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Lest we forget…
Monthly newsletter of the
Victoria Flying Club
The Victoria Flying Club In this issue:
est. 1946 4
Fall and Winter Flying Conditions
“To promote flying and aviation in general,
and to teach and train persons in the art and
science of flying and navigating and operating 7
all manner of heavier-than-air aircraft.” Road Trip by Danny Poirier
(Victoria Flying Club Incorporation Bylaws, 1946)
Board of Directors 13
Vice President…………………………..Colin Dormuth
Directors………………………………………..Sean Steele Information Regarding the
New Aviation Document Booklet
General Manager………………………….Gerry Mants
Chief Flying Instructor……………..Graham Palmer
Christie Hall Loewen
1852 Canso Road Midnight Design and Communication
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Shhhhh…. Don’t tell anyone! While I have learned a lot in the review.
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Date Topic Instructor
Nov 02 Theory of Flight and Licensing Requirements Yasuhiro Koide
04 Aerodynamics Yasuhiro Koide
09 Airframes and Engines Mike Chow
16 Systems and Flight Instruments Mike Chow
18 CARS Yasuhiro Koide
23 CARS Yasuhiro Koide
25 Meteorology Simon Dennis
30 Meteorology Simon Dennis
Dec 02 Meteorology Simon Dennis
07 Meteorology Simon Dennis
09 Meteorology Simon Dennis
14 Human Factors & PDM Brad Fraser
16 Flight Operations Marcel Poland
Jan 04 Flight Operations Marcel Poland
06 Navigation Jeff Lightheart
11 Navigation Jeff Lightheart
13 Navigation Jeff Lightheart
18 Radio and Electronic Theory Tristan Nano
20 Review (Tower Tour/Written Seminar) John MacConnachie
25 Review Brad Fraser
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That, dear friends, I’m
Day Dual Circuits 1000’ agl 3 sm
sorry to say, was the sound of (Min. Ceiling Local 1000’ agl 3 sm
summer shifting loudly into fall, and Visibility) X-Country 1500’ agl 6 sm
with winter following inevitably Solo Circuits 1500’ agl 3 sm
close on its heels. We’ve Local 2500’ agl 6 sm
X-Country 2500’ agl 6 sm
enjoyed a spectacular summer Night Dual or Solo Circuits 1500’ agl 3 sm
of flying, hindered only by (Min. Ceiling Local 2000’ agl 6 sm
occasional winds, and drifting and Visibility) X-Country 2500’ agl 6 sm
smoke. The changing seasons X-Wind C-152 Take-off: 12 kts Landing: 12 kts
signal a change in weather. Fall C-172 Take-off: 12 kts Landing: 15 kts
Temperature - Flight operations at VFC shall cease when the surface temperature is
and winter flying requires below -20 C.
closer attention to detail when IFR - Take-off not to be commenced if the ceiling and visibility are below
checking our meteorological the landing minima for the airport of departure.
- Cruise legs will not be less than 500’ below the freezing level.
conditions, and planning for
- Landing minima as published in CAP.
flights. As a reminder, here are Ice or Frost - If you suspect frost or ice on the aircraft surface, the line crew will be
the Victoria Flying Club happy to take care of it for you.
minimums for forecast - Do NOT scrape the windshield with a credit card or anything else.
weather, and a few other tips Ask the line crew to clear it.
for cold weather flying.
Lest we Forget….
The Victoria Flying Club has always had close ties to Canada’s military. CYYJ
sits on the former RCAF Station Patricia Bay, and the Victoria Flying Club occupies
the location used by the RAF during WWII. But the military legacy did not end
with the war. It lives on, in the members and activities of the Victoria Flying
Club. There are a number of WWII veterans who belong to the club, several of
whom still hold a pilot’s licence. The Victoria Flying Club is involved in Cadet
training, supporting our future air-force pilots, and we have a strong connection
and relationship with 443 Squadron located across the airfield. A significant
number of our club members are also Navy personnel, or civilians employed at
CFB Esquimalt. This month the Patrician and the Victoria Flying Club honour all
military personnel; past, present, and future. Thank-you for serving our country
at home and overseas. We will not forget.
In Flanders Fields
In Flanders fields the poppies blow
Between the crosses row on row
That mark our place; and in the sky
The larks, still bravely singing, fly.
We are the dead. Short days ago
We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow,
Loved, and were loved, and now we lie
In Flanders fields.
