Category Archives: President’s Column

President’s Column – April 2021

A Six Month Update

One issue upon which I ran as President was to unite the club. After six months, I am pleased to announce that this process is on the right track. The Board is united and a united Board is the first step towards achieving this goal. My thanks to the board for their eager and willing participation. Kevin LaCroix has been appointed to the YXX Hanger Board which will provide a liaison between the two organizations and will be a positive move.  In addition to his other duties, Kevin is assuming the position of club Secretary. The safety sub-committee, led by Warren LeGrice, continues to work on both a Safety Management System (SMS) and the updating of our Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs). Taylor Belich was instrumental in changing our aircraft maintenance provider under the mentorship of Duncan Poynton. This change seems to be working very well.  Chris Palmer has been a positive addition, taking over responsibility for the position of Vice President. The clubhouse security system has been replaced (no cost to the club) with one having multi-point access via the internet. Thank you to Bevin Tomm for his very generous donation.

It is now time for the membership to grasp the important issues facing our club. This occurs through members receiving and focusing on the correct facts underlying the issues facing the club. How does this occur? There are several opportunities for you to share in the issues facing our club: Monthly club meetings, monthly Board meetings (whereby members can observe Board discussion), Wednesday Dutch lunch, TGIF, Sunday breakfast “fly outs,” IMC presentations — all can be done from the comfort of your armchair at home.  Zoom meetings provide the membership a venue for the dissemination of shared information upon which current and future decisions will be made. If you are not participating in any of these events, you are missing the opportunity to become informed about Club events and issues. 

We have some very important long-term issues that need to be addressed by the next board. I encourage you to get involved to identify the facts and make the effort to reflect on what you want for our club so when asked, you can give an articulate, constructive, thoughtful opinion. This is how our club will unite — under a common purpose and common goals.

More nice weather is upon us with more opportunities to get out and fly the friendly skies.  Let’s do so safely.

Ken Funk
President
Abbotsford Flying Club

President’s Column – March 2021

While the Club House remains closed during the pandemic, we are beginning to anticipate
improvements in the fight against the spread of the virus and are looking towards opening,
when permitted by the regulators. To that end, clean up efforts have been taken by volunteers
to clean surfaces of the bar and surrounding areas as well as getting rid of stale beer from the
fridge that was left unrefrigerated. I would like to thank Chris Palmer, Pat Ulicki and Adrian
Renkers for taking the lead in the clean up efforts. Stay tuned for further developments.

Speaking of volunteers, we are blessed to have many working behind the scenes and to each
of you, we are truly indebted. On behalf of the Board and the membership, we say thank you!

Our efforts towards establishing a Safety Management System (SMS) continues. The Safety
Committee, chaired by John Palmer, and a sub-committee, comprised of Warren Le Grice,
Clark Closkey and Randy Kelley, are working on the details to be presented to the Safety
Committee for approval and ultimately to the Board for their consideration.

I have been encouraging our members to follow presentations on the internet regarding
accident reviews. If you are interested in getting a pilot’s perspective on the Kobe Bryant fatal
accident, check out Dan Gryder (musician extraordinaire) “Probable Cause” video. He visits
every accident scene he analyses and presents a credible opinion on them. Two other good
resources are Scott Perdue of “Flywire” and Juan Brown on the Blancolirio channel. All three
are availed on the YouTube platform. Check them out.

Until next time, get out and enjoy some flying and please, do it safely.

Ken Funk
President
Abbotsford Flying Club

President’s Column – February 2021

There were two board resignations in the month of January.  Mark Thibault resigned for personal reasons and Augie Rinz due to a job promotion requiring him to relocate to Ottawa.  I extend, on behalf of the board and the membership, a vote of thanks to them for their contribution to the club.  We are a club of volunteers and could not function without the work done by these two board members.  We wish them both all the best and point out that they will both continue on in the club as regular members.

Chris Palmer has been appointed by the board as Vice President and we welcome him to this position.  Chris will be a positive addition to the board of directors.  Secretarial duties will now be assumed by Kevin Lacroix who will act as both the secretary and treasurer. 

