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  • 07 Nov 2019 14:40 | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Our November meeting has been moved to the Centennial College DOWNSVIEW Campus.

    65 Carl Hall Rd, North York, ON M3K 2C1

    This is a one time opportunity to see the new Centennial Campus and their facilities.

    The college will be happy to show every nook and cranny of the new facility. That includes the main and secondary hangars and compound (which holds a variety of aircraft including a Cessna Citation II executive jet, a Cessna 425 twin-engine turboprop, two Piper Seneca II and four Cessna 172 single-engine light aircraft and a recently donated Bombardier CRJ 200); our electrical and avionics labs (and related training aids); our piston engine, sheet metal and composite labs; and anything that catches your fancy along the way. We simply ask that you resist the temptation to take anything out for a spin.

    Those members of club who want will meet for an informal and self funded supper at the Penalty Box Pub at 6pm.  The Penalty Box is a just a 3 minute walk from the College and located at Scotiabank Pond 57 Carl Hall Road.   THERE WILL BE NO CLUB SUPPLIED DINNER AT THIS MEETING. 

    If you are planning to attend, please email Dave Sprague (see the news group post for his address) and specify whether you are attending just the tour or also the pub dinner.

    Detailed information on how to get there can be found at

  • 29 Oct 2019 07:35 | Anonymous member

    Here is a link to a new article that I recently posted regarding the application of artificial intelligence in aviation

    We have all heard how artificial intelligence is so great.  How it will dramatically change our lives and make them better.  How computers can outperform humans in just about every way possible.

    Are you buying all of this hype?

    Personally, I find some aspects of the propaganda troubling.  The key strategy of AI is that it is better.  But, is it really?  Can AI truly outperform humans at critical tasks?

  • 01 Oct 2019 09:22 | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    This month's meeting is a triple header!

    First we will have club member Al Robinson tell us about the challenges of being a flight instructor the day after you get your certification. And then accumulate 500 hours or so in the next year and still love to fly.

    Secondly we will be trying a Member’s garage sale of aircraft related stuff.  If you have aviation related material you would like to sell off or give away we will have space set aside to have people put out their wares.  But you must let me know by Monday the 7th if  you are bringing stuff so we can make sure there is space.  This is the chance to get your excess inventory to someone who wants it.  Old radios, instruments, headsets you name it.

    Thirdly we are having our annual general meeting and elections, at which the members elect the executive of the BFC.  Nominations are welcome and encouraged for all of the executive positions listed below.   We are always looking for new volunteers, so if you are interested in a position, please let us know.  All the positions are open for election, including those where the current member is willing to serve again (some current members would gladly surrender their position to a new victim, er ah candidate, or who knows, we could even have a contested election).  In particular, we need two people to serve as directors of operations as Joe and Massoud are seeking to retire..

    Executive Position

    Current Holder

    New Candidate

    President and Chair of the Board

    David Sprague

    David Sprague

    Treasurer and Board Director

    Gordon Roberts

    Gordon Roberts

    Secretary and Board Director

    Michael Templeton

    Michael Templeton

    Membership Director and Board Director

    Simon Lam

    Simon Lam

    Director(s) of Operations

    Joe DeCaria & Massoud Ghahremani


    Director(s) of Flyouts and Activities

    Charles Barnes

    Charles Barnes


    Erica Peterson

    Erica Peterson

    Online Content Manager

    Claude Pio

    Claude Pio

    If you cannot be present at the meeting and would like to submit a proxy ballot, check the mailing list (bfc-news) for instructions from Michael Templeton, or ask any current member of the Exec.

  • 11 Sep 2019 11:19 | Anonymous member

    Last year, I wrote this story about my personal experience on September 11, 2001.  So, I am sharing it here again this year as I remember this horrible day and these many events.  I honour the fallen.  I was airborne when these events happened.

    Where were you on 9/11?

  • 18 Aug 2019 14:51 | Anonymous member

    So, I finally made it to the Canadian Warplane Heritage in Hamilton to see the new Virtual Reality Experience created by the BBC.  It was absolutely remarkable and I urge my fellow BFC members to get to see it before it ends on August 31, 2019.

    It was one of the most ambitious and dangerous reports made during World War II.  In September 1943, BBC war correspondent Wynford Vaughan-Thomas boarded Lancaster ‘F for Freddie’ with his recording engineer and a microphone.

