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by MichaelP
Sun Apr 17, 2011 12:41 pm
Forum: Flight Training
Topic: Stop The Puppy Mills!
Replies: 40
Views: 3710

Re: Stop The Puppy Mills!

He just can't help slamming anything Canadian and telling us colonials of his life of poverty and being a superior Brit pilot. 1. Do I slam everything Canadian? 2. I think everyone instructing in Canada can claim a "life of poverty". I realise though that I'm an unwelcome Brit in some people's eyes...
by MichaelP
Sun Apr 17, 2011 10:06 am
Forum: Flight Training
Topic: Tailwind takeoffs and landings.
Replies: 43
Views: 6070

Re: Tailwind takeoffs and landings.

My problem with a thread like this is it has a tendency to form absolutes in a persons mind Agreed. Being sensible is all anyone can ask. Instructors teach forced landings... Considerations should include wind, Sun and slope. A small tailwind while putting a low Sun behind you, or an upslope field ...
by MichaelP
Sun Apr 17, 2011 9:54 am
Forum: Flight Training
Topic: Stop The Puppy Mills!
Replies: 40
Views: 3710

Re: Stop The Puppy Mills!

It really sounds to me like you need to venture outside the bubble you find yourself in down there in the lower mainland & get out and discover what Canadian Aviation is really all about. I agree... It does get miserable down here sometimes. It's a bright sunny Sunday morning and too quiet for me.....
by MichaelP
Sat Apr 16, 2011 2:34 pm
Forum: Flight Training
Topic: Stop The Puppy Mills!
Replies: 40
Views: 3710

Re: Stop The Puppy Mills!

As I alluded to, the Universities offer more than enough useless degree courses needed to overshadow our piddling little aviation business. In the apartment building where I live I met a pilot who'd gone through the BCIT aviation program, spent twice as much as any CPL self starter would for the lic...
by MichaelP
Sat Apr 16, 2011 1:04 pm
Forum: Flight Training
Topic: Stop The Puppy Mills!
Replies: 40
Views: 3710

Re: Stop The Puppy Mills!

In my memory Quebecois girls were certainly more charming than their Anglo Canadian counterparts... I was in Montreal when the rights of English speaking Canadians (from Britain, Greece, Italy, Spain and many many other countries), were taken away. (I went to Vanier CEGEP!). Under British law that w...
by MichaelP
Sat Apr 16, 2011 10:53 am
Forum: Flight Training
Topic: Stop The Puppy Mills!
Replies: 40
Views: 3710

Re: Stop The Puppy Mills!

roast beef
Ay up! The French call us 'roast beef', the real French that is, of the English... I'm not sure what they'd call Canadians.
by MichaelP
Sat Apr 16, 2011 10:50 am
Forum: Flight Training
Topic: Tailwind takeoffs and landings.
Replies: 43
Views: 6070

Re: Tailwind takeoffs and landings.

6,500 feet OK, but brake fade perhaps, loss of directional control, there's all kinds of factors that would make me feel a lot more comfortable having the wind reducing the groundspeed rather than increasing it. Then there's minimum climb gradient. Is this factor calculated before departing with a t...
by MichaelP
Fri Apr 15, 2011 11:46 am
Forum: Maintenance
Topic: RC Allen 2600
Replies: 0
Views: 425

RC Allen 2600

Has anyone successfully fitted an RC Allen 2600 digital attitude indicator (Artificial Horizon) to a Canadian registered aircraft previously approved for the RC Allen mechanical electric gyro?
by MichaelP
Fri Apr 15, 2011 10:35 am
Forum: Flight Training
Topic: Tailwind takeoffs and landings.
Replies: 43
Views: 6070

Re: Tailwind takeoffs and landings.

There's a formula with regard to the increase in energy with small increases of speed. The aircraft might just need another 2,500 feet of takeoff distance, but should a failure occur how much distance will it need to stop? There's balanced field length.... I suppose this might be shorter if one plan...
by MichaelP
Fri Apr 15, 2011 10:16 am
Forum: Flight Training
Topic: Stop The Puppy Mills!
Replies: 40
Views: 3710

Re: Stop The Puppy Mills!

I was thinking about this last night and it occurred to me that some people spend thousands of dollars to get a degree in 'Political Science'... I always think of this as a rubbish degree for what worth to the nation is thousands of political science graduates? There are a lot of ways to spend money...
by MichaelP
Thu Apr 14, 2011 2:46 pm
Forum: Flight Training
Topic: Tailwind takeoffs and landings.
Replies: 43
Views: 6070

Re: Tailwind takeoffs and landings.

One wonders why the moderator moved this to Flight Training?
I would hope we teach people properly!
by MichaelP
Thu Apr 14, 2011 2:33 pm
Forum: Flight Training
Topic: Stop The Puppy Mills!
Replies: 40
Views: 3710

Re: Stop The Puppy Mills!

I learned to fly because I wanted to learn something, to fulfil a dream after so many years of model aeroplanes, and I flew for recreation for many many years. I gravitated to this job, I'd spent so many years doing it for free. I am sad, very very sad that Canadians are losing their passion... Too ...
by MichaelP
Mon Apr 11, 2011 2:58 pm
Forum: Flight Training
Topic: When renting an aircraft what is most important to you?
Replies: 29
Views: 1399

Re: When renting an aircraft what is most important to you?

At that time I flew the club's aircraft regularly and so I literally was allowed to fly one day and did, and not the next because of the six month rule. I suppose I have more trust for my fellow pilots, it's the nature of me. I tend to look at a person's qualifications, their recency, and how the pe...
by MichaelP
Mon Apr 11, 2011 12:09 pm
Forum: Flight Training
Topic: When renting an aircraft what is most important to you?
Replies: 29
Views: 1399

Re: When renting an aircraft what is most important to you?

