Thurs. September 14th. - Richard Sawyer - "Two Miles Up Without an Engine"
My outline for the presentation will be as follows:
Brief history of gliding.
How do we get up in the air?
How do we stay up in the air?
What do we do when we are up there?
What happens when we run out of sky?
I will include many diagrams and pictures to illustrate these points and end up with some of my gliding photos taken in various parts of the world where I have flown (mostly US and Canada, but also pictures in New Zealand and Germany). Bio
I first flew a glider solo in May 1966 in England as an Air Cadet, however like many people, university, marriage, family etc interfered with the important things in life (i.e. flying). My degree is Aeronautical Engineering (London University) and I have worked in the aviation industry for many years (British Aerospace, McDonnell Douglas, deHavilland Canada, Canadair) as well as working with NASA on a space astronomy project.
I finally smartened up and got back into gliding in the early 1990s and have been flying regularly ever since, amassing around 4,000 glider flights and counting. I am currently the Chief Flying Instructor of York Soaring Association and I am responsible for producing 20 - 30 new glider pilots every year.
In addition to owning several gliders, I also own a power plane for when I actually want to go somewhere and be reasonably sure of getting there (and back). Since I wear a parachute when flying my single-seat racing gliders, I have dabbled in skydiving so that I know how to use a parachute.
Thurs. September 28th. - Peter Hannam - "Horses to Robots"
Peter is going to share with us changes he has seen in crop farming over the years - from horses to robots.
Bio Peter, and his son Greg, operate a grain and seed farm near Guelph, Ontario, growing corn, wheat, and specializing in soybean seed production, as well as being President of Woodrill Ltd., a crop supply and grain elevator business. He has held many volunteer positions including President, Ontario Federation of Agriculture; and Chair, Canadian Soybean Export Association and Chair of Soy 20/20 Project.
Peter Hannam was President of First Line Seeds Ltd., a Canadian Seed Company specializing in soybeans and specialty food soybeans, for 22 years. He retired August 31, 2004. First Line was started by 12 Ontario seed growers in 1982.
He has received several recognition awards, including being named a Distinguished Agrologist (P.Ag.Dist) by the Ontario Institute of Agrologists in 1998; a Fellow of the Agricultural Institute of Canada (FAIC) in 2001; and Agri-Marketer of the Year by the Canadian Agri-Marketing Association in 1998. In 2004 he received the H.R. MacMillan Laureate, and in 2007 was awarded an Honorary Doctor of Science Degree from the University of Guelph 9:30 Refreshments 9:55 Meeting
Future general meetings for October 2017 are on Thurs. Oct. 12th., Thurs. Oct. 26th.
Activities & Events
Coffee Club - 10 to 11 a.m. Thursday Sep 7th. and Sep. 21st. Coffee / Breakfast at the Boathouse or the AirPark Café on 50 Skyway Drive at the Guelph Airport This is an informal get together and all RCMC members are welcome.