    Their destination: Berlin.

    The BBC has created this masterfully animated Virtual Reality Experience using Vaughan-Thomas’ original recording, which vividly captures the danger of the bombing raid.  This unique cinematic experience transports visitors inside the bomber as the crew endures endless flak and a night fighter attack in their journey to the heart of Nazi-occupied Europe.

    Presented in immersive Virtual Reality, this powerful experience is the closest that one can get to truly experiencing the bravery demonstrated by Bomber Command, the median age of which was only 22 years old.  As described by Vaughan-Thomas upon his return, it was “the most beautifully horrible sight I’ve ever seen.”

    This 14 minute experience is available for those aged 13 and up on a first come, first serve basis (no pre-booking required).  The Virtual Reality Experience is limited to six stations.

    Event: Virtual Reality Experience - BBC 1943 Berlin Blitz

    Date: Until August 31, 2019

    Location: Canadian Warplane Heritage Museum

    Time: 9 am – 5 pm daily

    Admission: Virtual Reality Experience is FREE with admission. Regular admission rates are Adult (18 – 64) $15, Senior (65+) $13, Student (13 – 17) $13, Youth (6 – 12) $10. Free admission for museum members and children 5 & under.
  • 13 Aug 2019 09:34 | Anonymous member

    The world of aviation is said to be a tightly knit community.  There is a kindred spirit in this connected village of folks who all share a passion for all things that fly. 

    However, this tribe is unlike any other societal grouping.  It is driven by a shared wicked disease that controls the entirety of your life.  Sure, we use positive words to spin it as a healthy thing, words like ‘passion’, ‘hobby’, ‘interest’; but those of us who feel the twitching yank of airplanes recognize that it is something else – it is an addiction.  The collective is more of an assemblage of rambling plagued zombies who surrender to a nagging agony for aviation.

    Having been infected by the aviation germ as a child, there seems to be no known cure.  Once you are sickened for airplanes, all you can do is feed this habit and live a lifelong existence lurking in the far reaches of airports waiting to spot that next big hit of something exotic - perhaps a warbird or a heavy transport.  Often, you cannot find the boundless rush of heavy iron, so even a small smack of a Cessna, Piper, or a Cirrus pulse tickler must suffice until the next spell compels you.  

    Once a year, the afflicted arise to sate their unquenchable thirst.  We gather for the big fix.  We come from all over the world to one point - Oshkosh, Wisconsin.  We know well that here in this quaint mid-western valley that we can reach a level of aviation euphoria that cannot be found anyplace else.  While it is impossible to satisfy our never-ending needs, it still temporarily overwhelms us and serves to fulfill the necessity right now nevertheless.

    Of course, I am just poking fun at this passion for the aviation virus, but AirVenture is the Woodstock for pilots and want-to-be aviators.  This year more than 642,000 gathered for the last week of July to pay homage to the hunger for flying.  It was an inspiring gathering of like-minded folks who all come to kick tires, look at airplanes, hear the Doppler song of a Merlin V-12, and discuss minuscule details about flying that absolutely baffles and bewilders those outsiders who collectively shake their heads and roll their eyes at us.

    One aspect that makes me happy is the community itself.  I marvel at this gathering of friends and fans.  Aviators know no boundaries of culture, age, language, colour, sex, education, or citizenship.  If you are a pilot, then you are in the club.  You crisply comprehend a divergent universe.  You see the world diametrically; in a deeper manner that mere mortals cannot grasp.  You enter a conception that blends physics with romance seamlessly.  It marries sophisticated cutting-edge technology with old style, highly questionable, but workable know-how.  Sometimes, using just a wool string to coordinate flight.  It is simply magical how we can slip the surly bonds of the earth.

    My village is the Buttonville Flying Club based at the Toronto Buttonville Municipal Airport.  We are perhaps 200 members strong.  But when AirVenture rolls around every July, we rally en masse in Wisconsin to feed our condition.  This year, about 40 members trekked to Oshkosh.  Most flew into KOSH or neighbouring airports, some of us drove.  We camped, rented homes, stayed at the university dorms, found distant hotels, and one even set up a tent in the gymnasium at the local YMCA.  All sorts of levels of discomfort can be easily endured simply to play with airplanes.

