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WSPA and BC Floatplane Association Joint Splash-out
Well we tried, but in 2018 the weather was poor for the September 8-9 weekend, so the event was cancelled. We will reschedule and try again. The weekend following the 8-9 had poor weather again, so it's likely this won't get rescheduled until 2019
WSPA and BCFA have a goal to increase interaction amongst members. Notwithstanding the border between us we share all of the same challenges and opportunities.
We will be kicking this effort off with a splash out in September to Phantom Lake, BC. Phantom is approx. 15nm NW of Squamish. Phantom Lake (3100’ msl and 10,000 feet long) is a popular destination for floatplanes. There is a convenient sandy beach with nearby primitive camping. BCFA seasonally positions a canoe at the camp site. Nearby float accessible lakes include East Falk Lake and Kato Lake. These latter lakes, being higher and shorter, are a bit more challenging and suitable for higher performance aircraft. There is excellent hiking and scrambling at all of these lakes.
The general plan for the weekend is as follows;
Saturday, September 8
- Late morning/early afternoon arrival at Phantom Lake
- Camp Set Up
- Fishing / hiking / BCFA canoe on site
- Optional exploration of nearby lakes for those interested
- 1800 dinner (BYOF&B)
- Evening presentation/discussion by BCFA’s Mike Thompson on alpine lake flying
Sunday, September 9
- After breakfast optional exploration of nearby lakes for those interested
- Afternoon break camp and depart
WSPA Contact – Don Goodman, firstname.lastname@example.org, 360-303-7076
BCFA Contact – Mike Thompson, email@example.com, 604-813-1863
2018 FREEDOM TO FLY FLOATS SCHOLARSHIP
The BC Floatplane Association recognizes the need to continue our freedom to fly floats in BC. The BCFA awarded two $2500.00 scholarships towards a seaplane rating in 2018 to Sylvain Leone and Skylar Pridham.
One of the scholarship winners, Sylvain Leone accepting his award at the 2018 AGM in Timothy Lake, BC.
Left to right: Wendy Boyes (scholarship chair), Sylvain Leone (2018 winner), Fanny Leroy (2017 past winner).
2018 Summer BCFA AGM Fly In report
• When: July 13 to 15, 2018 • Where: Timothy Lake, B.C. at Northwood Lodge & Resort • Nice weather and 10 floatplanes at the lodge and a couple of wheel planes at 108. Breakfast, lunch, dinner, presentations and a silent auction were enjoyed by all
2017 AGM Fly-In Report September 15/16/17 at Nimpo Lake
The 2017 BC Floatplane AGM was at the Wilderness Rim Resort, Nimpo Lake, Sept 15/16/17. Most folks flew or drove in on Friday. We had a potluck dinner on Friday evening and Mary & Tabby fed us for the rest of the weekend. The AGM was Saturday afternoon, which allowed some of the group time to fly in the morning, fuel up, and just generally catch up with friends. There were 20 attending the meeting, not to bad considering the short notice, forest fires and uncertain weather. The weather was very good for flying on Friday and Saturday, but a system moving in on Sunday kept everyone alert for the flight home. The forecast models were correct and the rain did not hit Vancouver until early afternoon.
2017 BCFA Scholarship winner completes float rating
Using the official scoring guide the packages were reviewed and scored by the scholarship committee which was made up of four directors. The scores reflected the well-deserved successful winner as Fanny Leroy.
Fanny obtained her Private Pilot Licence in Quebec City. She has currently completed the requirements for her Commercial Pilots Licence in Pitt Meadows. She was the successful candidate for a flying program on emergency maneuver and unusual attitudes through the Ninety-Nines and has taken her training in Squamish. Fanny was also granted the 1,000.Mary Swain memorial scholarship awarded by the BCAC and is an active member of the Nintey-Nines and the BC Mountaineering Club.
Fanny was awarded our scholarship monetary award of 2,000.00 last month and has already successfully completed it with Fort Langley Air. I am happy to say this outdoor love of life girl has now changed her goals from putting her energy and money into IFR training, to obtaining advanced float flying training. She is ever so grateful to the BCFA for giving her this chance of finding where her love is in this world of aviation and will be furthering her flying goals in this area.
There is no doubt in my mind Fanny will continue to succeed in her goal of flying floats and will help keep the future of the freedom to Fly Floats in BC alive. The BCFA could not have awarded this scholarship to a more deserving pilot. Congratulations Fanny from the BCFA board and members.
Fanny is sorry she was unable to make this year’s AGM but says she will see you all next year.
Fanny is currently working full time for an aviation business and performing bookkeeping contracts part time to further her float flying goals. If you know of anyone who needs a bookkeeper for small contracts jobs please give her a call.
2016 BCFA Scholarship winner completes float rating
The BCFA directors are pleased to announce that Dominic Beaumont, last years 2016 "Freedom to Fly Floats in BC" winner, has successfully completed his rating last September with Fort Langley Air. In his own words he stated, "I feel so fortunate to have been given this opportunity by the BC Float Plane Association."
He helped out at the AGM and he has indicated his ongoing commitment to our association. He is currently working on his IFR and is planning on flying floats for a living.
Congratulations Dominic and welcome to the world of float flying.
Azure Lake BCFA (COPA Flight 72) camping weekend August 12, 13, 14 2016
We had a great weekend at Azure Lake, if you missed it, look for more trips next year
BCFA (COPA Flight 72) AGM & Fly-in
Nelson CZNL/CAD8 July 15/16/17 2016
We had a great AGM, even though the weather did not cooperate and most folks ended up driving to Nelson.
BC Floatplane Association and BC Parks
May 15 2014 have just finished signing a 5 year extension to the MOU and Parnership agreement. This is great news about our continuing relationship with parks.
Click Here to download a current list of projects that BC Parks needs volunteers for - There are many projects around the province that you can help with. BC Parks employees can now fly in BCFA members' aircraft and are covered by BC Parks insurance. Please consider helping with these projects.
Floatplane Review Panel - Click the link for information on a review of 4 fatal floatplane accidents in BC to see what recommendations were made by the Review Panel.
Photo Gallery lots of great photos to help plan your next adventure
Places to Fly search out a place to fly destination..
Quarry Lake on Nelson Island (north of Sechelt) now has a canoe, pit toilet and a picnic table. Check out Quarry lake in the places to fly feature for more information.
Thomas lake now has a canoe located at the small A frame boat shelter near the lake outlet and a second canoe that will either be in the shelter or stored at the north end of the lake - take your own paddles and please store the canoe in the shelter when you are finished with it.
Emma Lake canoe in place at cabin.
Phantom Lake canoe in place at inflow delta - please put it away in trees before freeze up.
We are looking for a good destination for more picnic tables, toilet and canoe locations. If you have any suggestions for canoes, tables & pit toilet locations, please let the directors know. For director contact information Click Here.
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