Victoria Flying Club
Victoria Flying Club welcomes our new Cessna 172, C-GKMY to the flightline where she stands ready for the Spring and Summer flying season. What a beautiful aircraft!
Photo by Gerry Mants.
Letters to the Editor
In My Travels
Patrician Newsletter of the Victoria Flying Club
APRIL 2006 Editor:
Eleanor Eastick PatricianEditor@shaw.ca Advertising inquiries: Bob Mace (250) 361-6996 or firstname.lastname@example.org Publisher: Seaside Designs email@example.com (250) 383-7777 Published monthly. Unsolicited articles welcome. The deadline for submissions is Thursday, April 20, 2006.
Board of Directors President Vice President Treasurer Secretary Directors
Sean Steele Bob Mace Eleanor Eastick Steve Ray Doug Marin Colin Dormuth Don Goodeve Lloyd Toope
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Gerry Mants Graham Palmer
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S hort F inal Hello everyone. While Eleanor takes a well-deserved vacation, I’ll be looking after the editorial duties for the April ’06 Patrician. Thanks to all those who have submitted articles, photos and March Mystery Photo guesses. Make sure you have a close look at this month’s mystery photo and then send in your guesses. In this issue, we’ve resumed the ‘Flight Itinerary’ column which lists fly-ins and related events planned for this region over the next few months. There are lots of interesting things planned so please let me know if there are any other events I’ve missed or which you feel should be included in ‘Flight Itinerary’. Also on the horizon, the Club will be holding its 60th Anniversary Bash and Hangar Dance on September 9th, 2006. Music and entertainment will be provided by the Timebenders band. This musical group is fantastic! They perform the hits of the 1940’s, 50’s and 60’s (and more). Also, I’m arranging for a few vintage aircraft from the BC Aviation Museum to be on display during this event. Tickets will be $30 per person. We’re really hoping for a great turnout so be sure to ask Joscelyn at the front desk for more details. There have been a few changes on the Club’s flight line recently. Many of you have probably noticed that we have a new Cessna 172, C-GKMY, which is featured on the front cover. If you haven’t already done so, please drop by and check this new aircraft out. It’s a real beauty. Also, PFW is being stripped and prepped for a new paint job. I can’t wait to see the final result. Many members have noticed and commented on the ‘Wall of Fame’ photo display in the Club’s lobby. These photos were graciously provided by Peter Smith and Elwood White. Photo enlarging, printing and mounting has been donated by Rob Shemilt of Island Blue. Eleanor and I had a lot of fun hanging the photos and answering questions from interested onlookers. There will be some additional historic photos from the BC Aviation Museum library to add to the Club’s display. Finally, a big thank you to Joscelyn and the office staff for many of the improvements that have been made around the Club’s front end, lounge and pilot shop. Speaking for all the members, I think we have a first rate Flying Club with a fine facility, great staff and an enviable flight line. Hope to see you out there sometime. ! e Skies and Hap bo d y y u r l e v e B py Landings Larry
Letters to the Editor The Pat just gets better and better Eleanor! Interesting stories and brings back memories! Good to see the bursary awards photos at presentation too! Sorry we missed the Wings banquet. I picked up two of those Thrifty cards a couple of months ago and the Pat just reminded me to take them in for activation. We use the store at Admirals Walk every day. Bill Sylvester’s company was called “Victoria Flying Services” in ‘64 when I took my commercial course with them. They were right across from our hangar at VU33 squadron where I was stationed. Whenever I went to the Victoria Flying Club in those days...it was for a party :>). I have one of the 14 dollars in my log book that Bill paid me for my “first” commercial flight. I flew a customer over to YVR. Regarding Larry and Alistair’s stories and the Merlin engines! Guess what? The engine course we took in Winchester England in 1946 [where I met and married Vi the following year] to become engine techs in our Navalair Branch...was on the Merlin engine!! Al Whalley
Editor’s note: Bill Sylvester sold BC Airlines in 1956. He soon grew restless without an airline to run so, on August 29, 1959, he founded Victoria Flying Services. This is where I received my flying training as well in 1969-70. Ground School was taught by none other than Gord Wickes and my flight instructor was Arnold Parlee. LD. Hi Eleanor, I very much enjoyed your March Patrician, and thanks for including the first two of Elwood White’s photographs (with generous credit notes). We wish you well with your 60th birthday celebration, and don’t hesitate to ask if we can provide any further help. Dr. Peter L. Smith Editor’s note: Peter Smith co-authored Wings Across the Water with Mr. Elwood White. The photos which are on display in the Victoria Flying Club lobby were all taken by Elwood White. Peter and Elwood have graciously allowed the Club to display these photos, and many others, throughout our 60th Anniversary year. LD
“Honestly guys. I saw it. It was this big!!”
