Hello, dear club members, and welcome to a new month!
After my wildly incorrect Spring-time musings about the pleasant weather of February I have decided to not make any predictions for March. Sorry about that.
Despite the snow, the cold, the wind and other wintery weather February did have some bright spots. A highlight for me was attending Warren’s recurrency training. It was very informative and left us all with lots to think about. I’ve jotted a few of my own observations, below, and I welcome any other insights you may have.
March is shaping up to be a good month. Your Vice President has planned out a St. Patricks Day celebration and a Pool Tournament that will run as long as it needs to run, depending on how many people cue up. Warren will be doing his safety presentation this month since we cancelled the February meeting due to snow. And, with the promise of summer whispering on the wind, GSBS will be undergoing test flights later in the month. Ed Boon and his crew of volunteers have also started planning for the Wings and Wheels event, scheduled for May 25 th – we’ll be sending out a call for volunteers through the Secretary in the coming weeks. Also, the good folks at Prepair have reserved a few seats exclusively for AFC members! If you haven’t already registered, please look back in your e- mail for the Prepair message from Secretary Augie to get the link.
George’s Takeaway’s from Warren’s Training:
As a low time pilot, I’m always curious to know about the lessons that more experience pilots have learned over the course of their career. I’ve written some of the lessons I learned from Warren in bullets below, but I’d also like to hear from you! Feel free to send in your favourite lesson learned – or better yet, write an article for the newsletter to share with your fellow members.
Flying margins literally means you have left yourself no room for errors.
How many mistakes do you make before deciding not to fly?
Confirmation bias is when you choose to see what you believe rather than believe what you see.
Every problem is easier to solve on the ground.
You make better decisions when you are calm (as opposed to panicking)
Pride and fear can do harm – declare an emergency if you have to!
Some Members will be aware of the stone cairn outside the airport manager’s office at the terminal building. On it is a plaque which designates Abbotsford as Canada’s National Air Show. It was placed there in 1970 by Prime Minister P.E.Trudeau, and beneath the cairn there is a time capsule.
The time capsule is set to be opened after fifty years – which is next year, 2020. As yet we don’t know what sort of events will surround this, we don’t know what is in the time capsule, and we don’t know who will open it. Maybe it will be Justin Trudeau.
Thinking of this fiftieth anniversary of being Canada’s National Air Show made us realise the need for a concise history of the airshow since it began. And what better time than now to start the task. Our immediate plan is for a relatively compact book which lays out the timelines, developments and course of the main events, and which also highlights a selection of significant and memorable aspects of what the airshow has meant to those involved, whether as organisers, participants or spectators.
We have already started on the period 1962 to 1969, but our material is sparse. We need documentary material in particular – minutes and notes from meetings, organisational charts, memos, lists of performers and displays, timetables of events. Some of this we already have, from the AIAS archives, but there are large gaps. There is very, very little material for the shows up to 1966 because the airshow society was only formed in order to make the 1967 show a Centennial event. So we need all the help we can get. Anything might help. We realise that some material is of value
as personal memorabilia – this can be copied and returned.
Any personal reminiscences will also be of interest.
At the moment our focus is on the 1960s. We will be asking for more recent material as we progress.
Please contact Millie Watson (Archivist for AFC and AIAS) or Steve Stewart (Chair of AIAS)
Wayne Cave receives flight instructor safety award.
Wayne Cave of Chinook Helicopters, Fixed wing division received the 2018 David Charles Abramson Memorial Flight Instructor Safety Award. Organizers of the award explain Cave, who has been an aviator since the age of 17, quickly found a passion for flight instruction. His 14 year tenure with Coastal Pacific Aviation, explains the award organizers, enabled Cave to develop a variety of post-secondary Curricula for aviation programs.
For more than a decade, Cave has greatly influenced the safety training for a large portion of the pilots who have trained in Abbotsford, BC, where Chinook Helicopters is based. Cave started up the fixed-wing division for Chinook Helicopters. Cave holds an Airline Transport Pilots license and Class 2 instructor rating as well as multi-engine and IFR ratings.
Many thanks to Warren LeGrice for facilitating the first IFR/VFR Safety Refresher workshop of the year. Just a reminder, these will be presented the last Saturday of the month and include much valuable information not just for IFR prospects but all pilots.
