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

Flight Operations

Autumn Operations

Call me an optimist, but the cooler evening temperatures, reduced daylight hours, and the changing colours of the leaves can only mean one thing: better aircraft performance! The shorter takeoff rolls, better climb rates, comfortable cabin temperatures, and the ever changing scenery are truly welcome benefits.  However, they come with the reminder to think about a few other things while riding along Highway 26 inbound to Charlie November Victor Eight.

Let’s start in the hangar. It is time to start installing the cowling/engine cover and “plugging in” the aircraft to operate the Tanis Heater as part of your post flight routine.  We no longer use the remote app, and now continuously power the heater via the plug in the oil access door on the cowling anytime the temperatures are predicted to fall below 5C.  If you are leaving CNV8 with the aircraft for any duration do not forget to carry the engine cover with you! For those of you new to the operation this summer, don’t hesitate to call and ask for guidance if needed. 

During your walk around pay particular attention to the tire pressures as the temperature decreases. The wheel pants will be removed in the coming weeks to permit this. Nose wheel pressure is 35 PSI and main wheels require 30 PSI. A compressor is available in the hanger if needed!

While you are preparing for your flight ask yourself how prepared you are for a “survival” event. Serious consideration should be given to your clothing and that of your passengers.  Also consider your access to critical items needed to stay warm and sheltered if required! The truth is, your survival equipment is not what is
with you, it’s what you have on you!

Once you have our beautifully tuned Lycoming O-360 engine started, do not rush to apply power! The onset of cooler weather acts as an ideal motivator to remind us to review the JPI-EDM 700 Manual.  After engine start, tap the “STEP” button on the bottom left of the display until you see “OIL”.  Then you can monitor a digital readout of your oil temperature to ensure that only minimal power application is made while the oil temperature is “flashing” (i.e. below 80 degrees!). A temperature of 90 degrees should be achieved prior to run up, and a minimum of 100 degrees is recommended for takeoff!

Now that you are ready to go, remember that there are two significant and unwelcome threats that are more prevalent this time of year and just waiting to surprise you: Birds and Carb ice!

Migratory waterfowl routes are virtually all around us. So, now more than ever you must ensure at that you are clearing your flight path both straight ahead and into your turns! Brief your passengers to watch for birds and traffic and call them out... loud and proud!

Carb ice can be insidious as we know, however take a look over on the right side of our Cardinal's instrument panel and you will see the often ignored, carb heat gauge. Again, a quick read (or google) of the manual and you will see that it is a valuable tool inflight. A
more proactive approach regarding carb icing is to assess the potential for carb ice prior to getting airborne by checking a chart such as the one listed below to see what the days environmental conditions are presenting you! (Click here for carb ice probability chart) There will be one of these charts mounted in the hangar for you to review!

Power off descents can have a very detrimental effect on engine life due to shock
cooling. This is even more prevalent as temperatures decrease. Once again our
friend and “flight engineer” the EDM 700 will assist us with this. Step through the
settings until you see the cooling rate displayed (e.g. -40 CLD). Plan your descent with
power on to achieve a rate of cooling that does not exceed 50 degrees per minute (recommended by Lycoming).  This is not hard to achieve once you are familiar with it!

Remember, fall is one of the most glorious times to share the sky with your friends and
family.  Like always, the more we prepare, both mechanically and mentally, the safer
and more enjoyable our flights will be! In my personal opinion, this is the best time of
year to fly!

I hope you take an opportunity to grab a birds eye view of the colours!

Jim Bertrand
Flight Ops

PDW Maintenance

At the next oil change, we will be taking care of a few cosmetic items.  First, the inside door pocket needs repair.  Second, the underside of PDW needs a good washing.

Here are a few maintenance items to remember:

1. Please install the cowl cover and plug in the heater any time the temperature is forecast to go below 5 Celsius. 

Remember: it is the daily low temperature that you should use for this decision!

2. If oil needs to be added, please use full quarts of oil. Do not add partial amounts.  Log all oil additions in the Journey Log.  Accurately tracking oil consumption can really help us understand our engine.

Tom Stiff

What's Up

Events and Announcements

Our monthly meeting schedule will begin again on September 19 at 1900. This will be a Thursday evening meeting as we had to move it to accommodate our COPA for Kids event on the 21st.

Our guest speaker will be CASARA Zone 14 Commander Sion Jones. He’ll give a description of the operation and duties of a CASARA zone and provide a first hand account of a recent major search for a plane missing on a flight from Oshkosh to Connecticut.

Since this will be our only evening meeting, it will also be our only opportunity to get together for a nice casual dinner ahead of the meeting. I hope many of you can make it!

Our rescheduled COPA for Kids event will take place on the 21st. Thanks to everyone who has volunteered. This event is so important to help inspire future aviators and can only happen with the generous support of all of you.

Grant Lloyd
Events & Social Director

Borden Flying Club
COPA Flight 84
Edenvale Aerodrome, Stayner, ON

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