The Ottawa Flying Club is at a cross-roads and lots of things are going on behind the scenes. I wanted to take a moment and share with you the plans for the future and the rationale for changes that have and will take place in the next few months.
As you probably notices, this spring has been incredibly wet. Despite a large number of students, a renewed contract with Algonquin College, lots or aircraft available, and a severe case of spring fever, the weather has kept us on the ground much of the last two months. For students and instructor, it has been frustrating to say the least. Financially, the loss of revenue has also hurt, causing us to tighten our belts a bit.
What a difference a week can make. Environment Canada keeps forecasting a hot dry summer and it looks like it has finally arrived. For the first time in a month, we have forecasts that show consecutive sunny weather and we are making the best of it. If you've been waiting for good weather, here it is.
While dealing with the weather, we have been working diligently on other activities that may be of interest to you:
- OFC will be opening a satellite base at CARP. There have been a number of requests for flight training at Carp and there are no available schools at the airport. To support pilots in Kanata (only 5 minutes from the airport), OFC will begin scheduled training at Carp starting in early July. Most of our operations may move to Carp while runway 04-22 is repaved this summer. If you are interested in flying out of Carp Airport, please contact Dispatch (613-523-2142) and let us know.
- OFC has gained access to a Redbird simulator located at the Aviation Museum. This is a full-motion simulator that can be used to do IFR renewals. It is a great addition to our capabilities and will be added to our training where it make the most sense. If you are interested in the simulator, please contact Dispatch and make arrangements.
- We have delayed the repair to JFE until such time as we can afford the final repair costs. We remain committed to completing the repairs and hope to do so by the end of July.
- We are reorganizing to ensure OFC remains a robust and sustainable organization over the long term. As part of that reorganization, we have removed the General Manager position which means that, sadly, Mark Champagne will no longer be with us. Mark has been a stalwart member and supporter of the Club over the years. He will be missed. The parting is on good terms. Mark will be supporting us as the PRM until we can get other staff approved.
- There was a good discussion about the Ottawa Flight College at the AGM and the Board has approved a marketing plan which includes this co-brand effort. In a few weeks, I'd like to hold a seminar/information session for members to let everyone know about the plans and how the Club will benefit from this effort. I'll send out more information next week.
So despite past wet weather, OFC is looking at a good summer with lots of activity. Now is the time to fly. Come get checked out, get current and get flying!
Chief Executive Officer