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by PilotDAR
Mon Dec 11, 2017 5:26 am
Forum: General Comments
Topic: Whether to instruct or not?
Replies: 13
Views: 565

Re: Whether to instruct or not?

Please instruct IF you have a passion for teaching flying, and a measure of personal experience to supplement the basic flying skills you may have. We need instructors who can go the extra mile for their students, and pass along the meaningful "because's" of why we do, and do not do, things in plane...
by PilotDAR
Thu Dec 07, 2017 9:45 am
Forum: General Comments
Topic: Left seat helicopter pic
Replies: 12
Views: 739

Re: Left seat helicopter pic

You should expect resistance to such an idea. If you are using the control for the other seat, it'll be very difficult for the instructor in that seat to also use that control as needed. The left and right seat controls in helicopters don't always have the same secondary controls on them. I don't re...
by PilotDAR
Wed Dec 06, 2017 8:05 pm
Forum: General Comments
Topic: Float endorsement
Replies: 7
Views: 599

Re: Float endorsement

Go and have a good time in Florida splashing. Upon your return to Canada, you'll be a bit more ready to go through the full float endorsement training with a Canadian provider. Unless you own a floatplane for your training, there is no combination of trainer and aircraft which will have you "finish"...
by PilotDAR
Mon Dec 04, 2017 2:47 pm
Forum: Accidents, Incidents & Overdue Aircraft
Topic: Missing airplane on flight from Penticton to Edmonton
Replies: 142
Views: 10941

Re: Missing airplane on flight from Penticton to Edmonton

You really need a SPOT or similar device if flying in remote terrain. I very much second this, to the point of saying that if a pilot won't equip themselves with this simple, low cost equipment, which would greatly affect the size of search areas, should those large areas be being searched at taxpa...
by PilotDAR
Mon Dec 04, 2017 5:55 am
Forum: General Comments
Topic: Didn't know Canso's have aft airstairs
Replies: 4
Views: 732

Re: Didn't know Canso's have aft airstairs

Yup, one of the ones I worked on had the same airstair. It was very nice, though the boarding passenger would have a lot of stepping up and down, and ducking, to pass through the various compartments. For a fly in a PBY, probably worth it!
by PilotDAR
Mon Dec 04, 2017 5:53 am
Forum: Accidents, Incidents & Overdue Aircraft
Topic: Beware of Synthetic Vision Systems
Replies: 5
Views: 764

Re: Beware of Synthetic Vision Systems

I was ground running an SVS equipped Caravan once, we were doing electrical tests, including a compass swing. Thus, I was on the runway (Muskoka, adequately quiet weekday mornings). The SVS showed the runway strips, and as I was largely eyes in, with my feet firmly on the brakes, I was not watching ...
by PilotDAR
Fri Dec 01, 2017 11:56 am
Forum: Accidents, Incidents & Overdue Aircraft
Topic: "Gear up" - "Positive rate"
Replies: 39
Views: 2451

Re: "Gear up" - "Positive rate"

There is no rush.
Indeed! For a smaller retractable on a longer runway, wouldn't you rather delay the retraction of the gear, until a land straight ahead was no longer possible? No point bellying in when you could glide back onto the wheels. This could apply to a light twin too!
by PilotDAR
Thu Nov 30, 2017 6:23 pm
Forum: Accidents, Incidents & Overdue Aircraft
Topic: Plane registered to Roy Halladay crashes in Gulf off Florida
Replies: 60
Views: 6109

Re: Plane registered to Roy Halladay crashes in Gulf off Florida

Chances of survival are inversely proportionate to angle of arrival. If the surface is water, this rule is made even more significant. The water will grab an errantly flown aircraft, yet while grabbing the plane water does not yield to relieve crash forces much. Mr. Halladay did not appear to flying...
by PilotDAR
Thu Nov 30, 2017 6:15 pm
Forum: Accidents, Incidents & Overdue Aircraft
Topic: Goderich - 1 fatality, 1 missing
Replies: 26
Views: 4351

Re: Goderich - 1 fatality, 1 missing

Class 5 so the TSB will never put out a report Yes, this seems to be a trend with the TSB. Ten years ago, a single fatal accident which crossed my life was heavily investigated by the TSB, and a comprehensive report issued. But the TSB investigator who investigated the accident I was involved in ov...
by PilotDAR
Wed Nov 29, 2017 9:49 am
Forum: Accidents, Incidents & Overdue Aircraft
Topic: 4 Hurt in Plane Crash at Brampton
Replies: 18
Views: 1714

Re: 4 Hurt in Plane Crash at Brampton

Chris M I entirely agree with you. I prefer higher approaches than the approach aids would indicate. If it quits on final, and you make the runway, you'll get good reviews. If you say you landed short because you were following the approach aids, well, okay, but the plane is still damaged. I opine t...
by PilotDAR
Tue Nov 28, 2017 4:40 pm
Forum: Accidents, Incidents & Overdue Aircraft
Topic: 4 Hurt in Plane Crash at Brampton
Replies: 18
Views: 1714

Re: 4 Hurt in Plane Crash at Brampton

The "tree" looks very small ... 'Must be, I can't pick it out. I recall seeing trees around BFC while landing there, I don't recall thinking any were close to my approach path. I find it worryingly interesting that the news report three other accidents associated with BFC, but does not mention the ...
by PilotDAR
Sun Nov 26, 2017 8:48 am
Forum: Accidents, Incidents & Overdue Aircraft
Topic: "Gear up" - "Positive rate"
Replies: 39
Views: 2451

Re: "Gear up" - "Positive rate"

