Camino Aero has launched a new website that offers pilots the ability to keep an online logbook and track aircraft maintenance status. This is a new service and website and the BCGA has been asked to present it to its members to try for free. If you are interested in trying their product you can register for a free trial on their website www.caminoaero.com and if you decide that you would like to signup for a subscription they are offering BCGA members a 20% discount.
For the discount code CLICK HERE and log in with your member credentials.
Note: The BCGA was not paid for this post and has no experience with Camino Aero. This as been presented to our membership becasue we feel that it may be of interest.
Registration is open for the October 2017 Survival ShakedownThe thrid installment of the BCGA's Survival Shakedown will be held in Abbotsford, BC / Sumas Mountain on October 14-15, 2017. This event is now open for registration and is limited to 20 participants.
This unique exercise has garnered a lot of attention as the first two exercises were huge successes and got a lot of pilots talking about the importance of this training.
For more information, testimonials and to register click on the Survival Shakedown button below.
You owe it to yourself, your family and your passengers to take this course. We promise that you wont regret it.
Though the 2017 Quesnel airshow has been cancelled, the organizers are happy to announce that the SkyFest 2017 Mustang will belong to one lucky ticket holder August 6th as planned!
Keep an eye open for the Canada 150 inspired Mustang, as it will be making appearances throughout the community. CLICK on the Mustang to purchase online
NavCanada's annual golf tournament is on Monday September 18th. There will be a helicopter ball drop sponsored by Helijet. Buy your tickets now to reserve your ball. Closest ball to the hole wins 2 round trip tickets anywhere WestJet flies!
Tickets are 1 for $10 or 3 for $25.
Tickets will also be available in person at the BCGA AGM on August 22nd in honour of our guest speaker Dave McElroy who will be flying from Kelowna around the southernmost tip od South America and back to raise money for Hope Air.
The second annual BCGA Annual General Meeting will be held on Tuesday August 22nd at the Aero Club of BC Clubhouse at Pitt Meadows Regional Airport. For more information visit: www.bcaviation.ca/2017agm
Dear "Senior" Members,
We recently received this message from Patrick Gilligan, former VP of operations at the Canadian Owners and Pilots Association for 9 years. Please take a moment to review it and feel free to communicate with him as he would love to hear your feedback!
You’re getting older and you made decisions about your flying that will serve to keep you flying longer, e.g. step down from more complex aircraft… moved from IFR to only VFR, etc., and are you willing to tell you story to others to help them keep flying longer!
If this interests you, please do not hesitate to email: Patrick at firstname.lastname@example.org
Leave me a few details and a telephone number to reach you.
**Cetacean Spotting Guide Attached At Bottom Of Message**
Dear BCGA Members,
The BC Cetacean Sightings Network was established in 1999 in partnership with Ocean Wise and Fisheries and Oceans Canada. So far, we have collected 103,000 reports of cetaceans and sea turtles from over 6,000 coastal residents. Sightings data are not only used for conservation-based research within our own organization, but are also shared with government agencies, universities, and ENGOs for critical habitat analyses, the establishment of marine protected areas, environmental impact assessments, and more! Having coastal citizens act as our eyes on the water is helping us to better understand the abundance, distribution, and habitat use of BC’s threatened and endangered cetaceans. Much of this data would not be recorded without volunteer observers-so the more participation in the program, the better.
We have created aerial cetacean ID guides to help with identification. It is a small flipbook that contains the most commonly spotted cetacean species and what they look like when viewed from air. I’ve also contained some information about what to do if they spot a deceased whale. There are a number of ways that pilots can report their sightings to us (via our WhaleReport app, through our webform at wildwhales.org, by email at email@example.com, or by calling us at 1-866-I SAW ONE). We do not require real-time sightings, so pilots can just make a quick note while they are flying and then report their sightings at their convenience.
I have a few commercial companies involved (Nootka Air, Sunshine Coast Air, Atelo River Air, Inland Air), and am sending the guides to both the Nanaimo and Victoria Flying Club. We are mostly targeting float planes, as they fly low enough to be able to spot cetaceans easily. Please let me know if you have any ideas of who to contact or if you would be able to help get some pilots involved.
