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by charrois
Mon Nov 04, 2019 8:59 pm
Forum: General Comments
Topic: ADS-B
Replies: 23
Views: 1314

Re: ADS-B

The skyBeacon X sounds like a good possible solution for retrofits. I can see it as a remote transponder option.. though I wonder what they'll be using as a control head for people without glass cockpits it can integrate with. I wonder if Aireon did any testing for signal blockage on a belly-mounted...
by charrois
Mon Nov 04, 2019 3:40 pm
Forum: General Comments
Topic: ADS-B
Replies: 23
Views: 1314

Re: ADS-B

At least at the moment, Nav Canada has made it pretty clear what their ADS-B requirements are going to be, and they've been very inflexible on their requirement for antenna diversity, despite pressure from COPA and other organizations: https://www.navcanada.ca/EN/products-and-services/Service%20Proj...
by charrois
Mon Nov 04, 2019 12:44 am
Forum: General Comments
Topic: Red Deer is getting a control tower
Replies: 9
Views: 1163

Re: Red Deer is getting a control tower

Great news! Red Deer had more movements this past year than Villeneuve (the main Edmonton-area training airport with a control tower), and recent changes to their airspace and procedures were clearly more of a confusing "hack" to try and improve significantly worsening safety issues over the past fe...
by charrois
Mon Nov 04, 2019 12:38 am
Forum: General Comments
Topic: ADS-B
Replies: 23
Views: 1314

ADS-B

Apologies if this comes of as some kind of rant... but the lead story on CTV News today (https://www.ctvnews.ca/politics/air-traffic-control-changes-in-u-s-europe-may-force-ottawa-to-buy-new-executive-jets-1.4668608) makes me just have to comment. Apparently, the 2020 mandate for ADS-B Out in the US...
by charrois
Fri Nov 16, 2018 4:23 pm
Forum: General Comments
Topic: COPA for Kids pilots now require police check
Replies: 236
Views: 15057

Re: COPA for Kids pilots now require police check

COPA President Bernard Gervais summed it up in the following article: https://copanational.org/en/2018/11/16/ ... mber-2018/ I'm glad they publicly clarified the reasoning behind their decision. The takeaway is that though they didn't necessarily want to do it, their insurance company pretty much i...
by charrois
Fri Nov 16, 2018 1:42 am
Forum: General Comments
Topic: COPA for Kids pilots now require police check
Replies: 236
Views: 15057

Re: COPA for Kids pilots now require police check

I am actually one of the current Board Members of COPA that some of you here speak favorably of and some not so much. Thanks for weighing in! For the most part, I'm quite happy with the representation that COPA offers and I know that the board members do everything they can to promote and protect a...
by charrois
Thu Nov 15, 2018 12:31 am
Forum: Accidents, Incidents & Overdue Aircraft
Topic: Plane with 2 aboard missing between Chilliwack and Edmonton
Replies: 44
Views: 7365

Re: Plane with 2 aboard missing between Chilliwack and Edmonton

My SPOT runs every time I fly, broadcasts every 5 minutes, and is posted to a website live. That can't be done without a cost. If Flightaware was doing that for every VFR ADS-B aircraft, it wouldn't surprise me if their costs go up... Someone has to pay them. Actually, it does. Or at least it can. ...
by charrois
Wed Nov 14, 2018 11:39 pm
Forum: General Comments
Topic: COPA for Kids pilots now require police check
Replies: 236
Views: 15057

Re: COPA for Kids pilots now require police check

I'm glad the posting I made has stirred up some healthy discussion on the issue. As with most things, there are obviously several points of view and everyone is entitled to their opinion and their right to defend it. When I started the discussion I wanted my initial post to remain neutral so we had ...
by charrois
Mon Nov 12, 2018 9:09 pm
Forum: General Comments
Topic: COPA for Kids pilots now require police check
Replies: 236
Views: 15057

Re: COPA for Kids pilots now require police check

COPA made the decision to make it a requirement. They also have a note in their COPA for Kids Guide that "COPA does not reimburse expenses associated with obtaining a VS Check."
by charrois
Mon Nov 12, 2018 8:51 pm
Forum: General Comments
Topic: COPA for Kids pilots now require police check
Replies: 236
Views: 15057

COPA for Kids pilots now require police check

As the organizer for COPA for Kids events at our COPA Flight 139 (Westlock, AB), I was recently made aware that "As of January 1st, anyone participating as a pilot in COPA for Kids must complete a Vulnerable Sector Check with their local police." I have my own thoughts about this, but rather than bi...
by charrois
Tue Sep 25, 2018 1:19 am
Forum: Accidents, Incidents & Overdue Aircraft
Topic: Plane with 2 aboard missing between Chilliwack and Edmonton
Replies: 44
Views: 7365

Re: Plane with 2 aboard missing between Chilliwack and Edmonton

SPOT may be great, but subscriptions aren't "a few dollars". Looks like the minimal package is $200/year. I most certainly would oppose putting a requirement for something like that into the CARs. For those who want it, it's a great option. But I wouldn't want to see it as yet another legislated req...
by charrois
Fri Aug 24, 2018 11:19 am
Forum: General Comments
Topic: IFR Refresher resources
Replies: 2
Views: 605

Re: IFR Refresher resources

Thanks for the response - great thread, which somehow I missed before posting.
by charrois
Tue Aug 21, 2018 1:09 pm
Forum: General Comments
Topic: IFR Refresher resources
Replies: 2
Views: 605

