mushrooms!

Ken the grillman

Ken and Clark


Tables are laid


Ladies hard at work; Barb, Jan and Linda


Man, Fire and Food!


Waiting for supper

 

Wind storm at YXX

As most of you know, we had a pretty heavy duty wind storm move through the Lower Mainland on Thursday the 20th of November. There was not as much damage as there could have been considering the winds at times were gusting more than 60kt!

The most serious damage that was reported was on the hangars in the compound that the AFC manages. Manned security was put in place almost immediately and the damaged doors were repaired quite quickly. Good to know that the roofs are in good shape!

Picture credit goes to Daryl Francoeur from Facebook/ BCGA

President’s Column – December 2018

Hello, fellow flying club members.  I’d like to start off my first newsletter posting by thanking you for electing me as your president.  I hope that I can serve you, our club members and live up to your expectations.

I would like to also thank the members of my board for their help and support in all matters.  I can assure you that they are all working hard to get oriented to their positions and get started.  We have some fun times ahead, and some hard work too.  There’s an old saying that goes, “If you want to go fast, go alone…if you want to go far, go together”.  I’m taking this to heart and working to bring you along with any changes we may be making.

For example, one thing we have changed is the agenda for our general meetings.  I’m calling it the ‘reverse-mullet’ approach – fun in the front and business in the back.  Our meetings now start off with an interesting guest speaker, some time to socialize over the break and our board reports at the end.  That way, our guests don’t have to sit through our business meeting and anyone who needs to leave early (say, for work) can do so without missing the speaker.

I’d also like to start a “Getting to Know You” column for the newsletter.  Each month, I’m going to chat with one of our members and write up our conversation.  We have a lot of amazing and interesting people at our club.  Our diversity is our strength, and it’s good to know our stories to continue to build the culture of our club.

I will close with thanks!  Thanks to our members, to our volunteers and our board.   I feel hopeful for our future as a club and I hope that in the coming term we can work together and go far!

 

Yours truly,
George