Nanaimo Flying Club News

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I’d like to CONGRATULATE out going president and all round good guy Don Crocker
as well as all his season’s helpers for putting on a great
Club Christmas dinner.

You who attended know how well it went – you who didn’t well you missed a superb meal and great company.

A BIG thanks to all who cooked at home and at the clubhouse to make the evening a success.

Don has put in more hours at the clubhouse these past couple of years than I am sure he put in at home.

Just to show that we at the Nanaimo Flying Club are a cultured and enlightened lot, today’s post:

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ODE TO CDG
(Charles de Gaulle Airport, Paris)
Even more than music, or muzak, an airport
is international, the ultimate
gated community, and if no longer
elite, at least self-sufficient.

With its intersecting spars and hightech
brushed steel, this is no one’s home:
here we are all transients, leafing through magazines,
sprawling on well-designed benches
to catch a few minutes’ sleep. It does not work.

Though heart and eye might otherwise rejoice at
the clean lines of boutiques and elegant walkways,
PA warnings, boarding announcements
remind us not to relax. At all hours we know
we are being scanned by hidden cameras,
everything’s taken care of, we are protected from contact
with every element except fear, and have nowhere to go.

Night Vision; Christopher Levenson

A note for members planning to use the NFC facilities:

The executive has granted use of the Clubrooms for the following
Boy Scouts Sunday 23 Nov 12:00 to 1500 hrs
CASARA Xmas party 13 Dec 1600 to 2300 hrs.

Here are some fantastic aeriel photos taken by Cliff Finlay of the Duncan Flying Club.  Cliff says: “The Night Train Harvard is Harry Driver’s, the Yak is Marty Howse’s and Chris McLean in his RV 6.”  Enjoy!
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Would you believe that there are recorded cases of airline captains and first officers disliking one another so much, that they flew their aircraft into an accident rather than talk to one another!  Strange but true.  One of the most important aspects in the operation of any multi-crew aircraft is clear communication.  And of course communication between an aircraft and ATC is sometimes so critical that a unique emergency transponder Sqauwk Code has been designated in case of radio failure – 7600.

Likewise within a group of diverse people such as the Nanaimo Flying Club, communication is critical.  Unhappily, sometimes this communication breaks down and while safety may not be immediately compromised like in an aircraft, a lack of communication can lead to all sorts of unpleasant situations and even mishaps.

Take a look at this photo of our NFC rental 172:

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If you arrived at the airport to fly VBA, and couldn’t find it parked in the usual spot, and after much searching found it cached away in the back hangar, with the nose-wheel propped up on a brick like this — and if you could find nothing to explain what was going on — would you fly the plane?

This is what happened to one of our renting members last Saturday.  He could not find a note anywhere, nor a single person around the clubhouse who had any knowledge of  why the plane was parked in such a strange location and balanced on a brick like this.  He wisely decided not to fly the plane until he could get some clear information about what was going on.  Was there a mechanical issue that someone knew about but wasn’t telling anyone else?

As far as I can find out so far, some well-meaning (I hope) member took action to protect VBA from the rains last week, after some other member apparently parked it outside without installing proper covers, and such.

I don’t fully know or understand what the “issues” were, but it’s clear that we must have better communication within the club. Some rental group members will be looking to set up a status board, or some other procedure (email list?) to improve comunication in the future.

Comunication!  Without it airplanes crash, and clubs dissolve into dissary.  Squawking 7600!

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Current 100LL Pricing

Good News!
Fuel returns to the NFC

NFC Members pay $1.609/litre

Non-member price $1.719/litre

Monthly ‘Fly-In’ Brunch

Our "Inter Flying Club Brunch" held the 1st Saturday of each month, all pilots & guests are invited to join-in!        more...

Hump Day Clubhouse Eats

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NFC General Meetings

"3rd Sunday" of every month. COPA 'Flight 91' also meets at this time. Both are open to all pilots & Guests.     more...

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