Borden Flying Club Newsletter

December Newsletter

From the President

Wishing you a prosperous New Year

By the time this newsletter gets out to everyone we will be at the threshold of the Holiday Season! I would like to take a moment to wish everyone reading this newsletter and their families a very Merry Christmas and a very prosperous New Year in 2015 !

Here's to 2015 and the hope of more flyable days, and new flying adventures.

Chris Thompson

Flight Operations

In the Envelope

The club airplane has completed major maintenance in November, and following up with last month's starting issues some additional work was also completed on our mags.  Starting PDW should be relatively normal again - feedback or observations are always welcome.  When utilizing engine pre-heat the pre-flight check shall include a tactile inspection of the cylinders and oil (using the dipstick) to determine how much heat the engine received.  Normally, after a couple of hours, the engine will be very warm, then during starting take into consideration the amount of prime required, which may be less than a routine cold start - - 2 or 3 as opposed to 4 strokes.

Club Christmas Party - December 6

The club is very pleased to invite you, your family and friends to join us for a Christmas evening. This year's party will be held, snow or shine, on the evening of December 6th at Bistro 26. Cocktails start around 5:30 PM. Please submit the RSVP Form before this Friday.

Last years party was a virtual sellout with about forty members and guests in attendance, everyone had a great time and the food, as is always the case, was fantastic.

We've worked with the Bistro's staff to come up with a menu containing something for every palate:


Mushroom Bruschetta
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Caesar salad with croutons, bacon, asiago and lemon

8oz strip loin topped with truffle infused wild mushrooms and au jus, served with mashed potatoes and seasonal vegetables
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Smoked turkey stuffed with fresh herb garlic, cranberry and brie wrapped in bacon, served with mashed potatoes and seasonal vegetables
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Eggplant parmesan topped with two juicy prawns in an arribiatta sauce

Fudge brownie with ice cream topped with mango pineapple salsa


November Newsletter

November Club Meeting - A Tale of Two Lancasters

Canadian Warplane Heritage UK Tour

Thursday November 20th, 7:00PM, the Borden Flying Club is honoured to feature an evening with crew members from the Canadian Warplane Heritage's Mynarski Lancaster England Tour. Make a point of coming out to Edenvale Airport’s Bistro 26 to hear how their trans-Atlantic journey actually started 35 years earlier. The crew will take us from the Lanc's awkward arrival at Mount Hope slung under a Chinook helicopter all the way to its epic tour of England and back.

October Newsletter

Message from the President

The club kicked off the start of Fall with a fantastic BBQ at the Hangar, on a rare Saturday night get together. It was great to see a number of members and their families out for the event. Now that the colder weather is now upon us again, back inside we go to Bistro 26 for our regular 3rd Thursday of the Month Club Meetings. I look forward to seeing everyone on the 16th for this months meeting.

Also a quick reminder to everyone to check the expiry date on their Aviation Document Booklet. For many pilots who received their booklets in the 1st year of its inception, the booklet will expire 1 December 2014. I have attached a link to the Transport Canada renewal page. – Transport Canada - Aviation Document Booklet.

September Newsletter

Message from the President

Edenvale Fly-in 2014

I hope that everyone has had an enjoyable summer, I know that I have had an eventful one, with the purchase of a new house, move, and getting both my kids off to University on the East Coast. 


Even though there were not a lot of social events during the summer which is our tradition given the busy lives of our members we did our best to keep the club front and centre.  We had the plane on display along with Steve Haires' TR6 and Tom Stiffs' Morgan at the Gathering of the Classics.  We had a number of volunteers to help promote the club to the general public and potential new flying members and to Support the Classics by taking up roles to help marshal aircraft, assist with parking, and a number of other duties. My thanks and appreciation goes out to all the volunteers. 

July - August Newsletter

Message from the President

Is your Aviation Booklet expiring this year?

I thought this article timely, as I was putting an updated medical certificate in my aviation booklet graciously supplied by Transport Canada. I thought to myself. Self, I wonder when my Aviation Booklet has to be renewed ? And there it was on the bottom right side of my license page.

According to Transport Canada to renew your Aviation Document Booklet (ADB) applicants are required to again submit a completed Application for an Aviation Document Booklet form ( TP 26-0726 found at ) along with a passport style photograph to your regional licensing office.

Transport is advising that we allow 4-6 weeks to process, so applicants are urged to submit 90 days prior to the expiry date. Currently, there is no fee for the renewal, other than to your handy passport photo guy; Costco Barrie in my case.

Take a moment before you start planning your next flight to have a look at the license page of your ADB and make sure you get it renewed before it expires.

For detailed information on the renewal process visit

Enjoy the great flying weather. Look forward to seeing you around the airport and at the next club meeting.