Nothing new to add to the COVID protocols which remain in effect for the foreseeable future.  Your continuing patience is appreciated as we work through the day-to-day challenges presented by it.

We will continue to promote flight safety in the coming months.  As it is clear that most aircraft accidents do not occur from stick and rudder issues, we believe that focusing on pilot decision making is where the emphasis should be placed.  The motto which best describes our goals is “safety through continuous learning”.  It was mentioned in my last newsletter that a series of seminars will be offered to our members and who are encouraged to participate in them.  Contact Warren Le Grice if you wish to be invited to attend the Webex based seminars (wlegrice@gmail.com).  An SMS (Safety Management System) program is being developed as well by the safety committee and this will help to further promote flight safety within our membership.

Good weather seems to be upon us and so we encourage our pilots to take advantage of the situation and do some flying.  Be safe and have fun.

Ken Funk
President
Abbotsford Flying Club

President’s Column – January 2021

In keeping with a positive theme, I am pleased to share with you good news regarding the giving spirit of the club and the generosity of our members during the Christmas season. 

Thanks to Taylor Belich for organizing a food drive, which resulted in a large amount of groceries being delivered to the Archway Food Bank.  Secondly, thanks to Adrian and Barbara Renkers for reaching out to establish a fund in which $1350 was raised, again for the Archway Food Bank.  This is a testament to the caring and generosity of our club members and a special thanks to all for the outpouring of support for our community.

COVID protocols continue to remain in effect certainly for the foreseeable future.  However, with the vaccines that are slowly becoming available we could see a return to more normal conditions sometime mid-year.  So we ask for your patience as we work through the day to day difficulties.

In order to promote safety within our club, a battery of seminars are being offered to our pilots via zoom meetings.  Take advantage of this opportunity as we are blessed to have one of our members, Warren Le Grice, leading these courses.  Contact Warren if you would like to be added to the list of invitees.  Further to these seminars, there is a wealth of information available on YouTube which can be tapped into for learning from the experiences of others.

That’s all for this month so here is wishing you all a very Happy New Year and hoping the year ahead will be filled with good health and many hours of flying enjoyment.

Ken Funk
President
Abbotsford Flying Club

President’s Column – December 2020

There is enough bad news going around these days and I think we are entitled to some positive information as we navigate our way through the hurdles placed before us.

To our pilots who are finding ways to safely get in some flying time, congratulations.  Of course, right now it is limited to flying with family members only.  However, I am optimistic that there will be better times ahead.  

There are several ways to keep in touch with our aviation community through the various “zoom” meetings being hosted by club supporters.  Wednesday Dutch Lunch and TGIF, hosted by Devin Campbell, are available to all interested parties.  IMC meetings are also a good way to stay involved and to talk about the myriad of issues relating to flight safety.  Warren Le Grice hosts these meetings and would be happy to add you to his list of regular visitors. Contact Devin if you wish to be added to the list of invitees for either of these options (messenger@webex.com).

Someone once said they manage by “walking around”.  It’s amazing what you learn by doing so.  I discovered that there is an active community in our hangars which I wish I had known when I still had my Mooney.  The amateur-built aircraft guys have a lot to share and you would learn a lot by visiting them as they engage in plying their craft.  They are there most evenings but certainly on weekends.  See what they have to offer.

I am pleased to announce that the vacant SBS hangar slip has been walled off and leased out by YXX Hangars on a 90-day notice to vacate.  We are now receiving revenue from this lease that produced nothing in the past.

That’s all for now.  In the meantime, stay safe and healthy and keep positive when it seems such a challenge these days.

Ken Funk
President
Abbotsford Flying Club

President’s Column – October 2020

Dear Members,   Here we are at the end of my second – and last – term as AFC President.  My thanks to all the members for your faith and support in granting me the honour of serving for two terms.  I know that at times it has seemed somewhat fractious but to anyone who would consider serving: I can tell you the strife is small beer in contrast to the rich experience and rewarding lessons of serving on the leadership team for the club.  For me, just knowing that the club is there is sufficient reward.

I’ve met some really cool people, gotten to know some members a lot better and had some really amazing experiences.  In particular, I’ve been really impressed by the women in our club this year.  Ladies, you’ve demonstrated your spirit of adventure in aviation and drive to build skills and done some wonderful volunteering.  We need more like you!

