I am really happy to step into the role so expertly managed by Bill Quantock up until late this season. Bill worked endlessly in bringing about major improvements to our field and ensuring it remained a safe and happy “backyard” for us all to enjoy. Thanks a million, Bill! You have done us proud!!
Field Maintenance and Improvements
Here’s what was done this year:
- Spring clean up
- Grass over seeding- 75 kgs both in spring and fall
- Geotex runway and taxiway installation
- Portable toilet provision
- Cut the southwest area grass to allow for multiuse including overflow parking
- Weekly grass cutting from May through October
- Fall clean up
Your enthusiastic recommendations for next year are much appreciated. While every idea was reviewed by our board, we must consider and prioritize each from a budgetary (best bang for the buck) and safety perspective. So unfortunately, some decision-making was necessary and not all ideas can be accommodated, for now:
Safety & Security
Being around LiPo’s and spinning propellers does demand a degree of respect. I am always impressed at the willingness of everyone to assist each other as a “safety-buddy” when focus may momentarily be interrupted. Review of potential safety issues and procedures is an ongoing process.
The amazing team of volunteer instructors ran another highly popular program this year under the leadership of our CFI and interim CFI, Mike Hazelton & Frank van Beurden. Despite sometimes challenging weather, I do not think a single Wednesday evening was skipped during the entire season which took off on 22nd May and landed with a President’s BBQ on 17th September. The roster of instructors deserves our applause with an extra clap for Frank who was awarded special recognition at our annual fun fly.
Bill Quantock Greg Hazelton Nick Dang
Frank van Beurden Michael Rogozinsky Ron Brott
Greg Cadez Mike Hazelton, CFI Simon Hinchcliffe
Here are some of the things we are planning to do:
Spring clean up Wind sock relocation
Field road sign relocation Table repair and upgrade
Runway and grass maintenance The “Loo” maintenance
Parking lot fence repair/replacement Develop a register of students
Add gravel to parking lot and laneway Review of safety & training
Grass over seeding Fall clean up
Our gratitude goes to all volunteers for continuing to make our “backyard” so special.