Borden Flying Club Newsletter

July 2015 Newsletter

Message from the President

I am pleased to announce that by the time everyone sits down to read this months newsletter, GPDW should be back at Edenvale and ready to enjoy. I thank all of our pilots for their patience and understanding during the down time. And to the spouses of all our pilots; Your Welcome ! Guys, I hope that you used the down time to get the chores around the house completed. Only kidding ! Only Kidding !

Mark your calendars for Saturday August the 8th for the Gathering of the Classics ! In the past many of our members have generously volunteered their time to help make the Classics a success. We will once again have the club and our cardinal on display at the event. If you have a few hours to volunteer to man the booth it would be greatly appreciated. Please contact myself ( or Mark Szwarc ( if you are available.

I hope that everyone has a wonderful Summer, I look forward to seeing you around the airport !


Chris Thompson

Last Minute BBQ Reminder

We certainly hope to see many members, and their guests, out at the club hanger for the BBQ on Thursday evening. The event will take place on the 18th between 18:00 and 21:00. Burgers and hot dogs will be provided. It will be great if you could bring a side dish or dessert to share, something for yourself to drink, and some coolers with ice to keep things cool. Check out the June Newsletter for details.

Urgent update Required to all Member Profiles

It is getting to be that time of year again, where we as a club are required to submit an Annual Insurance Report on all pilots flying at the Borden Flying Club. If you have not already done so, could I please ask that you take a few minutes to update your contact profile on the website with your updated information regarding the number of hours flown as of April 1/2015, number of hours flown in the last 12 months, and any new ratings that you have.

I would appreciate it if everyone could update their profiles by Friday the 5th of June.


Chris Thompson - President

March Meeting Update

Owen Sneath's ChallengerHello Borden Flying Club members. Tomorrow's meeting features Owen Sneath as our guest speaker. Owen will be rounding out the roster of member-airplane builders with what I'm sure will be a great presentation. Please join us at tomorrow, Thursday March 19th, 7PM at Bistro 26 on the grounds of the Edenvale Airport.

Remember, many members choose to show a little early, around 5:30PM, to enjoy one of the Bistro's sumptuous dinners. We'll see you there!   

February Newsletter 2015


February Club Meeting

Thursday February 19th

Steve and Jamie BellFebruary's meeting is a combined effort, a cooperative presentation by four of our members. The subject for the meeting is Aircraft Projects Past and Present. Our presenters are Steve Bell, Paul Richardson, Steve Methot and Steve Haire. Each member will take the floor for 20-25 minutes to take us through at least one of their past or current build/restoration projects.

Project Night at Borden Flying Club

Carol Haire restoring a Fairchild 24RDo you have an airplane project on the go? Maybe you're building your own airplane in the basement? Perhaps you've restored a piece of aviation history putting it back in the air where it belongs. Well, we'd love to hear about it.

At the Borden Flying Club we're sure there's no shortage of technical skill and experience. We'd like to highlight several of our members devoting a Thursday meeting to focusing on their aviation projects. 

If you'd like to share your story through photos, videos and plane old hangar flying please drop me a line a.s.a.p. as I'm currently scouting around for meeting topics to carry us through the next few months. With a little coordination we can easily highlight 4 or 5 member projects, past and present, making it a great topic for a Thursday night meeting.

Anyone interested please send me, Steve Haire, a brief email with your availability and the topic and together we'll sort out the logistics. Thanks!

January Newsletter

Buttonville to Remain in Operation until Fall 2016 !

Good news for anyone that uses Buttonville Airport on a regular basis. According to a letter published in December, the Cadillac Fairview group has granted a stay of execution until the Fall of 2016 for the airfield and its tenants!

Flight Operations - In the Envelope

Hey everyone,
Hope you all had a great Christmas and New Years.

I'm a member of COPA, along with being a member of AOPA, the American Pilots Association. From time-to-time they have some great articles and videos on safety.

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
 - or -
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
- or -
Smoked turkey stuffed with fresh herb garlic, cranberry and brie wrapped in bacon, served with mashed potatoes and seasonal vegetables
- or -
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.