Borden Flying Club Newsletter

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.

January's Newsletter

Message from the President

Happy New Year to All!

I want to wish all of the members of the Borden Flying Club and their families a Happy New Year! I’m looking forward to a great year of flying and getting together with all of you at the various events we have planned for 2014.

While the weather has been a bit of a killjoy these first couple of weeks of the New Year, I encourage you to get out and fly in the winter. The views from the cockpit just seem to go on forever on a clear bright winters day in the air, and for those of us with a night rating, it allows us the opportunity to fly before 10 p.m.

On the administrative side of the club, I would like to remind members that nominations for the 2014/15 Board of Directors will be up on the website in March. All members are welcome to nominate a fellow member or themselves to stand for elections at the April AGM. The Borden Flying Club is a non-profit organization run by dedicated volunteers, and is comprised of your fellow members. Our membership, and thus the Board of Directors, comprises members from all walks of life, with immense knowledge and expertise. It has been the dedication of past and present board members who have made this such a wonderful club to belong to. Your active contribution by taking a turn on the Board is essential to the club so that it will continue to be strong well into the future.

Happy Flying!