    We gather as a collective, with a goal to build even more plans to meet again, so as to continue the aviation conversations.  During the days of the show, we all operate independently, or in small groups of two or three friends.  Every day of the show, our club’s plan is to meet at noon at the AOPA tent for 10-20 minutes to discuss ideas for dinner, to share the hot topics, and discuss the fun times.  As a group, dinner reservations for large numbers of 15 to 25 are pre-set for each evening and those so inclined, join in ad hoc. 

    On the Wednesday of AirVenture, I hosted a beer and ice cream social from 4:00 pm to 7:00 pm at my motorhome for members of the club.  My 37-foot coach was my home for 21 days while I attended three airshows in three weeks – Geneseo, AirVenture, and Thunder over Michigan.  It is my habit to sport a large Canadian flag off of the door awning.  I fly a second Canadian flag high up on a mast 30 feet above grade to act as a beacon to guide the weary souls / soles towards the festivities.  Finding a motorhome in the sea of 5,000 campsites can be a daunting task for the uninitiated.  But a cold beer and ice cream awaited the brave folks who made the journey outside of the fenced-in exhibits.

    What did we all talk about at the social gathering?  Airplanes of course, what else.

    These meetings make AirVenture special.  Helen Keller once said, “Alone, we can do so little; together, we can do so much”.  Without exception, the club members generously help each other.  When we come together for a shared passion, we support each other.  We exchange knowledge, guide thoughts and ideas, debate and argue, and shape ourselves based upon the congregation to which we all subscribe.  So, being a pilot is part of what makes me who I am – it is in my DNA.  And, my pilot friends have a considerable influence over my ever-changing persona.  We are all so different from one another, yet we hold a common bond that stitches us together into a beautifully woven fabric of strength, warmth, and wisdom.

    The history of aviation should inspire us all to innovate, create, and know that impossible ideas are all possible.  As pilots, we can all be fearless intrepid explorers.  We can travel and see the world – or parts of it anyway.  It is these adventures that make flying stimulating and fascinating.  But, to do it alone is not nearly as much fun as doing it all as a member of a village of friends.  Thus, I say, share the passion, share the affliction, be a part of it all.  The biggest adventure you can take is to live the life of your dreams.

  • 21 Jun 2019 19:19 | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Buttonville's Safety Manager would like our assistance in keeping track of issues that should be reported as CADORS or simply things that can be managed better on the field.  If you experience this type of situation, please write it up (using the form below).  You can do this whether or not you submit a separate CADORS.

    CYKZ Safety Report

  • 15 Feb 2019 16:22 | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Wednesday’s club meeting featured members Mark Brooks, David Cox, and Phil Lightstone, discussing recommended procedures for flying into and out of the Buttonville mandatory frequency area.

    Please review the excellent slides from the meeting presentation:


    Please also review this document discussing recommented VFR procedures at Buttonville. An equivalent IFR document is in progress.


  • 08 Jan 2019 16:27 | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Now that the tower has closed, Buttonville is a Mandatory Frequency area.  Our president has collected a series of useful links, which are summarized here and will be maintained in the future on the Useful Links page.

    NAV CANADA announcement of Buttonville tower closure and map of new MF area (pdf)


    Call London FIS on 123.15 for weather information from the air or on ground. Their phone number is + 1 866 992 7433 ext 3 for Ontario briefing or flight plans

    NAV CANADA Aviation Weather Web Site flight planning page with links to METAR information, NOTAMs, GFAs, and other useful information

    METAR and LWIS

    Ontario GFA

    CYKZ wind and altimeter settings — this page updates the LWIS on the METAR page, and updates many times an hour

    General MF area information

    The Smart Pilot Video series is also useful for some reminder information on process in Mandatory Frequency areas:

    Uncontrolled Aerodrome Intro — Radio and flight procedures for landing and departing Non-Tower Aerodromes using ATF and MF

    Departing a Mandatory Frequency Aerodrome

    Landing at a Mandatory Frequency Aerodrome

    Departing an ATF Aerodrome

    Landing at an ATF Aerodrome


    AeroWeather Pro (IPhone/pad app) has the LWIS for Buttonville now. You may have to pay a bit extra ($5/year subscription) plus upgrade to PRO but it is useful. You access it through the settings page in AW Pro and additional features (plus subscription).

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