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by RatherBeFlying
Sun May 06, 2018 7:42 pm
Forum: General Comments
Topic: Quoting ICON about low altitude flying
Replies: 14
Views: 1919

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: 524

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 ...
by RatherBeFlying
Tue May 01, 2018 9:09 pm
Forum: Accidents, Incidents & Overdue Aircraft
Topic: Missing airplane on flight from Penticton to Edmonton
Replies: 219
Views: 37345

Re: Missing airplane on flight from Penticton to Edmonton

Foxes and wolverines don't hibernate. Emerging bears check out the avalanche chutes. Very few remains of Steve Fossett were found after his wallet turned up on a mountainside a year after he disappeared. Many other missing aircraft in the BC mountains remain unfound. That said, the Rogers Pass area ...
by RatherBeFlying
Mon Apr 30, 2018 8:41 pm
Forum: Accidents, Incidents & Overdue Aircraft
Topic: Navajo lands on the street in yyc
Replies: 155
Views: 21670

Re: Navajo lands on the street in yyc

The NTSB promptly opens public dockets and updates them as the information comes in. FDR, redacted CVR, fuel state, component and structural status are usually released within weeks. The advantage is that the accident or incident is top of mind in the aviation community. Crews and maintenance pay at...
by RatherBeFlying
Tue Apr 24, 2018 8:08 pm
Forum: Accidents, Incidents & Overdue Aircraft
Topic: Westwind
Replies: 411
Views: 80734

Re: Westwind

To deice an ATR, I'd think you need at least a scissor lift, drums of fluid, a trained operator, and a plowed apron safe for the scissor lift. Maybe you'd need a scissor lift with outriggers. I've spent considerable time on a step ladder scraping frost off a 172. Trust me – that's as high as you wan...
by RatherBeFlying
Mon Apr 23, 2018 6:38 pm
Forum: General Comments
Topic: Survival Gear
Replies: 15
Views: 2414

Re: Survival Gear

A PLB will most likely get you picked up by the next day, even if the ELT fails (not uncommon). A survival sleeping bag will keep you warm enough, even if you're not an accomplished woodsman, or too injured to put together a shelter and fire. It's only near habitation or agriculture that water purif...
by RatherBeFlying
Thu Mar 29, 2018 7:10 pm
Forum: General Comments
Topic: Legal Hangar Battle at CYZU Whitecourt Alberta (previously titled "Things are getting ugly at CYZU") gofundme request
Replies: 109
Views: 26661

Re: Legal Hangar Battle at CYZU Whitecourt Alberta (previously titled "Things are getting ugly at CYZU") gofundme reque

I'd be claiming bad faith meriting punitive damages on the part of the council. The record demonstrates ample evidence. They sold you a hangar lot and then effectively buried it. The transcript shows that the helicopter operator(s) feel the need for a large apron space and I wonder if there's an inc...
by RatherBeFlying
Sat Mar 24, 2018 6:24 pm
Forum: Accidents, Incidents & Overdue Aircraft
Topic: Helicopter down in the East River NYC
Replies: 26
Views: 4209

Re: Helicopter down in the East River NYC

People have been caught by fall harnesses, only to end up dead.

http://elcosh.org/document/1662/d000568 ... ou%3F.html

You need a means to recover anybody hanging from a harness within five minutes.
by RatherBeFlying
Sun Mar 18, 2018 11:16 pm
Forum: Accidents, Incidents & Overdue Aircraft
Topic: Missing airplane on flight from Penticton to Edmonton
Replies: 219
Views: 37345

Re: Missing airplane on flight from Penticton to Edmonton

There's lots of shrapnel and unexploded shells in the Rogers Pass avalanche chutes that a magnetometer might pick up. Aircraft are mostly aluminum. I'd try out the magnetometer at an airport first to determine the detection range. Check with the airport operator first to see if they will allow a dro...
by RatherBeFlying
Wed Mar 07, 2018 9:48 pm
Forum: General Comments
Topic: Water Methanol Take-Off
Replies: 18
Views: 2530

