Stories

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Qualicum Beach Airshow July 11, 2015
Qualicum Beach, BC (CAT4):  Airshow July 11, 2015
Hosted by the Parksville-Qualicum Aero Club, COPA Flight 76.
The Saturday July 11th Qualicum Beach Airshow features Super Dave Mathieson; international aerobatic star from the TV show “Airshow” performing in his sensational carbon Scheyden MX2 show plane.
Qualicum Beach Airshow July 11, 2015 2015-03-28 00:00:00Z
Pilot License Renewal Time?
Is your Aviation Document Booklet (ADB) expiring? 
Many of our Pilot Licenses require renewal this year. To get your Passport–Style Pilots license renewed, submit your application 3 months prior to due date – most of ours are due this year!
 
Transport Canada Civil Aviation regional offices will be accepting applications for ADB renewal 90 days prior to the 5 year expiry date – the date is found on the Personal Data page of the ADB.
Holders should submit the "Application for an Aviation Document Booklet" form no later than 90 days prior to the expiry date of the current ADB to ensure receipt of the new booklet before the current ADB expires.
Pilot License Renewal Time? 2015-01-09 00:00:00Z
“WHO KILLED THE AVRO ARROW?”

7 PM TONIGHT; Aerospace historian Dr. Christopher Gainor will be returning to The Parksville Qualicum Aero Club to discuss key topics that he captured while researching and writing his bookWHO KILLED THE AVRO ARROW?” 

  

“WHO KILLED THE AVRO ARROW?” 2014-12-22 00:00:00Z
Pilot's Tip: Sterile Cockpit
from Bob Martens & PilotWorkshops.com
"Sterile cockpit procedures are very important. We may not be aware of what they are.  
Pilot's Tip: Sterile Cockpit 2014-12-08 00:00:00Z
PQAC Christmas Party
Hello Fellow PQACers!!! Merry Christmas Everyone!  - Probably not the first Holiday wish, but close to it, eh!!!
 
PQAC Christmas Party 2014-11-09 00:00:00Z
Earn your Radio Operator's Certificate - $29

A fun day in the Classroom & One outdoor simulation ...

http://airfun.org/

Earn your Radio Operator's Certificate - $29 Donald Coates 2013-06-27 00:00:00Z
Try something new ... Fly a Plane!

One Day in the Classroom & Two Free Flights

http://airfun.org/

 

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Try something new ... Fly a Plane! Donald Coates 2013-06-27 00:00:00Z
PRESIDENT'S WELCOME MESSAGE

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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 Information” tab found on the upper left of this page or click on the name of a member of PQAC's executive immediately above and send us an email!!

PRESIDENT'S WELCOME MESSAGE Fred Evoy 2013-05-04 00:00:00Z
PQAC Member-of-the-Year Announced at Christmas Party

At the 2012 PQAC Christmas party, President Paul Connor announced that Shirley Gammon was voted the 2012 Member of the Year!  Shirley has done a great job of co-ordinating PQAC's social calendar this year.  Thank you Shirley!

Speaking of the Annual Christmas Party, 36 members attended the party and all enjoyed a fun and wonderful evening with a great pot luck dinner and the always fun progressive gift exchange.

Seasons greetings and best wishes to everyone for good health and happiness.

Fred Evoy, Vice President, PQAC

 

PQAC Member-of-the-Year Announced at Christmas Party Phyllis Edwards 2012-12-18 00:00:00Z
Youth Flight Day - another successful event completed September 15, 2012
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PQAC's annual 'Kids Flight Day' was held at CAT4 on Saturday, September 15th, 2012!
**Parents of participating young pilots -- if you want access to photos from event day, please contact Fred Evoy at PQAC**

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Youth Flight Day - another successful event completed September 15, 2012 Phyllis Edwards 2012-09-19 00:00:00Z
PQAC Fly-In
Fly-In 2012 -- watch for 2013 events for Members, friends and fly-in friends
PQAC Fly-In Phyllis Edwards 2012-05-01 00:00:00Z
Welcoming Itinerant Pilots to CAT4

 

Extending hospitality to visiting flyers - what can we do better?

