Borden Flying Club Newsletter

April 2017

President's Message

New Directors Still Needed!

As mentioned over the past couple of months, there are two openings on the Board that need to be filled for the upcoming membership year. Please consider putting your name forward to run and fill the openings. If you have any questions about the Board and its operations please call me directly at (416) 994-0997.

The new board will be confirmed at our Annual General Meeting to be held on Saturday, April 29th, at 10:00 in the meeting room at Edenvale Aerodrome.

Click here to go to the nomination form.

If you have questions or any trouble with the form, please email me directly at [email protected].

Chris Thompson
President

Flight Operations

Inside the Envelope

The March club meeting was well attended, even with the short notice on change of venue date. Flight operation's Sam and Randy conducted a technical/rust-remover day, covering the latest data in fight safety, notes about club flying operations and a Cardinal GPDW systems/equipment review.

March 2017

President's Message

Club Info: Annual General Meeting

Please save the date! The AGM date has been set for Saturday April 29rd, at Bistro 26 (Edenvale Aerodrome). The meeting will start at 10 AM sharp, and will wrap up at 12 PM.

As mentioned in the February newsletter there are two openings on the Board that need to be filled for the upcoming membership year. Please consider putting your name forward to run and fill the openings. If you have any questions about the Board and its operations please call me directly at (416) 994-0997.

The online nomination form will go live later this month.

Thank you for your consideration!

Chris Thompson
President

Flight Operations

Inside the Envelope

Due to new ownership at the airport restaurant, Thursday nights meetings are not available anymore as it closes at 3:00pm.

Apologies for the short notice - We would like to try this month's meeting on Saturday March 18 10am -12pm. Flight operations will conduct the spring rust-remover / tech-day.

Look forward to seeing everyone there!

Club Meeting : Sat. March 18, 10am Tech-Day/ Rust Remover

Restaurant Meeting Room

February 2017 Meeting is "ON"

Club Meeting - Feb 16th - 19:00 at the Challenger Hanger - Edenvale

ForeFlight Tips and Techniques

Bryan Quickmire has offered the use of his heated hanger for our meeting tomorrow.  It's the Challenger hangar at the southeast corner of Building D. Go through the security gate, go to the right of building F, go to the left of building D. Go to the south end of D and you will see Bryan's red car parked there.

The meeting will start at 19:00.  Tom and Randy will be sharing their ForeFlight knowledge.  Unfortunately, our traditional dinner pre-meeting will not be possible. 

I hope to see you there! ... and many thanks to Bryan for this generous offer.

February 2017 Meeting Update

February 2016 Meeting UPDATE

Edenvale Aerodrome Meeting Room NOT AVAILABLE

The meeting room at the Edenvale Aerodrome is no longer available for our meeting. The new owners close shop at 15:00 and would require a more substantial commitment to stay there until 21:00 just for us. We are trying to determine if the meeting will be relocated or cancelled for this month. 

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Another update about our meeting will be provided as soon as it is available.  

February 2017 Meeting Reminder

Don't forget that Tom and Randy will be presenting some ForeFlight usage tips and techniques at our meeting on Thursday evening.  We will still be in the meeting room at the Edenvale Aerodrome.  I will be in touch with the manager at Tilly's 2, the new restaurant there.  I need to know who is committed to meeting early for dinner as they will only open up if we have 5 or more confirmed participants.  Please email me as soon as possible at [email protected] as soon as possible if you plan to dine at Tilly's before our meeting.  If I get at least 5 responses, I will make the arrangements and get back to you.

February 2017

President's Message

Winter Returns

January was a difficult flying month with a true return to winter weather and all the difficulties and inconveniences that winter brings. Personally, I had to scrub about 3 times in the last 3 weeks. C'est la Vie! That’s Winter Flying.

Some frequent visitors to the airport may have noticed that Bistro 26 has closed and a new Restaurant, Tilly’s 2, has opened its doors. Tilly’s is going to open daily from 7AM to 3PM. I had the opportunity to eat lunch there this past Saturday and was impressed. The menu is an all day breakfast along with soup and sandwiches. Tilly’s decided not to pick up the liquor licence at this time.

There was some concern regarding the ability to host our regular club meetings at the airport.  I am happy to report that this has been resolved and we will continue in the meeting room as usual. The new owner has said that they will prepare a price fixed menu for dinner on those Thursdays as long as we commit to a minimum of 5 guests. Since this will be considered a catered function, they may be able to serve alcohol.  however, this has yet to be finalized.

Let’s hope that February provides us with some good winter flying weather!

December Newsletter - Updated Content

President's Message

Happy Holidays everyone! My wife Stacey and I are looking forward to the Annual BFC Christmas Dinner; being held Saturday December 17th at Bistro 26. It’s always a great time with friends and family. An email should have been sent to all members December 8th asking those wishing to attend the Dinner to complete the form, so that we can accurately gauge numbers, meal preferences and any allergies that guests might have. If you have not done, so or you thought initially you could not attend, but now can, please complete that form as soon as possible so that no one is disappointed.  The link to the survey is provided at the end of this newsletter.

Club Operations and Board of Directors

I know that I have said it in the past, but its worth saying again. To me the Borden Flying Club is more than just a place where you can rent a plane and going flying. It’s a club where its members enjoy getting together at club meetings and social events to be surrounded by others who share a passion for aviation. A club where everyone participates and contributes at some level to the overall well-being of the club and most importantly its only physical asset PDW. I would especially like to thank those members, past and present that have gone the extra mile to serve on the Board of Directors of the Borden Flying Club. A broad mix of experience and backgrounds on the Board is key to the Club’s continuing success.