It’s just too hard to pick a single favourite experience I’ve had as your President – so here are some top ones:  The Airshow last year was amazing; I really enjoyed learning how the campground runs.  This year we had a heartwarming moment when we hosted Patricia Spronk for the dedication of the John Spronk Memorial bench.  I was especially honoured to participate in the opening of the time capsule; writing the message to go in the next capsule for 2070 was cause for a great many reflective moments for me.  Many thanks there to Steve Stewart and Millie Watson who did an incredible amount of research and, of course, Lorenzo, who helped Steve with the explorative search for the capsule.

I’d like to extend a special thank-you to the members of my Board.  Kevin, Tom Timm and I won’t be running, but the remainder of the Board members will be volunteering again.  If you have enjoyed being at the club over the last couple of years and would like to continue in the direction of “flying, friendship and fun” I would urge you to vote them in again.

To Dirk Sieber, who served as VP, it was really great getting to know you – your insight, good judgement and friendship have meant a lot to me.  To Kevin Mickelby, who served as Treasurer, we simply couldn’t have done this without you; you have my eternal thanks and that of the club – you skillfully managed to move the AFC out of the red and back into the black.  Augie Rinz, you have been a fantastic Secretary, fast, efficient, competent and you were a great help when I needed someone to bounce ideas off of.  For the Directors – Amarvir, it has been a pleasure to see you mature into the role; your care and diligence on the membership file has reaped rewards evidenced by a cohort of excellent new members – I think that no matter what endeavour you pursue you will prevail!  Luciano Nisi, you’re definitely one of the most dedicated and safety oriented people I know.  I know that we’ve sometimes had our disagreements but through it all I’ve never forgotten your good intentions and all the hard work you’ve done!  Tom Timm – your insight and sober second thought has been invaluable!  I didn’t know you well before but I’m certainly richer for serving with you; you are an extremely competent person in possession of a keen mind and a wicked dry wit!  Tom Grozier, you have always had my admiration and regard – and now it has only grown.  You’ve had a hard road in 2020 – I hope that this coming year is better; you and Kevin Mickelby are the two best Treasurers we’ll ever have.  Lastly, I’d like to thank Brian Appaswamy, although he left the Board he has shown integrity and character by continuing to maintain the club aircraft throughout some of the most hectic flying days of the year!

Safe flights and stay healthy,

George Aung Thin
President
Abbotsford Flying Club

President’s Column September 2020

AFC President SealDear Members, what a roller coaster ride our summer has been! I hope that this edition of the newsletter finds you healthy and safe.

I was just talking to Janet, who manages all the accounting for AFC and –more than anything – provides stability and continuity for our club from administration to administration. She told me that until now, our biggest flying month covered two logbook pages. This past month, we managed to get through four! I’ll be reporting out on our monthly numbers for the past couple months at our next meeting.

Kevin has put forward our financial report, in written form this year due to COVID restrictions. There are quite a few lessons to take out of it, but one of the main ones is that we’ve managed to weather things well because of wise investments and careful management. While many other clubs are doubling dues or simply closing their doors, we’re still able to keep our membership costs low – not to mention hourly flying costs. Kevin is a valuable member of our leadership team and a testimonial to how important it is to have a qualified professional in the role of Treasurer.

Our nomination committee has selected a group of nominees and we’ll be publishing them on the website, as is our newly established tradition. The website was originally set up to ensure that members could go into the AGM with an informed view of who was running . We couldn’t have foreseen the restrictions that a global pandemic have wrought on everything, but we are certainly thankful now that we’ve set it up. What was put in place for information and ease of use has turned out to be a great help in overcoming social distancing restrictions. This year will be no different – each candidate will be able to put up a photo and write a short blurb about who they are, what their vision is for the club and what they bring to the leadership role. You’ll
also be able to make your “from the floor” nominations virtually via the comments section on the website.

