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									 Victoria Flying Club                                                            May 2008

                                                                        Getting ready for a flight;
                                                                        a DH Beaver waits at the
                                                                  seaplane base at Coal Harbour.

                                                                            Photo by Robert Clark

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         Short   Letters to   Bears   In My     Aviation        $100 Bowl     Banner Day       Flight
         Final   the Editor   Air     Travels   Certification   of Soup       Student Pilot    Itinerary
      The                                                                              Eleanor’s
    Patrician                                                                      S hort F inal
            Newsletter of the
           Victoria Flying Club
              MAY 2008
                                                Empty Nest
 Editor:                 Eleanor Eastick        Has this been a freezing cold April or what? We’ve had snow, hail and sleet, not
        PatricianEditor@shaw.ca                 to mention many frosty mornings. Despite the adverse weather, the brave little
 Advertising inquiries:       Bob Mace          hummingbird who nested near our front window in mid-February successfully
  (250) 361-6996 or bmace@shaw.ca               raised her brood of two. Chip and Chirp vacated the nest on April 1st, late in the
 Publisher:             Seaside Designs         afternoon. It happened to be one of the few really nice days we had – and a
                                                good thing too, for a first solo. For those
              (250) 383-7777
                                                of you who enjoyed the photo of mother
 Published monthly.
                                                Esmeralda in the March Pat, I now present
 Unsolicited articles welcome.                  Chip and Chirp on their last day at home.
 The deadline for submissions is                They’re doing fine as far as I know.
 Thursday, May 22, 2008.
                                                New Line Up
           Board of Directors                   The NavCanada seminar held April 3rd,
 President                       Paul Levie     introduced some new changes in ATC
 Vice President                Doug Marin       phraseology as of Apr 10th. Don
 Treasurer                     Lloyd Toope      Devenney reports:
 Secretary                  Colin Dormuth
 Directors                  Eleanor Eastick     1) “taxi to position (and hold)” is being replaced by “line up (and hold)” This is
                                Ellen Wood      to bring us into alignment with ICAO standards.
                                Sean Steele     (No one I’ve talked to likes the term “Line up.” – ed.)
                            Jim Sutherland
                                                2) Multiple landing clearances. This one they expect to be used somewhat
 General Manager            Gerry Mants         sparingly in Victoria but we need to be aware of it. Essentially, if you’re
 Chief Flying Instructor Graham Palmer          following someone in on final you could hear something like “KMY, you’re
                                                cleared to land runway 09; PFW, you’re #2 cleared to land following the Cessna
              1852 Canso Road
             Victoria, BC V8L 5V5               in front”. Basically - if the controller can see an advantage to doing so, if the
                                                following traffic is aware of the traffic in front, and if they’re moving about the
 Phone:                   (250) 656-4321        same speed & doing the same thing, ATC can clear you both to land.
                          (250) 656-2833
 Fax:                      (250) 655-0910       Avro Arrow – 50 years
 Email:                   info@flyvfc.com       The first flight of the beautiful but ill-fated Arrow was made in March of 1958. It
 Web:                    www.flyvfc.com         was the mystery plane of the month in December and evoked a lot of comment.
 Opinions expressed are those of the authors    Since there is still much interest in this “national dream set adrift by those
 alone. No part of this newsletter may be       Fools on the Hill”, many of you may enjoy this memorable music and wonderful
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                                                Martin Mars from TimberWest in April 2007 will have the base open to visitors
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                                     to the Editor
Hi Eleanor,                                                       terminal surrounding, it was a great place to learn about
That would be the British built DeHavilland Comet. The first      traffic and communications.
ever jet airliner :)
That plane (in the photo) was being taken out of the De           Central’s school and busy charter service were eventually
Havilland hangar at Hatfield in April 1953.                       closed by then-owner Brian Holmes and its fleet of aircraft
                                   Blue Skies,                    was sold… rumour had it that divorce may have played a part
                                   Liam                           in the unexpected sale as the business was apparently quite
                                                                  profitable. Unfortunately it meant the loss of Canada’s oldest
Hi, Eleanor.                                                      continuing flight school, a staff of 11 instructors, 22 aircraft
Mystery plane - the DH Comet?                                     including a King Air and Citation, plus a busy social group of
  Thanks again...                 Marie.                          past and present students and renters.
Hi Eleanor:                                                       The history of the Toronto Island Airport itself is fascinating,
That was an easy one for historians. It’s a DeHavilland Comet,    including the war years when it was used as a training field
the first commercial jetliner (not counting Avro Canada’s         for the RCAF and for Norwegian pilots who were taking
prototype). Sadly, inflight airframe breakups on early            advanced training with Harvards. They were housed on the
production aircraft led to temporary groundings that allowed      Toronto mainland in an area that became known as “Little
American competitors Boeing and Douglas to command the            Norway.” There’s a plaque to that effect in a playground near
marketplace. Much later, updated Comets were flown by             the ferry docks. I’m not familiar with all of the airport’s history
British tour companies to vacation destinations. I recall         but after the war the flight school was taken over by the Wong
watching them on final during holidays in Menorca. In later       brothers, who operated it successfully until Brian Holmes
years survivors were rebuilt as Nimrod Maritime Patrol            took over after their retirement.
Aircraft for the RAF. The latest Nimrods are virtually all-new
though still based on the original Comet design.                  Our airport was noted for other reasons, one being that it was
                                                                  located next to downtown Toronto. Another that it could only
Thank you Liam, Marie and Philip! The mystery plane is            be accessed by ferry, often described as the “world’s shortest
indeed the DH Comet.-ed. Philip continues:                        ferry ride.” The trip took less than two minutes, more when
                                                                  struggling through the Western Gap’s winter ice. Sadly the
Of YTZ and Central Airways Flight School                          airport is under attack from a small group of Island residents
Like you, Eleanor, I grew up in Southern Ontario, born in the     who are attempting to have it shut down, though they’re
Balmy Beach area of Toronto. When I moved here a few years        opposed by the Toronto Port Authority, which wants to
ago I was struck by the similarity between the Victoria Flying    expand the services. Needless to say, the airport was there
Club and its airport, and the Central Airways flight school at    long before any of those residents occupied the former
Toronto Island airport. When I learned to fly in the mid-80’s     summer cottages, all of which are at least a mile from the
YTZ was the fourth-busiest in Canada. The circuit at times        nearest runway button.
looked like the nearby Gardiner expressway at rush hour.
With the city’s downtown highrises next door and Pearson                                              Cheers —Philip