Take up our quarrel with the foe:
To you from failing hands we throw
The torch; be yours to hold it high.
If ye break faith with us who die
We shall not sleep, though poppies grow
In Flanders fields.
Lieutenant Colonel John McCrae, MD
Ceremonies and Events
11am at the Cenotaph on the grounds of
the BC Legislative Building
614 Government St.
10:45 am at the Cenotaph in front of Town
Hall. Support our veterans, current military
personnel, and cadets as they march down
Beacon Ave before the ceremony, begin-
ning at 10:15.
BC Aviation Museum:
1910 Norseman Rd. North Saanich
A year-round Memorial Room serves to
honour Canadians who served in various
wars, through the display of an extensive
collection of artefacts.
Sidney Museum and Archives:
Corner of Beacon and Fourth St in Sidney
November features a month long tribute to
Photos are from the collections of the
Canadian War Museum
Two pilots, armed with their camping gear, and a CFS, set
off on a cross-country road trip from Victoria to Winnipeg.
By: Danny Poirier (part 1 of 2)
I was thinking one day this past summer of After a long day’s drive winding through southern
heading to Winnipeg to visit family, and my choice of BC and with the sun lowering behind us, we made it to
travel was to fly. I started to look on-line with the Osoyoos. You cannot blink or you will miss the
major airlines for the best prices and departure times, aerodrome, just a strip less than what seemed a
and then started to think why not drive instead of fly? hundred meters parallel to the highway and not much
Immediately, a road trip was in order, and not just any else. With a good dinner in town, we made camp for
road trip, but a half-country car, airport, air museum, the night and fell asleep talking of what lay ahead.
Ellen and I decided that we should drive to Sunday, 26th July
Winnipeg, and along the way try to find and stop at as The next day started out early, as we wanted to make
many airports, airstrips, and aerodromes as we could. as much ground as possible. With more winding road
With CFS within reach, our flight bags and camping and lots of coffee, we made our way to Castlegar and
gear in the back, we were off. Both of us being pilots, took a slight side trip from the main road north to
and this being the centennial of flight in Canada, we Nelson. Castlegar has a fairly prominent strip located
realized this would be an unexpected way of on a plateau siding a mountain, overlooking a beautiful
experiencing aviation in Canada. valley, definitely mountain flying territory. After a
quick stop, we were off again. Nelson is another little
Saturday, 25th July valley town; lots of little shops, and soup and
What better way to start a road trip but to have sandwich joints. Since Ellen had been there before
and wanted to return, we made sure to stop by the
brunch, and where better to eat and hit the road than
airport, and have a good look around. Turns out that
the Dakota Cafe? We decided that since we were on an
Nelson was a firebase. We had the chance to talk to a
airport quest; why not start at an airport. After a good
chopper pilot prior to his heading out to join in on a
meal and chats with friends, we were off to the ferries
fire patrol. Soon we were off again on through
and eastward bound. The first aerodrome we passed
Cranbrook and the Crows Nest Pass and a long run
was the ever-familiar Chilliwack airport, just off to the
north to Calgary for friends, a cold drink, and a good
left of highway number 1. As we whizzed
bed. Tomorrow would be air museum time!
by we talked about the many
times we had put wheels down
for good food and amazing pie. Send your aviation-related travel stories,
with photos, to: email@example.com
Monday, 27th July The airport terminal had closed down quite a few
We spent two nights in Calgary to ensure we years ago, a sign of the times. Inside was just a crop
could visit The Aerospace Museum Association of Calgary. dusting operation located in an old office and a few
The entrance fee was seven dollars and there was an private planes outside to fill the ramp. On our way out,
amazing variety of aircraft. The most prominent aspect of we noticed an old poster of the flying club that once
the museum was that there were quite a few Canadian resided there many years before. Back on the road with a
and British made aircraft, including a full size replica of a long way ahead of us, we drove straight on to
Silver Dart. Since my last visit, the museum has grown. Saskatchewan for our next campsite, but along the way,
The second temporary hanger provides shelter for an we were always looking for that little strip or windsock
Avro Lancaster and one of the first Twin Otters among that we might pass by.