The last thing I’d like to share with you is something I find really really cool. It’s an online map showing NOTAMs. You may remember in one of our past Prepair sessions that this was a suggestion put forward to Nav Canada during their feedback session. Well, wait no longer! Just go to http://www.notammap.com/ and you can start looking at geo-located regions that identify each NOTAM. Simply click on each coloured circle to get the NOTAM information. Go check it out!

Safe flights and stay healthy,
George Aung Thin,
President, Abbotsford Flying Club

President’s Column July 2020

Dear Members, I hope that the month of July brings you fair winds, clear skies as well as health and sunshine! The last month has been a rainy and cloudy one, but July is coming in with the promise of some sunshine at last. I see that a lot of you have gotten out there to fly and I am glad for it. Some of our kind-hearted members have even gone so far as to clean up our aircraft and for that I thank you.AFC President Seal

I have to admit that I’ve been remiss at column writing this month. July brings many pleasant
distractions, including upcoming vacation time and sunny days. I much prefer to soak up the fusion based photons than absorb those that are emitted from diodes. (Translation: I’d rather sit in the sunshine than work away on my computer).

There are a few good reasons to write, however, and I encourage you all to put down a few words if you can. First off, Bob Leroux has started up a website where people can tell their flying stories. He has a section where you can write in about some of your favourite family flying. It’s a charming idea and I hope to see some of your contributions to his page. Our favourite family spot to fly is to the Qualicum airport because it allows us to visit with the grandparents. Secondly, Steve Stewart and Millie Watson are assembling a history of the club. To quote one of my favourite authors, Thomas King, “The truth about stories is, that’s all we are.” Write your stories down. Send them to Millie or send them to Steve. Your stories will become the history of the Abbotsford Flying Club.

I’m writing a letter to put into the time capsule. As you may or may not know, there is a time capsule in the base of the pedestal outside the airport building. It was put there 50 years ago by a previous Trudeau Prime Minister. And now, it will be opened again while his son is Prime Minister. It’s quite a coincidence when you think about it – almost like a note being passed from father to son. Right now I’m drafting up words that will be read fifty years from now. When the capsule is opened next, if I’m still on this side of the grass, I’ll be five years older than my father is now. My son will be sixty three and my daughter will be sixty one. That’s just simple math, the hard part is imagining what could happen in the future. When you look back at how things were in 1970 and how things have changed in the last fifty years, it’s simply amazing.

In 1970 humankind was still optimistic from having landed on the moon just the year before. They couldn’t have known of the growth in technology, the tragedic accidents that were to come or the inspiring reprise of the space program that we’re seeing now, but in the hands of private industry. Back then, computers were terribly impractical, but now we carry computers around with us – ostensibly calling them phones – and because of their processing speeds the computers of today are able to fly aircraft, land rockets on barges in the ocean, and predict stock market movements.

In 1970, general aviation was in it’s heyday! Could they have foreseen the spate of accidents leading to lawsuits that would crush the industry in the 80’s? Did they know that experimental aircraft builders who at the time were a rare breed of hardcore tinkerers – would launch a popular grassroots movement where eventually thousands of people were assembling kits manufactured in “kit plane” facilities?

Would Trudeau have known that his son would be Prime Minister when the capsule opened fifty years from the time he buried it? Would Richard Nixon have predicted that the Presidency would soon be the domain of movie actors, like Ronald Reagan or Reality TV stars like Donald Trump? It has been an amazing journey. The changes have been astounding and intriguing. I truly believe that some things will remain constant. Our passion for flight is one such constant; another is the inspiration we get from the aviators of the past who dared to dream.

Safe flights and stay healthy,
George Aung Thin,
President, Abbotsford Flying Club

President’s Column, June 2020

Dear Members, welcome to the month of June!  We are now open again for flight operations, in a limited capacity.    We’re calling this a “soft opening” because we’ve just opened up the flight operations.  This means the aircraft, flight room and the washrooms.  Pilots are allowed to fly with members of their household or an instructor provided both pilot and instructor are wearing masks.  For more details, please refer to the information in the newsletter.  The bar is not currently open – we’re waiting for go-ahead from Provincial Authorities to do so.   Shout outs to the volunteers who have been making this happen.  You’re striking the balance between keeping us safe and getting us flying.   I am personally hoping that we can enter into Phase III opening protocols where we can start allowing members to congregate again.  You can do your part by staying safe and following the restrictions to keep that infection rate low!

