June 2015 Newsletter


Message from the President

We have had a great start to the Summer flying season, the weather for the most part has given us some beautiful skies to go punch holes in.  Let's hope that it stays this way so we can get the plane in the air where it belongs. 

A reminder that June 18th is the club BBQ and official kick-off to Summer. As is the tradition there will be no club meetings in July or August, so that everyone can enjoy their Summer.  

The aircraft is operating great, and has just completed its 100 hour inspection, with nothing serious to note, just the usual list of worn parts replaced. We did replace the battery, as it was time and not holding the proper charge. We are continuing to monitor the nose wheel shimmy, and because of that will not be installing the wheel pants on the plane this summer.

PDW will be down to Toronto to have some needed repair work completed to the stabilator that could see it out of service for a few days, but other than that everything on the airplane seems to be running fine.

I look forward to seeing everyone and their family and friends next week at the BBQ.

Chris Thompson

June Club Meeting

Thursday June 18th 

The annual spring BBQ will be held at the club hanger on June 18th starting at 18:00. Burgers and hot dogs will be provided. Please bring a side dish, salad, or dessert to share.  You might want to bring your favourite beverage as the provided beverages are limited.  Bring a cooler and some ice to make sure that we can keep things cool - you never know we might finally see some summer weather.   

As always, friends and family are welcome.  We hope to see you there!

May Meeting Recap

For those who couldn't make it

The Spring Rust-Remover was well-attended and covered lots of interesting information, thanks to Sam Sciscione and Don Bradley. There were some great reminders about staying clear of thunderstorms, purposely setting up your panel prior to flight, crosswind techniques, and the benefits of a stabilized approach.  Among other topics, there was an overview of Mandatory Frequency procedures to help people with their annual check flight to Muskoka.  Participation from the group added to this interesting meeting.

Flight Operations

In The Envelope
Warm and sunny days are here, plan time to enjoy flying the club aeroplane this season.
Remember in addition to the club recency requirements the CARS specify recency as-well.  Often overlooked is the 6-month passenger carrying requirement.  The appropriate TC- AIM information is referenced below.
Have fun flying!
Sam Sciscione 
Director Flight Operations 
The recency requirements address three time periods, 5 years, 2 years, and 6 months. If you wish to act as pilot-in-command or co-pilot of an aircraft you must meet both the 5 year and the 2 year recency requirements. If you wish to carry passengers you must also meet the 6 month requirement.
To meet the 5-year requirement, you must have either;
  • flown as pilot-in-command or co-pilot within the previous 5 years; or
  • completed a flight review with an instructor and written and passed the PSTAR exam within the previous 12 months.
To meet the 2-year requirement, you must have successfully completed a recurrent training program within the previous 24 months. There are seven ways to meet the recurrent training program standard and they are detailed in CAR 421.05(2). They are summarized as follows:
  • complete a flight review with an instructor;
  • attend a safety seminar conducted by Transport Canada;
  • participate in an Transport Canada approved recurrent training program;
  • complete the self-paced study program in the Transport Canada Aviation Safety Newsletter
  • complete a training program or PPC required by Part IV, VI or VII of the CARs;
  • complete the requirements for the issue or renewal of a licence permit or rating; or
  • complete the written exam for a licence, permit or rating.
To meet the 6-month requirement for carrying passengers, you must have completed 5 takeoffs and landings in the same category and class within the previous 6 months. If the flight is to be flown at night then the takeoffs and landings must have been completed at night.

Use It, or Lose It

by Mark Szwarc

When I lived and worked Montreal, I was learning French. I got to the point of being comfortable in a social conversation, but couldn't follow if things got technical or heated. That was well over ten years ago, and now I can't put a simple sentence together in French. Like they say, “Use it, or lose it.”

I am not likely the first person to compare ATC Phraseology to another human language. While the words are English, usage is quite particular, and not necessarily natural to the new pilot. Similarly, there is an expectation for the “right” information to be shared at the “right” time, and preferably in the “right” order.

Before I joined the club last Autumn, it had been over 7 years since I had piloted. Back in those days, I was very confident that I knew the “language” of ATC fluently. There is no doubt that getting my instrument ticket a few years prior helped to build that confidence. However, in the 7 year hiatus, I lost the language and my confidence to use it.

Flying with an instructor helped some confidence to return by providing me with a sounding board when I wasn't sure what to say. They also had the ability to jump on the radio for some extra calls for courtesy or safety. Flying solo was another matter. I was making mistakes on the radio, issuing the word “correction” more times in a few flights that I had in years. On my first cross country in ages, I was hearing position calls on 126.7 and was thinking that I should be making those too.

We all know that good phraseology is a key to clear communication which increases safety. Like any language, you can learn from books. NAV CANADA has a VFR Phraseology guide on their Operational Publications web page. I found this was a great tool to help re-learn phraseology.

However, like any language, you have to use it in a real-world context to become fluent. So, i am going to try put myself into conditions that demand radio work. I may fumble through a situation or two, but I am positive that the controllers and flight service specialists will be professional. There may be a pilot or two rolling their eyes, or offering a smirk and a wink to their co-pilot, but I'll never know. It is more likely they will be thinking, “I remember my first time...”

As we hear more and say more, we will become more fluent, and in doing so, we will contribute to safety.   

Thanks to Sam and Don for inspiring this article with their chat about radio calls at the May meeting.

Fall Meeting Ideas

Thinking ahead...

If there is something that you would like to see at one of our fall meetings, please let us know.  Even better, if you there is something that you could present to the group, like recounting a memorable cross country flight, or sharing some experience or knowledge, please volunteer!  All ideas are welcome: drop an email to events@bordenflyingclub.com.  Thank you! Mark. 

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