                                                                         Mystery of the Month
                                                                 The manufacturer of this month’s mystery plane re-
                                                                 designed one of its earlier tail dragger models in 1953
                                                                 and fitted it with tricycle landing gear in order to
                                                                 introduce pilots to easier, safer flying. This started a
                                                                 new direction in light plane design standards that are
                                                                 still followed to this day. Many of these attractive little
                                                                 fabric-covered aircraft and their earlier relatives may
             Send your educated guesses to
                                                                 be seen at airports all over North America.

    Short Final cont’d from p 2
                                                    The            discrepancy in the input of initial conditions would
                                                    December       change the end result in a big way. Thus, in order to
                                                    ’07 Pat        forecast weather accurately, a perfect computer weather
                                                    featured a     model was needed as well as the exact conditions of
                                                    number of      wind, temperature, humidity etc. around the world at
                                                    photos of      the moment of creating the prediction.
                                                    the Mighty
                                                                   Now we know why forecasting is, well, not great,
                                                                   especially in this difficult area, but we still have to rely
                                                                   on the TAFs when flight-planning.
                                                    fires in
    California. There’s nothing like them!                         May 19 Flyout
    Speaking of Weather…                                           Let’s look for good weather for the holiday Monday,
                                                                   May 19th. Book your plane and receive special reduced
    American meteorologist Edward Lorenz, who died
                                                                   rates. The planned routing is more than 250 NM in
    recently at the age of 90, was one weatherman you
                                                                   total, with the two mountain legs totaling about half
    could believe. He said a perfect weather forecast was
                                                                   the flight. Lots of chance for everyone to fly.
    an impossible fantasy. He was working with computers
    back in 1961 and came up with the “modern chaos                See you at the flyout!
    theory”, which meant that even the smallest

