May 09, 2016 11:00 pm
Again I had to be reminded twice to write this column. Last week I was speaking to our Airport General Manager, Parm Sidhu. I can not help reflecting on how fortunate we now are with our airport management and Airport Authority. This has not always been so, and indeed many airports in BC are still thinking about silly things like how to maximise revenue from car parking, and how to make general aviation pay. CYXX put that way of thinking behind them some years ago. And they also let go of fanciful dreams for immediate expansion and huge anchor tenants. At CYXX there is no huge duty-free mall in between parking your car and boarding your flight, and there isn’t that awful advice to arrive two or three hours early. Such delays kill the entire point of short flights. The business of an airport is to be a gateway to travel, not to be a mandatory delay-destination that collects thousands of customers into huge holding areas for many hours before filtering them through to the aircraft. No-one wants to drive all the way to CYVR and then wait three hours for a flight, while leaving their car in a massively overpriced parking lot. I do sincerely hope that CYXX can continue to show the way to re-establishing the convenience of air travel.
As tenants, in the early years of the City’s ownership we saw how the airport was not renewing leases, claiming buildings under vesting clauses, and collecting every possible penny of rents, while threatening imminent expulsion from established locations. The idea was to keep the land available for that big anchor tenant that was just around the corner. This only served to drive business away, to depress activity, to discourage any investment in existing buildings, and to make that anchor tenant less likely to appear. I suspect that our Airport Authority has realised that it already has extremely valuable anchor tenants in businesses that have been here for decades, which are leaders in international aerospace, and which attract the world’s aerospace industry right here. We have seen the change in attitude in our own recently renewed long-term hangar and clubhouse leases. The airport is showing great leadership in the way it facilitates projects, and this is paying off. Our airport is the best location for aviation and aerospace in Canada, and General Aviation is a natural part of it.
So, back to our own business – the Wings and Wheels event will happen on the 28th. Ed Boon and his capable group of volunteers has everything in hand. The airport will cut the grass. NavCan will direct visiting aircraft appropriately, cars and motorcycles will roll in, the DC3 will play, there will be prizes and speeches, and we will have the best value breakfast west of Chapel en le Frith.
May 09, 2016 10:00 pm
Wings & Wheels Airplane, Car & Motorcycle Display Event
Saturday May 28, 8am-3pm
Click here for details.
May 08, 2016 09:28 pm
The Sunday morning fly outs have been well attended for the past month and a half. On Sunday, April 10th a total of 18 members and guests flew in/drove to Chilliwack for breakfast. With Mother Nature controlling our destinations sometimes Chilliwack or Boundary Bay are the backup destinations.
Sunday April 17 the destination was Victoria. Thanks to a suggestion from Bob Leroux we decided to have breakfast at the Spitfire Grill. At one time it was difficult, if not close to impossible, to get an airplane parking spot near the restaurant. Now with the Fire Tanker Base gone, there is more than adequate parking near the restaurant. A total of 14 people attended the breakfast — and it was quite an excellent breakfast too. Six aircraft including the 2 Club aircraft made the trip. Bevan Thom also joined us in his beautiful Vans RV-7A and kept it out of warp speed in order not to overrun any of the slower “Detroit Iron” types wending their way to YYJ and return.
One should familiarize themselves with the arrival and departure procedures in effect at YYJ. They are not difficult to manage and accompanying others who have done the trip before is a good way of learning. If anyone wants to go to the Spitfire Grill and the wind is favouring 27, you might want to ask the controller if you can land on 21 because the restaurant is just to the right of the button of 03 as you taxi south on 21.
The fly out on Sunday April 24th was scheduled to be Powell River but ended up as a wash out with front after front marching through the YXX area so much so that even getting to Chilliwack was unmanageable. Tony’s restaurant ended up being the breakfast destination and the Powell River flight was rescheduled for May 1st.
Sunday May 1st was a great day with CAVU flying conditions. There were 13 people in 5 aircraft that made the trip. Four of the aircraft went via the North Shore and LCR via East Point and along the Gulf Islands to Powell River. We had breakfast at Julie’s Restaurant which is only a 5-8 minute walk from the airport. The restaurant is quite unique and there are numerous models and pictures of airplanes (as you can see in the picture) throughout the restaurant. Julie mentioned that a lot of the planes and pictures were donated to the restaurant.
On the return trip everyone flew the North Shore routing and this time Vancouver Terminal was allowing all of our group to transit their zone whereas on the trip up a couple of planes had to go through Harbour Control.
There are a number of fly out destinations planned for the future. One of them being the Alert Bay fly out July 1st. Please contact Gerry Crapo for more information. Other suggested destinations will be noted and pinned on the bulletin board in the flight room. If anyone has any suggestions for destinations, please feel free to bring them to my attention.
And just a couple of side notes.
Please remember to bring a tow bar. Because we are unsure of the parking spots available at some of the destinations, the tow bar is a great help in getting the aircraft parked and saves on the wear and tear and minimizes damage the aircraft is subjected to when being man handled into position.
If you can do so in advance, try and arrange your seats with fellow club members because sometimes the seating is limited now that we only have two Club aircraft available. Seating is dependent on how many members who have their own aircraft show up for the event too.
Also, as a reminder to those who do manage to get a lift with the club members who have their own airplane or members using a club airplane, the costs are coming out of their pockets and contrary to what you might think, they don’t fly for free and neither should you think you can too –if you get my drift…..
Fly smart, fly safe,
May 05, 2016 09:07 am
On Sunday May 1, a group of members flew out to Powell River. Five aircraft participated. Click the image below to see the full gallery.
May 05, 2016 09:05 am
A couple of pictures from our last two AFC Annual Quiz Study Sessions. Thanks to all who attended. Thanks to Bob Fatkin for facilitating the discussion and to Bob Leroux for introducing the new Flight Review process.
May 04, 2016 07:28 pm
Great story about the retirement flight of WestJet’s 737-200.
May 03, 2016 09:40 pm
An interesting article from the Disciples of Flight about the barriers for females in aviation.
May 03, 2016 09:32 pm
An interesting article on landings in the backcountry by Disciples of Flight.
May 03, 2016 09:25 pm
A good article from Boldmethod.com on soft field landings.
How To Make An Awesome Soft Field Landing
May 03, 2016 09:24 pm
A good article from Boldmethod.com on soft field takeoffs.
Your Guide To Soft Field Takeoffs
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