Re: Water Methanol Take-Off

The Dart wasn't the first. ADI (anti detonation injection) was developed for recips in WWII and used in some piston airliners. I remember reading an ad on it in the late 50s.
by RatherBeFlying
Sun Feb 25, 2018 5:44 pm
Forum: Accidents, Incidents & Overdue Aircraft
Topic: Tecnam crash Calgary
Replies: 16
Views: 3045

Re: Tecnam crash Calgary

Twins can be and are certified without determining flight behavior when stalled with yaw. I don't know if there's any quantified tolerance for yaw when stalling a twin. Likely some twins bite harder than others in this condition. But there's no certification requirement for flight testing spins as t...
by RatherBeFlying
Tue Feb 20, 2018 3:34 pm
Forum: General Comments
Topic: RAIC application refusal
Replies: 38
Views: 4828

Re: RAIC application refusal

The aforementioned National Post article describes: Any police encounter that puts a RAIC holder's name into CPIC will be on the desk of the RAIC head the next morning. A big concern is smuggling, understandable given the opportunities in freight and baggage handling. Cleaners can quietly pick up a ...
by RatherBeFlying
Sun Feb 18, 2018 8:21 pm
Forum: General Comments
Topic: Some U.S. regional airlines are now sponsoring Canadians for the H1B Vis
Replies: 88
Views: 12212

Re: Some U.S. regional airlines are now sponsoring Canadians for the H1B Vis

Looks like supply and demand is at work. There's a TN visa available for "NAFTA Professionals" with a degree. Unfortunately pilots are not in the list of professions. So getting a four year degree in anything might be a better deal than ramping in Norman Wells. The problem with H1Bs is that that the...
by RatherBeFlying
Sat Feb 17, 2018 4:14 pm
Forum: Accidents, Incidents & Overdue Aircraft
Topic: Crash video. Performance over 50 foot Obstacle not Calculated
Replies: 13
Views: 2571

Re: Crash video. Performance over 50 foot Obstacle not Calculated

The Wright brothers before their first flight had worked out directional control - something that appears to have escaped the attention of the "designers" of this contraption.
by RatherBeFlying
Tue Feb 13, 2018 5:06 pm
Forum: General Comments
Topic: RAIC application refusal
Replies: 38
Views: 4828

Re: RAIC application refusal

I don't see an entry for "general aviation" in the Interpretation section of the regulation; so the judge would have to look it up in the Oxford Dictionary: general aviation NOUN mass noun Civil aviation other than large-scale passenger or freight operations. Practically speaking, I think you'd need...
by RatherBeFlying
Sun Feb 11, 2018 9:05 pm
Forum: General Comments
Topic: Failure to complete 2 yr currency
Replies: 22
Views: 2540

Re: Failure to complete 2 yr currency

The glider folks have been running safety meetings for some time at national and provincial AGMs. We got Transport Canada approval so that attendance qualifies as recurrent training. The local flying club has a get together over the ASL annual questionnaire. Or you can do it on your own - pretty sim...
by RatherBeFlying
Tue Jan 23, 2018 8:35 pm
Forum: General Comments
Topic: What kind of watch do you wear?
Replies: 117
Views: 12307

Re: What kind of watch do you wear?

