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by lhalliday
Thu Jan 16, 2020 8:14 pm
Forum: Flight Training
Topic: Spin Entry Controls
Replies: 16
Views: 570

Re: Spin Entry Controls

When I learned to fly in Cherokees the spin entry was a power-off stall, then full rudder and up elevator to initiate and maintain the spin. Some Cherokees spun well. Some refused and would only spiral. Straight down at red-line speed is not fun. My Musketeer was originally certified for intentional...
by lhalliday
Mon Nov 11, 2019 10:25 am
Forum: Flight Training
Topic: Choosing plane for PPL training
Replies: 9
Views: 600

Re: Choosing plane for PPL training

Correct. With two 200 pound bodies you can't fly with full fuel tanks in a 152. And since you're taking off at maximum gross the takeoff and climb out are somewhat leisurely.

...laura
by lhalliday
Mon Nov 11, 2019 9:52 am
Forum: Flight Training
Topic: Choosing plane for PPL training
Replies: 9
Views: 600

Re: Choosing plane for PPL training

I'm familiar with the challenges of owning an oddball plane, since my plane is a Beech 23 Musketeer. Off-the-shelf components are no problem - an O320 is an O320, tires are tires, radios are radios. Other stuff can be challenging, expensive, outright unobtanium. Plus the fact that few shops have eve...
by lhalliday
Sat Nov 09, 2019 12:10 pm
Forum: Flight Training
Topic: Choosing plane for PPL training
Replies: 9
Views: 600

Re: Choosing plane for PPL training

Visit any flight school. You will see lots of 152s, 172s and Cherokees. Fly one of their planes for a few hours first. Owning a plane is rewarding - the first time I signed my plane's journey log was almost as memorable as my first solo - but it can be challenging. A 150 just doesn't have the payloa...
by lhalliday
Tue Nov 05, 2019 9:31 am
Forum: Flight Training
Topic: Flying School in Vancouver for International Students
Replies: 5
Views: 484

Re: Flying School in Vancouver for International Students

When I was shopping for a flying school I visited local airports, looked around and talked to people. One handed me a folder and told me to call them if I had any questions. Another talked to me at some length, much of it sitting in a plane out on the ramp. Three guesses who got my money. I did my f...
by lhalliday
Mon Nov 04, 2019 4:04 pm
Forum: Flight Training
Topic: Flying School in Vancouver for International Students
Replies: 5
Views: 484

Re: Flying School in Vancouver for International Students

Pro: they're at Langley.

Con: they're at Langley.
by lhalliday
Wed Oct 30, 2019 8:39 am
Forum: Flight Training
Topic: Starting PPL - Night VFR + Multi IFR immediately after?
Replies: 22
Views: 1010

Re: Starting PPL - Night VFR + Multi IFR immediately after?

Multi-IFR is a waste of time and money unless you're a millionaire who owns and flies a multi or are flying professionally. Note that you would have to do your biennial renewal flight test in a multi, so you must be both multi- and IFR-proficient. Major $$$ if you're not doing it every day. Night VF...
by lhalliday
Tue Oct 15, 2019 1:18 pm
Forum: ATS Question Forum
Topic: Joining downwind at CYCD
Replies: 13
Views: 1627

Re: Joining downwind at CYCD

rookiepilot wrote:
Fri Oct 11, 2019 3:01 pm
Whole idea of an MF has always been a bit bizzare to me.

US doesn't use them. Any other country?
The U.S. does, sorta. Many "second-tier" airports in Alaska (Juneau, Ketchikan, etc.) operate almost exactly like a Canadian MF airport.

...laura
by lhalliday
Fri Oct 11, 2019 1:17 pm
Forum: ATS Question Forum
Topic: Joining downwind at CYCD
Replies: 13
Views: 1627

Re: Joining downwind at CYCD

FSS at Nanaimo is advisory, just like here in Kamloops. Crossing midfield may avoid a conflict or give better spacing, but as PIC at an uncontrolled airport the decision is yours. A common one here is to fly the "wrong" circuit to avoid turning skydivers in to hamburger. FSS advise of the conflict (...
by lhalliday
Wed Oct 09, 2019 7:38 pm
Forum: Flight Training
Topic: Is my vision too bad to be a pilot in Canada?
Replies: 13
Views: 709

Re: Is my vision too bad to be a pilot in Canada?

Bear in mind that even if you pass a Cat 1 medical and get your CPL, that level of myopia may still be career-limiting. ...laura what are the concerns that would make it career limiting? Employers may have medical standards that differ from those of Transport Canada. Given two equally-qualified can...
by lhalliday
Thu Oct 03, 2019 2:02 pm
Forum: Flight Training
Topic: Is my vision too bad to be a pilot in Canada?
Replies: 13
Views: 709

Re: Is my vision too bad to be a pilot in Canada?

Bear in mind that even if you pass a Cat 1 medical and get your CPL, that level of myopia may still be career-limiting.

...laura
by lhalliday
Mon Sep 23, 2019 8:17 am
Forum: Flight Training
Topic: Newbie here. Best flight school close to Port Coquitlam?
Replies: 2
Views: 238

Re: Newbie here. Best flight school close to Port Coquitlam?