Now here is a “BIG” fish!! So, to all you fisherman out there - top this one!! How’s this for a paint job? Alaska Airlines go to a lot of trouble to decorate their aircraft. Rather impressive and would certainly catch your attention!! Apparently it took their paint shop 26 days to do this! I wonder how it looks when it’s in the air!? 3
Mystery of the Month This rather small airfield is a great destination for an afternoon flight because of its famous air museum and for a particular restaurant which serves fabulous Greek food! (caution - could be hazardous if you’re sitting in close quarters on the flight home). Also, I forgot to credit CASARA for the March Mystery photo, which is CZBB. Please send in your April airport guesses to me at: Larry_Dibnah@telus.net
Thanks everyone, and Bon Chance! courtesy of the Southwest Zone of CASARA.
the Line Crew
“Please check and make sure to take all your personal belongings with you.” We’ve all heard this advice when travelling by taxi, bus, train, horse-drawn coach, etc. The same holds true after you’ve taxied in, shut down and secured a Club aircraft. Over the years, Line crews have discovered several interesting personal items in or around our aircraft that have just returned from a flight. Happily, the items are usually re-united with their rightful owners. By the same token, those items that you carry on board with you for your flight should be kept in a secure place - baggage compartment, side pockets, on your person, etc. Floating objects in the cabin during practice maneuvers may pose a serious problem to flight safety. So again, after each flight, out of courtesy for the next flight crew, please check to see that the cabin area is clean and presentable (this includes seatbelts) and that you have indeed taken all your personal belongings with you. Thanks.
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WeWere All Young and Foolish ave you ever done something in your lifetime you’d like H the opportunity to do again - differently? I speak rhetorically of course. Most of it we can write off as normal, things everyone does when we’re young and foolish. Drinking and driving, riding bicycles with no brakes, mountain climbing with no gear ... all dumb things. Fortunately, we’re still here to talk about it, including the two country boys who bought a bullet-proof vest at a surplus store one day. Of course they had to try it out - on each other - with a shotgun. I’ll spare the details, but they’re in a news archive somewhere. They survived. Tragically, others were not so lucky, and paid the price. My first airplane provided a few legendary opportunities for the record books of all time great moments. In fact my good friend and partner in the venture almost died. Back in the early 1980’s, my buddy Dennis and I bought an Evans Volksplane, a VP-1 as it was known, from Ken Armstrong on Vancouver Island. As I remember, it was built by an acquaintance of Ken’s and had apparently flown at some point. He gave us a picture of the builder sitting in the cockpit, but that was the only evidence we had that it was in fact airworthy. It needed some work, some rebuilding, but Dennis was confident we could handle it. We loaded it onto a converted boat trailer, and towed it back via the BC Ferries to the mainland, and finally into my garage. Predictably, there was much more work involved than we had initially expected. And naturally, when you start a project like a rebuild, one thing leads to another and soon you wonder what you’ve gotten yourself into. The time spent in that stage of the adventure provided for many hours of sitting in the cockpit, playing with the controls and pretending we were flying. We were young (and foolish), and were living our dream. It was probably a year later when MLB finally made it to the airport. In a couple of days, Dennis and I finished up the remaining details, attached the wings and the horizontal flying tail. We were both low-time pilots, but didn’t a lot of knowledge about aircraft engineering between us. The time came to rig the controls. Dennis was working at his job that day. So I figured it out. I think. Maybe it was figured out wrong, we’ll never know, but the control surfaces went back and forth and up and down when the stick and rudder pedals were moved. There were no brakes on our Volksplane, and I recall being quite terrified as I taxied the paved ramp between all the other parked aircraft in what isn’t much more than a wooden apple crate with a prop spinning on the front. That was really foolish. Back then, we weren’t really aware that Transport Canada would be interested in what we were doing and that someone with some aircraft engineering experience may be able to advise us.