                                                                            MADRID, Spain, April 3, 2008 — Boeing
                                                                            Research & Technology — Europe conducted
                                                                            three test flights in February and March 2008 of a
                                                                            manned airplane powered by hydrogen fuel cells.
                                                                            A fuel cell is an electromechanical device that
                                                                            converts hydrogen directly into electricity and
                                                                            heat with none of the products of combustion,
                                                                            such as carbon dioxide.The research is an
                                                                            example of how Boeing [NYSE: BA] is exploring
                                                                            future improvements in the environmental
                                                                            performance of aerospace products.
                                                                            “Given the efficiency and environmental benefits of
        Boeing Successfully Flies                                           emerging fuel cell technology, Boeing wants to be
                                                                            on the forefront of developing and applying it to
        Fuel Cell-Powered Airplane                                          aerospace products,”said Francisco Escarti, BR&TE
                                                                            managing director.“ The Fuel Cell Demonstrator
                                                                            Airplane project is an important step in that
        A fuel cell is an electrochemical device that converts hydrogen directly into electricity and heat without combustion.
        Fuel cells are emission-free and quieter than hydrocarbon fuel-powered engines.They save fuel and are cleaner for the
        The Boeing demonstrator uses a Proton Exchange Membrane (PEM) fuel cell/lithium-ion battery hybrid system to
        power an electric motor, which is coupled to a conventional propeller.The fuel cell provides all power for the cruise
        phase of flight. During takeoff and climb, the flight segment that requires the most power, the system draws on
        lightweight lithium-ion batteries.
        The demonstrator aircraft is a Dimona motor glider, built by Diamond Aircraft Industries of Austria, which also
        performed major structural modifications to the aircraft.With a wing span of 16.3 meters (53.5 feet), the airplane will
        be able to cruise at approximately 100 kilometers per hour (62 miles per hour) using fuel cell-provided power.
                                                                                    Excerpted from boeingmedia.com
                                                                                           BEAR’S AIR
                                                                                           Barry Meek
      Afraid to Fly
                Afraid to Fly
 ”     Flying freaks me out!!!!! I thought I was going
       to have a nervous breakdown when we were
       landing after the first circuit. I don’t know
                                                              Fear is controlled by a small area of the brain that
                                                              directly activates your response to that fear. The
                                                              conscious mind is bypassed, actually short-circuited for
what’s wrong with me. I’m going to try hard to fly            a period of time, thus not allowing the victim to
somewhere other than the airport but I think it’s             rationalize the fear. In other words, when someone is
going to take some time and probably a lot of valium          afraid of spiders suddenly sees one, he reacts
before we fly to your place! Just the thought of              immediately by jumping back or killing the insect. But
getting into the plane turns my stomach sick and I            when he’s reading a book about spiders, and there’s not
start tearing up ... go figure ... maybe I need a             one present, he’s able to rationalize that spiders can’t
hypnotist??”                                                  hurt him.
This is how the wife of a good friend and fellow pilot        The fear itself comes from the memory that created it.
describes her feelings about flying. I would think just       Sometime in the past, an event initially traumatized the
about everyone reading this article is either a pilot, or     victim, and each time it happens again the fear is
would like to be. People who would rather fly than eat.       triggered. But, when you recall something, you don’t
Thus it’s probably difficult to understand this woman.        recall what originally happened. You actually recall
However, AVIOPHOBIA is a very real problem                                 WHAT YOU RECALLED the last time you
for up to 30% of our population. Symptoms                                  recalled it. This is proof that a memory can
can vary from trembling, chest discomfort,                                 be updated and modified. In other words,
sweating, faintness, to extreme panic attacks                              your memory of an event is only as good as
where the victim is convinced he’s unable to                               your last memory of it. Each time it’s
breath and that death is imminent.                                         susceptible to change. The last memory
                                                                           becomes your reality, and that is why alien
The fear of flying may come from other
                                                                           abductees can pass lie-detector tests. It
phobias such as claustrophobia, the feeling
                                                                           also explains why fishermen catch bigger
of loss of control, a fear of heights, the fear of
                                                                           fish each time they tell the story.
terrorism, flying over water and so on. In
some cases, it can be somewhat controlled                                  So these are the discoveries neuroscientists
with the use of prescription benzodiazepines.                 are working on. What are they doing with this
Countless entrepreneurs sell their various methods,           knowledge you ask. The theory is that by eliminating
videos and mechanical devices they say will cure the          the original cause of a fear, it can be eliminated.
problem. Some may be effective, some not. A few               Because the part of the brain that reacts to the fear has
airlines hold seminars and workshops to assist people         been identified, it now becomes a matter of using drugs
in overcoming aviophobia. And of course there are             to stimulate or short-circuit that tiny section of
those who will choose a few quick drinks before and           neurons. They’re doing exactly that in tests with rats.
during the flight to get through it.                          The rats are given a small electric shock after an audible
                                                              tone is generated in their cage. After a few cycles of
The already proven treatment for phobias, called
                                                              tone-shock, tone-shock, the classic Pavlovian response
“exposure therapy” requires sufferers to face their fears
                                                              occurred. The rats heard the tone, the rats froze
head on. However, it’s probably not a good idea to
                                                              (expecting the shock). But when given a particular drug
force someone who is terrified of flying into an airliner
                                                              at the moment they expected the shock, they soon
and take off. The panic attack triggered by such a move
                                                              forgot that the tone meant shock.
would undoubtedly result in an aircraft diversion to the
nearest medical facility. It’s a very scary thing to watch.   What it means for people with aviophobia is that there’s
                                                              a possibility someday in the not-too-distant future,
Recently, there has been new scientific research aimed
                                                              you’ll be able to take a pill just before your flight, and
at controlling phobias. Some in the neuroscience
                                                              the fear you have will be eliminated. Once you have no
community feel that it’s possible to eliminate deep-
                                                              recollection of the fear, or the last time you felt that
seated fears by removing the memory that created it.
                                                              fear, you’ll be good to go and can get on with enjoying
Here are some of the ideas put forward.
                                                              what the rest of us have loved doing for years.
                                                                                                 story cont’d on p 6
Bears Air cont’d from p 5
While still quite early in the research, it’s important
enough to aggressively continue. Phobias can be a minor
discomfort for some people, and for others a major life-                          Always lots of
altering dilemma. Business leaders, sports figures,
politicians, celebrities, the ranks of them all include
                                                                                   great gear in
aviophobics. It’s unfortunate that flying for my friend is
among his greatest pleasures, while for his wife it’s her                 VFC's Pilot Shop
greatest fear.