With experience, it's easy to get complacent, we get good at what we do, and it gets easier, so we allow other things to interject (interfere). The complacency is the first Swiss cheese hole lining up, The other holes can line up pretty fast after that! I learned this as a very hard lesson last summ...
by PilotDAR
Fri Nov 24, 2017 4:57 pm
Forum: Accidents, Incidents & Overdue Aircraft
Topic: "Gear up" - "Positive rate"
Replies: 39
Views: 2451

Re: "Gear up" - "Positive rate"

Is the Hawker like an executive jetski?
by PilotDAR
Thu Nov 23, 2017 2:46 pm
Forum: Accidents, Incidents & Overdue Aircraft
Topic: Plane registered to Roy Halladay crashes in Gulf off Florida
Replies: 60
Views: 6109

Re: Plane registered to Roy Halladay crashes in Gulf off Florida

Pilots should always consider wind. However, short of flying in a gale, the effects of the wind may end up as a very secondary factor, when a pilot is low flying maneuvering like a fool. A wise pilot will of course, consider the wind all the time. Indeed, while picking up out of a confined area in t...
by PilotDAR
Tue Nov 21, 2017 8:05 pm
Forum: Accidents, Incidents & Overdue Aircraft
Topic: Lake St. John accident
Replies: 54
Views: 7210

Re: Lake St. John accident

by Cat Driver » Tue Nov 21, 2017 10:20 pm How is your recovery coming PilotDAR? Better answered here (and avoid any wind). I finished hospital last week, 94 days. The final stay was in spinal cord rehab in Toronto for three weeks. It sure is sobering to see what other people have gone through there...
by PilotDAR
Tue Nov 21, 2017 7:01 pm
Forum: Accidents, Incidents & Overdue Aircraft
Topic: Plane registered to Roy Halladay crashes in Gulf off Florida
Replies: 60
Views: 6109

Re: Plane registered to Roy Halladay crashes in Gulf off Florida

Sometimes things other than weather cause accidents. Agreed. In four decades of flying, I never thought to myself, "wow, that was close, that changing wind nearly got me". I have experienced varying winds, and I have errantly landed downwind. I just kept flying the plane, and it all worked. Of cour...
by PilotDAR
Tue Nov 21, 2017 6:07 am
Forum: Accidents, Incidents & Overdue Aircraft
Topic: Plane registered to Roy Halladay crashes in Gulf off Florida
Replies: 60
Views: 6109

Re: Plane registered to Roy Halladay crashes in Gulf off Florida

there's the Ercoupe, which apparently was un-stallable During my days of adventure, I deliberately stalled and spun an unsuspecting Ercoupe. It's not easy to do, and you obviously can't hold it into the spin, but I got it to drop a wing. However, I had to maneuver it abusively steep climbing turn t...
by PilotDAR
Sun Nov 19, 2017 5:27 pm
Forum: Maintenance
Topic: Looking for advice on LED position lights
Replies: 8
Views: 1352

Re: Looking for advice on LED position lights

ct,

The advice you've been given here is good. If it won't work, you can PM me. I've STC'd these before.
by PilotDAR
Sat Nov 18, 2017 9:17 am
Forum: Accidents, Incidents & Overdue Aircraft
Topic: Plane registered to Roy Halladay crashes in Gulf off Florida
Replies: 60
Views: 6109

Re: Plane registered to Roy Halladay crashes in Gulf off Florida

No cockpit indicator assures that a pilot who has placed the aircraft in a precarious situation will safely escape that. It may serve as a good oh sh*t when the pilot realizes that there is no reserve to pull into to save the day. But, by that point, their eyes are out, very big, and searching for a...
by PilotDAR
Fri Nov 17, 2017 5:52 pm
Forum: Accidents, Incidents & Overdue Aircraft
Topic: Plane registered to Roy Halladay crashes in Gulf off Florida
Replies: 60
Views: 6109

Re: Plane registered to Roy Halladay crashes in Gulf off Florida

It is true that an unexpected change in wind direction, the use or not of flaps, or the misunderstanding/awareness of stall speed may be factors in an accident. However, if any of those factors become causal in that accident, the pilot had already got themselves into a really bad place. Pilots flyin...
by PilotDAR
Fri Nov 17, 2017 5:51 pm
Forum: Accidents, Incidents & Overdue Aircraft
Topic: Icon's lead test pilot killed in A5 accident
Replies: 30
Views: 5422

Re: Icon's lead test pilot killed in A5 accident

It is true that an unexpected change in wind direction, the use or not of flaps, or the misunderstanding/awareness of stall speed may be factors in an accident. However, if any of those factors become causal in that accident, the pilot had already got themselves into a really bad place. Pilots flyin...
by PilotDAR
Sat Nov 04, 2017 4:40 pm
Forum: Accidents, Incidents & Overdue Aircraft
Topic: 26 Oct 2017 - 2 dead after plane crash near Springbank Airport, west of Calgary
Replies: 55
Views: 9254

Re: 26 Oct 2017 - 2 dead after plane crash near Springbank Airport, west of Calgary

Its also worth noting that some props cannot be feathered if the engine speed slows to less than around 1000RPM. This is a possible characteristic a pilot should know before the engine failure...
by PilotDAR
Wed Nov 01, 2017 5:33 pm
Forum: General Comments
Topic: Is there now a special license for flying in mountainous regions
Replies: 17
Views: 2124

Re: Is there now a special license for flying in mountainous regions

"Stupid" would include loosing your horizontal reference. 'Sure, 'sounds easy, the benign weather offers you a visible horizon, so "up" should be easy to find. But, even in severe clear, if you get yourself into the valleys/canyons, you may be looking at just rock and green,with the actual horizon a...

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