Borden Flying Club Newsletter

March 2018

President's Message

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Greetings Aviators,

I hope this message finds everyone well. As I write there is absolutely no snow to be seen on my lawn, which is bad for my snowmobile season but has me thinking more about springtime and flying. The Borden Flying Club has a major achievement to report in our 60th year of flying. Your flying club is now the proud owner of PDW! The final payment for the balance of the airplane went through and the cheque didn’t bounce! I want to thank all the current and previous board members whom contributed to this major milestone.

I would like to remind all members to ensure the hangar door is closed and locked once you are done. The hangar door was discovered open and all the lights were on. Please ensure you lock up and shut down the lights when done.

April is approaching which means it's time to pay our 2018 Annual Membership Dues:
Flying Members: $300.00
Social: $50.00

The 2018 Annual General Meeting will be held May 5. This is a little later than typical, however due to scheduling conflicts this is the soonest it can be held. A reminder has been sent out asking members to considering volunteering for the Board of Directors. Members in good standing with the club are able to vote to elect Board Members.

Safe flying,

Harrison Drake

February 2018

President's Message

Busy Winter

Hopefully the worst of the winter is behind us. Flying looks like it is picking up on the airplane. I thank all the members who have contributed to snow removal around the hangar so far this winter. Please ensure everyone is careful when walking around the ramp and hangar in the slippery conditions.

A reminder about the Switchbox/Tanis heater email: the decision has been made to keep the airplane Tanis heater plugged in at all times during the cold winter weather. Please do not turn it off via the app.

I look forward to the February 17 club meeting and talking more with COPA.

April is fast approaching, which means the Annual General Meeting (AGM) and the election of the Board of Directors. If any members are interested in volunteering for any position on the board I ask that you reach out to me. I want to thank the existing board for the many hours of work you have contributed, without you there would be no club.

Harrison Drake

Flight Operations

Inside the Envelope

A gentle reminder of the club’s currency requirements:

1. Initial checkout, all new members.

2. Minimum, every 60 days log PIC time.

3. Annual Review check (which may be combined with a 60-day recurrent check), once every membership year.

Additional privileges,

4. Night checkout (must already have Night Endorsement).

5. IFR checkout.

January 2018

President's Message

Greetings and Happy New Year.

I hope all members of BFC had an opportunity to enjoy the holidays with family and friends. On behalf of the board, whishing everything a happy healthy 2018 with blue skies and cheap 100LL.

We start off 2018 with a true Canadian winter. I would like to remind all members to be safe and keep an eye on the temperatures. Proper engine preheats are critical to keep PDW in good shape. Help from all members is appreciated with the snow removal around the hangar. The airport is only responsible for the taxi lanes and it’s up to us to keep the hangar door clear of snow. With the frigid temperatures, the January bookings has been slow, a reminder for members to keep an eye on their logbook and ensure they are in compliancy with the 60-day currency.

Not sure if there is an appetite for snowmobiling with our members, but I did a sled trip out to the airport and the trails were great. If anyone is interested in doing a BFC Club ride let me know and I will put something together. I would like to thank all board members for their contributions to the club and members for the safe operation of PDW. Wishing everyone the best for 2018.

There will be a Board of Directors meeting January 10 from 2000L-2200L. If there is any interest from members to join this meeting please let me know.

Harrison Drake

November 2017

President's Message


November will be a busy month with the annual of PDW. Any members who are interested in helping out at the hangar while in maintenance please reach out and let me know. The annual inspection will be carried out at Central Aero at Edenvale Airport. The booking calendar will be kept up to date so please check there for updates. We are working diligently to have the airplane return to operation as soon as possible.

The temperatures are falling and once the annual is completed I suspect winter will be upon us or very close. A friendly reminder to ensure the airplane is pre-heated for cold weather operations.

Best Regards,

Harrison Drake

Flight Operations

Inside the Envelope

With PDW away for a long maintenance period, and the numerous cancelled flights due to October's strong winds, many members are encroaching upon the end of their flight currency.

When the airplane is flying again, we will work quickly to have everyone's currency requirements addressed. Additionally, we will have one our skilled and experienced members join us in flight operations to help with training and checkouts - hopefully this winter.

Stay warm

October 2017

President's Message


Weather so far this fall has been great for flying.  It's nice to see that PDW has been kept busy.

All members should keep an eye on the temperatures and use engine preheat when required (any time outside tempuratures are below 5°C). The intructions on how to use the Tanis heater remote control are found here in our file repository.  For those who still aren't sure how to use the Switch Box for preheat please ask.

The engine blanket should be installed after every flight when putting the airplane away. Currently the blanket is in the back cabinet. I'd appreciate it if the next person who flies the airplane could put it on.

The Annual has been tentatively scheduled for November. Please keep an eye on the schedule as I expect the dates to change a couple of days here and there based on how the inspections go.

Note that I will be unavailable October 12-20, 2017. In my absence, use the snag form on the club website as usual, or contact Paul Grenier directly for urgent maintenance issues.

As we have done in previous years the club will run the night flying special for the airplane. Details are available below.  Try to take advantage if you have appropriate night checkout and currency.

Harrison Drake

September 2017

President's Message


On behalf of all the Board of Directors, I would like to start by thanking the outgoing President, Chris Thompson, for his dedication and years of service to the club. Chris’ contributions to the Borden Flying Club have made the club a great place for both flying and social members. I look forward to flying together and shooting the breeze at the club’s social events.

I have accepted the President role and will carry out these duties along with the PRM role until the completion of the term. Additionally, Mark Szwarc has agreed to assume the role of Vice President.  He will also continue providing IT support. These decisions were carried out through a vote of the Board of Directors.