Have a look at Seiko Flightmaster at Creation Watches:
http://www.creationwatches.com/products ... -216/
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Add about $20 for DHL brokerage on top of GST

They offer other brands at decent prices.
by RatherBeFlying
Tue Jan 16, 2018 8:18 pm
Forum: General Comments
Topic: Bombardier considers move away from Downsview
Replies: 49
Views: 6861

Re: Bombardier considers move away from Downsview

There's 2 ILS approaches directly overhead YZD and another one a couple miles north. Using the full ILS, YYZ traffic would be at 3000' which could be workable (don't know about wake turbulence), but extra work for YYZ approach. I wouldn't be surprised if a bunch of reliever airports in the US are tu...
by RatherBeFlying
Sat Jan 13, 2018 3:03 pm
Forum: Accidents, Incidents & Overdue Aircraft
Topic: WestJet and Sunwing ground collision - YYZ
Replies: 136
Views: 22205

Re: WestJet and Sunwing ground collision - YYZ

The only half decent training on structural fire propagation is that given to firefighters - who then get exposed to lots of fire situations. Flight and cabin crew get a bit of training with extinguishers and laptop battery fires, but once the Jet A ignites, it's time to GTFO as nobody can guarantee...
by RatherBeFlying
Fri Jan 12, 2018 11:34 am
Forum: Accidents, Incidents & Overdue Aircraft
Topic: Jazz APU ingested de-ice fluid, rapid deplanement
Replies: 4
Views: 1832

Re: Jazz APU ingested de-ice fluid, rapid deplanement

Any MSDS sheet out there on the toxicity of deice fluid fumes in the cabin atmosphere?
by RatherBeFlying
Thu Jan 11, 2018 2:08 pm
Forum: Accidents, Incidents & Overdue Aircraft
Topic: Crash at Iles-de-la-Madeleine
Replies: 137
Views: 33921

Re: Crash at Iles-de-la-Madeleine

TSB did a thorough job on the conduct of the flight and paperwork. But we don't see a resumé of his IFR experience. If he was always getting vectored to the IAF or equivalent, or hadn't before dealt with descent planning from the flight levels to a remote airport, that would be a significant additio...
by RatherBeFlying
Thu Jan 11, 2018 12:08 am
Forum: Accidents, Incidents & Overdue Aircraft
Topic: Crash at Iles-de-la-Madeleine
Replies: 137
Views: 33921

Re: Crash at Iles-de-la-Madeleine

The implication of the TSB report is that 6 hours a month is insufficient to maintain currency in an MU-2 - Agree/Disagree? This is the first time I've seen the term: Passenger Pilot. Admittedly he seems not to have spoken up about the situation. As well as a missed approach, one wonders why the pil...
by RatherBeFlying
Sun Jan 07, 2018 12:54 am
Forum: Accidents, Incidents & Overdue Aircraft
Topic: WestJet and Sunwing ground collision - YYZ
Replies: 136
Views: 22205

Re: WestJet and Sunwing ground collision - YYZ

What can happen in a delayed evacuation - PWA 501 YYC 1984 https://web.archive.org/web/20061104195744/http://www.avsaf.org/reports/CANADA/1984.03.22_PacificWesternAirlines_Boeing737-200.pdf 1.15 Survival Aspects Passengers who were on the left side of the aircraft near the wing were almost immediate...
by RatherBeFlying
Sat Jan 06, 2018 9:01 pm
Forum: Accidents, Incidents & Overdue Aircraft
Topic: WestJet and Sunwing ground collision - YYZ
Replies: 136
Views: 22205

Re: WestJet and Sunwing ground collision - YYZ

This statement demonstrates your complete ignorance of airline evacuation procedures. They wanted the pax to sit down long enough for them to spool down the engines so as not to liquefy panicked passengers as they instinctively bail from the ship and straight into a running CFM56. "Remain seated" P...
by RatherBeFlying
Sat Jan 06, 2018 5:52 pm
Forum: Accidents, Incidents & Overdue Aircraft
Topic: WestJet and Sunwing ground collision - YYZ
Replies: 136
Views: 22205

Re: WestJet and Sunwing ground collision - YYZ

Once people see flames and smoke is getting into the cabin, in this case likely from the bleeds, it is time to evacuate. It is beyond idiotic to tell people to remain seated in the presence of smoke and flames as that simply adds to the panic as is completely obvious in certain videos. The cabin cre...

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