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by RatherBeFlying
Tue Dec 04, 2018 4:43 pm
Forum: General Comments
Topic: Canadian living in the U.S. getting the boot...
Replies: 26
Views: 2414

Re: Canadian living in the U.S. getting the boot...

You really need to consult with a US immigration attorney. Possibly you could apply for a green card from Canada. Most important is not getting any black marks on your USCIS record; so be out of the US and make very sure that your departure from the US is recorded with USCIS if your US immigration a...
by RatherBeFlying
Sun Dec 02, 2018 12:00 pm
Forum: Accidents, Incidents & Overdue Aircraft
Topic: St. Catherines Flying Club - lawsuit re October 16, 2016 fatal crash
Replies: 165
Views: 8191

Re: St. Catherines Flying Club - lawsuit re October 16, 2016 fatal crash

As for pursuit of individual members for damages is concerned, I am doubtful: 1. Most likely the club is incorporated. 2. Members generally have to sign a liability waiver on joining or renewing membership. This waiver generally holds unless gross negligence can be proved - somewhat difficult when s...
by RatherBeFlying
Sat Dec 01, 2018 7:52 pm
Forum: Accidents, Incidents & Overdue Aircraft
Topic: St. Catherines Flying Club - lawsuit re October 16, 2016 fatal crash
Replies: 165
Views: 8191

Re: St. Catherines Flying Club - lawsuit re October 16, 2016 fatal crash

The greed comes from flight schools that can stuff 2 students and an instructor in a plane for a trip to Florida and charge dual for a trip not on any PPL Syllabus. If the students were being charged for dual, I strongly suspect that the court will accept that it was an instructional flight and the...
by RatherBeFlying
Thu Nov 29, 2018 1:54 pm
Forum: General Comments
Topic: What was your longest non stop flight?
Replies: 58
Views: 4784

Re: What was your longest non stop flight?

After checking mid 50s Pan Am schedules, 10.2 LAX-HNL.

Longest time in glider: 6 hours using Southern Ontario thermals, but there's lots of Southern Ontario pilots who take off noon or before and come back around 8:30 when the days are long and the thermals are good.
by RatherBeFlying
Tue Nov 27, 2018 3:53 pm
Forum: General Comments
Topic: Most risky flying decisions.
Replies: 42
Views: 3813

Ridge Soaring in Mist

A bunch of gliders were happily working a ridge in the Rockies and I took a tow to join in the fun. As were approaching the ridge the viz was crappy and I passed on dodging other gliders that I wasn't seeing.
by RatherBeFlying
Mon Nov 26, 2018 1:36 pm
Forum: Accidents, Incidents & Overdue Aircraft
Topic: St. Catherines Flying Club - lawsuit re October 16, 2016 fatal crash
Replies: 165
Views: 8191

Re: St. Catherines Flying Club - lawsuit re October 16, 2016 fatal crash

I suspected that the accident pilot was not IFR current as he hadn't done any recent approaches, but it seems he had recently passed an IFR proficiency test (for what that was worth - keeping in mind that you can get and maintain an IFR rating without ever being in a cloud, let alone at night). Howe...
by RatherBeFlying
Sat Nov 24, 2018 5:45 pm
Forum: Accidents, Incidents & Overdue Aircraft
Topic: St. Catherines Flying Club - lawsuit re October 16, 2016 fatal crash
Replies: 165
Views: 8191

Re: St. Catherines Flying Club - lawsuit re October 16, 2016 fatal crash

While the NTSB observes that the instruction was IFR rated, it seems his IFR was not current. 6000 over the Alleghanies will likely get you the bumps in any wind. A higher standard is expected of an IFR rated PIC; so I suspect it will be difficult for the PIC's family to sustain a claim against the ...
by RatherBeFlying
Sat Nov 17, 2018 3:20 pm
Forum: General Comments
Topic: Death of Paper Maps?
Replies: 38
Views: 2650

Re: Death of Paper Maps?