December 2016 - Updated Content

President's Message

Happy Holidays everyone! My wife Stacey and I are looking forward to the Annual BFC Christmas Dinner; being held Saturday December 17th at Bistro 26. It’s always a great time with friends and family. An email should have been sent to all members December 8th asking those wishing to attend the Dinner to complete the form, so that we can accurately gauge numbers, meal preferences and any allergies that guests might have. If you have not done, so or you thought initially you could not attend, but now can, please complete that form as soon as possible so that no one is disappointed.  The link to the survey is provided at the end of this newsletter.

Club Operations and Board of Directors

I know that I have said it in the past, but its worth saying again. To me the Borden Flying Club is more than just a place where you can rent a plane and going flying. It’s a club where its members enjoy getting together at club meetings and social events to be surrounded by others who share a passion for aviation. A club where everyone participates and contributes at some level to the overall well-being of the club and most importantly its only physical asset PDW. I would especially like to thank those members, past and present that have gone the extra mile to serve on the Board of Directors of the Borden Flying Club. A broad mix of experience and backgrounds on the Board is key to the Club’s continuing success.

So, as 2016 draws to a close, and we all make a fresh start and resolutions in the New Year, I would ask that you consider volunteering more for the dirty jobs like washing and waxing the airplane, keeping the hangar clean, and most importantly becoming a Board Member; lending your voice and experience to the continued good governance of our club.

2016 Christmas Dinner Final Survey

Christmas Dinner at the Bistro 26

The Borden Flying Club Christmas Dinner is scheduled for December 17th at the Bistro 26.  Let's meet for drinks at 18:00 with dinner set to begin at 19:00.  To ensure that the Bistro 26 has the right ingredients on hand, we need to know the final count of guests and what you think you will want for dinner that night.  Also, we want to know if there are any allergies or other special requirements.

Please click here to open the survey.

There is no need to respond to this survey if you are not planning to attend.  If you said "no" to the last survey, you can still change your mind and let us know you are coming by using this survey.  If this is the one date that you couldn't make, sorry but we went with the majority vote.

The meal is $53.00 per person.  This includes wine on each table, coffee, tea, gratuity, and tax.

Please respond by the end of Sunday, December 11th.  Thank you!

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November 2016

Message from the President

Positive Change

There have been quite a few positive steps forward at the club since I last wrote to everyone. We have a new member database and booking calendar system that allows greater flexibility for members wishing to book the airplane, better communication, and better ability for the club to use automation to track currencies. That being said, there will be a few growing pains as everyone gets used to the new system, so your patience is appreciated.

We have also invested in a new remote switch for the Tanis heater. Again, the premise behind the new switch was to provide members with greater reliability and flexibility.

The switch is called SwitchBox (http://switchboxcontrol.com/pilots/). It will give pilots the ability to turn on the Tanis remotely via an Apple or Android app. Anyone of our pilots using the app will be able to see in real time if the Tanis is on or off. Set-up requires that we set-up a white-list of cell phone numbers that will be allowed to communicate with the SwitchBox, so if you have not done so lately, please ensure that your cell phone number is up to date in your member profile.

October 2016

Flight Operations

Inside The Envelope

The club has logged high flying hours this summer, coupled with near capacity membership, all great to see! As winter approaches there will be a notable drop in flying and some pilots will run out of flight currency.

With many new and returning members joining the club, and as a good reminder for experienced members here is a reminder of the club's currency requirements.

BFC Currency

  1. Initial checkout - all new members.
  2. Every 60 days fly as PIC.
  3. Annual Review (one per membership year) with club check  pilot.

When applicable for addition club privileges:

  • Night checkout (one time)
  • IFR checkout (one time)

The annual review requirements were recently updated and announced at the last technical night meeting. The annual review is still required for any member who maintains currency throughout the year. Members who attended a recurrent checkout, will not require the annual review. The ideal being that all members go through a checkout event, at minimum once per membership year. However, all the check pilots continue to encourage members into booking an annual review regardless, and stay fresh with X-country and flying techniques. Annual reviews can be any short X-country destination, lately CYKZ or CYPQ have proven to be a good challenge for members.

Any feedback on flight operations, let us know - we want to hear back from your experiences!

Stay safe and warm,

Sam Sciscione
Director of Flight Operations

May 2016 Newsletter

From the President

A New Year

Well, the New Year is upon us at the BFC, we had a successful turnout at the AGM held on April 23rd, and a new Board elected. Here is the rundown of the Board Members and their respective positions:

  • Chris Thompson - President
  • Owen Sneath - Vice-President and Secretary
  • Allan Ross - Treasurer
  • Harrison Drake - PRM
  • Sam Sciscione - Flight Ops
  • Clive Oosthuizen - Membership
  • Mark Szwarc - Events and IT

I'd like to thank every one of these Gentlemen for their continued support in the smooth operation of the club!

In reviewing the contact list, a number of members have let their documents lapse on their profile. In some instances, converting them to "pending" from "flying" because of expired medical information. Please take a moment and update your contact record. Make sure that all licence and medical information is up to date. Please inform Clive in Membership when you renew your medical, as he must update that information in the system. Pending Status restricts your access to the booking calendar. Do not get caught out!

Lets have a great year of Flying!

Chris Thompson
President

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