January's Newsletter

Message from the President

Happy New Year to All!

I want to wish all of the members of the Borden Flying Club and their families a Happy New Year! I’m looking forward to a great year of flying and getting together with all of you at the various events we have planned for 2014.

While the weather has been a bit of a killjoy these first couple of weeks of the New Year, I encourage you to get out and fly in the winter. The views from the cockpit just seem to go on forever on a clear bright winters day in the air, and for those of us with a night rating, it allows us the opportunity to fly before 10 p.m.

On the administrative side of the club, I would like to remind members that nominations for the 2014/15 Board of Directors will be up on the website in March. All members are welcome to nominate a fellow member or themselves to stand for elections at the April AGM. The Borden Flying Club is a non-profit organization run by dedicated volunteers, and is comprised of your fellow members. Our membership, and thus the Board of Directors, comprises members from all walks of life, with immense knowledge and expertise. It has been the dedication of past and present board members who have made this such a wonderful club to belong to. Your active contribution by taking a turn on the Board is essential to the club so that it will continue to be strong well into the future.

Happy Flying!

Chris Thompson

Transport Canada Safety Seminar

Wednesday January 15th

Transport Canada will be holding a Safety Seminar on Wednesday January 15th, 7:00 p.m. - 9:30 p.m. at Georgian College. The Transportation Safety Board (TSB) will be doing a presentation, as will Ted or Stephanie Rankine of SmartPilot.ca.

Please note: Bring your logbook with you. Attendance at this event will satisfy your recurrent training requirement as per CARs Standard 421.05 (2). Your recurrent training is required every 2 years and is monitored by the club.


January Club Meeting

Thursday January 16th

Dave Hadfield

This month's club meeting is an evening with guest speaker, Dave Hadfield. For those of you who don't know Dave, not only is he Chris Hadfield'sbrother, he's also an avid flyer, a professional pilot for Air Canada, and a singer/songwriter.

In his spare time he enjoys flying vintage warplanes like the P-40 Kittyhawk with Vintage Wings and his own beautifully restored Fairchild 24W, a familiar site around Edenvale. Our topic for the evening is "My Brother Rides a Rocket". It's a "brother's-own" photo record of what it was like to go to Moscow and Kazakhstan to watchExpedition 34 launch in a Soyuz rocket. I'm pretty sure that this is something you'll not hear anywhere else. Rumour has it Dave may even bring his guitar.

Please set aside January 16th and spend the evening at Bistro 26 with Dave Hadfield and your fellow members.

As usual some of the members go early for dinner.. see you there!

Steve Haire
Vice President

In The Envelope

Poor weather has cancelled numerous flights and now continued frigid temperatures. Check the temperature forecast before driving out to the airport, ensuring the mercury will not drop below the club limit of -20°C during your booking.

PDW suffered a minor incident during the last week of December. The pilot was returning from a flight and had parking concerns with the icy apron. In an effort to reduce the distance required to push-back PDW into the hangar the plan involved parking very close to the hangar door. While maneuvering the pilot also observed large snow overhangs above the hangar. Distracted with the possibility of falling snow, the pilot allowed the right wing tip to come into contact with the hangar. The aircraft sustained minor damage to the plastic wingtip faring, the hangar door suffered some scratches and dents on its outer rib protrusions.

Overall a minor event; however, an important reminder of the adverse winter operating conditions common in the local area. When moving toward any parking area always assess the obstacles. Additionally, when challenging obstructions exist (including snow or ice) this assessment should be made with the aircraft stopped - then resume taxing forward slowly.

The hangar does contain some aids, a shovel, sand and a rope pulley (preferably as a last resort).

Fly (and taxi) safe,

Sam Sciscione
Director Flight Operations


Borden Flying Club Pilot Shop

Show your pride in the club and wear the colours!

The Borden Flying Club has a line of clothing which you can purchase through our online Pilot Shop.

We have a range of clothing including long and short sleeve shirts, ball caps & sweat shirts. All items sport the club's log. Purchases can be paid using Visa®, Master Card® or Pay Pal® and will be shipped via Canada Post.

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Borden Flying Club
COPA Flight 84
Edenvale Aerodrome, Stayner, ON