Clark Closkey and Andy Halychuck
VANCOUVER, BC- February 24, 2019-It is with deep regret that due to unforeseen circumstances outside of our control we must postpone The Sky’s No Limit – Girls Fly Too! 2019 event until after the BC wildfire season. The good news is that the new date coincides with the week of International Day of the Girl, a Canadian-driven UN observance, on Oct. 5 – 6, 2019.
As many of you know, we outgrew the largest available hangar four years ago. Since then our event has been graciously hosted by BC Wildfire Services at the Air Tanker Base at the Abbotsford International Airport.
Unfortunately, due to a second year of extreme wildfires and flooding in 2018, some of the essential resources we need to run the event are not available to us as they normally would be. Despite heroic efforts on the part of many, we were unable to secure replacement resources in time to meet the planned dates of March 9 – 10, 2019.
It takes significant time, money and resources contributed by many agency, industry, education and community partners as well as the dedication of hundreds of volunteers to provide a free event of this nature for thousands of participants. We decided it was in the best interests of all concerned to postpone the event until such time as we have sufficient resources available to provide the kind of incredible event that we have become known for.
We realize this may come as a considerable disappointment for many of you, particularly those girls and women who have been looking forward to enjoying their first flight in a helicopter – free! Rest assured that in just a few short months you will still be able enjoy this, and many other amazing opportunities at our free event. NASA Astronaut Heide Stefanyshyn-Piper has confirmed she will be there for both days on Oct. 5 – 6, 2019.
For those of you that have already been successful in booking your flights, we are happy to transfer your flight to the same day and time on the new weekend of Oct. 5 – 6. Over the next few weeks we will be sending out emails to confirm this with you. We will also have more time to run regular social media challenges in advance of the event!
For those of you that have volunteered with us, we will be reaching out to you shortly to confirm your availability for the new dates.
Thank you to everyone for your understanding of this difficult decision that was necessary to make in order to protect the event and offer everyone the best possible experience. See you in October
The Sky’s No Limit – Girls Fly Too! is the world’s largest event of its kind to inspire female future leaders in Aviation, Aerospace, Marine & Defence, as well as other high-tech STEM fields. The life-changing event is organized by the Achieve Anything Foundation traditionally held annually during the Week of International Women’s Day. In 2019 the event will be held during the International Week of the Girl. Weather permitting, hundreds of free flights are provided to female first-time fliers of any age. Events are fun, hands-on, and completely free to ensure there are no barriers to participation. This is thanks to the generous support of industry and community partners such as the Lockheed Martin Corporation, Abbotsford International Airport, Teck Construction, University of the Fraser Valley, Pacific Region Training Center, Government of British Columbia, Verrault Lowbed Service, Seaspan and many others.
Events are open to the public and everyone is welcome– no registration is required to attend.
In 2018 the Canadian and US Military, Cadets, RCMP, Canadian Coast Guard, Vancouver Police and various civilian entities joined forces with well over a billion dollars in aircraft and tactical assets for participants to explore. Over 20,000 people from Canada, the US and beyond participated over the two-days event and 1,955 girls and women were exhilarated by their first flight in a small aircraft. Visit www.girlsfly2.ca for more information and event updates.
The Achieve Anything Foundation is a federally incorporated not-for-profit organization with a mission to inspire female future leaders in STEM (science, technology, engineering & math), and STEM-based fields such as Aviation, Aerospace, Marine & Defence. With the mantra “From shop floor to top floor” the Foundation employs a unique hands-on approach towards changing perceptions and improving gender diversity in high tech fields.
“Since the number of women in high-tech, STEM-based industries remains low, the result is that girls and women have very few role models in their network to share their experience and passion for these fields. In day to day life, women generally don’t “see” themselves reflected in these areas, and this is continually reinforced in the media and social media”. Says Achieve Anything president and founder Kirsten Brazier. “Therefore, if women are not aware of these opportunities, it is unreasonable to expect them to be interested in pursuing them. We’ve implemented Operation: This IS You! to develop this network of experience by providing year-round hands-on experience events for girls and women in the applicable agency or industry partner’s native environments.”
Brazier is a professional pilot from the Lower Mainland, BC and she holds Canadian and US pilot licenses with Airline Transport Ratings for both aeroplanes and helicopters. With over 25 years of flying and aviation management experience, Brazier has enjoyed a diverse career flying across Canada, US and the Caribbean on wheels, floats, skis and skids as well as two-crew operations in both aeroplanes and helicopters.