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President’s Column – March 2016

Mar 08, 2016 11:45 pm

Steve_StewartA big ‘Thank you’ to everyone who participated in our Pool Tournament which reached its climax on Friday. The winners were Richard Bauch and Bevan Thom. They beat Gerry Crapo and me by 2 games to 0 in the final.  I don’t blame Gerry for this at all, and I take all the responsibility myself – after all it was me that picked Gerry as a partner.

This month we will start a discussion on our need for a third aircraft, and on what that aircraft might be. The discussion will need input from everyone that has an opinion to share. Because it is about what we want to fly, I expect participation to be high – after all, this sort of thing is probably at the heart of why we all joined a flying club. Our last club discussion on this was about four years ago when we decided to keep HXT, and I believe that this new discussion should be just as interesting as that last one.

At the General Meeting on March 9th the presenter will be Jodi Rueger, who is an instructor at Coastal Pacific Aviation, and a leading member of the BC Aerobatic Society. She very recently completed a cross country flight in an amphibious Cessna 185 that is being added to CPA’s operating certificate. At our meeting Jodi will be sharing some of her insights into Upset Training, which has rapidly become a topic of great interest in the world of pilot training.

Another thing we need to start on this month is a schedule of fly-out destinations and dates. We already have three members who volunteered to be involved in this. My opinion is that the actual organisation of each fly-out is probably best led by a different member, with assistance from those other members who want to participate.

Planning has already started for this year’s Wings and Wheels Fly-in. This has become a very successful event. The date will be announced very soon.

Many of you will already know that Dean Bryan has just left for Yellowknife where he is starting his first commercial flying position. We wish him well. He remains a club member, but it does mean that he has stepped down from the Board. Anyone interested in being co-opted to fill the vacancy, please let me know.

My penultimate reminder is a note for members of the Airshow Society – there will be a members event at the Airshow compound on March 12th at 16.30  when the 442 Comox SAR squadron will be in attendance with a Buffalo and a Cormorant. There will be food and a chance to talk to the crews. Membership application forms are available on line.

And finally, for members of the Honorable Company of Air Pilots, and those interested in joining, there will be an informal meeting at Harbour Air’s Flying Beaver Restaurant on March 14th at 18.30.

Steve Stewart


Gil Vidler & DC2 – April 8th, 7-9pm

Mar 08, 2016 10:18 pm

On Friday April 8th at 7pm, Gil Vidler and DC2 will appear once again at the AFC, playing hits from the 60s, 70s and 80s.

Gil Vidler


Hangar Talk Day on February 27.

Mar 08, 2016 10:05 pm

Both Paul Monchamp and Warren Legrice presented on February 27th on flight safety topics of CASARA Search & Rescue and Human Factors / Pilot Decision Making respectively.  Well done.

Paul Monchamp

Warren Legrice


Dean Bryan’s float ride.

Mar 08, 2016 09:59 pm

Click here for some cool pictures from Dean Bryan’s float ride.


AFC Winter 2016 Pool Tournament

Mar 08, 2016 09:53 pm

The finals of the Friday night pool tourney were played on March 4. Eight teams of two started a month ago in the double knock out contest.  Bevan Tomm and Richard Bauch went undefeated to reach the finals.  Steve Stewart and Gerry Crapo came back after losing their first match back on Feb. 5.  Won their semi- final match vs Clark Closkey and George Elder.  Bevan and Richard defeated Steve and Gerry two games straight to take the trophy for 2016.   Thank you to all the teams for their fair play . Thank you to Barb Renkers for setting up the tournament.



When Night VFR and IFR Collide

Mar 08, 2016 09:00 pm

A good article from Transport Canada Aviation Safety Letter in 2004 highlighting how the mixing of VFR and IFR procedures can be deadly in Night VFR operations.

Click here to view the document.


13 Reasons to Learn to Fly Tailwheel

Mar 08, 2016 05:52 pm

Good article from the Boldmethod on why you should consider some tailwheel training.


Captain Eric “Winkle” Brown passes.

Feb 26, 2016 01:05 pm

Captain Eric “Winkle” Brown, who has died aged 97, flew 487 different types of aircraft, made 2,407 deck landings at sea and 2,721 take-offs, world records unlikely ever to be broken.

Click here to read the complete Telegraph article on the story of this great pilot.

Click here for an excellent video about him.


Cutting the costs of airplane ownership.

Feb 18, 2016 09:38 pm

Flying magazine has some ideas on how to save money when owning an airplane in this article.


360 Cockpit Tours

Feb 15, 2016 09:27 pm

The National Museum of the US Air Force has documented internal spaces of many airplanes in its collection.  The result is the ability to virtually sit in the aircraft.  Very cool.



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