Welcoming Itinerant Pilots to CAT4 Phyllis Edwards 2012-05-01 00:00:00Z
Beaufort RCACS Murder Mystery - May 12, 2012
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A Fun Filled evening with victorymurdermysteries.com preforming a 4 part skit called "The Scent(s) of Doom" which is all about selling the "Sensibility" product line of current popular Health services, namely Aromatherapy Lotions and Laughter Yoga.
Beaufort RCACS Murder Mystery - May 12, 2012 Sigmund Sort 2012-05-01 00:00:00Z
Glassair - Evening Arrival

A local Glassair checks the runway for deer before setting up to land.

Glassair - Evening Arrival Jim Hannibal 2012-03-28 00:00:00Z
Angel Flight

On a scheduled Angel Flight – Paul Connor took off from Qualicum Beach (CAT4) with a GO PRO HERO camera on the glareshield. The herring fishery was under way

as shown by the beautiful glacial colours in the water depicting the herring spawning.

 

At 3500 ft talking to Vancouver terminal the route went by Sechelt and Gower Point then over UBC to waypoint KERRI at 2500 ft for the overhead arrival for 26 left.

There is a designated parking spot for Angel Flight at the South Terminal

 

Please see Video - Home Page, under "Stories". 

 

If you want to learn more about 'Angel Flights', and how PQAC can help, ask Paul.

Angel Flight Paul Connor 2012-03-11 00:00:00Z
Angel Flight + Herring Fishery Qualicum Beach to South Terminal
On a scheduled Angel Flight – Paul Connor took off from Qualicum Beach (CAT4) with a GO PRO HERO camera on the glareshield. The herring fishery was under way as shown by the beautiful glacial colours in the water depicting the herring spawning. At 3500 ft talking to Vancouver terminal the route went by Sechelt and Gower Point then over UBC to waypoint KERRI at 2500 ft for the overhead arrival for 26 left. There is a designated parking spot for Angel Flight at the South Terminal
Angel Flight + Herring Fishery Qualicum Beach to South Terminal Paul Connor 2012-03-10 00:00:00Z
PQAC Scolarship Award Winner!

 

 

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

PQAC Scolarship Award Winner! Randy Parcels
PQAC's KIWI program let's our non-flying members go flying!

 

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PQAC's KIWI program let's our non-flying members go flying! Randy Parcels
Pilot's Safety Tip of the month: BIRD AVOIDANCE - from Transport Canada TP12422

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.

Pilot's Safety Tip of the month: BIRD AVOIDANCE - from Transport Canada TP12422 Randy Parcels
Ladies and Gentlemen, Start Your Engines - Part 3 - from www.AVweb.com

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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Ladies and Gentlemen, Start Your Engines - Part 3 - from www.AVweb.com Randy Parcels
Ladies and Gentlemen, Start Your Engines - Part 2 - from www.AVweb.com

Alternator On or Off?

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Ladies and Gentlemen, Start Your Engines - Part 2 - from www.AVweb.com Randy Parcels
Ladies and Gentlemen, Start Your Engines - Part 1 - from www.AVweb.com

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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Ladies and Gentlemen, Start Your Engines - Part 1 - from www.AVweb.com Randy Parcels
ForeFlight on the iPad - a pilot friendly manual by John Dittmer

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ForeFlight on the iPad - a pilot friendly manual by John Dittmer Randy Parcels
PARKSVILLE QUALICUM AERO CLUB - FLY KIDS

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

 

PARKSVILLE QUALICUM AERO CLUB - FLY KIDS Randy Parcels
GIEO's Panel gets an update!

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

GIEO's Panel gets an update! Randy Parcels
Stay Safe - Keep a good look out for other planes when flying

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Stay Safe - Keep a good look out for other planes when flying Randy Parcels
Fraser River Corridor Frequencies,

"Notice of Change" re Fraser River Corridor Common Air-to-Air Frequency.

Fraser River Corridor Frequencies, Randy Parcels
Talking to Busy Controllers

Featuring John Krug - view profile from http://pilotworkshop.com/

Are you a bit overwhelmed by the rapid fire delivery of instructions from some controllers. Should GA pilots do all we can to just go to the nearest, lesser volume airports?

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Talking to Busy Controllers Randy Parcels
Airbus introduces first electric airplane

Published on Apr 25, 2014

MUNICH (Reuters) - Aircraft maker Airbus Group NV is learning from carmakers as it works on developing a small plane powered by hybrid electric engines that could represent its first move into the market for regional jets.


