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President’s Column – March 2018

Mar 13, 2018 08:00 am

Well spring is here (I hope) and activities around the Club are moving into full swing.

To arrive at this point however, we had to endure some of the worst weather that I can remember, including a significant snowfall in March. Many thanks to Bevan Tomm and my nine-year old grandson for taking the initiative in clearing the taxi-ways and drains using a walk-behind snow-blower and shovels.

Undaunted by bad weather, other Club committees met. Your buildings committee had a work party and a planning session. The aircraft acquisition committee met and also went on field trips to evaluate potential replacements for HXT. Your constitution and by-law committee had their regular Wednesday meetings and wrapped up at the end of February. And the Club’s IMC club had their regular monthly meeting.

Your social committee put on a great kids’ Christmas party, the popular Robbie Burns day event was a hit, pool and darts tournaments are popular ongoing events and our Friday night socials have been well attended. All are encouraged to come out and take part.

There have been a couple of changes to the Board as we have had a resignation from Skylar, owing to personal and work commitments and from Ruth owing to personal and family commitments. The Board elected Clark Closkey to replace Skylar as director of flight safety. Clark is a past president, director, committee chair and currently chairs the constitution and by-law committee. The Board has yet to replace Ruth.

Your executive is working hard to replace HXT as was mandated by the membership. It has been a challenging task, but we will continue to endeavour to accomplish our goal as quickly as possible.

With the recent improvement in the weather, there will be ample opportunity for all members to become involved with the day to day operations, tasks and activities of the Flying Club. We reward our members for their participation in and contributions to the Flying Club by subsidising the flying rates. A trend presently exists wherein the same members volunteer their time to support the Club, doing the work year after year with little to no participation from our newer members. If this trend continues and it becomes necessary to hire trades and labour, it will be necessary to re-address the subsidy policy.

Air Show will be upon us soon and the various fund-raising activities sponsored by the Club will require volunteer help. If you are unsure as to how to volunteer, simply ask any senior member or any director and they will point you in the right direction. The Flying Club is a volunteer organization by nature and it is expected that members will come forward of their own accord. Besides, Air Show is always a lot of fun and it is a rewarding experience.

Ken Campbell
AFC President


Building airplanes is getting easier.

Mar 12, 2018 02:54 pm

Click here for a report from Kitplanes magazine on how building is getting easier as Paul Bertorelli assembles a Zenith rudder.


What’s wrong with experimental pilots?

Mar 12, 2018 02:23 pm

Click here for an Air Facts Journal article on those who fly amateur-built aircraft.


What’s wrong with Cessna 172 pilots?

Mar 12, 2018 02:18 pm

Click here for an Air Facts Journal article on those who fly the Cessna 172.


Affordable Aircraft Ownership Alternatives

Mar 12, 2018 02:12 pm

Click here for an interesting article from Flying magazine on the various options to making aircraft ownership affordable.  Nice to see the flying club option featured prominently.


Wings & Wheels – May 26th

Mar 09, 2018 05:23 pm

Come out and see the show on May 26th.  Contact Ed Boon or Ruth Wiebe if you’re interested in helping out.


Bevan Tomm’s RV7A

Mar 09, 2018 12:53 pm

Bevan will be presenting on his RV7A project at the March 14th meeting.


Aviation’s coolest working dog.

Mar 08, 2018 08:12 pm


Martin “Philippine” Mars Walkaround Tour

Mar 08, 2018 07:19 pm

Kermit Weeks takes us on a tour of the Martin Mars aircraft at Sproat Lake in Port Alberni.


2018 Pool Tournament Finals

Feb 17, 2018 11:10 am

In the semi finals team Millie Watson and Steve Stewart beat team Carol Hamilton and Gerry Crapo.

Team Tony and George Elder eliminated team Richard Bauch and Bevan Tomm.

The big final game featured pool shark Steve Stewart and his protege Millie Watson against the other pool shark George Elder and his spouse Tony.

The latter team took advantage of some unfortunate moves by their opponents to win the trophy in two games straight.

– Adrian Renkers



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