We had a great year! Although weather wasn't always the greatest, pilots did mange to do a fair amount of flying in 2016. Our Flyday Fridays went very well some nights over 20 aircraft flying in. We look forward hosting you in our upcoming Flyday Fridays. We are working on some changes for 2017 that you are sure to enjoy. Hope to see you there. Also start your planning for Mordens Corn and Apple Festival in August. when we also have our BIG annual waffle breakfast.
This year Morden Flying Club has seen an increase in interest in our community. Our membership has increased, more aircraft are parked in hangars and tied down at CJA3 than we have seen in quite some time. We've seen continued repairs and maintenance thoughout the airport and its looking good. A BIG THANK YOU you goes out to all helped out this year with all the generous support in time and resources. It makes Morden Regional Airport and MFC a great place to be. 2017 is Canada's 150th anniversary stay tuned for up coming events!
More Aviation News Oshkosh: Seems a number of members made the trek to EAA in Oshkosh 2016. Some drove down and some flew. Here are a couple pictures that were laying around the hangar
Manitoba hosted the largest AIRSHOW in years. June 4, 2016 just south of Portage La Prairie at Southport. Depending with whom you talked the show was a huge success with unbelievable attendance numbers.
HIGH to LOW, LOOK OUT BELOW
Why do we aviators memorize little sayings like HIGH to LOW, LOOK OUT BELOW? Here is why!!!!
The altimeter is a very sensitive instrument designed to detect even small changes in air pressure. It will react to changes in pressure not only when you are flying and climbing or descending but also to changes in air pressure while the plane it is sitting in the hangar. You will have noticed that after landing at Morden the altimeter reads 950 feet. After a few days you go back for another joy ride and you see the altimeter reads 1300 feet. Even though the bird did not move while sitting in the hangar, the altimeter went up 350 feet. Why? The atmospheric pressure over Morden airport went down far enough to make the altimeter think the airplane was flying at 1300 feet asl.
Now let us suppose you fly to Saskatoon on the weekend to visit a friend. The weather at Saskatoon is clear due to a high pressure area. A low pressure area settles in over southern Manitoba. You leave Saskatoon to return home flying at 3500 ft. As you near Morden you enter the low pressure area. Your altimeter still reads 3500 feet. But because the altimeter reads air pressure only, it thinks you are higher above the ground than you really are. (it reads a combination of your decreased pressure due to your height and the decreased pressure due to the low pressure area.) When you call Morden Unicom to report your position and your intention to enter the circuit at 2000 ft., you are not really where you say you are because you are actually closer to the ground than you think you are. So when flying High to Low, look out below.
We could fix this problem by investing in a weather station that gives you the current barometric pressure. Maybe Mountain City Aviation could be responsible to provide it's students with the current barometric pressure as well as to visiting aircraft. Always making sure that your altimeter is tuned to the correct barometric pressure will enhance safety around the Morden airport.