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

Last week the oil and filter were changed. The engine is nearing the conclusion of its break-in cycle and appears to be in excellent health. Thanks to everyone for helping. Circuits are now permitted, but please avoid "closed throttle" landings. This is to avoid cylinder wall burnishing. For longer trips, please continue the break-in procedure: full power take off and in cruise vary the power settings from time to time between 65%-75%.

On a recent cross country trip PDW experienced a flat-tire landing. The port side main wheel had become deflated en route to Wawa due to a pinhole leak in the inner tube. Upon decent the tire collapsed. A new tube and tire have been installed. Remember to inspect the tires prior to departure and again when the aircraft is secured. It's possible, maybe even likely that on this trip a soft tire may have been noticed prior to departure. The landing and repairs were at Elliot Lake (CYEL). Incidentally, landing on a flat tire is not too difficult. Treat it like a cross-wind landing with a powerful cross-wind. Hold the wheel off the runway as long as possible and then slide the flat tire to a gentle stop.

The leading edge of the propeller was in bad shape. This has been remedied. Please check it before every flight and report any anomalies.

One of the fuel caps had been lost due to the carelessness of some clown (OK it was me !) Luckily it was recovered on the runway in Orillia (CNJ4). The Monarch caps should have recovery chains on them and they have been removed. The filler orifices have anti-splash flaps that inhibit fuel being sucked out if the cap is missing, so in theory the plane can be flown (esp. emergency situation) without the cap. Thanks to Len Martin; he was able to pick up the wayward cap in Orillia and reinstall it. In the meantime, a spare cap has been ordered so that we have a backup and Monarch agreed to provide us with two $30 (really!!) new security chains at no charge. They will be installed.

The passenger side window vent is unservicable. It will be repaired at the next oil change.

A comment on mag checks: the Aeroshell 100 mineral oil contains no additives except anti-oxidants and a very small amount of a viscosity index improver to improve fluidity at low temperatures. It contains no ash-dispersants or detergents. This oil is used to facilitate and accelerate the mating of the piston rings and the cylinder walls during the break-in period. Because this oil is less effective at minimizing combustion residue, the spark plugs are prone to minor fouling especially when the engine is cool. Warm weather exacerbates the situation because the mixture will be excessively rich. Be aware that mag-check fluctuations slightly outside the norm are not unusual and will disappear once the engine is thoroughly warmed up. If you are concerned, perform one circuit and immediately re-check the mags.

Finally, a reminder to notify me of any issues that need attention and log them onto the snag sheet (please, not in the Journey Log).

Tom Stiff

What's Up

Volunteers Needed!

If you can volunteer for the Copa for kids on July 20th and haven’t let Karen or I know, we’d appreciate hearing from you.

Gathering of the Classics is still looking for volunteers. This is a great event and an exciting day. If you can help out contact Mike Mazereeuw at mikemaz371@gmail.com

The BFC will have a display set up at the Gathering so we’ll need some help manning that also.

Planes, Trains, and Automobiles 2019 is a fun event at Midland on July 13th from 0900 to 1500. There will be a presentation by Captain Bob Pearson of Gimli Glider fame at 1000. Definitely worth a trip up to CYEE.

Jim Bertram suggested a while ago we try a casual bbq or two over the summer. We’d fire up the bbq and everyone could bring their own food and drinks. If there’s enough interest we’ll put one together maybe July 18th. Let Jim or I know and we’ll send a confirmation out.

Grant Lloyd
Events & Social Director

Flight Operations

The Original Flight Computer!

At long last, beautiful summer weather has arrived, and with it a dramatic increase in
the number of aircraft, drones, birds, balloons, skydivers and flying machines of all
kinds, sharing the skies with our beloved Cardinal!

I would like to remind our members that the greatest safety tool we have is of course
your Transport Canada, Certified & Approved Eyeballs and the Processor they are
connected to!

It would be difficult to argue that a vigilant and purposeful lookout is not of the utmost
importance as VFR Pilots
anytime we are manoeuvring in the air, or on the ground.
The problem is however, that although we accept and understand this critical need for
vigilance, the ’old school lookout’ has been seriously under attack since the advent of
Tablet based platforms for navigation, information, and charting, such as ForeFlite and
Flight Plan Go.

We must remember that although tools such as the iPad, and the GNS480, can also
play an important role enhancing our safety, it is only through proper and appropriate
use that they will not become more of a distraction than an asset.

Everything, and everyone, is vying for your attention while you are flying this downright
sexy, Cardinal. Depending on your recency and proficiency, you may be significantly
task saturated just flying the airplane and attempting to conduct a proper lookout, let
alone looking inside, and usually down, at your iPad for a frequency or circuit height

So how can we help mitigate the associated threat of the iPad taking away from your
situation awareness? Here are a few simple things to consider.

  1. You can’t learn it ‘on the fly’, so take the time to do an in-depth manual-based, review of the Aviation application you are using while you are still on the ground!
  2. Conduct a thorough pre-flight route study of your intended departure airport, en route airports, and the airspace in which you will be flying including the frequencies and traffic pattern information you expect to encounter.
  3. Offload yourself by using the available autopilot in the Cardinal. Once you are comfortable with its functionality it can significantly open up room in your ‘mental processor’ to allow both, a proper scan, as well as an opportunity to search for information on your tablet.
  4. Finally, always ask yourself this question: Have I earned the right to use my iPad for a few seconds by first clearing my path ahead and scanning the aircraft itself?

Take every advantage to enjoy the summer weather and the pure joy of flight, and
looking forward to seeing you around the BFC Hanger Pub Table!

Jim “Jackomo” Bertrand
BFC Check Pilot

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


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