many other aircraft. After a quick lunch at the Tim Wednesday 29th July
Horton’s across the street, we took the time to head up
the road five minutes and visit SAIT (Southern Alberta Awoke in another province east at Landing
Institute of Technology) for a quick look at the hangar Provincial Park on Lake Diefenbaker to cactus, sunflowers
floor and the aircraft that the students in the aviation and sunshine. We were up early and after a little walk
program work on. On a quick note, our close neighbor in down to the lake and up into the rolling hills, on the road
Victoria, Viking Air, has its engine plant just across the again, on through Swift current for brunch and Moose
parking lot from the Calgary Air Museum. Jaw for coffee, up where the Canadian Forces aerobatic
team the Snow Birds call home. Unfortunately, we did
Tuesday, 28th July
not have time to make it to the air base; we knew we
We decided to take the path less travelled and hit would not get to every aerodrome along the way, even
the country back roads; this was a planned stop, as we the big ones. We flew right past Regina and on into
wanted to visit Ellen’s uncle in Drumheller. After a few Manitoba, just outside of Brandon. With the sun in our
hours, we were off again. As we drove out to the town back window again, we made camp for the night.
limits, we passed that sign that a pilot cannot miss, you Thursday 30th July
know the one, square and green with a small white plane
in the center. We turned around started up the gravel Awoke at River Provincial Park, another
road and soon were at elevation 2,597 and were greeted quick breakfast, up stakes and we were back on
by a prehistoric avian wind tee. the highway. Our next stop was the Heritage Warplane
Museum of Canada just outside Brandon, Manitoba. Just
like Drumheller, this was another closed commercial
airport, but the FSS was still in service for the local flying
club. We were told that West Jet tried to make a go of it
years ago, but it did not last as it was easier to drive to
Winnipeg to reach the rest of Canada. The old hangars
from the days of war had a new purpose telling of the
past when air bases across Canada, especially in the
prairies, would train thousands of pilots, then only to go
over seas to fly and fight. There are many projects under
way at the museum. The hangar is dark and filled with
rows of parts and pieces of planes and vehicles and other
equipment that once serviced them. After exchanging
hellos with the men in the restoration room, we were off
to our easterly destination, Winnipeg.
(Read Part 2 in December’s Patrician: the Edmonton Air
Ellen Wood in front of the Drumheller airport. Museum, and Danny’s flight in a Piper Warrior.)
“Without disruption of air traffic, these fearless, forthright, indomitable and courageous
individuals did venture into the wild blue yonder in flying machines. Furthermore, these
skilful individuals did safely land said flying machines at Victoria International Airport,
incurring no significant damage to self or machine, thus completing first solo flights.”
Gary Rumenovich Michael Weir Danny Rheaume Akio Shiojima
Erich Zotscher Roy Ledwosinski Ronald Mastin Derek Nissen
Paul Cridge Philip Sikorski Jerry Froese Mingzhe Lam
Raj Persram Jonathan Starodub Norman Wagner Corinna Templeton
David Arrowsmith Colin Clucas Corey Hall Dave McKay
Allen Jacob Ross Collison Robert Chatfield Danny Chiang
Daren Shippit Cydney Macneill Greg Stone David Chauvin
David Yates Connor Edwards Len Hollingsworth Steve Buttle
Graeme Wellburn Claire Matson Lars-Erik Brown Edwin Kingma
Morgan Klieber Craig Marsden Dwayne Stewart Brian Sider
Jesse Poikonen Alexander Luckham Jordon Kantypowicz Steven Buttle
Imran Ismail Jonathan Wilson Alex Ren Martin Gonzales
Shane Kelly Mark Philbrook Narender Tirukovela Kristin Mutch
Karen Funk William Cliffe Pradeep Nagam John Marshall
Ron Broda Stefan Kaban Kevin Skillings Dallas Spani
Loren Brajkovic Kaitlyn Foulds Fred Young Cameron Burton
Arianna Rumenovich Colin Heatherington Michael Burns Kevin Klein
James Mohr Ken Cathro Mark Jackman Scott Pirie
K.V. Pankhurst Jonas Richter Christopher Tetley Andrew Hale
Jonathan De Bruyne Adam Steel Trevor Murphy Ryan Bert-Vidal
Braden Young Travis Hildreth Tim Dunne Eugene Nehring
Nico Duyf Kevin Walker Michael Albrecht Kurt Alisch
Sean Drew Ron Booth William Bennink Michael Politano
First Solo PPL Written PPL Flight Test PPL Licence
Diane Falconer Mitch Firman Jozsef Hamari Ian Carlson
Pete Girolami Abhishek Beri Steven Tung Michael Poirier
Junya Katayama Laura Van Buskirk Brian Hwang James Finlay
Etienne Pemberton-Renaud Junya Katayama Richard Backlund Jozsef Hamari
Joseph Simonyi Chad Goobie Azwin Lam Richard Backlund
Taylor Dobson Travis Hildreth Tanner MacNeil Azwin Lam
Jessica Hohner Mario Guevremont Abhishek Beri Brian Hwang
Takaaki Kaneko Richard Carter Chad Goobie Steven Tung
Jonathan Sullivan Junya Katayama Danielle Pomeroy
Dave Horvath CPL Written James Jarvis
Krzysztof Rybak Jessica Dearman Timothy Cooper Multi Engine
Hirofumi Kamei John Marshall Flight Test
Colin Clucas CPL Flight Test Nolan Labach
Ramona Reynolds IFR Flight Test Nick Copeland Ted Krasowski
A big thanks to Tim Martin, one of VFC’s top-notch line crew
members, for agreeing to sleuth out the Mystery Aircraft each
month. Tim has a wealth of aircraft knowledge and he keeps an
avid eye on aircraft arriving and departing at CYYJ.