 

Airbus introduces first electric airplane Randy Parcels
Victoria Flying Club Fly-Outs
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Paine Field Fly-Out

Hopefully in April, Victoria Flying Club will have their first successful fly-out after series of bad weather.

On April 12th, we will be flying to Paine Field in order to visit Boeing Factory, as well as Future of Flight Museum. I am still working on the logistical details but expect the fly-out to leave Victoria earlier than previous fly-outs due to customs procedures and factory tour timings.

At this point, I need everyone planning on coming to reply to this email ASAP regardless of any other email or conversation we may have had. Once I have a better idea about numbers, I will then finalize logistical details. Due to the heavy logistical planning required, last minute sign ups will not be guaranteed a spot on the factory tour or parking at Paine Field.

Please email flyoutbug@gmail.comto sign up ASAP.

 

Victoria Flying Club Fly-Outs Randy Parcels
Parksville-Qualicum Aero Club School District 69 Scholarship Program
Parksville-Qualicum Aero Club is proud to announce its sponsorship of a School District 69 Scholarship Program.

Application forms for the $500 school scholarship program are available from School District 69 High Schools.

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April 8, is the dead line for students interested in aviation to apply for the scholarship. 

Parksville-Qualicum Aero Club School District 69 Scholarship Program Randy Parcels
Randy's Safety Moment for March: Is the airplane you are about to fly airworthy?

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.

Randy's Safety Moment for March: Is the airplane you are about to fly airworthy? Randy Parcels
CLOSE ENOUGH?
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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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CLOSE ENOUGH? Randy Parcels
Interested in joining the Parksville Qualicum Aero Club?

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

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Interested in joining the Parksville Qualicum Aero Club? Randy Parcels
PQAC Membership
Annual membership in the Parksville-Qualicum Aero Club
PQAC Membership Don Coates
Contact Us!
We welcome your comments, and this is where to find us, or contact us.
Contact Us! Don Coates
Qualicum Beach Airport

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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Qualicum Beach Airport Randy Parcels
Photo Albums
Geezer Day - Posted October 4, 2010
Photo Albums Don Coates
General Meeting November 12 2013: 442 Squadron Search and Rescue Presentation
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General Meeting November 12 2013: 442 Squadron Search and Rescue Presentation Randy Parcels
Our Club Today

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.

Our Club Today Don Coates
Club History
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.
Club History Don Coates
About Us
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.
About Us Don Coates
Welcome To PQAC@CAT4
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You are entering the wonderful world of recreational flying at the Qualicum Beach Airport!

Welcome To PQAC@CAT4 Don Coates
Flying into and Out of Non-Towered Airports.

Kevin Varey lead an engaging and very informative session focused on Flying into and Out of Non-Towered Airports.

Differences and similarities in procedures involving controlled and uncontrolled airports

  • MF (mandatory frequency) area requires radio communication prior to entering the area
  • If MF exists it is likely that the area has an instrument approach and/or higher density traffic
  • ATF (Aerodrome Traffic Frequency) exists so that all radio equipped aircraft operating in the area are listening on a common frequency and are following common reporting procedures. Note: aircraft without radios may be operating in these areas as well.
Flying into and Out of Non-Towered Airports. Randy Parcels
Pilot's Rust Removal / Recurrent Training

Greetings fellow aviation buffs! 

 

I am pleased to inform you that Kevin Varey of Discovery West Aviation will be leading a “Rust removal session” at PQAC that will help you fulfill your 24 month recurrent training in accordance with CAR 401.05 licensing standards.

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Pilot's Rust Removal / Recurrent Training Randy Parcels
Randy’s Safety Moment for February –SAFE VFR FLIGHT – From Transport Canada TP2692

 

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Transport Canada accident statistics show that items in this list which were neglected or overlooked contributed to VFR accidents. Therefore performing all the items are in your best interest.

 

Randy’s Safety Moment for February –SAFE VFR FLIGHT – From Transport Canada TP2692 Randy Parcels
January Safety Moment - Before the Preflight - from Pilot Workshops.com

"Let's look at the weather. It's so easy to look out the window and say - Looks good; I'm going. Let's talk about how and why and where we can get the weather resources we need to start our trip in an appropriate manner."

