Borden Flying Club Newsletter

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

June 2019

Annual Club BBQ - This Saturday!

The Annual BFC BBQ is on June 15 at our hangar at 1230. The club will provide burgers, sausages and soft drinks. Any sides or deserts members contribute would be appreciated. This event will take place rain or shine.  We have large canopies available to provide cover protection in the event of inclement weather.

If you can volunteer at the COPA for Kids on July 20, and haven’t already let Karen or I know, please take a minute and do so.

Grant Lloyd
Events Director


Snag Reporting

Please follow these guidelines when reporting snags...

The management of Snags is critical to the safe operation of PDW. If you encounter anything that needs attention please follow this process:

PDW Maintenance Update

PDW Maintenance Update

Engine Break-In Continues

Thanks to the efforts of Randy, Jim, Bruce, and Mark (and Orillia Aviation)...

PDW is now returned to service.

The engine has had a top-end overhaul, a new ELT installed, a worn tire and tube replaced, and her wheel pants installed.

For at least the next 25 hours the engine must be operated under "break-in" limitations. This means:

  1. Normal run-up and takeoff procedures.
  2. No circuits! Long flights are best for break-in. Make throttle changes slowly and smoothly. Keep the engine hot!
  3. PLEASE: ABSOLUTELY NO CLOSED THROTTLE LANDINGS. Ease the aircraft down slowly. Smoothly and gradually ease back the power until roll-out. Closed throttle landings can lead to glazing and only honing the cylinder walls can remedy that.
  4. Keep a vigilant eye on the oil level. During the break-in cycle the oil consumption is sometimes excessive and random. Don't count on uniform oil depletion. USE ONLY AEROSHELL 100 Mineral oil. You will find lots in the hangar.
  5. Altitudes should be limited to 5500 feet, or thereabouts, to prevent the power from dropping below 65%; review the power settings in the POH. In cruise, vary the power settings every 15 or 20 minutes or so, bearing in mind not to drop below 65%. Keep the engine hot! 

PDW is a pretty lady! Treat her well and she'll be a great companion for many years.

Finally, with new tires all round, we should try to keep off the brakes. Heels on the floor.

Tom Stiff

PDW Back In Service

PDW Back In Service Soon!

Special Flight Ops Announcement Regarding Engine Break-In

Good morning. First, I’d like to thank everybody for attending the club meeting yesterday morning. Captain Bruce DeGeer gave us an excellent talk and PowerPoint presentation on his military and Air Canada career. Dr. Thomas Stiff provided an in-depth update on PDW, along with the required break-in procedure.

The first 10 hours is extremely critical for a new engine. We hope to have the initial break-in completed this week and expect to have PDW back in service early next week. After 10 hours of operation there must be an oil change and filter inspection.  In the first 25 hours of operation there circuits are not permitted.  Flights with long cruise segments will make for a better break-in resulting in longer engine life.

Conduct the normal engine start and warm-up procedures. Take-off should be at full power, remembering to close the cowl flaps during after takeoff checks.  Cruise power settings must be between 65% and 75%, alternating settings every 10 to 15 minutes.  This maintains the high engine temperatures required to properly seat the piston rings.  Power settings for various altitudes are found in the operating handbook.  Flying at a density altitude of 5000 feet is the best scenario.  

Monitor oil temperature and pressure more vigilantly during break-in.  Oil temperature should not exceed 220 at any time.

The entire approach to landing must be conducted with power on. Power setting changes must be smooth.  Of course, full flap is usually required for this operation.

We thank you all for your continued patience. I think that we will find the wait was worth it once PDW is back in service.

Randy Van Ness
Flight Operations & President

PDW Maintenance Update

PDW Engine Update

Findings and Direction

The results of the engine inspection are in and repairs are underway.

One end cap was showing distress marks, which is likely the main culprit. One cylinder showed an unusual wear pattern (uneven ridge marks at the bottom of the stroke).

To ensure that the engine provides another 800 to 1000 reliable hours, a top-end overhaul is the least expensive and also the best option. All four cylinders will be honed and new rings and wrist pin caps installed.  All related components will be cleaned, serviced and adjusted prior to installation.

PDW should airborne within two weeks from today, perhpaps even sooner.

The new wiring harness for the ELT is also being built so that the new ELT should be fully operational when PDW is ready to fly.

