Hello and welcome to June. Well the Smith’s Falls
location has been approved for a permanent base! Keith Kelly, recent Class
2 will be acting as CFI and keeping things flying down there. Speaking of
Smith’s Falls, the Fly-in breakfast was another rousing success; despite
cloudy skies and occasional rain. Congratulations to Jack and the board
for another job well done. Thanks to Keith Kelly and Bruce Trudel for flying
the visitors around on their mini-tours for the morning. Read on, Fliers!
THINGS TO LOOK FORWARD TO…
Aviation Expo! Canada’s
largest air trade show is on again at Oshawa Regional Airport. (CYOO). Join
thousands of other pilots and aviation enthusiasts on June 14th
and 15th. You can drive, fly or walk in. If you are heading up
let OAS know and we can slide you some tickets! It’s great weekend fun!
Don’t forget Kars’ Annual “Kars
‘n Planes” summer BBQ on June the 8th at the Rideau Valley Airpark.
Antique cars and planes are the feature at this event!
Firsts and Other
Wonderful Achievements in
Elizabeth Den Otter
Class 2 Instructor
Class 4 Instructor
would like to congratulate all of these pilots!
Partners for aircraft ownership.
I would like to find one or more partners to share in buying and operating
an airplane. I’m fairly flexible about the aircraft type, but it should
hold two large adults and still have enough weight capacity to hold a reasonable
amount of fuel. (C150’s need not apply!). Please call Mike James at (613)
727-9359 or email him at
From the Desk of the President
Lately we have suffered broken PTT switches
and damaged headsets by the score! Please do not use excessive
force on these items! Should one break, report it and remove
it from service.
When the runway at PD8 is not too soft,
Donna and I have been using the Beechcraft 19 to commute to
work this summer. If ever one needed a demonstration of the
advantages of general aviation, this is IT!
A choice between 25 to 30 minutes flying
in the Beech and 1-11/2 hours in the car tailgated by angry drivers
in polluted traffic…it’s no contest!
(With the shape of commercial aviation
being what it is, we may see more and more people using light
aircraft for commuting.)
That’s All for Now Folks!
1961 Fourney FIA Aircoupe, only 35 manufactured!
Excellent condition and immaculate paint. Maintained to the highest standards.
Please contact Chris Trim at (613) 822-4140
is in full swing!
students can enjoy competitive rates through West Capital Aviation operating
out of Constance Lake and Rockcliffe Airport. Any OAS student sent out to
train at West Capital enjoys the benefit of not having to pay any membership
fees and the ground portion is included in your package. (Not to mention OAS
gets a small finder’s fee!) See Teri for package details.
Have you been over to the National Capital Aviation
Museum lately? The Museum is putting together some great exhibits
to commemorate the 100 years of powered flight being celebrated in 2003. You
can also take a flight in a 1956 DeHavilland Canada Chipmunk, which is part
of the Museum’s Flying Program. You may have seen (or heard!) this beautiful
white airplane that used to be a trainer in the RCAF start up on the OAS ramp.
It is a dream to fly this piece of history, and the experience is not to be
missed! The Chipmunk is usually at the museum on weekends, but you can call
ahead to book a time. (And if this little article does not persuade you, talk
to Kate!) The Museum is located off the Rockcliffe Parkway near the river
or can be reached online at www.aviation.nmstc.ca.
Aboard to Alex Cote, new Class Four instructor. Alex will be picking up
a few flights Ion the weekends here at OAS, so make him feel welcome. (In
OAS terms that means give him a good-natured hard time until the next “greenhorn”
arrives. Speaking of which, Trevor McLaurin passed his Class Four ride at
the beginning of this month, and we are hoping to see his smiling face around
our Smith’s Falls location soon! Bravo!
OAS featured in numerous articles in local
papers this month! SFFC student Maria Topping arranged a student Fly Day
at the Smith’s Falls Airport for her Kindergarten class and their Grade
6 reading buddies. 65 kids form Drummond Central School showed up to see
and learn about aeroplanes and aviation. Special thanks to pilots Nina Loretto
and Kate Duncan for showing the kids around the mighty Beechcraft and to
Trevor Lyons for bringing his classic Ercoupe to the Club. Jack Tedford
was on hand from the Smith’s Falls Flying Club and Graham Payne was there
with his model flyers, demonstrating these amazing little machines for the
kids. Lary Loretto and Keith Kelly helped to kids with some hands on learning,
while the Lamports showed off their RV6. You can see great articles about
this day in the Smith’s Falls newspaper The Lanark Era and the local Perth
paper! Keep your eyes open to an upcoming edition of COPA for a full-length
article with pictures!
for some aviation stuff?
One ICOM A-22 Nav/Com for sale.
Includes Ni-Cd Battery, wall charger headset adapter, belt clip, antenna and
carry case. Push to talk style. Also a Citizen Eco-drive watch. Has a four-year
power reserve, charges in sunlight, three-world time alarms and 99 minute
countdown feature. Time and calendar in 30 cities! Call Andrew Armstrong if
these items interest you at (613) 990-1011 or (819) 684-1796.
Thanks for reading this month!
Until the next…keep the blue side up!