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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Newsletter of the
Victoria Flying Club
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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
of you who enjoyed the photo of mother
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.)
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.
Fax: (250) 655-0910 Avro Arrow – 50 years
Email: email@example.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
reproduced in any format without the written
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The Alberni Flying Club will not be holding the Mars Fly-in this year. Instead
they will be hosting an Open House/Fly-in celebrating the club’s 60th
Anniversary on Sept 13th of this year. Coulson Group, who purchased the two
Martin Mars from TimberWest in April 2007 will have the base open to visitors
while the giant planes are on Sproat Lake. Plans call for the water bombers to
SEASIDE be on contract to the province from May 15 to August 15 after which they will fly
seasidedesigns.net photography to San Diego, California for September and October before heading to Australia
from mid-December to mid-March.
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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.
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.
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
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
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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
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
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
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Three or four VFC members interested in sharing the cost Vic t or ia D a y,
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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
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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
Venice, and will return
in late July or early
August via Berlin,
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Canada, we're thinking
of traveling down the
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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.
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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
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,
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
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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
The aircraft is a Raytheon CT-156 Harvard II.
The Victoria Flying Club is very excited to
partner with Thrifty Foods in their successful
Smile Card Program.
Pick up your Smile Card today and 5% of all your
Thriftys grocery purchases will go towards creating
scholarships and awards for VFC members.
To date, we have been able to create
three new bursaries!
Pick up cards for your family and friends too. SMILE CARD TOTAL
This is a great opportunity for VFC members.
We thank you for your support!
PRIVATE PILOT Groundschool Achievements
Classes held Monday & Wednesday, 1900-2200 First Solo
DATE TOPIC INSTRUCTOR James White
May 05 Systems & Flight Instruments Mike Chow Jessica Dearman
07 CARS Yasuhiro Koide Rahul Rathee
12 CARS Yasuhiro Koide PPL Flight Test
14 Meteorology Bryon Thompson
21 Meteorology Bryon Thompson Karim Gharios
26 Meteorology Bryon Thompson Gwen Hill
28 Meteorology Bryon Thompson
PPL Written Test
June 02 Meteorology Bryon Thompson Aubrey Morrow
04 Human Factors & PDM Brad Fraser
09 Flight Operations Brad Fraser CPL Flight Test
11 Flight Operations Brad Fraser Chris Mathison
16 Navigation Emily Harvey Paul Robinson
18 Navigation Emily Harvey Jeremy Walz
23 Navigation Emily Harvey CPL Written
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
PART TIME Welcome
line crew now Ken Chang
Aviation experience an asset. Raj Negi
Apply at Reception at VFC with resume. needed. Anayas Rai
L indair Ser vices Ltd
Specializing in Cessna, Piper, Beaver float
and wheel equipped aircraft.
A high quality Service Department
that is ready to complete any inspection
or repair requirement you may have.
5180 Airport Road South, Richmomd, BC
Tel: 1-800-663-5829 Fax: 1-800-667-5643
DATE PLACE EVENT CONTACT
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
Starting at 08:30 hrs. Everyone welcome. 250-453-2281 or 457-7333
July 9 – 13 Arlington, WA North West Chapter EAA Fly-in visit: www.nweaa.org
July 19 Nimpo Lake, BC BC Floatplane AGM COPA Flight 72 Nimpo Lake Resort
and Nimpo Lake Social, 250-742-3239
and Pancake Breakfast. Guests welcome. email@example.com
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
Open House & Fly-in
F I R S T F LYO U T O F T H E Y E A R
Vic t or ia D a y, M onda y M a y 19
Routing: Victoria - Chilliwack - Pemberton -
(optional ldg at Squamish or Qualicum) - Victoria.
Mountain endorsement for leg to and from Pemberton required.
Flyout rental: $20 off per hour for 172s, $15 off per hour for 152s
Call Dispatch to book your plane. Weather and
Ground Brief at 9:30. Wheels up at 10:30.