Since you live in PoCo, Pitt Meadows is your obvious first choice. Why not go there and talk to people? You're going to be spending a lot of money and need to know what the schools are like, sooner rather than later. When I was looking for a flying school I talked to one at Boundary Bay who handed m...
by lhalliday
Tue Aug 27, 2019 9:04 am
Forum: General Comments
Topic: ATIS Has there been a change in YVR area?
Replies: 4
Views: 1214

Re: ATIS Has there been a change in YVR area?

Different airports say different things on the subject. Pitt Meadows and Boundary Bay routinely add the note that the weather is below VFR minima, only IFR and Special VFR will be approved. I've never heard Langley do so. YVR don't, though phrasing like "expect ILS runway 08 right" says something ab...
by lhalliday
Sat Jul 27, 2019 7:18 pm
Forum: Accidents, Incidents & Overdue Aircraft
Topic: Another crash at Langley airport CYNJ
Replies: 6
Views: 1982

Re: Another crash at Langley airport CYNJ

I learned to fly at Langley (LFS, back when Dave Parry ran it). The runways are indeed tiny, but with correct instruction they're fine. The school was adamant that if you weren't on the ground by the 1000 foot marker you had to go around. No excuses, no ifs ands or buts. Just do it. Now . You learn ...
by lhalliday
Thu Jul 18, 2019 9:15 am
Forum: Flight Training
Topic: C 172 checklist Canada vs US
Replies: 11
Views: 1251

Re: C 172 checklist Canada vs US

My plane's checklists were written by the previous owners and closely follow the format and content of the flying school that taught them (and me) to fly. They're on the long side. I'm starting to write up new checklists. The old ones are lengthy and don't reflect some recent upgrades (GPS, engine m...
by lhalliday
Fri Jul 05, 2019 2:27 pm
Forum: Maintenance
Topic: Need new battery in the Cessna 180
Replies: 4
Views: 1151

Re: Need new battery in the Cessna 180

The Concorde batteries are pricey but you get what you pay for.

I put a new 35AXC in my Musketeer a couple of years ago and tried not to scream too hard at the price...

...laura
by lhalliday
Sat Jun 22, 2019 12:46 pm
Forum: Flight Training
Topic: Headset suggestion for Aviation College?
Replies: 8
Views: 871

Re: Headset suggestion for Aviation College?

There are so many different answers because this is a highly personal, highly subjective choice. There is no one right answer.

I did my flight training with a David Clark H10-13.4 headset. Earlier this year I splurged on a Lightspeed Zulu 3. I like both. Shrug.

...laura
by lhalliday
Sun Jun 16, 2019 8:35 am
Forum: General Comments
Topic: 1900 operators in Canada
Replies: 21
Views: 2707

Re: 1900 operators in Canada

The 1900D isn't a pretty plane. I've flown in CMA and Pasco examples. But they're fast...

...laura
by lhalliday
Thu Jun 06, 2019 11:06 am
Forum: General Comments
Topic: New TC Cannabis rules
Replies: 64
Views: 10332

Re: New TC Cannabis rules

Link to the CARs (404/424) or Canada Gazette, or it didn't happen.

...laura
by lhalliday
Thu Jun 06, 2019 10:54 am
Forum: Flight Training
Topic: Do i need to clear Customs?
Replies: 15
Views: 1042

Re: Do i need to clear Customs?

The VTA has shown the route between Cherry Point and East Point for years.

...laura
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by lhalliday
Fri May 31, 2019 8:16 am
Forum: Flight Training
Topic: Mountain checkout
Replies: 39
Views: 2490

Re: Mountain checkout

I don't understand how a FTU in BC can train someone to PPL standard, including cross countries, without teaching them about flying in the mountains... The PPL syllabus, as specified by Transport Canada, doesn't include mountain flying. If you train somewhere like Squamish you'll learn a lot about ...
by lhalliday
Thu May 30, 2019 7:08 pm
Forum: Flight Training
Topic: Mountain checkout
Replies: 39
Views: 2490

Re: Mountain checkout

Do most schools do the x-country for cpl dual than solo like ppl As a Commercial student you know how to fly and are expected to be able to find your way to airports and land at them. I flew to an airport I had never been to the other day. Landed, ran in to people I knew (small world...), flew home...
by lhalliday
Thu May 30, 2019 1:41 pm
Forum: Flight Training
Topic: Mountain checkout
Replies: 39
Views: 2490

Re: Mountain checkout

Whatever. Shrug. I have long since accepted that I'm not a Real Pilot (tm) and cannot possibly contribute anything of value to a discussion like this. If you're flying your own plane you can do whatever you want. There is no legal impediment to me filing VFR Kamloops to Springbank via Rogers Pass. M...
by lhalliday
Thu May 30, 2019 1:19 pm
Forum: Flight Training
Topic: Mountain checkout
Replies: 39
Views: 2490

Re: Mountain checkout

FWIW, my mountain training has included: Mountain weather, including updrafts, downdrafts and turbulence. Ridge crossing procedures. Navigation in valleys. Diversions in mountainous terrain. Minimum-radius canyon turns (whee!). Emergency descents in to valleys. High density altitude takeoffs and lan...
by lhalliday
Thu May 30, 2019 9:06 am
Forum: Flight Training
Topic: Mountain checkout
Replies: 39
Views: 2490

Re: Mountain checkout

Mountain flying is amazing but you have to know what you're doing.
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...laura

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