                       Barry Meek bcflyer@propilots.net
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        A Pawnee glider tug
           If you know any pilots looking to build some time
            and don't mind living in or around Port Alberni, then
            have them contact Andre at the soaring centre up
            there. He's open as a private operation now, owns
            the club's Pawnee as well as a tandem glider. Needs
           a towpilot pretty bad. Requires 250 hrs. TT, 50
          tailwheel and 50 towing. That last figure can be
         juggled, but insurance dictates the others.

     The contact is Andre ....   visc@telus.net

    He can't pay much or promise lots of flying. But someone can build a bit of time this summer.

                         Here is the explanation of the April Mystery Aircraft
                                         de Havilland DH 106 Comet 1
     Thank you to all those readers who sent in their answers to April’s Mystery Plane. Yes, the
     Mystery Plane is none other than the majestic de Havilland DH 106 Comet 1.

     Developed by the de Havilland aviation company and powered by four de Havilland Ghost 50 turbojet engines of
     5,000 lbs static thrust each, the Comet was the world’s first turbojet aircraft to enter airline service. British
                                                     Overseas Airways Corporation offered the first regular jet
                                                     passenger service in the world using a DH Comet (G-ALYP) with its
                                                     inaugural flight on May 2, 1952 from London to Johannesburg,
                                                     South Africa. The Comet carried 36 passengers on the 6724 mile
                                                     flight for a total elapsed time of 23 hrs + 34 min.

                                                        The Royal Canadian Air Force acquired two de Havilland Comet 1’s
                           RCAF Comet purchased in 1953
                                                        in 1953 making this a first for any Air Force in the world to have a
     turbo jet powered transport aircraft. I remember as a young boy sometime in the late 1950’s seeing one of these
     beautiful RCAF Comets on aerial display during an Armed Forces Open House at CFB Esquimalt. Its graceful lines
     and the roar of its turbo jet engines left a lasting impression on me.

