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President’s Column – July 2016

Jul 12, 2016 08:00 am

Steve_StewartSo far this year we have organised a number of events, and most have been affected by the weather in some way. At our July meeting we will present the official plaques to the winners of the Wings and Wheels event from May, which was a great success despite the weather. The kid’s First Flights had to be postponed to September because of rain, and we didn’t do any flying at the Airshow Volunteer’s barbeque either. But we did do a small flypast of the Canada Day Parade in order to help promote the Airshow. And last week, when the Goodyear blimp was here, we helped facilitate the Fountain Tire drive-in movie, and by all reports they were very pleased with everything.

Being President of the Abbotsford Flying Club is both rewarding and a great responsibility. This is an organisation which has repeatedly contributed to the development of aviation in Abbotsford for 55 years. The office of President has been occupied by some notable leaders, from John Spronk right down to quite recently. My present term will end in October. As yet we do not know who will be elected President at this year’s AGM, but now is the time to consider serving. As President, probably more than any other position, one is made aware of all the different activities that our Members are involved in. Some, but not all, of these get reported in the newsletter or in the minutes of meetings. Our Directors, our committees, and those who organise our events and operations show extraordinary diligence and dedication to their chosen tasks. There are many opportunities to be involved, to learn, and to contribute. We can be sure that the Club’s future success will continue to be achieved by bringing together good ideas and good people. We have plenty of both.

As usual, July will be our last meeting before the Airshow. This year’s show will build on last year’s success and the line-up looks good. Like most of you, I will be volunteering my time and efforts to help in whatever ways I can.



Adrian Renker’s 1000th hour flying airplanes.

Jul 11, 2016 11:09 pm

Adrian Renkers (on the right) is at the controls of GGMA as his personal “odometer” clicks over to 1000 hours.  Quite an honour to be with him as he only needed .2 hours to achieve this goal on a return flight from Victoria last Sunday. Congratulations Adrian!

– Clark Closkey (on the left)


Coastal Pacific Seaplane Training

Jul 11, 2016 09:20 pm

Coastal Pacific Aviation is a proud corporate sponsor for the BC Floatplane Association and is pleased to announce the addition of a C-185 amphibian aircraft for seaplane ratings.   The C-185 amphibian was selected for training because the aircraft is widely used in the bush industry and amphibian floats gives the student an advantage when pursuing careers in the float industry.  The premier course includes a one to one 3+ hours power point ground school, all books, direct student to instructor booking, and 7 hours in the aircraft.  The course has been priced competitively at $2877.00 plus tax for the rating.  Training beyond the 7 hour rating is also available.  Pilots who complete their training will also receive a 1 year free membership to the BC Floatplane Association.

More information can be found by contacting Coastal Aviation directly.



Is Artificial Intelligence (AI) a threat to aviation?

Jul 11, 2016 09:20 pm

Interesting article from the University of Cincinnati talking about new programming that is taking down retired combat fighter pilots in simulator trials.


If you haven’t heard of Foreflight, it may be time to check it out!

Jul 11, 2016 09:20 pm

For the pilots who use ForeFlight, it has become as standard in the flight bag as a pencil, for those who have yet to find the usefulness of a completely synthetic navigation package, click HERE for a review of the product coupled with a Stratus synthetic vision & ADS-B receiver.


The Good Year Blimp

Jul 11, 2016 09:20 pm


Clark and Adrian caught up with the Goodyear Blimp over Wiser Lake on our way back from Victoria (July 10, 2016). Clark manned the air to air camera.


Goodyear Blimp Visits Abbotsford

Jul 11, 2016 08:26 pm

Watch the Video

Click here or on the picture below to see the photo album from the Abby News:


Why Skids Are More Dangerous Than Slips

Jul 11, 2016 08:20 pm

Interesting article from Boldmethod on skids and slips.


French Airshow

Jul 07, 2016 07:27 pm

Some very cool footage in this video of aircraft from different eras.

Watch the Video



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