Great news – IUK is back in service and with some nifty new instruments – two Garmin G5s and an ADSB in/Out transponder for flights into the USA. Many thanks to Brian Appaswamy, Zoltan Kondakor and Luciano Nisi who have made this possible by setting up training and information on the website.AFC President Seal

In other good news, and in anticipation of better times for the future, I’ve set up a date for our Fall Pig Roast.  In fact, we’ve renamed it the “AFC Member Appreciation” Pig Roast.  The date is set for September 5th, Labour Day, and if you’d like to volunteer, let me know.  We can start planning in earnest as the Provincial Health Authority eases restrictions.

Zoom has established itself as a regular part of our lives nowadays.  I’d like to express a great deal of thanks to our Secretary, Augie Rinz, who has been holding things together and managing the details.   There’s a lot of work involved and he makes it seem easy – even under pressure he remains cool and polite.

On that note, this is a reminder that our General Meeting this Wednesday the 10th – attendance is not mandatory, but it should be a bit of fun so please consider zooming in.  Last week I made a presentation to the members of R.A.A. Chapter 85 on the story of the AFC Glastar purchase on Zoom.  It was very well received and they are willing to reciprocate when we get set up for presentations again.  They can tell us about their Cruzer or any number of interesting things, I think.

I don’t know about you, but a meeting with a presentation and club business seems like it could be a long affair and more than you may care to commit to.  I’d propose having a separate Zoom meeting just for presentations and another at our regularly scheduled timeslot for club business.  I would like your thoughts on this since it’s your meeting too!

Time remains, as ever, a precious commodity, so I thank you for taking some of yours to read this newsletter.

Sincerely,
George Aung Thin,

President, Abbotsford Flying Club

PS: As you may or may not know, Millie and Steve are documenting our History at the Abbotsford Flying Club for the purpose of writing a book – which is as yet untitled.   They have asked past Presidents for their stories and I have been jotting down some thoughts.  I am sure that our stories will have depth, in terms of how far back our history goes – for this we rely on our venerated long-term members.  But I’d also like our stories to have breadth, by which I mean that I’d like to hear a wide cross section of stories no matter how new they are – this is where newer members can add their stories to the history of the AFC.  You’re a part of it now, after all and I think your voices are just as relevant too.  Therefore I invite any of you who have stories of the club, of Airshow, volunteering or even flight experiences to send your tale to Millie or Steve.  Do  you have a story from volunteering at the Airshow in the Campground, setting up fences, getting a ride as a result of the GA display or cooking at the Broken Prop?  Did you fly the aircraft or marshal people at our First Flights for Kids?  Did something particularly funny happen around the campfire during Wings and Wheels?  Do you have a fond memory of our AFC Member Appreciation pig-roast BBQ?  Was there a particularly interesting occurrence at the TGIF – like the Robbie Burns celebration?  Twenty years from now you may look back at it as a fond memory of your own past.

An AFC Christmas Story

I remember when I first joined the Abbotsford Flying Club in 2011.  In those early days, Randy Kelley, Steve Stewart and others were leading the club, impressing me with their gravitas and the depth of their history at the Club.  They were the titans of the day, regaling us with tales of past flying shows and engaging in jocular jests about Fleet Canucks with other members.  I had just finished my interview with Bob Bryan, a welcoming soul who I later found out had been a President of the Flying Club before.  Our interview went long, but I was having a good time and I was honoured to have introduced him to Chai Tea latte – we’re still good friends to this day.  Stephen Head was my “sponsor” back in those days – I was thankful for his kindness and his gentle ways.  He introduced me to a few members and shared some stories as well.

Back in those days, I had only just gotten my pilot’s licence.  My two children were five and three.  At the earliest stages of parenthood, we measure things with how much (or little) sleep we get.  The age of five and three had me sleeping fairly well, with only a few interruptions to the night’s sleep two or three times a week.  Now, of course, my kids are 11 and 13 and they’ve recently learned how to successfully diagnose and fix their bicycles.   Back then, however, I was required to be the weekend entertainment guide if I was to give my wife any kind of appreciable break from the pressing duties of motherhood.