BEAR’S AIR by Barry
One of the more intelligent decisions Dennis and I had made was that we wouldn’t actually take off and fly prior to some high-speed taxi testing. Maybe just a few crow hops, but that was all we intended on. After scaring myself while taxiing the ramp, it was decided that Dennis would do the high-speed stuff on the runway. Early one evening, after a long hard day at work, he was out there for some testing. The little Volksplane looked quite majestic as it sped along, tail off the ground and appearing quite eager to take right off. In fact it actually did. She was flying, climbing, and sounding like an airplane. And for a few brief moments, I was proud of her. A bit surprised though, because Dennis had said he wouldn’t be flying that day. However, at that point in time, he was as surprised as anyone. MLB was just too eager to get in the air. Decision time passed as the remaining runway disappeared under the brakeless wheels. Dennis was taking her around. The Volksplane entered a lazy right turn, and in spite of left stick and rudder, she just wouldn’t come out of it. Then, while on a heading pointed directly at the tower and losing altitude, the wingtip struck the ground and in she went, less than 1,000 feet from where I was standing with Dennis’s wife and son. It was not much more than a pile of toothpicks with the tail sticking up that Dennis climbed out of. He limped around and scratched his head. The fire department was ecstatic. Nothing like this had ever happened before - a crash right on the field. But after the excitement died down and a phone call to Transport Canada with the details, we loaded the wood on a trailer and trucked it away. It was the end of our first airplane. Looking back, it didn’t seem like such a big deal then. So an airplane got wrecked, there would always be another. We weren’t kids anymore, and it’s not a bicycle we’re talking about but the adventure would seem a whole lot more significant today. There were lessons learned, and nobody got hurt. Twenty five years ago, we were still young and foolish. Dennis is still a good friend and we’ve owned several airplanes since. None of them in another partnership, but that’s only because the right opportunity hasn’t come along. I’m convinced that age doesn’t come without some benefits. As we get older, we get wiser. And we become more cautious, or is it just less foolish? Maybe that’s all pure speculation because the fact is that young people live longer than old people. Go figure. Barry Meek
Al Whalley shares with VFC members the sad news of the passing of John “Red” Nelson, retired P1 electrician, from his Shearwater days. John passed away on March 4th in Sault Ste. Marie. “John’s engraved VC 922 Squadron silver mug, log book and pictures from his one and only parachute jump that he took during his time with that squadron in the sixties are on display at the Victoria Flying Club. These items, kindly donated by John himself were installed a few months ago in the Memorial Case in the lobby to commemorate the historic connection between VFC and its association with Navalair. John took his Private Pilots course at VFC and flew with many of our Navalair pilots during those days! A dear friend! Happy landings, John!”
Mystery of the Month Hi Larry, This airport is none other than Boundary Bay (ZBB). Cal Mjolsness Larry, I’ve got to guess that it’s Boundary Bay (CZBB) since those greenhouses look a lot like the ones I drive by when going from the ferry to Langley to visit my family. There ya go! Alan Moore Larry, This is Boundary Bay, BC Jim Sutherland Hi Larry March Mystery Airport: That looks to me like Boundary Bay airfield. John Oleson Hey Larry, I believe the picture is of CZBB Boundary Bay. The greenhouses give it away. The Patrician’s looking great. Kyle Sipos Larry, The mystery airport photo is CZBB Boundary Bay Airport. Cheers! Chris Peschke (Your Downeast VFC member in Halifax, NS) Hi, Larry, Hope all’s well with you, Andrew and the rest of the clan. As a Vancouver Island Zone member of CASARA, I’d guess that’s Boundary Bay. The photo seems to show two runways coming together in the rough shape of a 7. Thanks. Marie Woodruff
Larry, It’s 100% Boundary Bay. Point Roberts is in the background. What is the purpose of that wire/string wrapped about the wing strut? Sam Roland Editor’s note: The following explanation for the mystery wire in the mystery photo has been provided by Club member Marie Woodruff who is also involved with CASARA: “Hi, Larry. Glad to be of help. The cable attached to the wing belongs to an ELT homer, used to locate missing aircraft, etc. It picks up the distress frequency of 121.5 megahertz, and a practice one. The cables and antennas are attached to the wing struts on either side of the plane, pointing straight down. They have to be positioned so they don’t extend below the belly of the plane, otherwise they will interfere with the signal coming from the ground. The cables enter the plane through the air vents above the front seats and go to a battery-powered receiver which is monitored by our navigator. The homer can be used to track either direction or signal strength. I don’t know which airplane it is either, because it came from the Lower Mainland zone. Victoria sets up our planes slightly differently.” Thanks Marie. LD.