Sometimes I think I'm the only glider pilot in Canada who carries a current paper chart. These days the flight computer knows the airspace and can be more current than the chart.

Haven't seen any inspectors at a glider field, but the jungle drums are thrumming.
by RatherBeFlying
Thu Nov 15, 2018 9:08 am
Forum: General Comments
Topic: Bombardier considers move away from Downsview
Replies: 49
Views: 6783

Bonuses!!!

Large North American corporations tend to get parasitised into a conspiracy by upper management to screw employees, customers, government and shareholders in whichever way will maximise their bonuses.
by RatherBeFlying
Fri Oct 19, 2018 7:57 pm
Forum: General Comments
Topic: Judge Rules Against Quebec Airfield
Replies: 12
Views: 1271

Re: Judge Rules Against Quebec Airfield

Should have set up a pig barn.
by RatherBeFlying
Mon Oct 15, 2018 8:11 pm
Forum: Accidents, Incidents & Overdue Aircraft
Topic: Bad Habits Lead to Gear up Damage
Replies: 19
Views: 2037

Re: Bad Habits Lead to Gear up Damage

I remember being trained to flip up the flap switch on rollout in 150s; same with 172s. Transitioning to retracts needs a thorough discussion of what switch or lever not to touch on the ground. Amphibs are another way to screw up even bigger. Flapped gliders offer another opportunity to get confused...
by RatherBeFlying
Sun Sep 23, 2018 8:13 pm
Forum: Accidents, Incidents & Overdue Aircraft
Topic: Plane with 2 aboard missing between Chilliwack and Edmonton
Replies: 44
Views: 7551

Re: Plane with 2 aboard missing between Chilliwack and Edmonton

See https://www.livetrack24.com/apps/index for apps you can install on your phone. Keep in mind that cellular coverage is better at altitude. Android apps are generally free; iPhone apps cost a few bucks. But you do need extra power to keep your phone alive, either a USB outlet or an auxiliary batte...
by RatherBeFlying
Sat Sep 15, 2018 6:17 pm
Forum: Accidents, Incidents & Overdue Aircraft
Topic: C525 goes missing over Lake Erie with 6 aboard
Replies: 45
Views: 11134

Re: C525 goes missing over Lake Erie with 6 aboard

One has to wonder if the pilot did night flights while taking conversion instruction. I confess wondering why the second COM was not working the first time I flew a certain airplane at night. Examination on the ramp showed it was a Narco with a concentric flat on-off switch that was not lit. The sim...
by RatherBeFlying
Wed Sep 12, 2018 9:21 am
Forum: Accidents, Incidents & Overdue Aircraft
Topic: Missing airplane on flight from Penticton to Edmonton
Replies: 219
Views: 37079

Re: Missing airplane on flight from Penticton to Edmonton

There were reports of possible aircraft noise close to Roger's Pass. So the pilot may have turned around and possibly was attempting a precautionary landing. We'll eventually find out if the gear was down. Turning radius, poor visibility, low ceiling and steep slopes in close proximity may have all ...
by RatherBeFlying
Tue Sep 11, 2018 6:30 pm
Forum: Accidents, Incidents & Overdue Aircraft
Topic: Missing airplane on flight from Penticton to Edmonton
Replies: 219
Views: 37079

Re: Missing airplane on flight from Penticton to Edmonton

https://goo.gl/maps/gNR2RxcwFAD2

This is my guess for the location: yes, just off the TCH. I suspect the "structures" are canopy reflections.
by RatherBeFlying
Tue Sep 11, 2018 3:27 pm
Forum: Accidents, Incidents & Overdue Aircraft
Topic: Missing airplane on flight from Penticton to Edmonton
Replies: 219
Views: 37079

Photos on CBC

https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/british- ... -1.4818700

It's a testament to the density of BC bush that the wreckage was not visible maybe a hundred metres from the Trans Canada.
by RatherBeFlying
Sun Sep 02, 2018 5:52 pm
Forum: General Comments
Topic: 2018 CNE Airshow
Replies: 23
Views: 2679

YYZ has good viewing spots

The big iron is mostly based at YYZ. There's a number of places with a good view of 15-33

My favorite used to be the top parking level of T1.