Anyway, Christmas time was rapidly approaching and on weekends I was forever struggling to find things to do with the kids.  We dressed them up as “Thing 1” and “Thing 2” and quicker than you could say, “One fish, two fish, red fish, blue fish” we were out the door!  I had heard that there was going to be an appearance at the Club from Santa himself.  There, I thought to myself, I could find some entertainment for the kids and a bit of piloty-type conversation with some fellow club members.  I hadn’t read the details, though – and in such an omission I had erred.  The instructions told parents to bring along a wrapped gift that Santa could give to their child as an early Christmas present.

Oblivious, I walked into the club, sans-gift and let the kids loose to play with all the other kids there.  They had a great time and wouldn’t have noticed if they didn’t get a gift.  When Santa arrived in the sidecar of a motorcycle, my children were awestruck.  They were so happy just to see the Jolly Old Elf that they could have been happy with that.  Unbeknownst to me a friendly bunch of “Christmas Elves” from the club had quickly done rounds of the club, gathered up some odds and ends and assembled a very nice little package of gifts that Santa could give the kids.  What class!  What grace!  I thought to myself, “this is indeed a welcoming place”.

President’s Column – May 2020

Dear Members, greetings and salutations!  I hope that this edition of the monthly newsletter finds you healthy, happy and safe.

Until the pandemic is over, I would like to start with thanks and praise for all those people out there who are putting their lives on the line to keep the rest of us safe.  While I’m out there every night at 7PM, banging pots and pans to show my gratitude.  That and following the restrictions is how I feel I can contribute to our overall safety and wellbeing.  Dr. Bonnie Henry, our Provincial Health Officer, has announced that certain sectors of the economy will be starting to go back to work on a graduated schedule.  In the meantime, I urge members to exercise patience and take care.  Our club may be one of the last “sectors” to come back to full service – we are an organization set up to pursue recreational activity and we have a population that is at a higher risk.  If you’re careful today, you can always have tomorrow.

We’re going to hold a shortened version of a general meeting via the Zoom app – if you’d like a chance to catch up on how things are going and test out the technology it’s a good opportunity for you to try.  We’re still getting used to the technology itself, so I know you’ll be forgiving of any glitches that are encountered.

AFC President SealAlthough our doors are shuttered and the aircraft are grounded, our club is still in good shape.  I’ve had conversations with some members and for the most part they’re doing all right.  If anything, some are busier than ever: working, volunteering or just caring for others.  I’m happy to hear that our members are getting projects done around the house, helping out others, socializing as best they can and even starting little gardens.

At the time of this writing, the Abbotsford International Airshow has just announced that it has been cancelled for this year.  This is a sad blow for us, because I know how much you all love the experience of participating, volunteering and just rubbing shoulders with our pilot community from outside of Abbotsford.  The Airshow is also a major source of revenue.  Despite the lost opportunity our finances remain in good shape – many would heave a sigh and thank their luck. This “luck” was actually the work of past members, Boards, Presidents and volunteers – Visionaries, all – without whom we would certainly be in a worse state.  My thanks to Steve Stewart, Kevin Mickelby, and Tom Grozier in particular as well as many others in general: you have done the club a great service indeed by ensuring its sustainability!  I am honoured to know you and awed by your foresight and dedication.  Members, when these restrictions are lifted you may rest assured that you will return to find the clubhouse and it’s aircraft will still be there for you.

GIUK has had an avionics upgrade:  the dual Garmin G5 (configured as AI and HSI).  Now, IUK no longer depends on a vacuum pump for primary instruments – because now our primary avionics are all electronic!  Also, the transponder in IUK has been upgraded to ADSB in/out in order to satisfy the FAA requirement for flight in US controlled airspace as mandated by NextGen. Now we are able to fly IUK in the US without the transponder restriction. Many thanks to Brian Appaswamy, Duncan Poynton and Zoltan Kondakor for seeing this through.  You can expect to see a Flight Safety presentation on the G5 in the near future.  It’ll be a nice thing to review the manuals and bone up on how to use the G5 while we’re all stuck at home.

