Nanaimo Flying Club News
Don’t forget the brunch Wednesday at NFC…
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:
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!
This past Saturday was the first Saturday in November so of course it was Brunch Day. Andrea Trepanier assisted by Al Brust, put on a great spread. I don’t think anyone went away hungry —
Cetainly not Ron White! And Ron’s wife Susan seems pleased as well.
Grant and Andrea
“A plane is as able to fly itself about as much as the modern operating room can perform an operation by itself.” So says Patrick Smith in his excellent website: “Ask the Pilot.”
“I am not against the advance of technology. I’m against foolish extrapolations of it.”
To read his answer to the age-old question – do airplanes fly themselves? … or will they one day? Click Here…
Student Glider pilots learn an emergency return to land and have a specific altitude from which they will execute this maneuver. Most student pilots of powered aircraft never receive much instruction in this at all and are merely told “land straight ahead” if the engine quits after tatkeoff. But is there a better way? Check out this instructional video:
This upcoming meeting will be critical for those who have strong feelings about gas — of the 100LL variety that is. We will be reviewing the full report regarding our current fuel system and how we stand with respect to the new laws regarding fuel handling.
Don Crockett will be proposing a choice between four different options. If we wish to continue selling fuel, Environmental Insurance is just one of the hurdles we’ll have to address. Some quotes for this insurance come in at $12,000/year. Apparently we only earned about half this much from fuel sales last year. You do the math.
Another factor to consider is people-power. Properly maintaining and operating the fuel system requires several hours of volunteer effort each year. Volunteer hours seem to be in dwindling supply around our club. So, for those wishing to keep selling fuel please be prepared to deal with this topic. It’s not good enough to say that “thay” should do something. You is They.
Anyway, it promises to be an important meeting about the future shape of our club.
This Sunday, October 19 at 9 AM.