I would like to send out an additional thanks to the other Board Members who volunteer their time: without these contributions this club would not be possible. The Borden Flying Club represents a group of members whom are passionate about aviation and are trying to keep General Aviation alive in Canada. Clubs like ours are few and far between in Canada and we all must do our part to ensure the club continues on for another 60 years. I encourage all members to contribute to the flying club and remember we are all volunteers, many hands make light work.

We plan to resume our regularly scheduled social events to which Director Grant Lloyd has been gracious enough to plan. For those of you who have noticed the bulletin board on the side of the hangar at NV8 the entrance, this is Grants handy work. I encourage all members to check it out next time through the airport.

If any member has suggestions or comments I welcome them, please feel free to reach out. I also ask members truly consider volunteering and anyone who is interested please let me know.

Fly safe.

Harrison Drake

June 2017

Kickoff to Summer BBQ!

Join us on Saturday June 24th at Noon at our hanger

Every year in June the Club hosts a kick-off to Summer BBQ at the hangar. The event is open to friends and family of Borden Flying Club Members past and present, so come on out and enjoy a hamburger or Hot dog sit back and have some fun and laughs!

We have some seating available at the hangar, but you are encouraged to bring a chair. If you would like to contribute to the BBQ with a salad or awesome sweet treat it is always appreciated.

I look forward to seeing everyone on the 24th!

Chris Thompson

Flight Operations

Inside the Envelope

This membership year, myself and Randy Van Ness will continue to oversee flight operations. We will still have some acess to Don, our Class II instructor, however by arrangement only through

We are very glad to have closed-out another membership year with a continued stellar safety record - well done to all and thank-you!

One administrative note, anytime a member comes for a checkout or annual review, ensure the check-pilot's name is entered into the logbook for that flight.

May 2017

May Club Meeting Cancelled

June BBQ will kick off our summer...

We will not be holding a club meeting in May. Keep a watch for an announcement of the date for our June BBQ event. This annnual event will be a great start to our summer.

Looking for somewhere to fly?

May 20, Westport ON (CRL2) – COPA Flight 56:

Annual Fly-In / Drive-In Breakfast hosted by the Rideau Lakes Flying Club.

Breakfast served from 8:00 a.m. until 12:00 noon for a donation to the Club. Runway 07/25, 3118' Com. 123.2 Co-ordinates (N) 43 39 93 (W) 76 23 92.

Come join us for a great introduction to the summer near the fabulous town of Westport, Ontario. View the planes in the morning and enjoy the Westport in the afternoon. Fun for the whole family. For more information, please contact Mike Miles at 613-276-6276 ( or Bill Green at 613 273-5282 (

Chris Thompson

2017 AGM Reminder

Annual General Meeting Tomorrow

Saturday, April 29th, at 10:00 AM
Location: Meeting Room, Edenvale Airport

Please try to attend our annual business meeting. Whether you can attend or not, please consider volunteering as a Director. It is an excellent opportunity to "give back" a little bit to the club. If you are interested, you can self-nominate at the meeting or contaact Chris Thompson via phone (416-994-0997) or email ( You don't have to attend the meeting in order to be elected.  We hope to see your there.

April 2017

President's Message

New Directors Still Needed!

As mentioned over the past couple of months, there are two openings on the Board that need to be filled for the upcoming membership year. Please consider putting your name forward to run and fill the openings. If you have any questions about the Board and its operations please call me directly at (416) 994-0997.

The new board will be confirmed at our Annual General Meeting to be held on Saturday, April 29th, at 10:00 in the meeting room at Edenvale Aerodrome.

Click here to go to the nomination form.

If you have questions or any trouble with the form, please email me directly at

Chris Thompson

Flight Operations

Inside the Envelope

The March club meeting was well attended, even with the short notice on change of venue date. Flight operation's Sam and Randy conducted a technical/rust-remover day, covering the latest data in fight safety, notes about club flying operations and a Cardinal GPDW systems/equipment review.

March 2017

President's Message

Club Info: Annual General Meeting

Please save the date! The AGM date has been set for Saturday April 29rd, at Bistro 26 (Edenvale Aerodrome). The meeting will start at 10 AM sharp, and will wrap up at 12 PM.

As mentioned in the February newsletter there are two openings on the Board that need to be filled for the upcoming membership year. Please consider putting your name forward to run and fill the openings. If you have any questions about the Board and its operations please call me directly at (416) 994-0997.

The online nomination form will go live later this month.

Thank you for your consideration!

Chris Thompson

Flight Operations

Inside the Envelope

Due to new ownership at the airport restaurant, Thursday nights meetings are not available anymore as it closes at 3:00pm.

Apologies for the short notice - We would like to try this month's meeting on Saturday March 18 10am -12pm. Flight operations will conduct the spring rust-remover / tech-day.

Look forward to seeing everyone there!

Club Meeting : Sat. March 18, 10am Tech-Day/ Rust Remover

Restaurant Meeting Room

February 2017 Meeting is "ON"

Club Meeting - Feb 16th - 19:00 at the Challenger Hanger - Edenvale

ForeFlight Tips and Techniques

Bryan Quickmire has offered the use of his heated hanger for our meeting tomorrow.  It's the Challenger hangar at the southeast corner of Building D. Go through the security gate, go to the right of building F, go to the left of building D. Go to the south end of D and you will see Bryan's red car parked there.

The meeting will start at 19:00.  Tom and Randy will be sharing their ForeFlight knowledge.  Unfortunately, our traditional dinner pre-meeting will not be possible. 

I hope to see you there! ... and many thanks to Bryan for this generous offer.