News and Comment
The 2013 Wings Dinner, the Ottawa Flying Club's annual celebration to mark the achievements of our student pilots in achieving their Private, Commercial, Multi, IFR and other ratings, will be held on Saturday, May 11th, 2013.
The dinner will be held at Restaurant International- the culinary school restaurant at Algonquin College.
As well as the awarding of the Wings, various licenses and ratings, and other awards, the evening will include a guest speaker yet to be announced. There will be a cash bar. Cocktails will be available at 6:00 P.M., and Supper will be served at 7:00 P.M.
Tickets are $45 for members & guests / $35 for students & instructors
Tickets now available at the OFC ... 613-523-2142 or email@example.com
In order to enjoy the benefits of the Ottawa Flying Club such as rental of aircraft, lower fuel prices, and other great advantages you must renew your membership and we are offering this great special. The regular cost of Flying Membership is $150 per year and all who wish to fly Club aircraft (except current registered students in the Algonquin Program) must have a Flying Membership.
RENEW NOW AND SAVE
Now until January 15 Pay only $115
January 15 to January 31 Pay only $135
In addition to access to the OFC fleet, the following benefits:
• One hour free with an instructor
• One hour free in the OFC simulator (solo or with the free instructor hour).
Please download and complete the enrolment form and return it as soon as possible in person, or my mail, or by email or FAX to 613 523 2187. http://www.ofc.ca/sites/default/files/OFC_Membership_Renewal_Form_2011_V...
We also encourage you to sign up for the Club's electronic newsletter at http://www.formstack.com/forms/?1358729-TKEGh46wAh or join us on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/groups/OttawaFlyingClub/
Membership fees are regularly :
Annual Membership: $150
Student Membership: $75 (included in private ground school fee)
Associate Members: $35
HST tax will be applied to the membership fees. Rates subject to change without notice.
Ted Horton and his wife Hanne operate an orphanage in Nairobi, Kenya. Ted is currently flying his C-182 "48 F" from Ottawa to Nairobi in support of the orphanage and the Hanne Howard Fund.
Ted has been a member of The Ottawa Flying Club for over 5 years. He completed his PPL with Gerry Thompson and since buying his C-182 has been flying with John Porter.
Follow Ted's "excellent adventure" from Ottawa through Europe to Africa in his blog: www.cessnaottawa2nairobi.islandnet.com.
We are excited that one of our members has taken on such a personal and challenging flight!
Hosted by the Ottawa Flying Club, Fly Day is an event supported and contributed to by local area pilots, aviation related businesses and organizations, many sponsors, and the Ottawa Rotary Club, and we need volunteers to make it work!
September 29, 2012
Fly Day Pilots Wanted!
Pilots with 4-place aircraft are needed for the 53rd Annual Fly Day at the Ottawa Flying Club to carry out sightseeing flights over Ottawa.
If you are a pilot with:
- A Private or Commercial Licence
- 100 hours or more PIC (special consideration for Algonquin students who wish to volunteer with 85 hours PIC and reviewed by CFI)
- 10 hours on Type
- 10 hours in the previous 12 months (or a checkout by an OFC instructor)
- Familiarity with procedures at Ottawa
- Recency and Currency as per the CARS
- 1 hour PIC or Dual within the last 30 days before FlyDay, and
- a 4-place (or better) aircraft to fly (owned or rented)
...you can take part in Fly Day!
If you fly as a volunteer pilot, you will receive:
- Tax receipts for all operating costs
- Free Fuel
- Landing and Departure at CYOW are waived for participating aircraft
All of the Cessna 172s and the Beech Duchess have been reserved for rental use on Fly Day.
Ground volunteers needed too!
Ground volunteers are needed to escort passengers to and from the aircraft and to marshal aircraft.
As most activities take place on the OFC ramp, ground volunteers are required to be licensed pilots, student pilots with their student pilot permit, or airport authority red pass holders.
If you are interested in flying (or for volunteering for other activities, in taking a ride at the event, in being a sponsor (you can download the sponsorship form here), or contributing a static exhibit), please contact MARC DESJARDINS (firstname.lastname@example.org). For more information, please see the FlyDay website at www.flyday.ca.
See you on the 29th of September!
On 26 Sept 2011 at 19:30, Sennheiser will be sponsoring a free presentation at the Canadian Aviation Museum entitled “Rejuvenating Aviation from the Ground Up”. This engaging informational session, given by Ravi “The Raviator”, has been presented at Embry-Riddle University, the University of North Dakota, the University of Western Ontario, several EAA (Experimental Aircraft Association) chapters and many other locations. As a sport pilot and professional musician, Ravi encourages students to not only become involved with commercial aviation, but also to help improve its overall image. During the sessions, Ravi encourages Certified Flight Instructors (CFIs) to become more inspired teachers by reconnecting to their own training days. Ravi also shares grassroots marketing concepts to school owners and operators that they can apply within their own educational institutions. Ravi is a pilot and motivational speaker who is bringing renewed passion to the aviation industry. Concerned that the perception of aviation is in decline, he inspires pilots and aviation professionals to re-connect with their dream through educational and motivational events.
For more about Ravi, see http://www.theRaviator.com.
On Wednesday, September 7th, 2011, Marcel Seguin celebrated 65 years as an OFC Club Member. He started joined the club in 1946 and completed his commercial license with OFC. He remembers those yearly years fondly and recalls the excitement and joy of just being around the planes. There were a wide variety of aircraft available - J3s, Tiger Moths, Fleet Canucks and others. With him were some fantastic people that went on to careers in aviation. Marcel was headed in that direction but started working with the early version of Transport Canada and ended up working on the Canada Air Pilot and enroute charts.
Marcel recently passed his aviation medical and may be the oldest licensed pilot in Canada.
Peter Goodman, an Algonquin College student in the September class flew solo today for the first time. While the September class just started today, Peter has been flying since early August and managed to solo with 17.3 hours of dual flight training.
With the runway under construction, Peter's solo flight took place at the Carp airport. With his instructor, Morgan Ross, Peter flew to Carp and then left Morgan on the ground while he made his first circuit.
On his return, we took a few photos of the event.
The Ottawa Flying Club welcomed the new intake of students from the Algonquin Aviation Management Program today. Approximately 50 students are enrolled in the program which prepares the students for a career as a professional pilot.
Today was the first day of the 16 month program, with briefings in the morning and classes starting in the evening. Although a few students have been flying with OFC for a while, the majority will start flight training on the 4th of September.
In the program, the students will achieve their commercial pilots license with additional ratings for instrument flight rules and multi-engine aircraft operation or flight instruction. On graduation, the students will be able to seek employment in the aviation industry with a goal of becoming an airline pilot.
The first milestone in the training is being able to fly solo, which most of the class should manage by the end of October.
The students in this class come from all across Canada. There are also a few international students as well. Please welcome them to OFC and encourage these new pilots in their training.
A recent story in the Ottawa Citizen caught my eye as it described the short career of a past OFC member. Tomas Bates was a musician and Club member in the late 1930s, having moved to Ottawa from Guelph Ontario. Shortly after the war broke out, he was recruited by the Air Force and started training at Camp Borden. After several months in training, he received his wings on 12 December 1940. He died the next day in a collision during a search and rescue operation.
Despite the fact that witnesses saw the collision, no one actually saw the planes crash in Lake Muskoka. Only one plane was recovered at the time. Tom's aircraft, a Northrup A-17 Nomad was recently found through the diligent efforts of the Lost Airmen in Muskoka Project (LAMP).
Also of interest is the second pilot in Tom's aircraft, a 24 year old Lieutenant named Peter Campbell.