IFR Refresher resources

Hi everyone. I got my IFR rating back in 2012 but haven't done much with it since, and hope to go for an IPC and get myself current again soon. But I do want to be prepared and am wondering what resources people could recommend. I signed up for Harv's Air Instrument Course awhile ago (figured that a...
by charrois
Sun Jun 03, 2018 2:39 pm
Forum: General Comments
Topic: Procedures for overflying the US
Replies: 5
Views: 982

Re: Procedures for overflying the US

Perfect - thanks for the advice, everyone! If Minneapolis Centre has a tower that close, there really shouldn't be any trouble getting ahold of them. And I'm quite impressed that the procedure is as simple as it is, especially as compared to actually landing in the US!
by charrois
Sun Jun 03, 2018 2:28 am
Forum: General Comments
Topic: Procedures for overflying the US
Replies: 5
Views: 982

Procedures for overflying the US

Hi everyone. I'm hoping to do a VFR flight from Westlock, AB to Montreal (St. Hubert - CYHU) next week in my RV-10. I've done several trips down into the US now and am quite familiar with the procedure when I'm actually entering the country, but I'm hoping to do one leg (CYAG - CYAM) overflying the ...
by charrois
Fri May 25, 2018 2:40 pm
Forum: General Comments
Topic: My sisters plane made the cover of the COPA magazine
Replies: 9
Views: 2672

Re: My sisters plane made the cover of the COPA magazine

Thanks for the comments, everyone (for those who don't know, I'm the guy who built the plane). I was fortunate enough to have a talented artist friend who was also interested in aviation, so the aurorae (and maple leaf on the wings - hard to see in the photo) are all painted on by hand. We're defini...
by charrois
Fri Dec 15, 2017 10:14 pm
Forum: General Comments
Topic: Is this the oldest flying aircraft in Canada?
Replies: 7
Views: 1738

Re: Is this the oldest flying aircraft in Canada?

At my local airport in Westlock, AB, there is a 1918 Curtiss Jenny (JN-4D), which I understand to be the oldest registered aircraft in Canada. So far as I understand, it is still in flying condition, though it's been a few years since I've personally seen it in the air.
by charrois
Fri Dec 15, 2017 10:04 pm
Forum: General Comments
Topic: IFR Departure from unsurveyed airport
Replies: 9
Views: 1418

Re: IFR Departure from unsurveyed airport

Have a look at CAP GEN page 19 and AIM RAC 7.7 regarding non assessed departures. I have taken off IFR from airports in the north that were uncontrolled gravel strips into uncontrolled airspace with no IFR facilities and in controlled airspace at controlled airports without IFR facilities. You are ...
by charrois
Fri Dec 15, 2017 9:42 pm
Forum: General Comments
Topic: 406 in conjunction with Spot
Replies: 39
Views: 2017

Re: 406 in conjunction with Spot

Let me add to that: As the owner of an amateur-built aircraft, I do my own maintenance and electrical work. My understanding is that the law requires an AME to do the GPS hookup, even on Amateur-built aircraft. I find that requirement to be arbitrary and unnecessary. Do you have any reference to th...
by charrois
Fri Dec 15, 2017 9:36 pm
Forum: General Comments
Topic: 406 in conjunction with Spot
Replies: 39
Views: 2017

Re: 406 in conjunction with Spot

I don’t want permanent mandatory government tracking. So I shall stay out of US class B and C airspace and more than 30nm from the relevant nominated airports, and so shall continue happily to fly into and across the US with no ADSB. Thanks. But is it really that easy? Amongst other things, you nee...
by charrois
Fri Dec 15, 2017 9:24 pm
Forum: General Comments
Topic: IFR Departure from unsurveyed airport
Replies: 9
Views: 1418

Re: IFR Departure from unsurveyed airport

It doesn't surprise me at all that some operators would do it, since it would certainly be tempting, particularly if familiar with the aerodrome's environment. But I'm still curious as to the legality of it, if anyone knows.

Dan
by charrois
Thu Dec 14, 2017 4:25 pm
Forum: General Comments
Topic: 406 in conjunction with Spot
Replies: 39
Views: 2017

Re: 406 in conjunction with Spot

I think another great contender for the future of SAR is often overlooked - ADS-B out. By 2020, all aircraft flying in US transponder airspace will have to have ADS-B out. So in a few years, pretty much all of the US aircraft will have that technology, not to mention a lot of other aircraft which fl...
by charrois
Wed Dec 13, 2017 4:28 pm
Forum: General Comments
Topic: Required IFR Equipment
Replies: 10
Views: 739

Re: Required IFR Equipment

I just finished a very lengthy process of getting an amateur-built aircraft with a glass cockpit approved for IFR. I had no analog clock, and my inspector was incredibly diligent in that if there was even the slightest inkling of a requirement for it, it would have come up. Note that even the US rul...
by charrois
Wed Dec 13, 2017 4:15 pm
Forum: General Comments
Topic: IFR Departure from unsurveyed airport
Replies: 9
Views: 1418

IFR Departure from unsurveyed airport

Hi everyone. A quick question - is it legal (notice that I'm not asking if it's safe :-) to depart from an airport in IMC if that airport doesn't have any instrument approaches (and hence, is also unsurveyed for departures)? Obviously, the pilot would be responsible for their own terrain and obstacl...
by charrois
Thu Nov 30, 2017 4:14 pm
Forum: Accidents, Incidents & Overdue Aircraft
Topic: Missing airplane on flight from Penticton to Edmonton
Replies: 219
Views: 36378

Re: Missing airplane on flight from Penticton to Edmonton

Except the lack of both is everything IMO. 2:30 takeoff time in late fall.... The time was definitely a potential factor. It looks like sunset in the area was around 16:00, with civil twilight at 16:40, but I know how quickly it gets dark when the Sun goes down, especially in the mountains. He'd ha...

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