Another exciting item is that our Bylaw Review Committee lead by Tom Grozier. This committee is making progress.  Overcoming the social distancing requirements with technology, they are meeting and discussing how best to approach making changes to our bylaws and the particular improvements that are to eventually be put to the membership.  Details concerning their discussions and recommendations will be published in our next newsletter and in a member survey to be sent out in due course.  However, I will say that I particularly like their approach and to updating the bylaws.  In the past, we’ve started with the bylaws themselves and tried to make changes to the existing bylaws without first looking to update the language of our bylaws to reflect the current standards used by other not-for-profit organizations in BC.  I believe that this has always led to imperfect results because … for this we need the help of lawyers!  Tom Grozier and his team have recognized this and they will be seeking the advice and recommendations of a law firm.  It is the committee’s intentions to seek member input to the various bylaw changes being considered. Reporting to the members and the member survey will be based on simple, easy to understand terms in plain English.  Once we’ve received member input to proposed bylaw changes, we will then simply take them to a lawyer for translation into the language required to satisfy legal due diligence.  Thanks to Tom and his committee for establishing such a creative solution for what has been a difficult problem.

Members who have taken the time to read the recent Board minutes will have noted the resolution put forward by Tom Grozier and passed by the Board to temporarily upgrade the status of each Associate Member to that of a Sustaining Member. With the passing of this resolution this membership upgrade temporarily gives each Associate Member the right to vote on club business matters.  I really like this idea, because it means that every member gets to have a say. This motion was put forward by Tom based on the discussions within the Bylaw Review Committee.  They believe, and we agree that it’s in the interests of our club for all members to have the choice and the right to participate in the governance process of our club. One of the Bylaw amendments the Committee believes should ultimately be put to the membership is the merger of the separate Associate and Sustaining memberships into a single membership class. Assuming this Bylaw amendment is adopted, if you are a member of the AFC you will be a member for all purposes. It then becomes each member’s choice whether they wish to participate in the club’s governance process and/or (perhaps) run for election to our Board.  Putting it simply, a member is a member is a member – and any member can vote or run for election.  Equality for all!

Our Flight Safety team, led by Luciano Nisi and with a strong assist from Mark Thibault has already set up a few hangar talks.  Every one of these takes a lot of time and work in the background to ensure that they go smoothly.  Flight Safety is putting on an exciting presentation by an FIC from Kamloops during the regularly planned safety meeting slot this Wed May 6th at 1900 via zoom, this will be an excellent instructional session. We also have a few more topics including one which Luciano will present on in-air activation of ELT, and how effecitve the COPAS-SARSAT system is in locating us. Mark Thibault will be doing a presentation on the SPOT tracker at some point as well.  I’m looking forward to the next few talks.  Great work Flight Safety Team!

Dave McElroy and the Kelowna Flying Club have been putting on his regular Koffee Klatch sessions and sharing them with our club.  I have only been able to make one of them since they’re held during work hours, but I certainly appreciate that they’re sharing these sessions with our members too.

I’d also like to give a shout out to Taylor Belich, Zoltan Kondakor and Cole Forman!  Thanks you guys, for setting up those lights in the hangars.  You did a great job and we’re proud to count such resourceful young men in our membership.  I can now do my preflight in the hangar, without needing a flashlight, thanks to you.

Lastly, I’d like to announce that we’re going to start a lessons learned session – details to be decided – regarding the home-built experiment that was the Glastar GSBS.  It behooves us to examine the purchase, maintenance and sale of the aircraft so that we can capture what went well, what went poorly and what we should continue to do.  I am hoping to invite all who were involved to participate – so that we can get the fullest possible picture.  Those who forget history are doomed to repeat it, as Churchill once said; we would be remiss indeed if we didn’t learn from our little experiment, which turned out to be so costly – in so many ways.

Time is a precious commodity, whether you’re measuring it in days, hours, jugs of milk or toilet paper.    Spend these moments with care, patience and mindfulness so that you weather this safely and join your friends at our wonderful flying club when we’re finally clear.

Take care, stay healthy and remember to be kind to yourself as well as others.

Sincerely,
George Aung Thin,

President, Abbotsford Flying Club