In My Travels by Larry Dibnah
1946 Taylorcraft BC 12D Taylorcraft Corporation was among the many manufacturers in the United States who provided affordable airplanes to both the military and civilian light plane market at home and abroad during the 1930’s, 40’s and 50’s. In the last issue of the Patrician, my story made reference to the rivalry that evolved between the Luscombe and Cessna aircraft companies. There also appeared to be a similar situation with the Taylorcraft and Piper companies. In 1935, design genius Clarence Gilbert Taylor was forced to start his own business after a split-up with William Piper. The result was an attractive and reliable line of aircraft that were similar to Piper’s aircraft but different in many ways. In fact, Taylor did everything he could to make his aircraft better than Piper’s. By 1940, Taylorcraft had become the second largest producer of light aircraft in the U.S. producing new models for both domestic use and for export to foreign countries. As with some other manufacturers, the advent of WW2 brought change to Taylorcraft but in a positive way. Military orders for 2000 of the tandem L2 Army Liaison model all but pushed aside production of the civilian side-by-side Model B. This brings me to the subject of this month’s story, Taylorcraft’s 1946 Model BC-12D. Following WW2, pent up demand for civilian trainers and pleasure aircraft created the great boom of 1945-46 and brought with it record production levels throughout the industry. At the Taylorcraft factory’s peak in mid 1946, over 30 new aircraft were rolling off the assembly line each day. Even today, some 70 odd years after Clarence Taylor began making aircraft, the majority of Taylorcrafts still flying are 1946 Model BC-12D’s. A two-seat, side-by-side high wing aircraft, the Model BC-12D is possibly the most beautiful of the Taylorcraft line. Made of metal (steel and aluminum) and wood with fabric covering and powered by a 65hp Continental A-65 engine, the aircraft is a real joy to fly. Interestingly enough, the BC-12D was much faster than other aircraft of the time which were powered by the same engine! The post-war light aircraft boom ground to a halt by the end of 1946, however and the Taylorcraft Corporation was forced to re-organize. Modest aircraft development followed through the 1950’s and 60’s. Taylorcraft still produces aircraft to this day including the Taylor Sport and the F-22 but not at quite the same proportions as Cessna or Piper. The accompanying Taylorcraft BC-12D photos were kindly provided by Bruce Grey. The aircraft belong to VFC member Murray McComb (C-FZLR) and Darren Adam, both seen in the photo which was taken on Vargas Island.
Reference: Taylorcraft page, World Wide Web 7
Here is an excerpt from the March 2006 issue of the newsletter entitled Prop Talk and has been reprinted courtesy of the Boundary Bay Flying Club:
DELTA HERITAGE AIR PARK BREAKFAST The second Sunday of every month is the day when everyone converges on the Delta Heritage Air Park for breakfast. Our Club, under the leadership of Mike Moffat hosts two or three of these functions a year making an opportunity for our members to fill the role of waiters, cooks, cashiers and all the other things that go with putting on such a meal. The customers are well known to all of us so a great time is had by all as well as having a good breakfast at a reasonable price. Let’s all turn out and represent our club. The times are 9 a.m. to 11 a.m.
Make this a “MUST DO” and you will do it again and again. A great opportunity to see old friends. Environment Canada Information Outreach Dear VFC members. The following is a copy of an interesting enquiry sent to the Victoria Flying Club from Mr. Dan Newall of Environment Canada in February:
Hello. I am an aviation forecaster with Environment Canada. As an outreach project we were hoping to attend some fly-ins with an informational booth to show pilots what we do and what information and products are available to them. As well, I’m hoping to canvas them to get a feel for what they find useful/useless/ good/bad about the products they already use. As a pilot myself, you wouldn’t have to twist my arm too hard to get me to attend a fly-in anyway. Because of costs, we’re probably going to have to limit things to BC and AB. I thought if we had a list of fly-ins this year I would be able to plan a route that would be efficient and attend the highest number of events. Do you have a list of fly-ins in BC or could you direct me to someone who does? I would appreciate it greatly. I’ve seen from your newsletters a list of fly-ins you attend, so I thought I might get a jump on the next newsletter. Thank you for your time. Dan Newall CMAC-W (Canadian Meteorological Aviation Center - West) Edmonton Dan.Newall@EC.gc.ca Editor’s Note: I’ve since responded to Dan’s request and have sent him an advanced copy of Flight Itinerary. He now has some contacts at Flying Clubs around this area (e.g. Nanaimo, Duncan, Delta, Boundary Bay, etc). Dan will monitor our monthly Patrician along with those of other Clubs for any upcoming fly-out/fly-in activities. LD
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Just Imagine! If 100 members spend $100 per month at Thriftys, VFC could award $6000 per year in new bursaries. Pick up cards for your family and friends too. This is a great opportunity for VFC members. We thank you for your support!