Tom Stiff

May 2019

Flight Operations

A Couple of Circuit Pointers

At this point in time PDW has been grounded for safety reasons. As everyone should know when it comes to flying, safety is number one. One way or another she’ll come back either repaired or with a new engine.

I want to provide a couple of short pointers this month. When in the circuit pattern we’ve found that about 17 inches of manifold pressure and 10° of flap will give you a speed of roughly 100 mph on the downwind leg. Speed is particularly important when other aircraft are in the circuit, especially ultra lights. 

If there is a crosswind, remember to crab appropriately to not either crowd the runway or drift too far out. If an engine failure should occur in the circuit you should always be able to return to the runway or the airport. The only exception of course is on departure or the crosswind leg below 700 feet.

Anywhere else in the circuit with an engine failure, immediately head towards the airport and establish a glide at 85 mph. Once you are confident you can make the airport select full flap, or what is appropriate for the current conditions.

When PDW returns to service a lot of members may be out of currency. Reach out to Leath Greenwood, Jim Bertrand, or myself to get current again. Our contact information is on the aircraft clubs booking website.

Randy Van Ness
Flight Ops

April 2019

President's Message

Board Members Needed!


I am very happy to see some warmer temperatures and a turn in the weather! However, at the time of this writing I'm looking forward to days off work soon and there is snow in the forecast... it figures! The spring weather us upon us and I hope the good weather will stick around and the club can get some flying in.

The AGM is fast approaching and with that I am  urging members to come forward and volunteer for the 2019 Board of Directors for the Borden Flying Club.  Click here to go to the nomination form.

I have been involved with the Board of Directors since 2016 and it has been an privilege to work with the Board Members, both former and current. The hard work and dedication of the Board ensures the membership has a safe, reliable airplane to enjoy. The flying club keeps many pilots flying who would otherwise be out of General Aviation due to high cost of our passion. This club is very important for me as it and I am very happy with the direction the club is heading. I am very proud of the initiatives that the flying club has taken on such as COPA for Kids, working to inspire the next generation of aviators. I am grateful that I had opportunity to act as President of the flying club and I appreciate all the hard work from everyone who has contributed to the greater good of General Aviation.

March 2019

President's Message

Board Shuffle and Call for Nominees

Greetings Everyone,

Winter has been long, and I don’t know about everyone else, but I am sure looking forward to spring! I wanted to let the club know that we’ve had some shuffling of the Board of Directors. Steve Methot our PRM, whom most of you know serves in the RCAF has been sent overseas for a 6-month deployment. Steve’s contributions and commitment over the year have been excellent and I wanted to extend my thanks. We are looking forward to him returning home safely and having a few hangar beers! Tom Stiff has graciously offered to take on PRM duties for which I am very appreciative. The Board of Directors contact page has been updated to reflect this change. 

I wanted to again extend my thanks to the volunteer Board of Directors team, who without their time and dedication the administration of the club would not be possible. We are coming up to April which means the AGM. We are looking for club members to participate and volunteer to be on the Board of Directors. I want to emphasize once again that this club cannot operate without dedicated volunteers and we need your help! Please reach out if you have any interest in serving with the board. Click here to go to the nomination form.


A quick update on the maintenance front. PDW just underwent an oil change. As we get closer to engine overhaul we will be doing oil changes every 25 hours to more closely monitor. Details are being finalized however, please expect some downtime as early as April for the overhaul process. Details will be communicated to the membership when available.

February 2019

President's Message

Short and Long Term Planning

Greetings Everyone,

Hopefully everyone has been keeping warm during the deep freeze. I wanted to remind the membership April is fast approaching! The Board will be looking for volunteers for the 2019 term and I ask anyone that is interested to reach out. The club will not run without the dedicated volunteers who take care of the administration required to keep PDW's prop spinning.

PDW's engine as I am sure PRM Steve will mention is being monitored closely as we get closer to engine overhaul. Oil analysis are being completed with every oil change so that we can best determine the right time to do an engine overhaul. This will come with some downtime obviously; our goal is to best plan this maintenance to minimize the impact to the flying members.

Dialogue has been started with the board on the long-term objectives for the airplane asset with the club. I believe we need to start asking questions on where we see the club and aircraft in the next 5 to 10 years. Questions like, after engine overhaul, should be invest in a new interior for the airplane, further avionics upgrades and so on. The other option to be consider is selling PDW and look to get into a newer aircraft. All of these options cost a great deal of money as we must make sure we are making the correct financial decisions for the club.