The time has come to plan our summer trip and I have volunteered to help organize it this year with some help from all of you as you have all expressed interest in partaking in the excursion.
Departure: July 16
Return: July 23
Anticipated aircraft: GFNI + 2-3 OFC 172s (dependent on number of people)
Please let me know your thoughts and confirm your interest. Planning meeting on Monday June 20 at 19:00 at OFC.
Paul Wagner firstname.lastname@example.org
Leslie Cartwright is back safe and sound following an epic trip to Kenora and back. She took a Spot tracker and dutifully sent position reports along the way. Click the link below to find out where she went. (On the page that opens, click the first/top entry in the list on the left to highlight the last position report.)
Leslie is a student in the Algonquin Aviation Management program. This was her first big trip as the pilot of an airplane and she planned and prepared for weeks leading up to the departure date. To share the experience, she took her mother along for the ride.
(Contributed by Bryce Hanna.)
I learned from the Flying Mag e-newsletter that an Aviation Film Festival is being held on November 5 & 6 in Dayton, Ohio.
As you no doubt know, Dayton is a real aviation Mecca including places like the National Aviation Heritage Area the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force and the Dayton Aviation Heritage National Historical Park.
If this interests you, you are welcome to organize a trip. Let us know what you need. I'm sure there are a few instructors that like movies and would be happy to chaperon some novice pilots who need to build time.
5 instructors and 10 students have made it to St. John's Newfoundland this evening.The adventurous group led by instructor Terry Otsuji left the Ottawa Flying Club on Monday August 23 in 4 Cessna 172's (FEUH, GCVO, GCOH and FVZN) and the Beech Duchess (GJFE). Their route consisted of Ottawa (CYOW) to Québec City (CYQB) to Fredericton (CYFC) for the night. Tuesday to Moncton (CYQM) to Charlottetown (CYYG) to Sydney (CYQY) to St. John`s (CYYT).
Four planes and nine pilots flew from Ottawa Flying Club at the Ottawa International Airport to the Kilarney Municipal Airport this weekend, spending the night at a local motel before making the return trip. By all accounts, it was a great time.
See some of the photos of the flight here.
Many thanks to Marc Desjardins who organized the trip and to all the members who participated.
The Ottawa Flying Club regularly challenges our members to undertake trips with the guidance of experienced pilots in a see one - do one - teach one approach. It is a great way for low-time pilots to spread their wings, increase their confidence and prepare for some real adventure.
I've been looking for interesting ways of challenging club members with tasks and challenges. Bryce Hanna sent me this link to a story of the Henniker Flying Club's First Annual Great Race. Basically, a number of teams would compete to see if they could fly to "all" 24 publicly accessible airports in New Hampshire in one day. The winning team would be judged on speed, flight planning and having the best story.
This is similar to a post race in gliding where there is a "cloud" of turn points and the winner of the competition is the one who hits the most points, covers the most distance and returns back to the home base by a set time. It is an interesting problem when you don't have an engine but even with one, the route planning is a challenge of optimization. In math, its called the traveling salesman problem. What is the shortest route that will allow you to visit all your clients?
For OFC, perhaps we could run one of these events to all the airports in a 100 mile circle around Ottawa. The main task would be to land (touch and go) at the most airports with the final landing back at YOW, all within four hours. GPS trackers would allow us to track progress and we could all get together afterwords to tell our stories, share pictures and review the "maggot races" (replays of the flight tracks) on the big screen.
Seems like a fun way to spend a day to me. What do you think?
Summer is upon us and we are encouraging people to organize club trips for a day, weekends or 3 or 4 days.... Last year 3 club members and 3 students flew to Calgary/Edmonton... was a great trip...
Club trips have always been a great learning experience for both members and students and there have been many to various places across North America... California, Florida, Bahamas, Western Canada, the East Coast and much more.
I am organizing a weekend to fly to Killarney Ontario (at the tip of Georgian Bay)... perhaps depart on a Saturday early morning and come back Sunday...
Suggested date: July 17/18
Contact me ASAP... planes have been booked.... email@example.com
I encourage people to organize other trips... I had hoped to maybe organize a trip to Charlottetown/Halifax/Moncton at end of August... perhaps someone could run with that...
Should be a great summer... let's travel....