     In My Travels

The Auster Mark VI

 One of several aircraft currently under restoration at the B.C. Aviation Museum is an
 Auster/Taylorcraft Mk VI two seat, high wing, fabric covered aircraft originally used
 by the military for aerial observation.

 The company began in 1938 at the Britannia Works, Thurmaston near Leicester, England as Taylorcraft Aeroplanes (England)
 Limited, making light observation aircraft designed by the Taylorcraft Aircraft Corporation of America. During World War II, a
 total of 1,604 high-wing Taylorcraft Auster monoplanes were built for the armed forces of the UK and the Commonwealth.
 The name change to Auster occurred on March 7, 1947, when production shifted to Rearsby aerodrome, also in Leicestershire.
 Following the success of the Taylorcraft Auster Mk I, the new Auster firm
 developed an improved version of that aircraft and called it the Auster Mk VI.
 From March 17, 1948 to March 27, 1958 there were 36 Auster Mk VI’s in service
 with the Royal Canadian Air Force and Royal Canadian Army as Airborne
 Observation (AOP) aircraft, aerial photo/reconnaissance, artillery spotting, and
 liaison duties.

 The Mark I and early production Mk VI Austers were equipped with an external, wind driven 500-watt generator providing 12
 volts of power for the communications system. Later production models of
 the Mk VI Austers flown by the R.C.A.F. had internal generators and electric
 engine starters.

 When Auster was merged into Beagle Aircraft in 1960 the high-wing design
 was developed still further as the Terrier and, with a nose wheel, the Airedale.
 The Auster name was dropped in 1968.

 The B.C. Aviation Museum’s Auster was acquired from a civilian owner in
  Sandspit, B.C. in the Queen Charlotte Islands. Restoration should be
 completed by the end of 2008

 Auster Mk VI Specifications:                                        References and photos:
 Engine                   145 hp Gipsy Major 10, Mk I–I              BC Aviation Museum
 Wingspan                 36 feet                                    RCAF.com
 Length                   23 feet - 9 inches                         Canadian Forces website
 Max T/O Weight           2350 lbs                                   Wikipedia
 Max Speed                122 mph

80+ and still flying? Read on…………..
If you are 80 years of age or older and flew an aircraft on or after your 80th birthday, in compliance with the
regulations required of your aircraft, the United Flying Octogenarians invites you to become a member.
An international, non-profit organization, UFO, has members in the United States (including the U.S.
Virgin Islands), Canada, Argentina Australia, France, and the United Kingdom.
Started in 1982 by a group of about 25 aviators over the age of 80, today the United Flying Octogenarians
(UFO) has a membership of over 600 men and women all of whom were over 80 and still flying when they
joined. Today, many of them are no long at the controls of an aircraft, but their love of aviation still binds
them to this elite group. Our oldest member is 101.
           If you qualify and want to join the UFOs, contact Liz Lane at lizl@telus.net
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    of top-quality life raft? I need a raft for my flight to                        M onda y M a y 19
    Europe this June, and probably in the future for a trip to
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    ment, and would like to invest in a share? Please contact                      (optional ldg at Squamish or
    Raymond 598-3325.                                                                 Qualicum) - Victoria.

    Club member, Raymond Rosenkranz will be flying his single-engine aircraft,    Mountain endorsement for leg
    a Beechcraft V35B v-tail to Europe! What a fantastic adventure!                 to and from Pemberton
    Raymond continues:                                                                     required.

    Because I don't want to install ferry tanks, I'll fly the northern route             Flyout rental:
    (Iqaluit-Greenland-Iceland-Faroe Islands-UK) which minimizes over-water         $20 off per hour for 172s,
    distances. My wife and I will tour southern France, Corsica, the French         $15 off per hour for 152s
    Alps, Switzerland,
    Venice, and will return
    in late July or early
    August via Berlin,
    Norway, and the Faroe
    Islands. Once back in
    Canada, we're thinking
    of traveling down the
    Labrador coast, since
    we've never been to                                                           Call Dispatch to book your
    eastern Canada, and                                                          plane. Weather and Ground
    then back via Toronto,                                                               Brief at 9:30.
    and possibly Colorado.                                                            Wheels up at 10:30.
    My biggest challenge on this tour of Europe will be the French and Swiss
    "altisurfaces": high-elevation (6-7000'), steeply sloping (10-15%), short
    (1000'), and one-way airstrips. I did my French mountain pilot rating in
    Courchevel in July 2003, and am keen to return to these exciting strips
    in my own airplane.
                                           need life-raft

                                                                                 The only time you have
                                                                                 too much fuel is when
                                                                                 you're on fire.