Chris Thompson

June Newsletter

In the Envelope

C-GPDW ChecklistThere is some small modifications to PDW's checklists, including a structural change to the After-Start and Pre--Take Off checklists. The new structure incorporates a below the line (stars) concept, where the below the line items involve a change of condition before they can be completed. Example; pre-take off checklist should be executed prior to entering the departure runway, upon taking position (new condition), the below the line items shall be completed. With the one checklist in view the pilot will be able to glance at and remember the next checks required, without having to start a new checklist. The new structure will streamline the flow of checks and reduce pilot workload or distractions. Other changes include the Cruise checklist, with the addition of "Fuel Balance......Monitor". PDW often develops an uneven fuel tanks feed condition and balancing fuel results in the remainder of the flight with even fuel feed - remember to move the fuel selector back to "Both" after balancing. The Pre-Ldg Check (Downwind) now has a "Flaps......10" item. Normal PDW operations warrant reducing airspeed when entering the downwind or approach phase, selecting Flaps 10 enables for better speed control and avoids temptations of large throttle reductions (shock cooling) while maneuvering for the final approach.

Club BBQ - June 19th 6:00 PM

Hangar BBQ, Everyone's Welcome! - June 19th 6PMYea! It's almost SUMMER!! And there's no better way to kick it off than a BBQ with friends. Set a reminder to come on out to the hangar for this month's Thursday night meeting. That's June 19th @ 6:00 PM.

Last year's BBQ was held a little later than usual while yours truly got up-to-speed on the social venue; well this year we're back on track. The club grill will fire up around 6:00 PM with the usual summer fare, there'll be soft drinks and salads too, and if you want to blow us all away with your own homemade goodies there's always room for more.

With flying season in full-swing and more pilots getting checked out each week there should be plenty of fodder for some good hangar flying.

To help us get a handle on attendance and to make sure we don't under-stock, please take a minute and tell us if you'll be able to attend. Click here to RSVP.

P.S. Please remember, this is an open invitation, friends and fellow pilots on the field don't need an invitation, although it would be nice to know ahead of time. Make sure to tell them where we are, or send them to this website. See you there!!

May Newsletter

Message from the President

Thanks to all that attended this years’ Annual General Meeting, the event was well attended and we covered a lot of ground. The net result and take away, is that the club has a great plane, which is only getting better, a healthy membership level and financially is well positioned.

Action Required: Every year, the club is required to provide the insurance company with an up to date list of the members who are flying the aircraft. In addition to the pilot name and license number, the club is required to list the pilot(s) date of birth, date of last medical, medical expiry date, applicable ratings, # of total hours flown, total # of hours flown in the last 12 months. Some of this is already up to date, but I do require that all pilots take a moment to update the # of hours flown total and # of hours flown in the last 12 months; plus any new ratings that you may have achieved in the last 12 months. Everyone can do this by clicking on his or her name in the contact list and updating that information. Deadline: May 15, 2014

Kind Regards,

Chris Thompson

April Newsletter

Calling all members - Annual General Meeting

Our club's Annual General Meeting is taking place April 12th at Bistro 26 this year. The time, 10:00 AM until 12:00 PM, coffee and snacks will be available. If you've enjoyed being a member and feel that you would like to contribute please don't hesitate to nominate yourself. Click here to fill out the Self Nomination Form.

Being a director is a privilege. The demands on time are not great, and the opportunity to make a difference in the guidance, operation, and future of the club is a satisfying experience.

If directorship is not your thing, not a problem, participating in the the Annual General Meeting is encouraged; please come out and meet the other members and your new or returning Directors.

P.S. For those who haven't yet looked after their membership dues, this Saturday is the perfect opportunity to save the postage by bringing your cheque book. All pilots must keep their accounts up-to-date to remain on flying status.

Chris Thompson

In the Envelope

Numerous members have been away from flying during the winter, and require a review or recency check-out.

The new website is operating well and contains vast amounts of pilot resources. Specifically the manuals page contains PDW's books and checklist, where time is always well spent.

The club will institute some new initiatives this coming membership year, aimed at helping pilots maintain or increase skills.

March Newsletter

Message from the President

Winter OpsWell March is upon us, and hopefully Spring and all the good flying that it brings is right around the corner. The club has launched its new homepage, with a number of new features to keep members and perspective members informed about what is going on at the club. It has some interactive components to it as well, so that members can share photos from some of their flying adventures with the entire club. I will let Steve Haire explain all of the details about the new site as he was generous enough with his time and expertise to have created it for all of us.

If you have not already done so, take a look at the new site

Chris Thompson


February Newsletter

Message from the President

They say that it is amazing how time flies! Well, I cannot believe that we are already celebrating the 1st anniversary with PDW. She is just back fresh from her 1st annual with the club, which cleared up outstanding legacy issues. The goal has always been to bring PDW up to the high standards that we set for CMQ. We are well on our way to achieving that goal.

This winter has been brutally harsh when it comes to good flying days, but as I look out the window at another sunny day, the 3rd in a row, I am re-assured that this winter cannot last forever and that great flying days are soon to be ahead.

A reminder that the nomination form will be live in March for those interested in running for the Board of Directors. I encourage all members to consider running for the Board, and actively help assist in the future governance and support of the Club.