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The early morning of Sat 11th saw a thunder and lightening storm passing over the Qualicum airport, however the weather soon turned to provide a beautiful day to fly 26 kids.

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Liam, Nicky and Dylan Bolger with pilot Paul Connor after their flight

 

 
 
 
 

INTRODUCTION
Birds have been a potential hazard to aircraft since the beginning of air travel. 

 

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The intent of this safety message is to help pilots decrease the chance of a bird strike incident, as well as to minimize the consequences of a bird strike if one does occur.

 
 
 
 

Mike Busch, the Savvy Aviator http://www.savvyaviator.com/

Many years ago, I was training for my multiengine flight-instructor rating. I had been flying my Cessna 310 from the right seat, and the instructor prepping me for my checkride was in the left seat. I'd just completed a series of right-seat touch-and-go landings, and we were about to make a full-stop landing to break for lunch when my instructor asked me if he could have that landing. "Sure," I said, "your airplane!"

The landing looked as if it would be perfect, but as the mains touched the runway something felt wrong. The long nose of the airplane twitched slightly to the right. It felt to me almost as if the right brake had been applied at touchdown. The instructor nudged the airplane left to bring it back on centerline, then gave me a quizzical look: "What happened there, Mike? Were your feet on the brakes when we touched down?"

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I ran this section by both my editor Mike Busch and GAMI's George Braly for their comments, and I'd like to quote George's response here:

"For the record, I think you are a damn fool for doing an article on "starting"! So there! Even GOD doesn't know how to start some of these engines!"

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PQAC Scholarship award winner Jacob Callaghan with PQAC President Fred Evoy.

 

 
 

Featuring Bob Martens - Pilot Workshops.com

"Any flight control issues are VERY serious. Don't hesitate to declare an emergency with ATC. They can help you a lot!

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Ideally, they are discovered on the ground, which leads me to my first key point. Preflight all flight controls as if your life depends upon it!

Move all the flight controls through their complete travel looking for binding or other issues. Visually ensure that all are fully secured at their hinge point. Look for evidence of any rubbing or binding on adjacent surfaces.

When you perform your flight control check before take off, make sure you take them through their full range of travel and visually check proper response.

If you experience flight control difficulties inflight, you will need to accomplish a controllability check. Hopefully you are at an altitude that gives you some safe margins to operate! If able, climb to a safer altitude. You will need to determine just how much capability you have.

As a minimum, you need enough capability to safely put the aircraft on the ground. While ensuring safe margin over stall, slow the aircraft to see how it performs at landing speeds. You might have to carry more airspeed than normal for landing. Not a problem, hopefully you can find a longer runway if necessary. If turning is a problem, you'll need to set up for a straight in approach and landing. Find out what you have working for you and what you have lost. Once you know this, you can safely formulate a plan for getting the aircraft on the ground.

Find the longest runway in the area, choose an aim point safely down the runway, and control your descent and speed within the parameters you have determined that work."

 

 

 

 
 

If you have any interest in the Avro Arrow or Space Travel, you won’t want to miss this meeting!


 

The Parksville Qualicum Aero Club is pleased to announce that at 7 PM Tuesday May 6th; Mr. Christopher Gainor will be sharing his insights about the contribution made to NASA and the Space Race by the Avro Arrow’s Engineers and Scientists. PQAC Members as well as non-members are welcome. Optional donations at the flying club’s door are appreciated.


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PARKSVILLE-QUALICUM AERO CLUB ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING

Tuesday, April 8th, 2014

PQAC Clubhouse, 7:00 p.m.

AGENDA

 

PURPOSE:

 

Receiving and approving reports of the Board of Directors, receiving and approving the Financial Statements and Report of the Examiners of Accounts for the period ending December 31, 2013, receiving and approving amendments to Club Constitution and By-Laws, election of new Directors, and, the transaction of such further or other business as may properly come before the meeting, or any adjournment thereof.


 

 
 
 

Airworthiness: What You Should Know

Featuring Bob Martens - view profile

airworthiness

Know your airplane! It sounds simple enough but let's see if we can answer a few fundamental questions.

 
 
 

There are several good reasons to join PQAC, but here is one that might be of particular interest.

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March 12: Advanced iPad Flying - Presenter: Bret Koebbe

March 19: SuperVee to AeroVee Engine History - Presenter: John Monnett

March 26: Chapter Chat: Beyond the Young Eagles Flight - Presenters: Brian O'Lena, Bret Steffen

April 2: All About Not-So-Plain Bearings - Presenter: Mike Busch

April 9: The Right Mindset for Aerobatic Flight - Presenter: Michael Lents

View all Webinars.
Pre-registration required.

 

 
 
A Royal Air Force Typhoon pilot drives up to the back door of a C-130 (Hercules) for a photo opportunity

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Welcome to PQAC - Whether you’re a seasoned pilot, a rookie pilot or someone bitten by all things aviation, PQAC is the place to be in Oceanside.

We have members with varied interests and experience in aviation. All are friendly and enjoy the camaraderie of their common interest in airplanes and aviation.  Whether hanging out in the Member’s Lounge or flying off to enjoy the scenery of this fantastic Island in the Pacific, what better way to have fun.  PQAC offers it all!

 

We welcome visitors and members alike, with a friendly smile and always a kind word.  Drop by and introduce yourself to any of our members.  I’m sure you’ll be glad you did!

 

Check out our website for events happening at the Club.  To get further information, click on the “PQAC Membership” tab below or click on the “Contact Us” tab for an application for membership and send us an email!!

 

 
 

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Many thanks go out to Matt St. Arnaud for making this happen!

 

 
 

Please checkout the latest edition of the Canada Flight Supplement (CFS) for the most up-to-date information on Qualicum Beach Airport (CAT4).

Qualicum Beach Airport Live Webcams

Please click "Here" for the Current (PDF) Issue of the Canadian Airport Charts.

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Established in 1968, we are a BC registered non-profit society, based at the Qualicum Beach Airport (CAT4) on beautiful Vancouver Island, BC. We have a friendly group of very enthusiastic and active members.
 
 
 
Parksville-Qualicum Aero Club first came into being in the late 1950’s, when the five founding members got together at the Qualicum Beach Airport site way out in the bush near Qualicum Beach, BC, to throw around the idea of forming a club, putting up some money and leasing an airplane the members could fly.
 
 
 

Cruisin' Along

As far as the engine is concerned, we could skip this "cruise" section entirely. By just leaving everything alone (or just tweaking the CHT) when reaching cruise altitude, you're all set in the "LOP go fast" mode. But there are other considerations. You may not want the "go fast" mode — you may need more range, for example.

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Today, PQAC has a membership of over 90, ranging in age from 18 to . . . well you get the picture. There are several seasoned pilots who call PQAC home.

 
 
 
Annual membership in the Parksville-Qualicum Aero Club
 
 
 

 

 

You are entering the wonderful world of recreational flying at the Qualicum Beach Airport!

 
 
 
 
We welcome your comments, and this is where to find us, or contact us.
 
 
 
Geezer Day - Posted October 4, 2010
 
 
 

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