                                                                                 "Unskilled" pilots are
                                                                                 always found in the
                                                                                 wreckage with their hand
                                                                                 around the microphone.

             Enhance your employment prospects in the aviation industry by earning a
Certificate in Business Administration (CBA) or Diploma in Business Administration (DBA) from the
University of Victoria while you pursue your Professional Flight Training at the Victoria Flying Club.

Th e H u n d r e d D o l l a r. . . B o w l o f S o u p ?                                          by
                                                                                         Don Devenney

                          Most of us have heard of the now famous book “The Hundred Dollar
                          Hamburger” by John F. Purner, or are at least familiar with the concept:
                          jump in your plane with a couple of friends and burn a hundred dollars
                          worth of gas to fly somewhere for lunch. Closer to home we have the
                          equally famous “Chilliwack Pie Run” – I’m sure I’m not the only one who,
                          when filing a flight plan that includes a Chilliwack stop, has been on the
                          receiving end of a comment like “going for a pie run, eh?” Well, I’ve got
                          one more for the list – the “Hundred Dollar Bowl of Soup”, courtesy of
                          “The Final Approach” restaurant at Qualicum airport.

                          Ted, Ellen, Chris, Chris’ dad Peter and I have stopped in there several times
                          this past winter, usually when weather prevented us from heading across
    "The Soup Master"     the Straits to Chilliwack. It’s certainly not large – probably only 7 or 8
                          tables inside with a small patio – but it’s well appointed with REAL table
                          cloths and solid cutlery – no plastic forks here – and personal, friendly,
                          unrushed service.

                          What caught our attention, however, was the soup. No boring “vegetable,
                          cream of mushroom or clam chowder”; the menu lists a roasted red
                          pepper soup (which is very tasty!) along with a soup of the day. So far, the
                          soups of the day we’ve been lucky enough to sample include “butternut
                          squash and apple (my favourite)”, “potato and blue cheese” and beef
                          bourguignon (it was soooo good!) and I can say without reservation that
                          the soup alone was worth the trip!

                          The Final Approach offers a varied lunch and dinner menu with daily
                          specials. On one occasion we went for the chicken salad with cranberry
                          jelly sandwich; last time we all had the steak sandwich. On each occasion
                          the food was very tasty, the portions were generous enough that we
                          considered re-calculating the weight and balance and the prices were
                          reasonable. The menu also lists standard fare like fish and chips and
                          burgers – something to try on my next trip up. Oh, and the pie…they may
                          not have as many varieties as Chilliwack, but Chris and I can guarantee
                          you that the chocolate pecan or banana cream pies are as good if not
                          better than that famous pie stop.

                          The Final Approach is open Tuesday through Sunday from 11am to
                          8pm. They take reservations and, if you’re headed up there in the evening,

      $100                you may need them – it’s a popular spot amongst the locals. So if you
                          want a change from the usual, head on up to The Final Approach at
                          Qualicum – just tell them you’ve come for the “Hundred Dollar Bowl of
                          Soup”. Oh, and before you go – check the noise abatement procedures in
                          the CFS….

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                                                          (Emily Harvey)

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                                                          as of April 15•08

     James White (Jeff Lightheart)

                                                                                         Rahul Rathee (Marcel Poland)

                                                    Jessica Dearman (Mike Chow)

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                                                                  A Banner Day in the Life
                                                                  of a Student Pilot
                                                                                                by Philip Powell