Coordinator, BC Cetacean Sightings Network
NEWS RELEASE – July 13, 2017
Quesnel SkyFest Society
The Quesnel SkyFest Society is deeply concerned with the current wildfire situation throughout the province... and in particular the Cariboo Region. Our thoughts are with all the families directly and indirectly impacted by this catastrophic and historic event. The Quesnel Airport has now been designated a fire support base by the Provincial Forest Service and government. This status is officially put in place for a minimum of 30 days which directly overlaps the Quesnel Airshow holiday long weekend event. This airport designation and level of fire attack activity will render it all but impossible to conduct an airshow simultaneously with fire suppression activities. Therefore, after careful consideration of all the circumstances, and in consultation with the City of Quesnel, the Quesnel SkyFest Society will be cancelling the Quesnel Airshow for the 2017 season.
The society is reviewing and considering all options whether the show will be postponed to 2018 and or other possibilities. We will provide this information in a further news release as soon as we are able.
This decision is a heavy one to make at this point in time, given the thousands of volunteer hours already put into making this year’s show one of the biggest and best thus far. We were planning many new activities in light of the Canada 150 Celebrations that have been ongoing throughout the country this summer. A great number of volunteers have been directly or indirectly impacted by the current wildfire situation and yet, have continued to work tirelessly toward hosting yet another successful event. The directors of the Society wish to extend our heartfelt thanks for their commitment and wish everyone the best in the face of these current challenges. We hope that the spectator crowd, sponsors, performers, and all those impacted by this decision will exercise compassion and understanding at this time.
We realize cancellation of this year’s event will be a disappointment to some but know that a great number of people planning to attend, working, and or volunteering at this event will have their focus on the safety of their families and properties. The Quesnel SkyFest Society and the City of Quesnel feel this is the responsible thing to do at this time and will update everyone once new plans have been finalized.
Jerry van Halderen
Quesnel SkyFest Society President
As individuals and communities in British Columbia battle intensive wildfires our thoughts and hopes continue to be for the safety of those affected as well as for all emergency personnel responding to this crisis.
In the interim we recognize that a number of current insureds may be affected by the threat of wildfire. In order to support our insureds in this time of crisis we are pleased to extend the following temporary
Emergency Policy Benefit for all current COPA GOLD and SILVER VIP insureds with physical damage coverage on their aircraft:
WILDFIRE PROTECTION COVERAGE
If a British Columbia Regional District issues an “Evacuation Order” which encompasses the
airport where the aircraft is principally based, the Insurer will reimburse the Insured for a portion
of the costs incurred by them to protect the scheduled aircraft subject to the following:
1. The aircraft must be relocated to other facilities that are designated and used for the
parking and storage of aircraft and which are at least 100 nautical miles away and
not under an evacuation order.
2. The coverage applies only to aircraft listed in Item 10 of the Policy Declarations.
The Insurer’s portion of the costs shall not exceed $500 of the amount incurred by the Insured to
relocated the aircraft for any one occurrence and in the aggregate during the policy period. The
costs include the hiring of a pilot who meets the requires of the policy. The Insured’s costs must
be properly receipted, documented and submitted to the Insurer for reimbursement.
“Evacuation Order” means a valid order issued by the Regional District to evacuate a specified
area and so noted on the EmergencyInfoBC website (https://www.emergencyinfobc.gov.bc.ca/)
Current insureds who experience any claims may of course continue to contact us for prompt response totheir needs.
Finally, a number of airports may lie within areas threatened by wildfire. It is only prudent therefore that
we are issuing a moratorium on new physical damage coverage business for aircraft based at any airport
within located in the postal code areas of V0K (BC Interior) and V2G (Williams Lake), hereafter referred
to as the “affected area”. This moratorium also applies to the addition of new hull coverage to aircraft
located in the affected area currently insured for liability only.
We will continue to monitor the situation and update you on this stance frequently.