By Clarence Demchuk
With 77 members in attendance, Flight 4 Regina annual Southern Saskatchewan Rust Remover Recurrency Seminar took place Saturday morning April 2, 2011.
For the second year our new venue was the Regina Garrison Officer’s Mess catered by Royal United Services Institute staff after Regina Flying Club house closed in 2008. The old club house was demolished in March to make way for a new hangar.
Local pilot businessman Gary Redhead made the Regina Flying Club a very generous offer to purchase the building considering the property can only be leased from the airport authority with the proceeds paying for a new roof and all around new steel siding thus revitalizing RFC BCATP hangar #3.
Flight 4 volunteers organized to stand by and provide car pool for fly-in attendees to YQR. Captain Vern Raeburn opened the seminar by welcoming all and introduced presenters Chief Flying Instructor Tom Ray and Flying Instructor Mike Meehan from Regina Flying Club. They delivered a Transport Canada updated two part seminar covering a variety of airmanship topics and regulation updates.
Their power point presentation added to the quality of the presentation and was appreciated by all with many members providing positive feedback calling it an informative “Safety Seminar.” Instructor Mike Meehan added a personal case study this year on risk management. Any member who had gone down related to and sincerely appreciated Mike’s story.
The group broke into spontaneous heartfelt applause after Mike finished his story. Captain Vern thanked Tom and Mike for their presentations and acknowledged all in attendance. Next year another Rust Remover is booked for May 5, 2012 at same venue RUSI.
Pilots remained for soup n’ sandwich lunch and coffee, swapping aviation stories/adventures enjoying some good ole’ face-to-face camaraderie.
On another note: this spring a Saskatchewan freedom to fly issue surfaced north of Prince Albert. A floatplane ban bylaw at Anglin Lake, Christopher Lake, Emma Lake and McPhee Lake located 20 nm north of Prince Albert, Sask. was being considered.
A local council meeting was called Saturday, May 14, 2011. Many local pilots attended. The agenda item was listed as number 12 but was moved up to number one as the meeting opened. After a brief discussion and a letter read from Transport Canada supporting freedom to fly floatplanes, the item was rescinded. Freedom to fly prevailed.
On a historic note, Emma Lake floatplane base dates back to 1923 when aerial survey of the north commenced.