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MEMORIES Doug Perkins, Jack Ellard and Ron Stone (r to l) were seen recently looking at the Clubâ€™s Wall of Fame photo display. All that experience and all those memories that they shared. They were commenting on which of the airplanes portrayed that they had noted in their log books and were having a great time. Gerry Mants Manager, VFC
Celebrate with the
Victoria Flying Club Since January, the Victoria Flying Club has been quietly celebrating its 60th anniversary year with photo displays and newsletter articles. But mark your calendars everybody! On September 9th, 2006 we will be holding a Hangar Dance and party at the Club to top off the celebrations.
Everyone is invited! There will be a cash bar and finger foods/appetizers and music by the
‘Time Benders’ band. Ticket prices will be approximately $30 per head. There’s room in the hangar for up to 500 people so we hope that you can join us.
Please stay ‘tuned’ for further details.
Defect Reporting ne of the most misunderstood procedures a pilot is faced with is how to interpret and or report an aircraft un-serviceability or defect.
In past articles of the Patrician, I have discussed a pilot’s responsibilities prior to conducting a flight; in this issue, I will focus primarily on defect reporting and the Flying Club’s defect deferral process. I urge you to print the following excerpt, and carry it with your flying gear as a guide next time you come across an aircraft defect.
Graham Palmer VFC/CFI
Squawk Ident members mechanically safe and airworthy aircraft, the “Pilot in Command” (PIC) must make several key decisions and carry out specific tasks to ensure the aircraft remains airworthy for flight. Whether you see a red or green tag on the logbook cover, I urge you to flip to the most recent page and check for defects. If you aren’t doing this already, you may be jeopardizing yourself and your passengers by operating the aircraft with an invalid C of A and insurance policy.
As pilot in command (PIC), one of your responsibilities is to report any reasonable observed defect or unserviceability upon completion of your flight. When I say reasonable, I’m referring to something that could or will affect the operation, airworthiness, or safety of the aircraft on a subsequent flight. An upholstery screw missing from the overhead liner is a cosmetic concern, but not an item that would likely affect the operation of the aircraft, or the safety of the pilot and passengers. A faulty radio, or unserviceable VOR on the other hand is a legitimate concern, and must be reported.
If you notice an outstanding defect in the journey logbook, before you fly you must determine if you can defer it, or if it must be rectified by an AME. To do this, first turn to the ‘Equipment List’ in the POH (Pilot Operating Handbook) and determine whether the item in question is a ‘Required’ item for FAA (Federal Aviation Administration) Certification. If it is a required item, then you cannot defer it. If it isn’t listed as ‘required’, check the ‘Basic Equipment List’ in the aircraft document book. This list contains items required by Transport Canada (TC) in addition to those required by the FAA.
If you flew KMY and noted that COM 2 was unserviceable, upon completion of your flight and return to the Club, complete the ‘Flight Entry’ in the Log Book, and on a separate line report the defect. In our example of a faulty radio, simply write: “COM 2 Unserviceable”. Following this entry, flip the registration tag on the journey logbook cover from Green to Red to indicate to the next pilot that there is an outstanding defect. Additionally, request the ‘Operational Defect Record’ from the dispatcher, and complete a write-up in this book too. This ‘Snag Book’, as we all affectionately call it, is used by our maintenance staff as a summary of all defects they must systematically address to keep the aircraft flying.
In our example of the unserviceable COM, you’ll notice on the basic equipment list that only one communication radio is required for flight in controlled airspace. Therefore, as the pilot in command you could defer the faulty COM 2 and legally fly. To defer a defect in the journey log, next to the ‘grounding’ entry, write: “Deferred, not required this flight”. After completing this entry, flip to the Deferred Defect Report Sheet found inside the front cover of the journey logbook and transcribe the same entry.
By writing-up a defect in the journey logbook, you will ground the aircraft. When an aircraft is grounded, it cannot fly unless the defect is rectified by an AME (Aircraft Maintenance Engineer) or deferred by the following pilot. If you fly an aircraft with an outstanding defect, the certificate of airworthiness is invalidated. If the C of A is invalid, the aircraft’s insurance policy is invalidated too. While the Flying Club provides to its
Leave the tag ‘red’ on the logbook cover to indicate to other pilots and staff that there is a defect that may affect a following flight. The tag will be flipped to ‘green’ by the AME when the defect is rectified. If you are unclear of this procedure, ask one of the dispatchers for assistance next time you encounter a defect, they will be more than happy to help you.
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