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Borden Flying Club

Up-to-date hangar facilitiesFederally incorporated in 1958 as the Centralia Flying Club, the BFC changed its name after relocating to CFB Borden in 1967. In the fall of 2004 the club moved to Lake Simcoe Regional Airport (CNB9) following Base Borden's decision to close the aerodrome and in March 2007 the club moved to its current home at Edenvale Aerodrome. The Borden Flying Club is open to everyone.

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Club News & Events

December 2019

President's Message

PDW Engine Update

I have to relay some unfortunate news to the club. A number of issues were identified during PDW’s annual inspection. First, fine metal particles continue to be found in the oil filter. This means that the work done earlier did not resolve the problem as we had hoped. The Board has decided that the only course of action is to rebuild the engine.

The flaps were only extending to 20 degrees.  This has been diagnosed and is being repaired.

Another unfortunate finding was a crack on the aft bulkhead. A repair kit for this is offered, but it may be hard to find. We have people working hard to source this for us. In addition to the above work, we will be replacing the navigation light lenses (on order) and change the stabilator bearings.

As you would expect, the engine replacement and bulkhead work will delay the return to service for PDW. At this point we are looking at mid-January. When we do get her back, PDW will have a zero-time engine. We will keep you updated if anything changes.

I would like to take this opportunity to thank Dr. Tom Stiff, who has been putting in a great deal of effort during the inspection and follow-up work.

Randy Van Ness

PDW Maintenance

Annual Inspection - More Details

In discussing the issues with Orillia Aviation, they had a few comments to pass along.  

November 2019

President's Message

Winter is Coming!

Summer is long gone and fall is here for sure; a hint of winter is already coming at us. I’m glad to see that the airplane is being booked as much as it is, considering the weather that we’ve had lately.

I’d like to thank Grant LLoyd for arranging and bringing an excellent speaker last month. Our guest speaker was Michael Heinz of Zenith aircraft out of Midland.

Michael gave an excellent presentation on the different aircraft that they manufacture, the progression of the company, and how it’s modernized. Also how the kits are very simple now and they could be constructed by almost anybody.

They only have 18 employees in Midland but they ship all around the world.

I encourage everybody to attend the meetings every third Saturday of the month at Edenvale.

Randy Van Ness

September 2019

President's Message

Good afternoon everyone.

Sadly it looks like fall has arrived. But that being said, the cooler temperatures present some really nice flying conditions. Jim's article on Autumn flying has some great info!

We’re looking forward to our first meeting after the summer on Thursday the 19th of September, Edenvale, 19:00 hours. The meeting cannot be held on Saturday as we have the COPA for kids event on the 21st.  Check out Grant's article on events below for details.

Look forward to seeing everyone there.

Randy Van Ness

August 2019

President's Message

New Flight Ops Lead!

Finally the summer is upon us and the flying weather has been amazing. I’m glad to see that PDW is getting booked regularly during this great weather. Thanks to all our dedicated board members for keeping PDW in the air and safe, especially Thomas Stiff, our PRM, who works tirelessly to make sure it’s maintained in pristine condition.

I am pleased to announce by a unanimous decision of the Board of Directors, Mr. Jim Bertrand is now the new Flight Operations Director of the Borden Flying Club. Jim has extensive flying experience and brings a wealth of information and expertise to our flying club. Over the last month, Jim has introduced a number of new members and done countless annual reviews and re-current checks.

Many thanks go out to Jim and Leath Greenwood for their continuing effort and support of the club in Flight Ops.

Randy Van Ness

What's Up

Our COPA for Kids event had to be postponed due to weather that wouldn’t have allowed us to hold a safe and enjoyable event. We’ve rescheduled for September 21st. Hopefully, everyone who generously offered to donate their time for the July event will be available for September. It would be appreciated if you confirm with Karen or I when you get a chance.

July 2019

President's Message

Summer is Here - Finally!

Well the hot weather has finally arrived along with some well deserved flying weather. First off I would like to thank Dr. Thom Stiff for an amazing job at coordinating the engine rebuild and break in procedure. Tom has spent countless hours ensuring that everything was completed as quickly as possible and within budget.

Also would like to thank all the members that contributed to the proper break in procedure for the first 25 hours. As it was done by the book, this engine should last us a long time. I also see that we have steady bookings on the airplane at the moment, which is a great sign that we have an active club.

On another note it looks like the rock concert at Edenvale has been canceled. The good news is this means flying as usual and the airplane will not be moved to another location. I hope everybody has a happy and productive summer, safe flying.

Randy Van Ness

PDW Maintenance

Maintenance Update