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"Well, there's a multitude of resources out there now. We all know that. But a good airman usually starts with the big picture and that can be The Weather Channel. That can be several online sources. This gives you a chance to begin to think about what challenges you're going to have on this particular mission, whether it's going to be crosswinds, whether it's going to be low weather, whether it's going to be instrument proficiency, night proficiency, whatever the issues you may have. When you finally do call the Flight Service Station for the briefing, if you've looked at the big picture you already know what kind of detail information you want to get from that dialogue with the briefer, and that's going to help you make better decisions and a better plan for your journey."

"How about the mental preparation? How do we make that transition from whatever we were doing prior to flying, so that we now focus our full attention on the flight ahead?"

You have to turn the switch off. You cannot continue to do business as you're rushing out to the airplane. I like to start with the drive to the airport. That's a good time to turn off the cell phone, turn off the radio and just think a little bit about the challenges that are coming along on your flight. Get your brain working for the flight before you get to the airport. Chances are you won't be distracted and you won't miss important things during your pre-flight preparation."

January Safety Moment - Before the Preflight - from Pilot Workshops.com Randy Parcels
Safety Moment for November - ELT's A-Okay

Click here to view Letter to Editor -EAA Sport Aviation August 2013

Please also see 442 Search & Rescue Squadron under our Stories Page.

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Safety Moment for November - ELT's A-Okay Randy Parcels
Safety Moment for October -Engine Failure and Off-Field Landing Choices

"In the case when we can't safely glide to an airport, what kind of location should we be looking for?"

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"Any clear area without hazards or obstacles will serve you well. You're not looking for a perfect location. Far too many times, pilots compound the situation by trying to find the perfect location.

Finding a suitable field without large objects or objects that will adversely affect your landing will work very well for you. Airplanes stop pretty quickly, we don't need a 5,000-foot field, but we do need to identify what in the field may influence our landing. A big rock, a ditch or a stream across the field will adversely affect our landing because when we hit a solid object our airplane comes to a sudden stop. That's where the injuries and fatalities do occur. That's where the injuries and fatalities do occur.

Safety Moment for October -Engine Failure and Off-Field Landing Choices Randy Parcels
PQAC Fly-In Pancake Breakfast, Salmon BBQ & Dance Sat July 13th 8AM

Parksville Qualicum Aero Club (CAT4)  COPA Flight 76


will be hosting a Fly-In Pancake Breakfast 8 AM Saturday July 13th 

Breakfast is free for War Bird Pilots & Crews. Free coffee for pilots arriving by air. Reduced fuel pricing for the Fly-In!

Burgers & Hot Dogs 11:30-14:00. Discounted Scenic Flights with Discovery West Aviation. Buy/Sell/Trade booth, RC Airplanes, Static displays & more.

Wing campers welcome, RV camping available with reservations. Beautiful Beaches & Golf courses minutes away.

Tickets are available for $20 in advance only for a 6 PM Salmon BBQ and Dance featuring the sounds of Big Twang Theory.  

For more information contact Fred Evoy at 250-248-7680 gwfevoy@shaw.ca or Jim Hannibal at jhannibal1946@gmail.com

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More details to follow soon. Questions and suggestions can be emailed to PQAC's Executive Board Members using the links on this web site.  

PQAC Fly-In Pancake Breakfast, Salmon BBQ & Dance Sat July 13th 8AM Randy Parcels
Glasair Super2 RG C-FGJQ First Flight
Xmas eve 2007 - Glasair Super2 RG C-FGJQ flew for the first time after four years of building by Paul Connor and Jim Hannibal.
Glasair Super2 RG C-FGJQ First Flight Jim Hannibal
Invasion of the Aliens!

PQAC Members and Aircraft Recruited to Fight "Invasion of the Aliens!"

Invasion of the Aliens! Don Coates
Security and Integrity of Your Data
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ClubRunner secures all your private information using the latest security technologies. Hosted in a world class data centre with redundant power, Internet backbones and 24/7 security and monitoring, you can rest assured that your club data is safe and protected. Your members' contact information is secured behind unique logins and passwords. Access to information is also restricted, for example, a member can only view the list of members, but can modify his or her own personal information.

Data on the server is protected by TCP/IP filtering, firewall and anti-virus software that protect against any unauthorized intrusion. Backups of data are made daily and stored off-site.
Security and Integrity of Your Data Don Coates
 
PARKSVILLE QUALICUM AERO CLUB
Unit 9, 1000 Ravensbourne Lane, Qualicum Beach Airport {CAT4} 
Qualicum Beach B.C. V9K 1P9, Canada