Keen pilots navigate heavy snows to attend Winter Warm up seminar

By George Daniels and Bud McCannell



Host and seminar leaders –Pres. & G.M Airmotive
technologies group Louis Cunningham (L)
and John Nagy (R).


Winter warm up at Collingwood
Regional Airport CNY3.
Photos courtesy By Jeff Parton

Nearly three dozen aviators, mechanics and area flying enthusiasts braved minus 20 degree temps and 40 cm of blowing snow to participate in the February 6 evening lecture at the Collingwood Regional Airport.

It was held in the new shops of Airmotive Technologies Group, a company specializing in repair and maintenance of non-commercial aircraft. Their G.M, Louis Cunningham, announced, Airmotive is a new Authorized Rotax Service Centre… which in turn was a natural lead-in to discussion about winter engine operations.

Former Bush Pilot and now Instructor John Nagy (over 15,000 hours) was the evening’s main speaker and seminar leader. John kept the audience well informed on a wide range of Winter Airmanship Topics. Cold starts, carb ice, mixture and weather were dominant in his presentation.

Don Gallinger said “he got a lot out of the discussion about safety amid winter flying conditions."

The new Mode C Transponder mandatory above 6,500 feet in the wider Toronto Terminal Area, which includes Collingwood, Simcoe County etc., garnered a fair bit of discussion . CFI of the Edenvale Flying Club - Ted Lee, was pleased this new Air Space requirement was on the agenda (Pilots please note this new requirement).

Nearly everyone got an attendance prize in the free draw. Flight 85 wants to thank those companies who generously donated as follows; A COPA Membership won by Patrick Doyle, The VIP Pilot Centre Altimeter Clock to Greg Weston and VIP's Pilot Bag went to Bruce McDermid.

Mike Diaczyk received a Transport Canada Video and the Professional Pilot Log book was won by CFI Ted Lee. Coupons from the CNY3 Beyond the Clouds Cafe went to most folk who look forward to using them this spring.

Flight 85 Captain Bud McCannell looks forward to this type of get together being an annual event. Next on the agenda is a Young Eagles afternoon at the Collingwood Regional Airport in June. For more info call Bud 705-446-2227