Think you’ve solved the mystery of the month? Email your hunch
to: firstname.lastname@example.org and see if you can out-smart our
aviation ace detective!
~From the Archives of the Patrician ~
Club Events listed in the November 1994 Patrician:
December 1st - Co-pilot’s Course Do you have pre-1990
December 15th - Tree-trimming party editions of the Airmail or
December 30th - Friday Pub Night Patrician that you would
be willing to share?
Quotes from the November 1998 Patrician:
“Saturday October 24th, the Wings Party was held in the flying club lounge. email@example.com
Certificates and wings were handed out to all attending and newly-licensed
pilots. Two $500.00 scholarships were awarded.”
“Club planes flew a total of 3,877.5 hours so far this year including the
Tampico that flew 112.1 hours in just two and a half months.”
And finally, a note from the November 2000 Patrician:
Eleanor Eastick reported on the Flyout Party which was held on October
28th at the club. Over 60 people attended, and enjoyed an evening of great
food (including chilli made by manager Gerry Mants), friends, contests, and
prizes. The second annual paper airplane contest was won by Dave
IMPORTANT INFORMATION FOR PILOTS!
The deadline for obtaining your new passport style Aviation Document Booklet
is fast approaching. You must have it in your hands by December 31st, 2009.
As of January 1st, 2010, the Aviation Document Booklet will be the only valid form
of licence. The application forms are available either online, or from the office at
the Victoria Flying Club.
Here’s what you need to do to ensure you meet the deadline:
Fill out an application form (available online, or from the office at the Victoria Flying Club).
Obtain a passport style photograph, to be submitted with the application form. Details as
to the specifics of the photograph can be found online. The photograph must be stamped
and dated by the photographer.
Have your photograph verified. A list of persons eligible to act as a verifier are also found
online. At VFC, Graham Palmer or Marcel Poland can verify your photo.
Submit your photo and application form to a Transport Canada Regional Office by
November 15th 2009 to ensure that you will receive your Aviation Document Booklet by
the December 31st 2009 deadline.
For more information and details, please see:
TRAINING AND GROUNDSCHOOL NOW UNDERWAY
SPOTTER GROUNDSCHOOL TOPICS
1. SAFETY AROUND THE A/C
2. INTERCOM PROCEDURES MONTHLY MEETING OF
3. PROPER DRESS FOR SEARCHING
4. SCANNING PROCEDURES
5. REPORTING PROCEDURES
6. CALLING THE A/C AROUND TO A FOUND OBJECT
FIRST MONDAY NIGHT
THREE HOURS OF GROUNDSCHOOL OF EACH MONTH
THREE HOURS OF FLIGHT TRAINING
FOUR HOURS OF GROUNDSCHOOL
FOUR HOURS OF FLIGHT TRAINING
VICTORIA FLYING CLUB
SCHEDULE AND REQUIREMENTS TO FOLLOW
DATES: TRAINING WILL BE ONGOING THROUGH THE WINTER.
GROUNDSCHOOL LOCATION: VFC CLASSROOM #2.
CONTACT LES HALL FOR MORE DETAILS: 250-661-7684
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November 11th, the
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Maybe you want to fly more hours, or smile card today at the
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but there will be no
more personal nature. Possibly you your grocery purchases
instruction available. just want to consistently remember to will go towards creating
Also, there will be no return the aircraft keys to the office scholarships and awards
PPL Groundschool and avoid buying donuts!
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