We have a sixty day rule too but "Rules are for the obedience of fools and the guidance of wise men". In other words nothing is set in stone. So I would not ask a pilot who I know has recency in aircraft elsewhere to do a full checkout or even a few circuits if I know that person is competent. On th...
by MichaelP
Mon Apr 11, 2011 8:46 am
Forum: Flight Training
Topic: When renting an aircraft what is most important to you?
Replies: 29
Views: 1399

Re: When renting an aircraft what is most important to you?

Rentals really make virtually NO money I agree. I reckon the cost of flying in the Lower Mainland needs to rise $20 - $25 an hour for anyone to recover the cost of initial purchase, maintenance, and ultimate replacement of an aircraft. We rent our aircraft out at the absolute minimum we can charge ...
by MichaelP
Mon Apr 04, 2011 11:20 am
Forum: General Comments
Topic: Write Tony Clement re: D-Jet
Replies: 21
Views: 2222

Re: Write Tony Clement re: D-Jet

There's an article in this month's "Plane&Pilot" suggesting the DA20 is the best training aircraft on the market, and in this I agree. I really like the DA20 especially with the 100hp Rotax 912 S. In this aircraft Diamond have a 'certified' aeroplane to compete with the best of the LSAs in the US ma...
by MichaelP
Sat Apr 02, 2011 4:08 pm
Forum: Accidents, Incidents & Overdue Aircraft
Topic: Southwest jet has rapid decompression, 6 foot hole (w. pic)
Replies: 15
Views: 3488

Re: Southwest jet has rapid decompression, 6 foot hole (w. p

You can't really compare the VC-10 in military service to the 707 in civilian service. I can and I did. Some of the RAF Super VC10s are ex commercial airliners! East African Airways! We built the fuel tanks for the air to air refueling system at Weybridge and I had the job of inspecting the first l...
by MichaelP
Sat Apr 02, 2011 2:12 pm
Forum: Accidents, Incidents & Overdue Aircraft
Topic: Southwest jet has rapid decompression, 6 foot hole (w. pic)
Replies: 15
Views: 3488

Re: Southwest jet has rapid decompression, 6 foot hole (w. p

Boeing have a fine history but it is one that has been reputed to be underhanded. I worked for a small company that was in competition with Boeing. Our company was building an SST at the time and this aeroplane was quite successful so Boeing have one in their museum. A previous safe airliner with an...
by MichaelP
Mon Feb 28, 2011 11:37 pm
Forum: General Comments
Topic: Wood and fabric airframes
Replies: 26
Views: 3068

Re: Wood and fabric airframes

the current owner decided to park it outside under an overhang type of outdoors hangar, so I do not know if this might have compromised the wood structure under the fabric covering (?) It might have preserved it better! You need to keep the Sun and precipitation off the aeroplane while providing pl...
by MichaelP
Sun Feb 27, 2011 9:32 pm
Forum: General Comments
Topic: Wood and fabric airframes
Replies: 26
Views: 3068

Re: Wood and fabric airframes

Skills and competence are difficult to find in most things in Canada and so if you find a genuinely good mechanic you should treasure this person. Another way to do anything is by the "If you want a job done properly, do it yourself" philosophy. Buying a homebuilt aeroplane complies with the do it y...
by MichaelP
Sat Feb 26, 2011 5:46 pm
Forum: General Comments
Topic: Wood and fabric airframes
Replies: 26
Views: 3068

Re: Wood and fabric airframes

Super Emeraude CP-328 with STITTS fabric covering in 1999 A wooden aircraft is best kept in a well ventilated hangar. A roof and a dry floor. It sounds like this Emeraude is being kept properly. Check inside the fuselage around the stern post and above the tailwheel attachments. Check where the und...
by MichaelP
Thu Feb 10, 2011 6:02 pm
Forum: Flight Training
Topic: Advice on Flight School around Vancouver Area
Replies: 12
Views: 2288

Re: Advice on Flight School around Vancouver Area

And of course I'm always glad to give you one more opportunity to tell us all how tough you had it and how you overcame your challenges with such magnificence.
My trials and torments are nothing compared to what they could have been if I was born in Yorkshire.
by MichaelP
Wed Feb 09, 2011 4:04 pm
Forum: Flight Training
Topic: Advice on Flight School around Vancouver Area
Replies: 12
Views: 2288

Re: Advice on Flight School around Vancouver Area

Start by realizing that getting a PPL evenings and weekends will likely result in you being involved in training for at least a year. This is subjective too... It depends upon how much reading you're willing to put in on your own. We learn to fly on the ground and experience it in the air. Reading ...
by MichaelP
Tue Feb 08, 2011 4:10 pm
Forum: General Comments
Topic: Landing Fees on Vancouver Island.
Replies: 8
Views: 1448

Re: Landing Fees on Vancouver Island.

What we as a flight school and all other flying schools need is a list of all airports where their aircraft will be charged a landing fee. Then it will be up to the pilot/renter to decide whether to fly to that destination. This is like Hitch Hiker's Guide to the Galaxy... We did not check the plann...
by MichaelP
Mon Feb 07, 2011 8:14 pm
Forum: General Comments
Topic: Landing Fees on Vancouver Island.
Replies: 8
Views: 1448

Landing Fees on Vancouver Island.

Over the past year I have had two landing fee invoices from Qualicum Beach Airport (SportStar, and DA40). Today I have one from Tofino, $16.80c for one of our DA20s. I see that Nanaimo will charge us if we land the SportStar there as it's registered as an ultralight... It's a tax on an environment f...

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