    reparing an aerial banner for pickup in winter is a            was dressed for the cold and yet exposure to a flat, open
P   harrowing experience. I learned about this on a bitter
cold day when Alex Grouchy, who flew a yellow-and-black
                                                                   airfield was totally unexpected, even for a Toronto native.
                                                                   A banner is composed of nylon letters five-feet tall.
Cessna 170 out of Toronto Island Airport (now City Centre)         Stretched out, it is half-a-block long and when the wind
for Specialty Air Services, invited me to join him as co-pilot.    blows it will sit on its edge like a picket fence. Persuading it
I was near the end of my student training so the chance to         to lie flat was a challenge. After what seemed like an hour
gain extra experience, particularly in a vintage taildragger,      of clambering through the snow, fingers numb and faces
was an irresistable lure.                                          stinging, we began setting the uprights that held the pickup
                                                                   line. Really nothing more than two poles in a pair of
What I didn’t realise was that the price of the ride would be      oversize Christmas tree stands resembling an exaggerated
the agony of preparing a banner for pickup. I also hadn’t          high jump, this nevertheless required a precise method of
counted on the weather. The day of our flight turned out to        attaching the rope. Alex used masking tape, which allowed
be one of the coldest of the year. Temperatures dipped to          the line to pull clear of the poles. He wrapped it like a
minus-14. Winds were gusting to 30 knots. The wind chill           master sculptor while explaining the importance of having
was enough to freeze water to granite. Our destination was         the pickup line suspended on the downside of the aircraft’s
Peterborough, Ontario.                                             approach. If the rope is set wrongly it can grab the pole,
                                                                   pulling it out of the snow and into the sky with the banner.
After checking with the weather office and downing a quick
coffee and donut we headed for the aircraft. A mechanic            The significance of Alex’s explanation suddenly became
was pre-heating the engine. Unfortunately the warm air             clear. My job, if he should hit the pickup line with the hook
didn’t penetrate the cockpit, which was jammed full of             yet not succeed in pulling it up, was to reset to reset the
nylon letters, ropes, poles, 2X2’s, a sleeping bag used as an      line on the poles, correctly. Alex suggested standing in
engine cover, charts, pilot cases, plus a pilot and student        some bushes, a few yards to the side of his approach. When
pilot squeezed shoulder-to-shoulder in the remaining space.        I sank into snow up to my waist we agreed that I could
It had the look of an early bush plane, which was entirely         move to the cleared runway after takeoff. Minutes later Alex
appropriate to the conditions we would encounter. But the          was descending toward the line. I had mixed emotions. On
worst was yet to come. I had no idea of how much                   the one hand, viewing a banner pickup at close quarters
preparation precedes the towing of a banner and how                helped me ignore my frozen limbs. I even felt moderately
difficult, even intimidating, it can be on a frigid windy          important; a participant in one of the world’s rarest
morning.                                                           occupations. But I was praying that Alex wouldn’t miss.
                                                                   What if I forgot how to tape the rope? Will the pole tangle
After flying from Toronto, Alex parked the Cessna to the           the banner or even worse, put my friend at risk? Will it
side of Peterborough’s runway intersection. Our first              descend over Peterborough and fall on the populace like a
objective was to lay the banner flat. To do so involved what       deadly arrow? My hands were so numb I wasn’t certain I
seemed like a quarter-mile of ropes, poles, stands, and even       could manipulate the tape. My brain was numbed at the
a large red traffic cone to aid the pilot in sighting his pickup   responsibility.
point. In those conditions I felt like Scott of the Antarctic.
Within minutes the art of banner-towing had totally lost its       The Cessna came in at 65 knots, a long line trailing with a
glamour. Airport plowing had created a 6-foot vertical             hook on its end, which Alex tossed out the window after
snowbank at the runway’s edge. We would crawl up one               takeoff (I swear this is true!). A crosswind was making his
side and jump down the other, arms loaded with                     approach difficult. I was mentally flying the aircraft, mind-
equipment, then struggle through knee-deep snow. The               wrestling it into position. Fortunately for me the dragline hit
wind was so biting that we were forced to walk backwards. I        the crossbar square-on, sliding along until the hook
                                                                                                      A Banner Day cont’d p. 14
A Banner Day cont’d from p. 13
grabbed. With remarkable slowness the banner unfolded,             The next day, warm and alone, practising in YTZ’s “Local
being pulled back- to-front to avoid sudden jerks that could       East,” I thought of Alex Grouchy. Knowing what he must do
tear it to pieces. Alex made a perfect pickup and flew away        before taking his ads aloft had given me a keen appreciation
to tell the good folks of Peterborough about a fire sale at the    of his remarkable talents and the hard work involved. As a
Cooper Cole store.                                                 way of making a living it’s unique. As a way of spending a
                                                                   nasty winter’s day it was an experience I was in no hurry to
I breathed a sigh of relief, which immediately froze into mini-    repeat.
stratus. I must still assemble the remaining equipment and
haul it back to our parking spot before I can drag myself to       Epilogue:
the airport coffee shop to thaw out, then be on the job again      Alex Grouchy, a Newfoundlander, knew how to escape the cold.
before Alex returned, ready to flatten the banner after he         He became a helicopter pilot and together with his boss migrated
dropped it. Later, after Alex and I had warmed ourselves with
                                                                   to the Caribbean island of St. Lucia, where they established a
Peterborough airport’s hot coffee, we returned to base. With
                                                                   sightseeing and charter service for Club Med. Managing choppers
Alex, a former instructor, pretending to be asleep, I was told
                                                                   with bikini-dressed young women as passengers had to be the
to “fly the plane and find Toronto.” He handled short final, for
this was no time to teach a still-shivering student the            ultimate flying job and apparently still is, as Alex is now chief pilot
techniques of landing a taildragger.                               for a small but booming business.

