PDQ Flyers

  • Zone H Statement and Guidance Regarding the COVID-19 Pandemic

    As the Covid-19 outbreak progresses, Club Leaders should now be seriously considering its impact on the 2020 flying season for your individual Clubs. Currently, the indicated strategy for slowing down the rate of new infections is ‘social distancing’ – staying out of the breathing/contact range of other people. If successful, the ‘social distancing’ strategy will slow the infection rate but prolong the outbreak for several more months.

    Club Leaders are strongly urged to consider the best balance between their members’ health, enjoyment of our hobby and public safety as the 2020 flying season gets underway. As such, my current recommendations to Club Leaders for meetings and events which are planned between now and Canada Day are:

    • 1) Indoor club meetings and flying sessions should be cancelled until further notice. As the weather warms, consider outdoor meetings while respecting recommended precautions and social distancing.
    • 2) Planned flying events open to other clubs and the public should be either cancelled or changed to club members only. (Safety impact: spotters can’t function under social distancing protocols)
    • 3) MAAC sanctioned open events that are cancelled or changed to members only should be ‘de-listed’ on the MAAC events page immediately upon reaching a formal Club decision
    • 4) Food and drink preparation should be by individual members for their own consumption. (Avoid any group handling)
    • 5) Members should be encouraged to use their own hand sanitizers. (Minimize group handling)
    • 6) Regular flying activities should continue while respecting recommended precautions, social distancing and MAAC safety rules; until and unless health authorities issue further guidance.
    • 7) Members should be formally requested to stay home if they are not feeling well for the currently recommended period of 14 days.
    • 8) Continue to monitor Health Canada’s Covid-19 web site (Health Canada’s Covid-19 web site) for the latest information on this rapidly developing situation.

    Finally, please be aware that the possibility exists that the recommendations above will be extended to Labour day and beyond, depending on how the outbreak progresses and government policies. 2020 is shaping up to be an unforgettable year for all of us. The Zone H and your MAAC Leadership teams are counting on your support and diligence as we face this unprecedented future together.


    Hoping we all stay healthy and fly safely,
    John Deadman
    Zone H MAAC Director

Who we are...


PDQ Flyers is a model aircraft club with about 90 members. All of us have a love of aircraft and flying, in all its forms. This includes building - both scale and non-scale models, and flying - float planes, aerobatics, 3D and stunt flying, helicopters, and totally made up things that fly because they have an airfoil and a propeller. One of our members flies Snoopy's dog house!!

In June, 2013, Shaw TV filmed some of our flyers in action and published the video on the "Go Island" section of their website. It's available on YouTube


If you have an interest in airplanes or helicopters or anything else that man has built that flies, take a look at the rest of this website. You might find that this hobby fits you! (And don't forget the kids - building and flying is a great way to do something together and young people both love and excel at it).

Our club encourages anyone who is interested in aircraft to come out to one of our flight locations (main field, float flying location, or indoor flying) to see what we are all about and to meet our members. If you're driving by our flying field south of Parksville and see that our gate is open, you are welcome to come in to check us out. You must sign the DND waiver book as soon as you arrive at the field. It has a blue cover and is kept in our shelter. Also, please remember that visitors must park in the upper parking area and stay behind the flight tables.


Why you might be interested....


We are located on the east coast of Vancouver Island in beautiful British Columbia, Canada. We draw members from cities all over central Vancouver Island. We host several flight events during the year where the public is invited to come and take a look at our members' aircraft and watch them fly. Sometimes we even serve hotdogs and refreshments! The biggest event of the year is the scale model weekend. You can see the real thing in miniature - it's fantastic. Don't miss it! Please use the comment function on "Contact Us" to ask questions or to let me know if there are things on the website that you found either confusing, difficult to use, or need more work. I'd also like to know if there are things that could be added to the website that would make it more useful. Just click on "provide a comment" and follow the directions. Thanks, Mike (webmaster).


Where we are...


We are located on the east coast of Vancouver Island in beautiful British Columbia, Canada. We draw members from cities all over central Vancouver Island. We host several flight events during the year where the public is invited to come and take a look at our members' aircraft and watch them fly. Sometimes we even serve hotdogs and refreshments! The biggest event of the year is the scale model weekend. You can see the real thing in miniature - it's fantastic. Don't miss it! Please use the comment function on "Contact Us" to ask questions or to let me know if there are things on the website that you found either confusing, difficult to use, or need more work. I'd also like to know if there are things that could be added to the website that would make it more useful. Just click on "provide a comment" and follow the directions. Thanks, Ian (webmaster).


Final note...


Our field is MAAC certified and, in addition to a PDQ Flyers membership, all our flyers must have a current MAAC membership (which includes liability insurance) in order to fly at our site. MAAC is Canada's national organization for model aviation.