The sea wall on the North side of the Western gap is a good spot to watch YTZ movements.
by RatherBeFlying
Sun Sep 02, 2018 5:41 pm
Forum: General Comments
Topic: If you need a new flashlight
Replies: 13
Views: 2757

Great flashlights as long as the switch works

There's many variants. Make sure you get a guarantee as many switches will fail. A gap will open between the case and the contact inside.

Unscrew and push hard on the button to see the problem. You can try to fix it, but it might not stay fixed.
by RatherBeFlying
Sat Aug 18, 2018 9:53 pm
Forum: General Comments
Topic: Anxiety past. Do I have any chance of getting Cat 1 Medical?
Replies: 34
Views: 2959

Re: Anxiety past. Do I have any chance of getting Cat 1 Medical?

Who among us has gotten through adolescence and early adulthood with no bouts of anxiety whatsoever? If you really want to experience anxiety go through medical school. Yes, the doc examining you knows all about it. Being off meds and stable for a period of x years and letter from GP or psych will l...
by RatherBeFlying
Fri Aug 10, 2018 7:52 pm
Forum: General Comments
Topic: Navcanada discontinuing approaches at under-serviced airports
Replies: 24
Views: 3904

Re: Navcanada discontinuing approaches at under-serviced airports

NavCanada is basically a consortium of scheduled airlines who, mirabile dictu, have their own interests top of mind.

Are the provincial medevac authorities being squeezed for money by NavCanada?
by RatherBeFlying
Fri Aug 10, 2018 7:06 pm
Forum: Accidents, Incidents & Overdue Aircraft
Topic: Navajo lands on the street in yyc
Replies: 155
Views: 21520

Re: Navajo lands on the street in yyc

Some chief pilot or consultant wrote a SOP into the Ops Manual that omitted switching to the inner tanks from the descent checklist - as specified in the manufacturer flight manual. The Transport Canada folks in charge of approving Ops Manuals didn't notice. Unfortunately the pilots followed the fau...
by RatherBeFlying
Wed Jun 20, 2018 7:12 pm
Forum: Accidents, Incidents & Overdue Aircraft
Topic: Student Pilot steals 172 and bangs it up pretty well
Replies: 5
Views: 2491

Re: Student Pilot steals 172 and bangs it up pretty well

Back in the mid 70s a student took a buddy for a flight out of King City in night and showers. They got maybe a mile or two before smacking the ground hard.
by RatherBeFlying
Wed May 09, 2018 9:28 am
Forum: General Comments
Topic: Flight instructor "shortage "
Replies: 24
Views: 3197

Re: Flight instructor "shortage "

The cost of flight training has gone way up while wages for the younger people interested in flying have stagnated. If an FTU paid its instructors competitively, even fewer students would be able to afford it. European airlines hire off the street very selectively and pay for training all the way up...
by RatherBeFlying
Sun May 06, 2018 7:42 pm
Forum: General Comments
Topic: Quoting ICON about low altitude flying
Replies: 14
Views: 1891

Re: Quoting ICON about low altitude flying

Flying gliders we commonly bank 45° turning final at 300'. Up our sleeve is that non aerobatic gliders rarely have the elevator authority to reach the stalling angle of attack at that bank angle. It's the shallow banked turns "helped" with rudder that do in glider pilots. The other thing you learn t...
by RatherBeFlying
Wed May 02, 2018 9:48 pm
Forum: General Comments
Topic: Personnel Licensing Handbook- Anybody Still Have One?
Replies: 0
Views: 520

Personnel Licensing Handbook- Anybody Still Have One?

Transport Canada in its great wisdom has decided that CARS 400.01 glider includes a powered glider; (planeur) was promulgated "in error" and plans to revoke 400.01. This will retroactively require aeroplane pilot licenses to operate powered (self launch or sustained) gliders instead of glider pilot ...

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