                                                                           A    A very proud "Uncle Mike" with his
                                                                                nephew Evan Sudul who soloed at VFC at
                                                                                the age of 14 and is now working his way
                                                                                towards F-18s. Evan was recently in town
                                                                                with his instructor on a cross country from
                                                                                Moose Jaw.

                                                                                The aircraft is a Raytheon CT-156 Harvard II.

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        PRIVATE PILOT Groundschool                                                   Achievements
                  Classes held Monday & Wednesday, 1900-2200                      First Solo
                                                                                  Aditya Sharma
            DATE       TOPIC                                  INSTRUCTOR          James White
May         05         Systems & Flight Instruments           Mike Chow           Jessica Dearman
                                                                                  Chris Rodgers
            07         CARS                                   Yasuhiro Koide      Rahul Rathee
            12         CARS                                   Yasuhiro Koide      PPL Flight Test
                                                                                  Louis D'Lapointe
            14         Meteorology                            Bryon Thompson
                                                                                  Jessica Moir
            21         Meteorology                            Bryon Thompson      Karim Gharios
            26         Meteorology                            Bryon Thompson      Gwen Hill
                                                                                  Logan Reid
            28         Meteorology                            Bryon Thompson
                                                                                  PPL Written Test
June        02         Meteorology                            Bryon Thompson      Aubrey Morrow
                                                                                  Joy Bradstock
            04         Human Factors & PDM                    Brad Fraser
                                                                                  Nigel Smallwood
            09         Flight Operations                      Brad Fraser         CPL Flight Test
            11         Flight Operations                      Brad Fraser         Chris Mathison
                                                                                  Digvijay Lamba
            16         Navigation                             Emily Harvey        Paul Robinson
            18         Navigation                             Emily Harvey        Jeremy Walz

            23         Navigation                             Emily Harvey        CPL Written
                                                                                  George Andrew
            25         Radio and Electronic Theory            Mike Chow
                                                                                  Private Pilot License
            16         Review (Tower Tour/Written Seminar)    John MacConnachie   Mike Ketler
            21         Review                                 Brad Fraser         Logan Reid
 NOTE: The week of June 30th to July 4th there will be no ground school.          Flight Instructor Written
                                                                                  Tristan Nano

                                                             PART TIME                Welcome
                                                                                    New Members!
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                                                                                  Hans Raj
                                                         line crew now            Ken Chang
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 May 3         Vernon, BC         Spring ‘Rust Remover’ Workshop                     Bill Wilkie
                                  Regional Airport                                   COPA Flight 65 and the
                                  08:30 to 16:00 hrs                                 Vernon Flying Club

 May 11        Cache Creek, BC    Ninth Annual Fly-in Breakfast                      Andy Anderson
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 July 9 – 13   Arlington, WA      North West Chapter EAA Fly-in                      visit: www.nweaa.org
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                                  and Nimpo Lake Social,                             250-742-3239
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 July 25       Concrete, Wa       Annual Old-Fashioned Fly-in at 3W5,                360-853-7114
                                  Concrete Municipal Airport.

 Sept 13       Port Alberni, BC   Alberni Valley Flying Club’s 60th Anniversary      Darren Hansen
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